Mount Argopuro, also known as Mount Argapura, offers one of the longest mountain treks of Indonesia. The main peaks are Argopuro at 3088m in height and Rengganis at 3066m in height. In this itinerary, we will take the traverse route from Baderan town to Bremi town (northeast to west) over a shortened yet still challenging 3D2N hike where you get to admire the beautiful savannah of the Argopuro valley.
SURABAYA – BADERAN
Fly direct from Singapore Changi Airport to Surabaya Juanda International Airport. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up by our friendly guide to Baderan (approx. 5 hrs drive).
BADERAN – CIKASUR – RAWA EMBIK (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the homestay, you will transfer to the Baderan Forestry Office (770m) for an Ojek (motorbike) ride. If road condition allows, you will ride all the way to Cikasur (2215m) passing by Mata Air 1, Mata Air 2 and Sabana. But if road condition does not allow, then you may have to stop at at one of the earlier Pos and hike to Cikasur.
From the old Dutch airstrip at Cikasur, it will take a 3-4 hours hike to Cisentor (2455m) and another 2-3 hours hike to Rawa Embik (2755m) where you will be camp for the night.
RAWA EMBIK – SUMMIT – DANAU TAMAN HIDUP (B,L,D)
From Rawa Embik, it takes about 2-2.5 hours to reach the saddle between the Rengganis and Argopuro peaks. From the saddle, take the track on the left to Rengganis where you will find ruins of a Hindu temple and good views to the east of the Ijen mountain. It will take about 30-45 min for this one way trek. Back to the saddle, take the track on the right to the highest peak of Argopuro. The views here are mostly obstructed by the vegetation the but you can still see Danau Taman Hidup and the north coast through the trees. It also takes around 30-45 min for this one way trek.
Start the descend to Danau Taman Hidup which will take around 4-5 hours. You will find an interesting wooden pier at Danau Taman Hidup where you will camp for the night.
DANAU TAMAN HIDUP – BREMI – SURABAYA (B)
Bremi is a 2-3 hours trek from Danau Taman Hidup. Along the way, you will pass by various plantations. Upon arrival at Bremi, you will be transferred to your hotel in Surabaya (approx. 4 hrs drive).
Free and easy in Surabaya.
Overnight: Artotel or similar
SURABAYA – SINGAPORE
Free and easy at your own leisure till airport transfer for your flight back to Singapore
- All local land transfers
- First night accommodation in homestay
- Last night accommodation in hotel
- Homestay and hotel breakfast
- All meals and drinks (bottled mineral water, coffee and tea) during the trek
- All camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, toilet tent)
- Local Indonesian trekking guide (English speaking)
- Porters for tents, sleeping bags, food and communal equipment
- National Park entrance fee
- Return international air tickets
- Travel insurance
- Indonesia VISA (ASEAN citizens are VISA-free up to 30 days)
- All meals not mentioned
- Porters for personal bags
- Tips for guide and porters
- All expenses of a personal nature
Climbing Season: During the dry months from May to October
Rainy Season: December to March
Temperature: It can get very cold and it can rain even during the climbing season. Warm clothing and rain gears are necessary.
Difficulty Level: Climbing Mt Argopuro is tough but anyone with good fitness and hiking experience should be able to cope. You should bring along only essential items (very warm clothing, change of dry clothing for the night, headlight and trekking stick) for the climb. Normal trekking, no rock climbing or technical climbing skills needed. Depending on the progress on day 1, it is possible to adjust the campsites accordingly.
Other hikes in the area include:
The climb was great, the view was amazing. We really enjoyed the fact that it wasn't too touristic and all hikers were local.
The guide was very helpful and brought us around in Surabaya on Saturday.
– Aijing (Group of 2 on a 4D3N Mt Arjuno & Mt Welirang trip in Apr 2019)
Personalised pickup and attention to our well being. Focused to help us to have good experiences. Guide Udin is very professional. Dependable, attention to details, providing good advices. Porters are friendly and helpful. We are very happy with the service level, professionalism of the whole team to bringing good experiences to hikers like us.
