Tumpak Sewu Waterfall located at Sidomulyo village, Pronojiwo – Lumajang, East Java. It takes approximately 2 hours from Lumajang or Malang and 7 hours from Surabaya.
After arriving there, you will be entertained by the scenery and the beauty of the amazing waterfall pouring naturally fresh waterf sourced from Semeru mountain. The term Tumpak Sewu is defined as cumulative waterfalls meaning the combination of several magnificent waterfall.
THE WALK TO TUMPAK SEWU WATERFALL
There are 2 entrances to Tumpak Sewu – the east entrance and the west entrance. We strongly recommend visiting from the east entrance as the view from the ton and the walk to the falls is much better!
When you arrive at the east entrance you will find a car park at the end of the road that costs 10,000 Rupiah to park a car and for a motorbike, it’s 2,000 Rupiah. The entrance to east entrance to Tumpak Sewu is next to the car park, you will see a ticket office and the entry fee is 10,000 Rupiah ($1). If you visit the west entrance first before the east, hold on to your ticket so you don’t have to pay twice.
From the car park to the waterfall, follow the path downhill. After around 10 minutes you will arrive to a panoramic viewpoint with amazing views of the Tumpak Sewu waterfall. It’s a truly wonderful sight, so take your time to enjoy it.
Then to reach the base of the waterfall you need to take a steep path down, which takes around 45-60 minutes. Be warned though, it’s a tough walk and certainly not for the faint hearted!
The path down to the base of the falls begins with some steep bamboo stairs, which you should descend until you reach a bamboo ladder. Carefully climb down the ladder before continuing on the path. After a short while you will reach a rocky section with a small waterfall running down it. Take your time and use the railing to steady yourself as you make your way down the waterfall. This is the hardest section of the walk and we found going barefoot helpful in order to get better grip when walking down. Once you complete this section follow the path down until you arrive at the river.
There is a makeshift metal bridge that you need to use to cross the river. It has no handrail but is stable enough to cross as long as you’re careful. After crossing the bridge you will need to climb some rocks, at which point the waterfall should come back into sight. To reach the base of the falls you need to cross the river once more. There is a rope to help cross, which you should make sure to hold tightly as the current can be strong. Once you are at the other side you have finally reached the base of the beautiful Tumpak Sewu waterfall!
When you arrive at the west entrance of Tumpak Sewu Waterfall you will find a car park on the left-hand side of the road and there is a ticket office here where you will have to pay 10,000 Rupiah ($1) to park a car, and 20,000 Rupiah for the waterfall entrance fee. The trek down on the west side is not an easy one. You literally have to climb down sketch bamboo ladders that are built into the cliff side. For that reason, we strongly recommend visiting via the east entrance if you want to climb down to the base of the waterfall, which is a lot safer if you wish to trek down to the base of Tumpak Sewu Waterfall.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TUMPAK SEWU WATERFALL
The hike down to the base of Tumpak Sewu will take you through lush rainforest and it also a bit of a challenge which makes the adventure all the more fun. It can be very slippery when wet and some parts of the trail are quite steep so make sure to have 3 points of contact at all time when making the descent. There are bamboo bridges, metal railings and ropes fixed into the side of the cliffs to aid you along the way. In one section you will have to get your feet wet as you walk across a running stream that flows down and across the cliff face.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO TUMPAK SEWU WATERFALL
The best time to visit Tumpak Sewu is in the dry season which is the months of May through to November, although be prepared for an unexpected downpour of rain as it is very unpredictable weather in these mountains.
As I mentioned earlier, the hike down to the falls is challenging and slippery when wet, so wear suitable footwear and take plenty of drinking water with you.
There are small warungs/cafes in the car park at the top if you need to stock up on water and snacks.
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Tumpak Sewu Waterfall – The Most Beautiful Waterfall In Indonesia