Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

MERAPI VOLCANO (Gunung Merapi) + HIKING + SUNRISE

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS VOLCANO?

THE MOST ACTIVE VOLCANO IN JAVA
The volcano eruption usually every 4 years.
But, since 2010 after the big eruption, the character is change.

EXOTIC VOLCANO 
You visiting exotic desert with nice view, forest, rice farm, horizontal line.
You can also watch sunrise and sunset from here. One of the best place to see those moment.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
If you like outdoor exercise, you might love this place.
You need hike the summit, then doing camping.
You need a lot of energy, courage and concentration to hike this volcano.

CLOSE TO UNMAINSTREAM TOURISM SITE
This place are close to beautiful UNMAINSTREAM place. Such as, KETEP PASS, WATERFALL, MERBABU VOLCANO etc. It just only one way to the site. So, you spend your time effectively to visit these place.

Hiking Post:

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DESCRIPTION:

Mount Merapi, Gunung Merapi (literally Fire Mountain in Indonesian/Javanese), is an active stratovolcano located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is very active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548. It is about 28 kilometres (17 mil) north of the large Yogyakarta city, and thousands of people live on the around of the volcano, with villages as high as 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) above the sea level.

Solfatara smoke can be seen emerging from the top at least 300 days a year, and several eruptions have caused fatalities. Pyroclastic flow from a large explosion killed 27 people on 22 November 1994, mostly in the town of Muntilan, west of the volcano. Another large eruption occurred in 2006, shortly before the Yogyakarta earthquake. In light of the hazards that Merapi poses to populated areas, it has been designated as one of the Decade Volcanoes.

Basecamp:

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On 25 October 2010 the Indonesian government raised the alert for Mount Merapi to its highest level (awas) and warned villagers in threatened areas to move to safer ground. People living within a 20 km (12 mil) zone were told to evacuate. Officials said about 500 volcanic earthquakes had been recorded on the mountain over the weekend of 23–24 October, and that the magma had risen to about 1 kilometre (3,300 ft) below the surface due to the seismic activity. On the afternoon of 25 October 2010 Mount Merapi erupted lava from its southern and southeastern slopes.

The mountain was still erupting on 30 November 2010, however due to lowered eruptive activity on 3 December 2010 the official alert status was reduced to level 3. The volcano is now 2930 metres high, 38 metres lower than before the 2010 eruptions.

After a large eruption in 2010 the characteristic of Mount Merapi was changed. On November 18, 2013 Mount Merapi burst smoke up to 2,000 meters high, one of its first major phreatic eruptions after the 2010 eruption. Researchers said that this eruption occurred due to combined effect of hot volcanic gases and abundant rainfall.

WATCH THE SUMMIT FROM THE VIDEO:

WHERE IS IT?

BASECAMP LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Selo
Sub-district (Kecamatan):
Regency (Kabupaten): Boyolali
Province (Provinsi): Central Java (Jawa Tengah)

DISTANCE:
About 1.5 – 2 hour to north from downtown Yogyakarta or about 60 minutes from Borobudur temple.

MAP:
HOW TO GET TO THE VOLCANO?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is a cheap public transport to get there. First, Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 4,000. You must go to halte bus/bus stop of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to Jombor bus station (Terminal Jombor) or (halte Jombor), and then change bus to Semarang city, ticket about IDR30,000. Then you ask to “kernet” (The man whom you will pay the bus ticket) that you will stop on Blabak Magelang. Then, change bus to Ketep Pass and change again to Selo village.
Ask to the operator if you still confused. Operator will glad to give information. 🙂

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 3A – Stop in Condongcatur Bus shelter/halte
Then, take Route 2A – Stop in Jombor Bus station
please take a bus to Semarang city – Stop in Blabak, Magelang
Then, take a small bus to Ketep Pass – Stop at Ketep Pass
Then, take a small bus to Boyolali – Stop at Selo basecamp
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 3A – Stop in Ngabean shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus station
please take a bus to Semarang city – Stop in Blabak, Magelang
Then, take a small bus to Ketep Pass – Stop at Ketep Pass
Then, take a small bus to Boyolali – Stop at Selo basecamp
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Ngabean shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus station
please take a bus to Semarang city – Stop in Blabak, Magelang
Then, take a small bus to Ketep Pass – Stop at Ketep Pass
Then, take a small bus to Boyolali – Stop at Selo basecamp
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take a bus to Semarang city – Stop in Blabak, Magelang
Then, take a small bus to Ketep Pass – Stop at Ketep Pass
Then, take a small bus to Boyolali – Stop at Selo basecamp

