Mount Welirang and Mt Arjuno
Mount Welirang and Mt Arjuno also said twin volcanos has been a montain for Climbing tour. These volcano still in one range located in Trtetes between Malang area, East Java province, Indonesia. They are located in 6 km line between Arjuno and Welirang, A 300 hectares at slope of Mount Arjuno near the road of Surabaya-Malang is used by Taman Safari II. The Arjuno-Welirang volcanic complex itself lies in the older two volcanoes, Mount Ringgit to the east and Mount Linting to the south. The summit lacks vegetation. Fumarolic areas with sulfur deposits are found in several locations on Welirang.
In Java Language, this mount called Arjuno rendition of Arjuna, a hero in Mahabharata epic, while Welirang is Javanese word for sulfur, There was an explosive eruption. Another eruption occurred two years later in 1952.
“Arjuna Welirang mountain” chain in East Java consists of 4 peaks over 3,000m from the active Welirang in the west to the long dormant Arjuna in the East. This mountain is set in the ancient Mojopahit heartland and is dotted with temples, graves and other historical sites which are still visited by local folk today. The lower slopes are forested and the upper slopes are covered with tussock and a type of local alpine pine tree. The lalijiwo plateau between the twin peaks of Kembar and Arjuna is noted for deer and wild pigs. Most tracks start off in good condition but as one gets higher the tracks frequently dissappear or turn into a multitude of trails left by animals and lost hikers!
The mountain is located about 50km south East of Surabaya and it is easy to rent a taxi from Juanda (Surabaya) airport to take you to Tretes. (or anywhere else for that matter!) Tretes is a mountain resort town with lots of hotels and guesthouses to suit any budget. A good place to spend a few days chilling out. Guides, porters and supplies can be got here. There are three main routes on the mountain.
The most popular starts from the village of Tretes and follows a wide trail to the Sulphur carriers camp located at a water source between Arjuna and Welirang. From here, one can turn left and head for Lalijiwo Plateau and Arjuna or continue on to the active Welirang. Another route starts above Selecta above Batu to the South. A further route climbs directly to Arjuna from Lawang in the East.
The route described below follows the trail from Selekta to Tretes. The total walking distance of 35 km includes both peaks, the Lalijiwo Reserve and sulphur-collectors’ camp. Allow 2 to 3 days, bring energy-rich foods, a water-resistantjacket and a sleeping bag. One bottle of water is sufficient-more is available up the mountain.
Route From Malang
Trekking to Welirang is almost similar way with Semeru Trekking, Its started From Selekta either walk, or ride a motorbike, to Kampung Junggo. The trek begins among asparagus plantations. After 1.5 hours walking you enter montane forest, where a narrow footpath winds up Arjuno’s western slope. This path is often hidden under thick ferns, particularly after the rainy season.
After 3 hours you should reach the top of a 100 m gorge. This is an excellent picnic spot. Keep quiet and you might see black and red monkeys on the opposite side of the canyon.
The path continues precipitously to Arjuno’s peak region where some sections are as steep as 45 degrees. After another 2 hours of crawling between tall conifers you reach the tree line and an open plateau. Keep left at the turnoff: the path on the right descends to Singosari and Malang.
It’s another 30 minutes from the plateau to the peaks (6 to 7 hours in all frorn Kampung Junggo). A few hundred meters below Arjuno’s summit look for a big cave on your left, this is a useful spot to bivouac in bad weather. If the weather’s clear when you arrive at Arjuno’s summit, which lies at 3,339 rn above sea level, you get stunning views of East Java’s volcanoes stretching into the distance.
A steep and arduous path leads from the summit to Lalijiwo Plateau. After 12 noon it often gets very misty along this section : sometimes you can’t even see your guide walking directly in front of you. If the mist descends do not stray from the footpoth: in certain places it winds alongside a deep, invisible nothing.
