This Mount is one of the most popular hikes in Central Java, and has spectacular views to other volcanoes in all directions from the summit area. It has five calderas, Condrodimuko, Kombang, Kendang, Rebab and Sambernyowo but no serious volcanic activity has been reported here for many decades. Merbabu can be climbed from Kopeng (northern slope, near to Semerang) or Selo (southern slope between Merbabu and Merapi and closer to Solo), The best hike is definitely a traverse from Kopeng to Selo, because the climb from Kopeng is a gentler slope and there is a good source of water halfway up. This hike could be completed in a day by very fit people, but an overnight stay on one of the summits is recommended.
The Kopeng starting point is actually Tekelan village (1,600m elevation), where you are requested to register at the tiny National Park Office. The hike is called the “seven summits” based on the fact that are indeed seven summits, although a few of them are more of a small bump on the ascent. It is a long 5 to 7 hours up to the summit and you will need a sunhat and sunscreen as most of the trail is not forested. This has an upside of course – views are breathtaking, particular towards Sindoro and Sumbing.
There are 4 “pos” or shelters: 1) Pending (1,936m); 2) Pereng Putih (2,162m); Gemuk Menthul (2,330m); and Lempong Sompan (2,510m). Strong hikers should take no more than 2 hours to reach Pos 4, but your porters may need longer. After the 4 pos, there are the seven summits. The first is Watu Gubug (2,735m) and the second is more obvious and called Watu Tulis (2,900m) where there is a old radio mast. It should take strong hikers no more 3 hours to get to this point. After Watu Tulis, the path drops down before the climb starts to Summit 3. Just before the climb starts to summit 3, there is a source of good water near to an obvious geological feature – a large area or outcrop of white/yellow sulphurous clay soil. You drop down an obvious path to the right and can hear the stream below very clearly. This area is a popular camping spot for those who do not want to hike all the way to the summits over 3,000m. If you do camp here, it means an early morning start if you want to get to the summits for sunrise, and you’ll miss the best views of the sunset. Geger Sapi (2,987m) is not really much of a summit, and is more of a small hump on the fairly relentless steep climb towards Summit 4. As you reach the summit ridge, you turn left to climb the last few metres to Summit 4, Syarif (3,142m). This is a fabulous camping spot, with views of Sumbing, Sindoro, Merbabu’s highest summits and Merapi. There are surprisingly many good flat camping areas, and you may well have the whole summit to yourself, until the sunrise hikers make their way up from Summit 3.
Another great camping spots and is Summit 6, which is near the true summit and called Kenteng Songo (3,167m). To reach Summit 6 from Summit 4, you drop back down and hike along the ridge between the summits. The path actually passes around the south side of Summit 5, Ondorante (3,000m), before the final steep climb to reach Summit 6. A short hop from Summit 6 is the Summit 7 – Triangulasi – which appropriately has a pile of stones and a blue cement rock at the very highest point.
All three of the main campsite areas offer wonderful views eastwards to Gunung Lawu, northwards to Telomoyo and Ungaran and south to Gunung Merapi, but the highest peak is definitely the best for watching Merapi. On your second day, return the same way or follow the steep but well-used track down to Selo (the village nestling between Merbabu and Merapi). This will take at least 4 hours and is hard on the knees. After the steepest part descent along the eroded trail you reach a fairly flat grassy area where the trail gives you two choices; take the left (more easterly) option and drop down through some open forest that becomes a denser as you descend further. Another hour or two and you’ll reach some pine plantation and suddenly see the village that marks your exit from Merbabu National Park, and the end of a fantastic hike.
Bagging information by Andy Dean and Daniel Quinn.
A) MOUNT MERBABU TRACKING [2 DAYS/I NIGHTS].
DAY 01 : YOGYA - SELO - PEAK MT. MERBABU.
Pick up service at your hotel at 20.00 pm then drive for two hours to reach Selo village. Selo village is located in the south of Mount Merbabu. Take a rest for couple hours while preparation and at 23.00 pm start trek up for 6 hours to reach mount Merbabu.
DAY 02 : PEAK MOUNT MERBABU - SELO - YOGYAKARTA.
After see sunrise at Mt. Merbabu then trek down for 4 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 15.00 pm. End of service.
Price : USD 80,00 / pax (min :3 persons or multiples)
B) MOUNT MERBABU TRACKING CAMPING [2 DAYS/I NIGHTS].
We will pick you up in the city of Yogyakarta on the agreed place (airport / hotel ) afternoon.
The journey to base camp climbing in Selo district, Boyolali .
We will climb Merbabu from the south side, the side where during the trip we will see in the rear view of Mount Merapi .
We’ve got Merbabu mountaineering basecamp. Here 1800 meters altitude above the sea level. We prepare ourselves for a moment before doing trekking at night. Due to the characteristics of the track trekking Merbabu is quick and easy , then camping package climb conditioned to do at afternoon (0.15 pm - 0.17 pm start to climb)
We'll start trekking towards afternoon. At the beginning of the trip, we will pass through pine vegetation and several types of sub- alpine trees other. Then go to the rain forest that is not so heavy. Continue uphill until you reach a place where the forest field already rare. From here up to the top, the view is always visible to the Merapi .We started up the hill with vegetation such as shrubs and edelweiss Cantigi .climb will be steep and in some there are remnants of the landslide.
Hill climbing edelweiss Savana started to look after the hill climb, people call savanna .1
The main vegetation is grass, and edelweiss Cantigi with some pine trees that stand alone. Then we will climb again before arriving at a wider savanna, which is savannas 2.
At the end of the 2 existing savanna edelweiss ample field with a big tree .There, sheltered from the strong winds from the savanna .Here is where we take a break while waiting for the dawn of time to summit attack. Merbabu peak about 45 minutes - 1 hour from here.
Merapi has always seen from a height Merbabu
Day 2: Midnight time taking a break in the tent prior to ascent to the summit. Accompanied by a few glasses of drinks warm enough to reduce the cold here .we can take arrest and sleep until
04:00 to 5:00 and we will start the ascent to the summit. Temperatures here range from 10-13 degrees Celsius (when dry season is coolest, less than 5 degrees Celsius) . Of fields edelweiss, travel continues to climb to the top Merbabu . Comprehensive landscape here, Mount Merapi looks very close behind .Cantigi trees and edelweisza fence along the trail to the summit .On the east side, the sky was flushed sign soon the sun will rise. And views of the sunrise from the summit of Merbabu that will be our target.
05:30 We have reached the peak Kenteng Songo (3142 meters above sea level), one of several peaks in Merbabu . And this is the highest peak of the mountain Merbabu. Songo Kenteng peaks form a flat spot that is not so wide, there are no trees here, just grass and Merbabu. If we go a little to the east, then we will find that hole like a bowl of fruit.
7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.Enjoy panoramic before the trek down the mountain climbing Marbabu .
Camp in the savanna
08:30 to 11:00 Way down to the base camp mountaineering Merbabu .
11:00 to 12:00Short rest in basecamp, then enjoy lunch before heading back to Jogja .
2:00 to 14:00Way back to Yogyakarta.
Price: USD 120.00 /pax (min 3 person or multiplies)
v slipping bag/matras
v Logistics in mountain
v Registration to National Parks
v Base camp
v mineral water/coffee/tea
You should take:
v Clothing reserves
v Sleeping bag
v Rain coat or poncho
v Head lamp or flashlight
v Personal Medications
v trekking shoes
v Socks sleep
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