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Java Mountains: Change of itinerary

Arey is not able to join us from 30th July because he has to attend an important interview. Since he never climb Mount Lawu & we need him for the hiking, we have decided to change the itinerary to accommodate his delayed arrival.

Day 1 – 30th July (Wed)
0900 – ETA at Solo Airport

Option A (tourist mode)
1000 – 1200 – Travel to New Selo
1200 – 1400 – Check in into an apartment there, solat & lunch
1400 – 1600 – Waterfall Gedung Kayang
1600 – 1800 – Keteb Pass – to view Mount Merapi
1800 – 2000 – Photo outing around New Selo
2000 – Rest

Option B (Orang Gunung mode)
1000 – 1500 – Travel to Wonosobo, then to Dieng Plateau (2000m absl). Lunch on the way (KIV Boyolali). I think we don’t need to trek to the top…I think. It’s a famous tourist area
1500 – 1700 – Photo shooting
1700 – Not sure where we will sleep/camp, but surely somewhere there…but good if we can sleep at Magelang so that we can catch sunrise from Borobudur…..how I wish

Update: On a 2nd thought, can we just overnight at Dieng? I read here that the sunrise is superb! And also something about Dieng…

Ok, to go to Dieng Plateau, you can fly from Jakarta to Yogyakarta (50 minutes only), then rent a car to go straight to Dieng. It takes about 5 hours by car. There are not many nice hotels to stay in Dieng, since it’s a small village. The best one is called Wisma Perkebunan Tambi, which is located right in the middle of tea plantation. Very beautiful!

You can also stay in Wonosobo, the nearest town from Dieng Plateau. There are more choices for hotels and places to stay. The scenery is also beautiful since the town is surrounded by mountains..  Oyeah, don’t forget to try its famous noodle called “Mie Ongklok”!

Source here.

Day 2 – 31st July (Thu)
0800 – 1000 – Travel to Magelang, breakfast at Boyolali (soto Mbek Ngiyem)..slurpppp (may have to miss Boyolali if we come from Jogja…arghhhh…..)
1000 – 1300 – Visit Borobudur
1300 – 1600 – Travel to Jogja, lunch & checkin at a hotel there
1600 – 1700 – Pickup Arey at the airport
1700 – 2000 – Free & easy (jalan2 bandar Joqja), dinner & rest

Day 3 – 1st August (Fri)
0800 – 1200 – Travel to Malang Madiun Magetan (Basecamp Cemoro Sewu)
1200 – 1400 – Lunch, packing (should carry essential items only…er, what’s not essential? Yelar, things like charger, power adapter etc)
1400 – 2000 – Trekking Mount lawu (6 jam tuh!!)
2000 – Rest at Sendang Drajat Camp

Day 4 – 2nd August (Sat)
0500 – 0600 – Climb the summit
0600 – 0700 – At the summit (shoot sunrise beb….. and solat Subuh jangan lupa. Then breakfast)
0700 – 1300 – Descend to basecamp
1300 – 1500 – Rest a bit, lunch, packing again
1500 – 2200 – Travel from Sarangan to Malang & to Bromo
2200 – Dinne & camp at Bromo

Day 5 – 3rd August (Sun)
0400 – 0700 – Should be at Penanjakan to shoot sunrise!!
0700 – 1200 – To Bromo crater
1200 – 1400 – Back to Malang
1400 – 1700 – Maybe we can go to Surabaya & overnight there, so that we have ample time to catch our flight the next day

Day 6 – 4th August (Mon)
0730 – 0800 – Drive to airport
0835 – Balik!!!


  1. Map of Central Java
  2. Map of East Java

Fina itinerary at Remi’s blogsite.

Who were there at City Garden to discuss about the trip yesterday?

Yelar…discussion la sangat. Altogether rasanya 12 bungkus nasi lemak jadi mangsa.

So finally, we will only climb one mountain…heh heh heh…..which is Lawu. What a santai trip…

Java Mountains: The preparation

Received sms from Remi to invite one more interested person to join our trip. I immediately sent the message to few people & my friend, Hasmanizam responded almost instantaneously. By 7PM just now I succesfully bought his AirAsia tickets!! So altogether there are me, Ali, Jasni (from Muar), Sani, Hasmanizam, Remi, Arey, Waje & few of Remis’ friends. Nine people in total.

I would like to list out what I must bring:

  1. Passport – mine is still valid till 2010 – so need not to worry
  2. Bag – will bring my Deuter 55+10 plus Lowepro Inverse 200 AW for the camera
  3. Clean attire – 3 pairs of light & quick dry cloths should do. Bought a pair of Columbia today.
  4. Kain pelikat - very important!
  5. Suitable shoes - yet to buy one OK bought Columbia shoes with 50% discount
  6. Utensils – fork, spoons – yet to buy one OK bought one already
  7. Emergency kit – ready
  8. Sleeping bag – ready (+5 degree)
  9. Sleeping mat – ready
  10. Headlight – Black Diamond – ready
  11. Medication – Clarinase + Panadol
  12. Nescafe 3 in 1 – ready (I am addicted to caffeine)
  13. Tent – ready! Just bought one. Coleman Whetherlite (3kg)
  14. Toiletries – tootbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, shaver…..
  15. Jacket – penting woo…..

Camera equipments:

  1. Nikon D3
  2. 17-35 f2.8
  3. 85mm f1.4
  4. Batteries – AA, AAA & 3x EN-EL4a (1 battery should last me 3000 shots)
  5. Charger – maybe…..
  6. Blower
  7. Lens wipes – PEC*PAD
  8. Tripod – Feisol
  9. CF cards – 4 x 4GB
  10. Portable harddisk
  11. Universal power adapter

Did I miss anything?

Anticipating Java mountains

It’s less than 2 weeks before my 2nd trip to Java!

I’ll bring my Deuters 55+10 L bagpack & my new Lowepro Inverse 200AW for the D3 with 17-35mm & 85mm lenses. I won’t bring my 70-200 as it will be very heavy. I hope 3 pieces of EN-EL4a could last me all the 6 days in Indonesia. Will also bring my Feisol carbon fibre tripod for the first time. However still wondering whether I should use the Markins M20 ballhead or the smaller & lighter Benro’s ballhead.

Others are my quick dry shirts & pants, sleeping mate, some energy bar, GPSr (still searching for the map), headlamp and some tidbits.

I need to buy a suitable hiking shoes, maybe will just settle for the local brand as Lafuma’s shoes are super expensive. I also need to buy knee guard. I sustained right medial meniscus tear from the trip to Ulu Dong last month.

All in all I am very excited!