– YT (Group of 3 on a 2D1N Mt Merbabu Camping trip in Nov 2018)
Hi Bob, thanks very much for making the arrangements and making this trip a meaningful one for me. The service that you have provided is exception, really unlike any vendors that I have engaged before. The prompt replies and staying connected with the traveller during the trip helps to reassure the traveller. The guides that were engaged were also very professional and ensures the safety of the climber. The guides takes the effort to brief the climber and checks that there are proper safety equipment before the hike so that safety of the climber will not be compromised. It was a smooth trip. The drivers for the transfers were also punctual. It’s really a great trip! Thank you very much!
– Pei Yi (Solo hiker on a 4D3N Semeru trip in Aug 2018)
The guide and porters were experienced and very nice! They were very helpful and fun 🙂 the cooking was delicious and they were wonderful hosts. We were pretty slow but they were understanding about it. They were very accommodating of our wants to stop and take pictures along the way too. I'd like to commend porter Diu (I hope I'm spelling it right), my Friend was struggling up and he offered to carry her bag for her. During the descend, I kept slipping and he was so kind to help me down the many steep paths.
– Stef (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Merbau Summit & Camping trip in Jul 2018)
We were lucky, the weather was good and sunny throughout the trip. Scenery was beautiful and most importantly food was great. A great trek but not a stroll in the park. Summit push was a struggle for some of us. Thanks Ying for making our trip a success.
– Jace Lee (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Semeru trip in June 2018)
Profession guide ensures a safety and comfortable journey during the adventure. Tents and pillows were of good condition and organisation of daily itinerary was based on our capability and ability to continue the hike rather than rushing for the schedules. The hiking and trip journey was enjoyable.
– Adam (Group of 4 on a Mt Rinjani trip in May 2017)
The whole arrangement from the start to the end was smooth. The support of the guide was immense and we enjoyed ourselves all the way through. But kudos to the guide who made this experience a beautiful one.
– Mus (Group of 4 on a Mt Rinjani trip in May 2017)
It has been a fulfilling trip from the start to the end. Ying has been very meticulous from the beginning; paying great attention to our dietary requirement, rooming arrangement etc. Thanks Abdul, our guide, for the encouraging gestures to keep us going especially during the summit push. Fond memories for years to come!
– Celine (Group of 7 on a Mt Rinjani trip in June 2016)
This was our third trekking trip with IWT after Rinjani and Ophir. We continued to be impressed with their consistent personalized customer service and responsiveness. The pre-trip briefing package which consisted of a detailed packing list and things to take note of are especially useful for our climb preparation.Thanks Bob for keeping a constant check on us during the trip. We look forward to many more trips with you.
– HL Chua (Group of 5 on a 5D4N Semeru trip in May 2016)
Thanks to our guide Arief for making my life so much bearable during the 3d2n trek. It was a tough trek especially for someone like me who's not so fit but the scenery was really worth the sweat. Looking back it's a trip well planned and executed. Thanks for making this happen.
– Jiahui (Group of 5 on a Mt Rinjani trip in May 2016)
We had a great trip and received very good services from the mountain guide and his helpers. We greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness with which iwannatravel planned the itinerary especially when we need to make last minute change to reduce the group size. Our trip is all well planned and executed. We greatly enjoyed ourselves throughout the trip.
– Susana Chua (Group of 3 on a 5D4N Semeru trip in Sept 2015)
Kudos to IWT for making our Semeru trip a success; everything from driver, guide to accommodation were well planned and organised! The Semeru FAQ and packing list provided by Bob were especially useful in helping us to prepare for this trip. Bob was always very prompt and patient towards our enqueries and requests for itinerary amendment. We look forward to our next trip with IWT!
– Jeremy (Group of 6 on a 5D4N Semeru trip in Aug 2015))
We are very happy with the overall arrangement of everything from the choice of trekking company, the transportation and the accommodations. We were very well taken care of on the trek. The foods on our camping trip was really great. Beyond our expectation actually. =) Thanks you Bob for the patience to answer to all our queries and giving us advises that helps us greatly to planned out our extension stay after the climb. Will definitely join their other climbs or engage them to plan another trip again. =)
– Yen Wei (Group of 9 on a Mt Rinjani & Gili Trip in Aug 2015)
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