Bad weather accompanied our journey to the summit of Mount Raung, this was the first time of Indonesia Expeditions arranged a climb to Mount Raung. The climb led by Sofyan Arief Fesa and assisted by Alvin Reggy Perdana went smoothly according to plan.
On March 12, 2019, Sofyan with 6 clients went to Kalibaru. In Kalibaru, we sort the items that will be used for climbing. Our destination for the first day was Camp 3 and the weather was very nice. From Kalibaru, we used motorcycle to Post 1 and continued with trekking for 4 hours to Post 3 for staying overnight.
The next day on March 13, 2019, we were assisted by 8 porters to continue our journey to Post 7. In the morning, the weather was very nice. We passed a fairly steep lane and we took several breaks at each post until finally we arrived at Post 7, greeted by a rain and fog which was quite thick. After setting up the camp, we took a break while waiting for the evening meal to be served. In the afternoon at 5.00 PM, we gathered in a tent wall to share stories and laugh while sipping warm drinks. The night came and our dinner was ready, this time we would rest early because in the early morning we had to continue our journey to the summit of Mount Raung.
On March 14, 2019 at exactly 2.15 AM, we started climbing to the top. We passed a very steep hill ridge and of course it was very draining. At Post 9, we used climbing tools because we would pass the path with ascending and descending techniques. In some points the guide set a safety rope, thick fog and a fairly strong wind didn’t reduce our enthusiasm to reach the summit. Right at 09.00 AM, we finally arrived at the peak of Mount Raung. After taking photos for documentation, we immediately went back to Post 7 because a warm and delicious food was waiting for us there. On the next day, we continued our journey to go down to Kalibaru and spent the night at the hotel in Tamansari area to continue the journey to Baluran National Park and Ijen Crater.
In addition, we would like to congratulate our members, Mr. Mintarjo, Mr. Nur Hakim, Mr. Eddy, Mr. Sartono, Ms. Rina, and Ms. Ida who have successfully set their feet down at the true peak of Mount Raung. It’s a mountain with the most difficult to climb on the Java Island.
Overall, this trip went well according to plan, even though the weather was very bad but we really enjoyed the trip happily.