From Gunung Penanjakan’s view point, Gunung Bromo pales in comparison to the striking form of Gunung Batok next to it and the commanding outline of Gunung Semeru in the far distance. But Bromo’s manageable altitude gain and accessibility make it easily scalable, provided that it doesn’t try to kill you….
The highest peak in Java and third highest in Indonesia after Sumatra’s Kerinchi and Lombok’s Rinjani, Gunung Semeru made me cry. Here’s why….
Often mistaken for Gunung Bromo in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, the charismatic Gunung Batok is frequently photographed but seldom scaled. Which is a darn shame because its aerial view of Bromo is unbeatable.
A mere 1 hour flight from KL, Indonesia’s fourth largest city might not strike you as a destination for adventure lovers, but with some careful planning and travel, Medan makes an excellent base for these stunning natural attractions.
Since 2013, its been impossible to climb the active Gunung Sinabung in North Sumatra. On my first visit to Medan, Sinabung was kicking up ash plumes and spewing molten lava and villagers who had just returned to their homes had to be re-evacuated. Neighbouring Gunung Sibayak is 238 meters shorter and can be climbed, but it’s no slouch.
Having spent the last 4 days and 3 nights hiking up and across the beautiful slopes of Gunung Rinjani, Hafiza and I were desperate for a little excitement, while Vasantha and Shanti who had descended sooner were excited to get off Lombok and explore. We jumped on board a chartered outrigger and headed for Gili Islands.
It was after climbing Gunung Rinjani on Lombok and staring out across the Lombok Straits to Gunung Agung that I first hatched the plan to climb Bali’s highest peak. If I could do Rinjani at 3726 meters then surely I could climb Gunung Agung at 3031 meters. Little did I know that both climbs couldn’t be more different.