Take it easy and allow two hours to reach the fairytale-like Lalijiwo Plateu. Hight meadows of alang-alang grass with muddy swamps, pools of clear mountain water, surrounded by stands of tree fern, groups of rustling casuarinas and pretty alpine flowers await you at this idyllic resting place. If you don’t want to bivouac on Arjuno’s icy summit or foggy Lalijiwo Plateau, make sure you leave the summit by 2 pm to ensure that you can reach Pondok Welirang, the sulphur colectors’ camp, which lies at 2, 400 m.
Continue northwest after the pools at Lalijiwo and find the path with a plastic tube snaking along it. The tube provides the sulphur men with fresh drinking water, and climbers with freezing ahowers. Just follow it and 30 minutes later you enter a clearing in which lies Pondok Welirang, looking like a Tibetan mountain village.
Leave the camp before daybreak (4:30-5 am) to give you enough time to explore Gunung Welirang’s craters and descend to Tretes without undue haste. From the camp start on the trail which climbs straight up. The turnoff to, the left behind the watertank leads back to Gunung Arjuno, Lalijiwo and back down to Selekta.
After ascending at a gentle 15 degrees, the rocky trail suddenly becomes steep. It climbs up onto the small Bluntu plateau, winds around some smaller peaks on the saddle between both volcanoes, and finally zigzags up Welirang’s steep flank from the southeast.
Around 3 hours later you reach Welirang’s flat crater complex. The first one you pass is extinct but a bit higher up is a bigger, active crater. WARNING: Do not stand on the edge of the crater rim, especially if it is still dark. Crater walls consist of porous ash and loose debris, and are often overhanging. Just a small step too far and that’s it…
From the highest point (3,156 m) you can enjoy marvelous views over the region. Try to get here before 9 am, when clouds begin to travel frorn the humid lowlands and engulf the surrounding area, including you, by noon.
To witness the sulphur collectors doing their hellish work, trek back to the extinct crater. Off the main trail to the west lies a track that descends 100 m to a parasitic crater which faces the Selekta valley. This is called “the kitchen” and it is Welirang’s acidic heart. Here sulphurous vapor condenses to form a yellow mass which workers gather in blocks. After carefully loading A steep and arduous path leads from the sum- their baskets they carry the sulphur down the mit to Lalijiwo Plateau. After 12 noon it often rocky serpentine paths-some only wearing slippers and smoking kretek cigarets.
To get to Tretes by public bemo, continue for 200 m beyond the gate, turn right and continue for another 200 m until you reach the Tanjung Plaza Hotel. Wait opposite it for minibuses heading for Pandaan.
If you want to continue back to Selekta, go to Pandaan and change onto another minibus to Malang (Pattimura statior-0. From there take a minibus to Batu and another one to Selekta (around 2.5 hours and Rp 20,000 in total). You’ll reach your losmen much more exhausted than the sulphur-men arrive in Tretes, and you will be two kilograms lighter than when you began.
Climbing from the South (Selectar/Sumber Brantas/Cangar)
There is a quite good trail starting from the farmlands just before Cangar if coming from Batu. There is a stone 4WD road leading off to the right 1km before the mushroom factory. This trail leads up to the pass between Kembar 1 and Kembar 2 at about 2,900m. If it has been raining their may be a puddle at the top, otherwise the nearest water is at Pondok Welirang Sulphur camp about 45mins down on the tretes side. From the pass trails lead left over Kembar 1 to Welirang and the path down to the sulphur camp and right down and around to the big campsite at lalijiwo an hour or so of siddle and descent on a rather indistinct trail. Easy to get lost heading towards Arjuna and Lalijiwo so try to maintain altitude and keep contouring around until you meet the saddle before Arjuna. At this point you should pick up the more used trail from Lalijiwo to Arjuna. Follow it down to Lalijiwo and water. Better not to descend if you have not found the trail as the undergrowth gets worse as you descend. On the Cangar side be careful not to wander too far off the track because there a numerous steam vents and holes. Be careful.
Mount Arjuno Welirang, is possible climbed in all season, difference than Mt Semeru that only opened on May – December, Due to rainy season sometime accoured the landslide. Some visitors normally choose Welirang Arjuno climbing whenever Semeru volcano climb has closed. Below is the combination tour package may suitble with your trip.
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