Kelud Mountain in Kediri Regency, East Java Province
Located in the border between Kediri Regency, Malang City, and Blitar City, Kelud Mountain indeed becomes the prime tourist allure in those regencies. The fact is Kelud becomes one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia and it erupted several times back then. All the explosions were great! Despite the fact, the mountain comes with beautiful landscapes and refreshing atmosphere. No wonder, it is suitable for several activities like trekking, relaxation, photography, and hanging out. Some people even conduct outbound activities in that area, especially flying fox. As for the route, it is considered easy. The local government has provided a nice route to explore the mountain comfortably!
When it comes to nuance, it is definitely refreshing and calming. The air is fresh and the atmosphere is perfect. The mountainous view would impress everyone, as well. The most recognizable feature is definitely the presence of lake crater! The mountain also comes with several peaks, which are suitable for trekking and exploration. The most famous ones perhaps are Gajahmungkur and Sumbing Peak. At those locations, tourists can enjoy sightseeing and photography on the available viewing posts. As for other tourist facilities, there are flying fox and hot spring!
Exploring Kelud Mountain
In most cases, tourists are likely to find local guide service when exploring Kelud Mountain. It is said the best starting point is called Zona Sirkuit Kelud. At this spot, tourists can get a jeep service and get to the top of the mountain comfortably. This off-road experience would satisfy everyone, without a doubt. After arriving at the viewing posts, tourists should enjoy sightseeing right away. As long as they come during a good weather, they indeed can enjoy the activity. While sightseeing or taking photos, they may see three famous peaks called Gajah Mungkur, Sumbing, and Kelud Peak. Not to mention many tall cliffs and a vast edelweiss garden can be seen clearly from those posts.
The next recommended activity to do in Kelud Mountain would be to visit the hot spring. The location is on the foot of the mountain, which is in the right part before entering the mountain tunnel. However, it may take some stamina to reach the site. Tourists need to walk down the stairs to get there, after all. This tiredness would go away instantly after reaching the hot spring, though. Plus, taking a bath in the warm pond is going to replenish everyone’s stamina!
For beginners or those who never visited Kelud Mountain, they must pay attention to several considerations before visiting the mountain. It is recommended to come early in the morning for the best atmosphere and lower number of visitor. It is also recommended to hire a porter or guide to explore the mountain. Have no worries. The fee is considered affordable. Due to the cold breeze, it is also recommended to wear a jacket when exploring the site!
- • Kelud Crater
- • Panggon Nyepi
- • Sumbing Cliff
- • Butak Peak
How to Get There
A trip from Surabaya City (the capital of East Java Province) to Kediri City would take around 1 hour and 59 minutes. It is because the distance is 120 km. However, the trip is going to be faster if tourists take the best route. It is none other than Surabaya – Mojokerto and Mojokerto Kertsono Highway. Later, after arriving at Kediri Regency, tourists can simply take Wates – Ngancar Street and head to the trekking point. The distance is 37.6 km, so this trip would take around 1 hour and 5 minutes. What is more? The last thing to do is trekking! Tourists can either reach the viewing posts by walking or vehicles, depending on their preference.
Where to Stay
- • Selorejo Hotel
- • Ilhami Hotel