Ranu Kumbolo is a freshwater lake under the auspices of the Lumajang Regency government, East Java, located in the Tengger Mountains, at the foot of Mount Semeru. This lake has an area of approximately 15 hectares.
For nature lovers and backpackers, Ranu Kumbolo is a familiar place. Because this lake is a transit point for those who will continue their journey to climb the peak of Mahameru on Mount Semeru which is called the highest peak on the island of Java.
With a water debit that is never lacking, Ranu Kumbolo always gets the attention of several climbers to build tents/camping in this place.
There is a peculiarity behind the beauty of Ranu Kumbolo, namely when the sun begins to rise between two green hills that appear slowly and make our eyes cannot refuse to enjoy it.
Not to mention the situation of the lake when the fog begins to fall in the afternoon combined with the lake water is a truly unspeakable panorama. When night falls, we will be treated to clusters of stars from the Milky Way galaxy which we cannot definitely see when we are in big cities because of the glare of the city lights that are so clear.
Beside it there is a hill called "the hill of Love" which is said if we climb to this hill by thinking about the people we love without looking back then we can be happy with him. But the higher we climb, the greater the temptation. Because it is higher, the panorama of Ranu Kumbolo from the hill will look more beautiful.
“All we need now is a leg that will go further than usual, an arm that will do more than usual. Eyes that will stare longer than usual. A neck that will look up more often. A layer of willpower that is a thousand times harder than steel. A heart that will work harder than usual. And a mouth that will always pray." – Ranu Kumbolo
The quote above is one of the dialogues for the cast of the 5 CM film after departing from Ranu Kumbolo, Mount Semeru.
In the film, Ranu Kumbolo is imaged as a beautiful lake which is a favorite stopover for climbers of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.
Climbers often set up tents around Lake Ranu Kumbolo before continuing the journey to Mahameru Peak.
Besides enjoying the beauty of the lake's charm at an altitude of 2,400 meters above sea level, you can interact with other climbers.
Usually climbers arrive at night at Ranu Kumbolo to see the galaxy if the sky is clear. The best time to experience this memorable experience is from May to September.
Uniquely, Ranu Kumbolo is also the best spot to see sunrise and sunset. However, before starting the journey here, it's a good idea to pay attention to the following six myths, yes.
Arriving at Lake Ranu Kumbolo, you can set up a tent and gather with other climbers. If the weather is clear at night, you can see the clusters of stars in the beautiful Milky Way galaxy. And when the sun starts to rise the next day, you can see the beauty of the sun rising behind two green hills combined with the clear lake water. There are several things that tourists need to pay attention to when visiting this lake, namely:
- The water in Ranu Kumbolo lake is very clean and clear, so it can be drunk directly. In this lake it is forbidden to bathe, defecate, and swim.
- At night the air on Lake Ranu Kumbolo can reach minus 5 degrees Celsius, therefore it is important for you to bring a special hiking jacket and other body-warming equipment.
- Bring your own plastic bag specifically for the trash, then don't leave trash in this environment even if it's just a pack of candy.