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm.
**) Better you rent a car or motorcycle for comfort reason. Invite couchsurfer to accompany you to hike the volcano.
***) If you wanna reach Selo basecamp better you pass via Klaten and Boyolali, not via Muntilan and Ketep cause these route is not in good condition and danger (deep cliff and landslide). Here the details:

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take a bus to Solo city – Stop in Kartosuro bus station
Then, take a bus to Semarang city – Stop at Boyolali bus station
Then, take a small bus to Magelang – Stop at Selo basecamp
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Tungkak shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 4A – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Solo city – Stop at Kartosuro bus station.
Then, take a bus to Semarang city – Stop at Boyolali bus station
Then, take a small bus to Magelang – Stop at Selo basecamp
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take a bus to Solo city – Stop in Kartosuro bus station
Then, take a bus to Semarang city – Stop at Boyolali bus station
Then, take a small bus to Magelang – Stop at Selo basecamp
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Tungkak shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 4A – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Solo city – Stop in Kartosuro bus station
Then, take a bus to Semarang city – Stop at Boyolali bus station
Then, take a small bus to Magelang – Stop at Selo basecamp

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm.

ENTRANCE FEE:
Rp180,000 (Weekday)
Rp230,000 (Weekend)
Rp300,000 (local Guide)

*) Show your student card to get cheap fee.
**) You can share to pay the guide with your friends. 1 guide for 1 person, 2 guide for 5 persons.
***) You will found the guide at Selo entrance/basecamp.
****) Here i provide the whole entrance fee of the sights in and around Yogyakarta. So, you can calculate your budget and planning your visit.

HIKING TIME:
About 6-8 hours for amateurs.
About 3-5 hours for pro and has good stamina.

Hike to the top:

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MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Weak signal for your cell phone.

*) Today we have signal along the track, you can use Indosat SIM card.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
There are some local/simple/traditional cafe.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet at base camp. Bring your own tissue.

*) Sometimes there will be local guide offering service to you.

Garuda summit:

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DRESS:
Warm jacket and rain coat.

TOOLS:
Proper trekking sandals/shoes, flashlight, waterproof pocket for camera/cell phone.

*) Selo village (1500 AMSL) is around 8 km from the top of volcano (2930 AMSL)

**) On rain season, the weather is unpredictable. On dry season, the jungle and savanna easy to burn. Trust to the local authority that give permit to hike is a wise choice.

BEST MONTH FOR CLIMBING:
Juli – September

*) Those month almost no rain. The track are dry and little dusty, you may wear masker when climbing.

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Rusian girl on the Merapi summit

If you need car transport, you can contact me.
Here the best deal transport/tour package for climbing Merapi:

MERAPI VOLCANO HIKING (CLIMBING) + SUNRISE TOURS

(CLIMB UP THE MERAPI VOLCANO FOR 4 HOURS, SUNRISE THEN CLIMB DOWN)

Cost         :  IDR450K per person (with breakfast)
Pick up      :  10.00 PM (Hotel or meeting point)
Drop off     :  01.00 PM (Hotel)
Duration     :  12 hours
Includes     :  Breakfast & coffee/tea 
                Pick up and drop off (Hotel or meeting point)
                Entrance fee
                Head lamp
                Guide
                Insurance
                Merapi National park Afforestation donation
Excludes     :  Mineral water
Tour code    :  K10

*) If you found this view looks like mess up or without arrangement, please rotate your phone into landscape position.

Please send these data to me via Whatsapp (+6281 2277 0029) for booking the tour package:

Date of hiking                         :
Name                                        :
Number of traveler                  :
Hotel/hostel & room number  :
Tour code                                 : K10

*) Your name should match with booking name in your hotel/hostel cause the driver will ask to the receptionist. Not calling or texting you.

**) Please be ready in 15 minutes before pick up time.

***) No deposit for booking. For cancellation please text me one day before.

****) If you are not often doing exercise, please don’t push your limits or fulfill your ego to reach the summit. Otherwise, you will got cramps or arrive late on the basecamp. Other traveler can not waiting you so long cause they already have other plan after hiking. Maybe catching the flight or visit other destination. Please, be a wise cause it’s not private tour, it’s group of tour. Minimum 2 persons and maximum 10 persons.

