East Java, Gunung Baluran

Written by on July 17, 2012 in Java Mountains with 0 Comments

East Java, Gunung Baluran

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The relatively small dormant volcano of Baluran is located in Baluran National Park at the eastern tip of Java island – an area which has an African savanna atmosphere. From Banyuwangi it is just one hour by car to reach the park office in Batangan where you can obtain information, arrange a permit and possibly a guide. The permit is apparently also available at an office in Banyuwangi. Despite being a National Park and a relatively small mountain, the peak is only climbed once or twice a year at most so you have to make arrangements well in advance. It was last climbed by rangers in June 2009 but Gunung Bagging are planning an ascent for January 2011.

The route to the summit starts in the west at approximately 230m on the main road north towards Sumberwaru, about 20 minutes by car from the park office in Batangan. The allegedly overgrown and faint trail leads through teak wood plantation and then up through dense forest to the crater rim. Apparently it requires a whole day to reach the summit because of how infrequently it is climbed therefore camping is probably essential. Although the peak is not particularly high, in clear weather you can see the islands of Madura and Bali during the trek.

Practicalities

Getting there

There are slow, small buses from Banyuwangi, or you could hire a car (expensive here). Accommodation

There are several hotels/losmen in Banyuwangi. The nicer ones are several km north of the town in Ketapang near the ferry terminal to Bali. Permits

When arranging an expedition to the summit at the Park Office all paperwork will be taken care of. Water sources

Take sufficient supplies with you.

Country: Indonesia

Subregion Name: Java (Indonesia)

Volcano Number: 0603-351

Volcano Type: Stratovolcano

Volcano Status: Holocene?

Last Known Eruption: Unknown

Summit Elevation: 1247 m 4,091 feet

Latitude: 7.85°S 7°51’0″S

Longitude: 114.37°E 114°22’0″E

The small 1247-m-high andesitic volcano of Baluran, dwarfed by its neighbor Ijen volcano to the SW, occupies the very NE tip of Java. Gunung Baluran contains a broad horseshoe-shaped crater breached to the NE. The volcano lies within a national park and game reserve featuring savannah grasslands and monsoon forests. Baluran was considered by van Bemmelen (1949b) to be of Holocene age.

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