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Tumpak Sewu has to be our absolute favorite waterfall we’ve visited in Southeast Asia. It’s one of the most powerful and tallest waterfall that we’ve seen during our yearlong trip. It’s 120 meters high and overshadowed by an active volcano. This was also the toughest hike we’ve ever done, but it was well worth climbing sketchy bamboo ladders as well as up, down and through small streams and waterfalls. If you’re planning a trip to Indonesia, this is a MUST SEE if you are in Java.

Here are few helpful travel tips for visiting this breathtaking view!

Getting to Tumpak Sewu is about a two-hour drive from Malang (depending on traffic and what time you leave). 7am or earlier is probably the best time to start your journey.

You can get there by motorbike, private car or arranged tour by your hotel. We booked our trip through our hostel and paid about 150K/$11 USD per person. Our pricing also include the cost of parking.

Entrance fees are super cheap and affordable. Depending on what you want to do, you can choose to do all of the waterfalls or select which ones you want to explore. We recommend exploring them all!

Parking: 5K IDR/$0.35 USD
Waterfall Panorama Viewpoint and to walk down to the base: 20K/$1.40 USD
Coban Sewu (to get even closer to the waterfall): 10K IDR$0.70 USD
Goa Tetes (cave waterfall): 5K IDR/$0.35 USD
Total without parking: 35K IDR/$2.50 USD/

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The hike down is a bit difficult and this hike is not suitable for children. You will be hiking down through streams of water and there will be sketchy bamboo ladders and paths are not clearly marked. It was definitely not an easy hike for us but we enjoyed every second of it! Make sure to take your time and enjoy the scenic views.

Warning: You will get wet and muddy! Make sure to wear sturdy and proper shoes (no flip flops or sandals), the water can be a bit slippery in certain areas. You should also bring a dry bag for your electronics. 


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That’s our guide to Tempak Sewu but like always, all opinions are entirely our own. Above all, enjoy Indonesia!

Disclaimer: We have no financial incentive to promote lodging or any other services. This recommendation comes solely from personal experience.


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