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*) This Russian tough girl took 3.5 hours only to reach the Merapi summit. But, don’t push your limits to equal her speed. Her muscle trained very well. Know your limit is the wise step to reach the Merapi summit with joy, secure and grateful.

MERAPI HIKING TOUR (K10) TESTIMONIALS:

 

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30 thoughts on “MERAPI VOLCANO (Gunung Merapi) + HIKING + SUNRISE

  1. Jie Yi Chan

    The website is comprehensive and it is really helpful.
    I notice there are some suggested tourist place lacking of ‘how to get there’ information. But I know you’re trying to complete it!

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Actually it is very detailed.
      You need read it carefully.
      From your departing Trans Jogja shelter,
      it should be arrived in the one/same Trans Jogja shelter,
      even you departing from different Trans Jogja shelter.
      After that you can use the next transport such as a bus/taxi motorcycle etc.
      I give two space line as difference for next transport after Trans Jogja bus.
      Cheers.

  2. Ash

    Im planning to go for a 2D1N track up Merapi Volcano on the 30th January 2016 but am not sure about the going abouts. How do I hire someone to bring us there? Is there any email add or website i could go to?
    its stated here that ENTRY TICKET:Rp180,000. / Rp230,000 (Holiday) / Rp300,000 (+ Guide). Is this the total price (RP300,000 per person) to climb up if let say i want a guide to go up with us? where do i find the guide? at Selo enterance itself?
    Help please 🙂 Thank you!

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Well, i already explain about public transport to reach the base camp.
      But, It’s tiring and wasting time if you use public transport because you have to change the bus again and again,
      also the bus sometime waiting for passenger until full loaded.
      You can rent a motorcycle for cheap reason.

      Merapi entrance fee:
      Rp180k per person (Monday – Friday)
      Rp230k per person (Saturday – Sunday)
      *) Show your student card to get cheap fee.
      Rp300k (Guide only)
      *) You can share to pay the guide with your friends.
      **) If you hike with local who experienced to this volcano, guide is not mandatory. But, if you hike alone or without experienced local, guide is mandatory.
      ***) You will found the guide at Selo entrance/basecamp.

  3. Vera

    Very useful detailed info! This is very helpful for many people. Maybe you can include, whether it is necessary to hire a guide? What would you recommend, for example.

    Also, perhaps necessary things to pack and prepare for the hike? Some people who are amateurs can find that helpful 🙂

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Thanks.
      For foreigner or local or newbie, i recommend to hire a guide.
      Except, you are accompanied by local who had experience hike/climb this volcano.

      Ok, i will add those information. 😉

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Actually Selo village is a basecamp/post to hike Merapi volcano, not for viewing Merapi.
      I think better from Ketep Pass than Selo.
      From Ketep Pass you can see the view of Merapi and Merbabu volcano and the sunrise.
      Ketep Pass also had Volcano Theatre, you can watch documentary about volcano birth, eruption, etc.
      The access way is easy and better, if you access from Muntilan city compare to Selo village.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Refer to the official Merapi National Park website.
      Climatologically presence of Merapi volcano entered a tropical monsoon climate region,
      which is characterized by high intensity rainfall in the wet season (November-April) which was then replaced by dry months (April-October).

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      Well it’s tiring if you hike Merapi volcano.
      Especially if you never doing exercise.
      As alternative solutions,
      you can watch sunrise at Setumbu hill, Ketep pass and Cangkringan village by a jeep.

  4. Hazim

    Hi Kunzyogya 🙂 Very informative & detail. Thank you so much. Me & 2 of my friends are going to Merapi this Dec. I want to know if it is necessary for us to hire a guide online to avoid not getting anyone there? & also any hotels you can recommend me so that it will be easier for the driver to pick us up?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      Actually on the ‘Selo’ base camp / hiking post they organize the guide by empowering the young local people.
      So, when the traveler come or arrive at the ‘Selo’ base camp, they have ready guides for guiding you.
      Otherwise, they will contact the local people who want and able guiding.

      Actually the Merapi hiking tours (K10) is include guide, pick up & drop off hotel, breakfast, entrance fee, headlamp, etc.
      So, you don’t have to worry about anything. We will organize for you.
      Your hotel should be in the downtown of Yogyakarta if you want pick up at your hotel.
      Otherwise, the driver will pick up you at meeting point / pick up spot.

      Cheers.

