Mount Semeru – Trip to Highest Active Volcano in Java
Mount Semeru is one of the most beautiful mount in Indonesia. It is an active volcano located in East Java. Mount Semeru known as the highest mountain in Java. Mount Semeru also known as Mahameru, meaning ‘The Great Mountain in local dialect. The name itself derived from the local mythical believe about Meru or Sumeru, the abode of gods.
Eruptions of Mount Semeru occur every 20-30 minutes, which produce ash emissions up to 400 m above the crater, and projectiles ejected onto the crater rim. The activity center of Mount Semeru is at Jonggring Seloko, an incredible crater can be seen in the southeast side of Mahameru, and it is separated by a narrow saddle. Large eruptions of Mount Semeru are usually followed by generation of pyroclastic flows. For your information Semeru volcano is the highest mountain in Java and one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Trip to the top of mount semeru is not for everyone, it is only for the brave. You need to highly prepared and ready to pay the cost (mental and physical more than financial). Sitting on top of piles of rock and watch the sun rise on Java is truly priceless and unforgettable experience. You must ready to walk for at least 7 hours, sleep inside a simple sleeping bag and climb straight up a pile of sand and rocks in the middle of the night until dawn.
The View both on top and around Mt. Semeru was extremely beautiful, yet the challenge to reach the peak is so hard that it seemed some divine spirit forbade humans to reach the mountain’s top, ready to punish those who disobeyed.
Adventurer can enjoy heavenly scenery even without climbing to the mountain’s summit, as the surrounding area boasts Ranu Kumbolo Lake, which is so popular for its crystal clear blue water and the peacefully beautiful green hills that surround it. You just need to walk about 15 minutes from the lake to see breathtaking view of the Oro Oro Ombo meadow, a 100 hectare savanna. About two hours walking from oro oro ombo there is Jambangan field, which is fulfilled by million of edelweiss flowers.
For those who wants to climb the mount semeru, the danger is not only for exhaustion. Hikers need to avoid the poisonous gas that regularly emitted from the volcano. hikers have to reach the top of Mount Semeru before noon as the change of wind direction bring the poisonous gas to the climbing route.
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