Ascent of Poco Ngandonalu on 2010-08-01

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adrian Rayner
Daniel Quinn
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Poco Ngandonalu
    Elevation:7766 ft / 2367 m

Ascent Trip Report

Referring to 1:25,000 Indonesian mapping, the correct name for this summit is Poco Ngandonalu, elev 2358m: GPSr at summit was 2367m +/-4m with with fairly dense tree cover. Poco Mandasawu is 2195m, P185m, a sub peak of Poco Gurung, E side of the minor road separating it from the Ultra. Mandasawu is better known and frequently climbed, unlike Ngaldonalu.

We stayed in Ruteng overnight. Our driver had managed to track down someone who knew the local area and was willing to accompany us on the ascent. He didn't know it but had asked around locally and brought a rough sketch map of the route.

We left the public road where it turns sharp R, above Lempe on the S edge of Ruteng (co-ords are listed below). A wide track heads straight uphill but soon narrows and becomes overgrown; a path then continues L rising acoss the face of the mountain. The route we followed was fairly complex, involved some dense pathless forest and a steep awkward scramble at one point. Near the summit we emerged on a good trail which, having summitted, we then followed down. This is the route to follow. From the road bend (coords tbc), turn L along a rough but driveable track, passing a gated house (Villa Ria) after a few minutes. The trail starts at (coords tbc), heading uphill though plantations into forest. There are several deep gullies which need to be avoided, hence there is a little easy scrambling, maybe slippery in damp conditions. Near the summit the trail levels off. At this point head uphill, looking for small paths made by small-scale logging, with piles of wood chippings where local people have apparently targetted particular types of tree - there is one such pile very close to te highpoint. You may have to push though fairly dense scrub at times and there is some thorny vegetation.

Despite being the Flores island highpoint, the summit is unmarked, a flattish area in mature trees.

After returning to the trailhead we drove 4 hours east to Bajawa, ready to climb the much better known Gunung Inerie the next day.

GPSr co-ordinates recorded:
Trailhead S8.62985 E120.44784, 1378m
Ngandonalu summit, S8.65190 E120.44821, 2367m

Brief details of our one-week trip are as follows:

Sat 31 July: flight into Bali DPS airport; flight to Lebuan Bajo, W Flores, drive east to Ruteng

Sun 1 Aug: Poco Mandasawu ascent, drive east to Bajawa

Mon 2 Aug: Gunung Inerie ascent, drive east to Maumere

Tue 3 Aug: drive east to Larantuka, ferry to Lowoleba on Lembata

Wed 4 Aug: Ili Labalekang ascent, ferry to Waiwerang on Adonara

Thu 5: Ili Boleng ascent, ferry to Larantuka, drive west to Maumere

Fri 6: Gunung Egon ascent, overnight Maumere

Sat 7: flight Maumere - Bali DPS (via Kuteng on W Timor)

Sun 8: flight back to UK
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3245 ft / 989 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3245 ft / 989 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.7 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 3-
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Hot, Calm
Warm, humid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3245 ft / 989 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:NE ridge
    Start Trailhead:Lempe, Ruteng  4521 ft / 1378 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3245 ft / 989 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:NE ridge
    End Trailhead:Lempe, Ruteng  4521 ft / 1378 m
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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