Ascent of Sumbing on 2022-06-14

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Deividas Valaitis -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Motorcycle
    Elevation:11060 ft / 3371 m

Ascent Trip Report

Straightforward day hike on good trail, some exposed scrambling near summit, protected by fixed webbing but care needed in places.

From NW, Garung route, stayed at Kledung Pass hotel, registered the night before at the office, arranged ojeks (motorbike taxis) to collect us next morning at 0500, called back at office to pay and collect our permits and trail maps, terrifying high speed ride up steep cobbled road in half light, to 1900m. Then good trail, plentiful 'puncak' signs ensuring we didn't get lost in the many side paths lower down. Route differed considerably from old 2011 GPS track and mapped route, but easily followed, passing a few (closed) warungs and various camp sites, a few occupied. Gorgeous views across the Pass to Sindoro, tomorrow's peak. Trail zigzags up crossing a few gullies, generally good underfoot, rougher on final climb to crater rim. Clouds starting to engulf the peak by about 1000 but good views down into the steaming crater and across R to the two highest summits. First reached by a scrambly trail, climbing L then descending a little R following fixed webbing, then path up L to first summit, Puncak Sejati according to sign at summit (GPS 3348m, S7.38199° E110.07096°, boulder), but topo map has Puncak Kawah 3,337m. P35m according to my GPS. Descent towards higher peak initially straightforward then a fork is reached, with final descent to col either a steep 5m downclimb L, or a ramp down R consisting of soil and some rock, a little damp and muddy, then cutting back L with another downclimb or short leap across a gap. Both routes protected by fixed red webbing, the right hand route seeming more popular. Then from the col a good trail splits with R fork easy, L fork more interesting with some easy scrambling, some more of the fixed red webbing.

Contrary to previous reports I've seen, today's hikers were all bound for this highest peak, Puncak Rajawali. Highpoint is a bush(GPS 3376m, S7.38340° E110.07125°), with a slightly lower cairn 5m to S. We descend SE a short way towards the SE Peak, but are stopped by a cliff guarding the saddle. We head back over the summit then follow a group of locals down over Sejati/Kawah. We spot a route down R into the crater near the poorly defined Puncak Buntu, but with afternoon rain forecast we head back down the Gurung route. Arriving back at Pos 1 (1900m) we find plenty of ojeks waiting, and are soon back at the Kledung Pass hotel, with a brief stop at the Sumbing office to sign out. The afternoon's heavy rain never arrives. 4h25 up, about 8hrs round trip.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4826 ft / 1470 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4826 ft / 1470 m
    Distance:6.8 mi / 11 km
    Start Trailhead:6234 ft / 1900 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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