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Ascent of Gunung Slamet on 2007-07-04

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adam Helman
Bob Packard
Date:Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gunung Slamet
    Location:Indonesia
    Elevation:3428 m / 11247 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Gunung Slamet, 3428m, P

Map: No current maps known (we had old Dutch 1:50k maps - not v useful)

Stats: mH; 9+9km

Time: we took 2 days, but walking time was <9h including a lot of stops: I would estimate 6-9 hrs for a day hike.

Accommodation: We stayed in Cemara hotel, one of 2 which are part of Goa Lawa - some kind of park complex. This is about 5km from the trailhead; probably as close as you will get without tracking down the Bambangan village chief and asking for a homestay.

Red tape: Small fee payable at "forest office" at Bambangan. This was unoccupied by anyone official-looking; we spoke to the people in the Warung (cafe) opposite.

Guide: we went to the Warung at the gate, and after some negotiation (entirely in Indonesian - a test of Adam Helman's skills - if you don't speak it, make sure you have an English-speaking driver!) we settlred for two porter-guides, for a total cost of a bit under $1000 between the three of us.

Water: available from near the campsite; small path leads SE from the hut: not an easy walk or so I'm told

Difficulties: usual issues with (slightly) slippery mud, and tree-roots-assisted scrambling. Once above treeline, the ground is steep and loose, making for a tough ascent; in descent it's scree-runnable in part but mostly just awkward. If walking out to the (lower) SW summit, sulphur fumes can be an issue.

Start: from small village of Bambangan. A steep road leads up to a wrought iron arched gateway (photo e.g. on summitpost). We simply got off the train at Purkowerto and the driver took us straight there. He took us via the forest office at XXXXX, which was manned, by english-speaking staff. However there is a quicker route, which follows the main road then heads approx W to the village. We had no useful maps, hence vague description.

Route: trail starts at arched gate, as a continuation of the road. After a few m fork R across a footbridge. After that, just follow the most trodden route, thru farmland then into forest. Various small campsites are passed: we camped at the one labelled "Pos 5", close to the water supply. There is a huit here which our porters camped inside. The trail continues uphill to top edge of vegetation. Above here the trail is poorly marked, so get a compass bearing or GPS waypoint to secure your descent. This slope leads to a rocky ridge: the summit is c. 100m to the R.

Summit: a short stretch of ridge with several cairns. I also visited the SW summit, mapped as 3420m i.e. 12m lower, with a drop of 30-40m between the two.

Trig point: several mapped: none found, but several lumps of concrete which may be relevant.

Notes/report: we arrived about midday the previous day to arrange guide-porters and transport. Next morning we were picked up at 06:02, and after a coffee at Bambangan, started walking at 06:49. The summit was in view at the start. 10:56 we passed the campsite, summiting at 12:57. After some time at the summit, during which I walked out to the SW summit, I left the summit at 14:30, arriving at camp at 15:10. We enjoyed a highly photogenic sunset - and sunrise - from camp, heading down at 07:00, arriving at the gate at 09:00

Weather: clear and dry both days, although reading summitpost.com we may have been lucky.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1928 m / 6325 ft
    Distance:18 km / 11.2 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Porters, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1928 m / 6325 ft
    Distance:9 km / 5.6 mi
    Route:trail from Bambangan
    Trailhead:Bambangan  1500 m / 4922 ft
    Time Up:6 Hours 9 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:9 km / 5.6 mi
    Route:trail from Bambangan
    Trailhead:Bambangan  
    Time Down:2 Hours 40 Minutes



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