While the sheer view of the majestic Mount Merapi is already a splendor in itself, the thrill of conquering the most active volcano in Indonesia truly offers its own special sensation.
Situated 1,560 meters above sea level at the foot of Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu, Selo village is administratively located within the Boyolali Regency, in the province of Central Java, aproximately 80 Kilometers from downtown Yogyakarta. For the fit and healthy, from Selo it’s a 3 hour hike to the summit of Mount Merapi, for others it will take 4 hours plus to climb, and nearly the same time for the descent. Most hikers start at midnight, or just after, in order to reach the summit before the first light of dawn. This is because Merapi generally emits more gases as the day goes on, so early morning is the safest time to visit.
Upon arriving at Selo, passing the entrance gate of the village, hikers will be greeted with the big sign saying: “NEW SELO” which is the starting point for the hike. Hikers’ basecamp to gather and prepare for their trip is located before the start of the trail on the left. The basecamp is also the first climbing post where Guide services are available.
From here the path actually leads downhill for a short 300-400 metres before ascending steeply to a large new monument (built in 2011). Subsequently, it is a just a five minutes’ stroll to the middle of a huge boulder field known as Pasar Bubrah which is often full of tents at peak hiking season or weekends. Here hikers are also presented with magnificent views of the twin cones of Mount Sumbing and Mount Sindoro.
From Pasar Bubrah the steep rocky cone of Merapi is clearly visible. It will take about a difficult 45 minutes of slipping over gravels – and avoiding rocks sent down by the person ahead – to reach the actual crater rim. It’s a very tiring section of the trail and inevitably, shoes will also be filled with small rocks and volcanic sand. As hikers reach closer to the summit, the panorama grows even more splendid with every step. To the east, hikers are presented with the magnificent view of the towering peak of Mount Lawu as it beautifully pierces the heavenly clouds.
Prior to 2006, the highest point of Mt. Merapi was a huge shard of rock called Puncak Garuda. After the 2006 eruption, however, the highest point of the volcano became part of a new lava dome, and impossible – or at least incredibly dangerous – to reach. Nevertheless, the devastating eruptions in October and November 2010 led to great changes in the shape of the summit area. There is now no longer a lava dome, and its stead is left a huge new crater.
MERAPI VOLCANO TRACKING [2 DAYS/1 NIGHT]
DAY 01 : YOGYA - SELO - PEAK MERAPI VOLCANO.
Pick up service at your hotel at 22.00 pm then drive for two hours to reach Selo village. Selo village is located in the north of Merapi volcano. Take a rest for couple hours while preparation and at 12.30 am start trek up for 4 hours to reach peak of Merapi volcano.
DAY 02 : PEAK MERAPI VOLCANO - SELO - YOGYAKARTA.
After see sunrise at Merapi volcano then trek down for 3,5 hours and arrive at selo village for breakfast. After breakfast return back to yogyakarta and drop off to your hotel. Arrive in Yogyakarta estimated at 13.00 pm. End of service.
Price :USD 80 /pax (min :3 person or multiples)
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