East Java contains some of the largest and most impressive mountain massifs in Indonesia and there are relatively few hikes that can be completed in a single day. The provincial capital is the city of Surabaya, which has an international airport, and the area is served by reasonably good railway services, connecting Banyuwangi, Malang and Surabaya with destinations in other Java provinces.
Semeru, Java’s highest peak, Arjuno, Argopuro, Lawu, and Raung are all world-class mountain hikes. Butak and Ijen (Merapi) also offer splendid views. Bromo (Pananjakan) is perhaps the most famous viewpoint in Indonesia, and understandably so. Penanggungan is a fascinating, holy mountain easily climbed as a day trip from Surabaya or with one night camping. Liman is the highest peak in a large, remote mountain range not yetwell-known by hikers. Baluran is the most easterly mountain in Java, though infrequently climbed due to access issues. Lamongan (Tarub) is a superb double-peak with a spectacular deep crater. Kelud is one of the most volatile volcanoes in Indonesia and its summit cliffs are the domain of serious rock climbers only. Pulau Bawean (Gunung Besar) is a very friendly island 150km north of Surabaya which offers a decent hike to the island highpoint.
If you are not a fan of sharing the summit views with hundreds of other hikers, it is best you go either mid-week or during Ramadan, as over the last decade the number of hikers on mountains across Java during the weekend has increased unimaginably. This means that trails are usually obvious (though badly-eroded) but also that there is a fair amount of litter and if camping you may not get much sleep due to the incessant chattering of local student hikers.
A Selection of Photos of East Java’s Ribus
Map of East Java’s Ribus
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Statistics and Links to East Java’s Ribus
|Semeru||3,676 m||3,676 m||Sangat Tinggi||Java|
|Arjuno||3,339 m||2,811 m||Sangat Tinggi||Java|
|Raung||3,332 m||3,069 m||Sangat Tinggi||Java|
|Lawu||3,265 m||3,118 m||Sangat Tinggi||Java|
|Argopuro||3,088 m||2,745 m||Sangat Tinggi||Java|
|Butak||2,868 m||1,673 m||Tinggi Sedang||Java|
|Ijen (Merapi)||2,803 m||1,218 m||Tinggi Sedang||Java|
|Bromo (Pananjakan)||2,782 m||586 m||Spesial||Java|
|Liman||2,563 m||2,130 m||Tinggi Sedang||Java|
|Anjasmoro||2,372 m||641 m||Spesial||Java|
|Kelud||1,724 m||938 m||Spesial||Java|
|Lamongan (Tarub)||1,667 m||1,108 m||Kurang Tinggi||Java|
|Penanggungan||1,653 m||1,020 m||Kurang Tinggi||Java|
|Baluran||1,265 m||1,022 m||Kurang Tinggi||Java|
|Ringgit||1,249 m||890 m||Spesial||Java|
|Pulau Bawean (Gunung Besar)||655 m||655 m||Spesial||Java|