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  Ranu Pani mountain lake
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  • Ranu Pani mountain lake - Malang
      Ranu Pani mountain lake
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  • Ranupani villagers carrying water - Malang
      Ranupani villagers carrying water
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  • Ranupani Hindu temple - Malang
      Ranupani Hindu temple
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  • Muslim women at Ranupani - Malang
      Muslim women at Ranupani
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  • Accommodation for Semeru climbers at Ranupani - Malang
      Accommodation for Semeru climbers at Ranupani
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Ranupani village (2200 m) named after the lake of the same name is the starting point for everyone who wants to climb Java's highest volcano, Gunung Semeru (3676 m). We expected a small settlement, but the village has sprawled and the hillsides around are being cultivated. For water the population depends on the lake, which has to be carried home. Regrettably the lakeshore on the village side is not devoid of litter any more.

The inhabitants of Tengger Caldera traditionally are Hindu. Ranupani has a Hindu temple reminiscent of Bali. But there also is a mosque, probably for migrants having come from elsewhere.

Instead of the one cabin for climbers twenty years ago there is now a cluster of white guesthouses. But Climbing Semeru mountain is safe only in the dry season, May through October. We came in April, so the guesthouses stood empty.

When you come here, do not miss out on the twin lake, Ranu Regulo. It still is like we had imagined Ranu Pani: lying tranquil in green surroundings.

Directions: The route to follow from Malang leads via Tumpang, Gubukklakah and Ngadas, altogether 55 km. Minibuses can bring you to Gubukklakah (34 km), from where you have to walk or hire a villager with a motorbike. The alternative is a tour with a 4WD vehicle, see tip: The back door to Bromo.

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  • Updated May 26, 2010
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