      1. Haris Mohd

        Hi, with whom i should contact for merapi hiking tour (k10) and how much the total for foreigners for this this package? Thankyou 🙂

        1. kunzyogya Post author

          Hi Haris,

          You can contacting me via Whatsapp.
          Send me your name, country, number of traveler, your hotel (pick up), date of hiking Merapi volcano.
          It’s IDR 450k per person.
          Include: Pick up and drop off hotel, entrance fee, guide, headlamp, breakfast and insurance.

          Cheers.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      For Merapi hiking tour (K10) at least 2 persons.
      Well, you can check or ask me whether any traveler who hike in the same day with you.
      Otherwise, i will put you in the waiting list.
      Actually almost everyday we bring travelers to the ‘Selo basecamp’.
      Then we use local people to guide you to hike to the Merapi’s summit.

      Cheers.

  5. adzle azhar

    Hi there!

    Im really interested with your hiking trip, is it possible for any hikers to do a daypack trip? and do you provide hiking trip to Mt.Merbabu

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi Adzle Azhar,

      What do you mean a daypack trip?
      Sorry, i don’t get it.
      We start hiking in the midnight.
      Then watching the sunrise and above the clouds view.
      Then climb down, smelling the forest and fresh air.
      That’s the point.

      No, we don’t provide a hiking tour to Merbabu volcano.

      Cheers.

  6. Chiunhau

    Hi This is cool and, I’ll travel to Yogya in Feb. 2017, but now I wonder if it is safe to hike on Merapi then? It’s rain season right? and you say the best season for hiking is summer… is it OK to go in rain season?? Thank you.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      Well, it’s depend on the weather when you hiking the Merapi.
      If just little rain, it’s still OK. You can buy cheap poncho on the basecamp.
      But, if heavy rain and foggy, that’s a problem.
      The local authority can not release permit for hiking.

      Regards.

  7. izzee

    Hi there. I’ve been checking on the packages offered here and my question is, is it recommended for me to get this Merapi hike + custom Borobodur sunrise package at the same time if i wish to stay in Yogjakarta for 3-4 days. I’ll probably go to Yogja mid year 2017. Will these packages be available at that time? Thank you in advance.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi Izzee,

      In the mid of the year is indonesian holidays (student).
      Better you booking first.
      I recommend you take custom Borobudur sunrise package first,
      then take Merapi hiking tour in the last day.
      Because Merapi hiking tour is tiring tour for some people,
      it will need a lot of energy to reach the summit.

      If you take Merapi hiking tour first,
      then you will not exciting for the next tour such as Borobudur, etc.
      Because you already tired, restless and sometime sleepy.

  8. JY

    Hello! for the K10 package, is it shared with other travelers or just within my own group? Based on comments above, understand need minimum 2 person to take up K10. I have myself and another companion.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hello!

      It’s group of tour.
      So. you will hike the Merapi volcano with other traveler.
      If no other traveler booking the Merapi hike tour on the day,
      it will be you and your friend.
      and the guide off course.

  9. nurul

    hi there, I have read blogs mention to take jeep to watch sunrise. the jeep destination is not the highest point is it ? or will they just drop us somewhere nearby the area. Im kinda confuse

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      The jeep sunrise destination is not the highest point.
      It’s an area of the last village near Merapi volcano.
      The jeep can not reach the Merapi summit.

      If you want to get the highest point,
      you have to start hiking to the summit from the Selo village.
      It’s different location from jeep basecamp.

      Cheers.

  10. Ng Yu To

    Hi we have 3 person in the group and will like to check if you still provide trekking services or trekking mount merapi on 16/9(10pm) -17/9(2pm). If yes what will be the cost and the iti.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      Yup, we provide mount Merapi trekking services on those days.
      IDR 450K per pax.
      Here the Merapi Trekking Tour (K10) itinerary:
      10.00 PM : Pick up you at hotel in Yogyakarta city.
      11.30 PM : Arrive at Selo basecamp.
      12.00 AM : Introducing the guide, Safety talk & preparation.
      01.00 AM : Start Merapi hiking.
      05.15 AM – 05.20 AM : Watching the Merapi sunrise.
      05.20 AM – 07.00 AM : Watching the panorama in the morning
      07.00 AM – 07.30 AM : Start climb down.
      09.30 AM – 10.00 AM : Arrive on the Selo basecamp and have a breakfast + coffee/tea.
      10.30 AM : Start back to Yogyakarta city
      01.00 PM : Arrive at your hotel.

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