Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

ANCIENT MOUNT NGLANGGERAN (Gunung Purba Nglanggeran) + SUNSET

NGLANGGERAN ANCIENT VOLCANO

– All Details to Know About Nglanggeran Ancient Volcano –

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT NGLANGGERAN?

PRIMORDIAL VOLCANO IN JAVA
The hill actually is an active volcano in 20 million years ago.
But, inactive and had erosion/slide by the time.

EXOTIC PLACE
You visiting exotic place with nice view, rice farm, forest, misty cloud, Merapi volcano etc.
You can also watch sunset from here. One of the best place to see the sunset.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
If you like outdoor exercise, you might love this place.
You need hike to the top of hill, or you can doing climbing.
Maybe you just wanna camping one night to enjoy and feel the atmosphere.

CLOSE TO UNMAINSTREAM TOURISM SITE
This place are close to beautiful UNMAINSTREAM place. Such as, BINTANG HILL, SRI GETHUK WATERFALL, RATU BOKO TEMPLE etc. It just only one way to the site. So, you spend your time effectively to visit these place.

Walking between two big rocks:

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WHAT IS NGLANGGERAN?

DESCRIPTION: 

Mount Nglanggeran is an primordial volcano form a giant boulder. Besides having the ability to watch the sunset & sunrise spectacular and also sparkling Yogyakarta in the evening.

Viewing the beautiful sunset from the top of a hill is a very special moment that not everybody could enjoy. The extreme route, uncertain weather, hard track, and long distance become the barrier for many people to go mountain climbing. However, you don’t have to deal with those problems when you hike to Mount Nglanggeran in Patuk, Gunungkidul. It only takes 1 to 1.5 hours tracking, you will get its western peak, which is named Mount Gede. Awesome landscape will be in front of you. You will watch the spread of clouds, a range of mountains forming unique shape, housing, and also eco friendly environtment. When the day is getting dark, Yogyakarta will look like the ocean of light. The twinkling of the stars and the sparkling of the lamps in distance becomes romantic moment for those who have camping activity there.

Mount Nglanggeran is an old volcano that used to be active million years ago. Located on Baturagung karst area, Nglanggeran was lithologically formed by old volcanic material fragment. It has two peaks, namely western and eastern peak with a caldera in the center. Nowadays, Nglanggeran is a range of huge rocky mountain which has georgous view, unique landscape and names, and also history behind it. The mountains in the range are usually called based on their shape, for example Mount 5 Jari, Mount Kelir, and Mount Wayang.

Mount Nglanggeran Summit

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WHERE IS MOUNT NGLANGGERAN LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Nglanggeran
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Patuk
Regency (Kabupaten): Gunung Kidul
Province (Provinsi): Yogyakarta

DISTANCE:
About 26 km or 40-50 minutes east of downtown Yogyakarta.

MAP OF MOUNT NGLANGGERAN:

HOW TO GET TO NGLANGGERAN ANCIENT 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 Giwangan bus station (Terminal Bus Giwangan), and then change bus to Wonosari city, ticket about IDR10,000. Then you ask to “kernet” (The man whom you will pay the bus ticket) that you will stop on Pathuk, Gunung kidul. Then, change Taxi motor to Nglanggeran. Ask to the operator if you still confused. Operator will glad to give information. 🙂

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
Then, please take a bus to Wonosari city – Stop in Pathuk.
Then, please take a taxi motor to the Nglanggeran
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)
Then, please take a bus to Wonosari city – Stop in Pathuk.
Then, please take a taxi motor to the Nglanggeran
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)
Then, please take a bus to Wonosari city – Stop in Pathuk.
Then, please take a taxi motor to the Nglanggeran
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take a bus to Wonosari city – Stop in Pathuk.
Then, please take a taxi motor to the Nglanggeran.

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

HOW MUCH IS THE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRY TICKET:
IDR 10,000.

*) Update entrance fee:
Local: IDR 15K
International: IDR 30K
Guide: IDR 70K

**) Visit in the night the entrance fee will be more expensive.

HIKING TIME:
About 30 minutes – 1.5 hours (depend on your speed).

A stone stuck between two big rocks:

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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

SUNSET
At least you arrived on 4.45 pm

OPEN HOURS:
24 hours

DRY SEASON
April – October

*) The peak season of Dry season: July-August. Not much rain on those months.

**) It’s very slippery after rain. I had fall two times. Better you wear special sandals/shoes for hiking.

EXOTIC GRASSHOPPER AT NGLANGGERAN

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*) If you got a luck, you will found this beautiful insect. 😉

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Weak signal for your smartphone.

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

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet.
*) Better bring your own tissue.

GET A BIG PICTURE OF NGLANGGERAN VOLCANO FROM VIDEO:

*) Update info: Since November 19th, 2018 the Nglanggeran ancient volcano closed due to the wasp attack. On November 18th a farmer attacked by thousand of wasp when looking a grass and killed a wasp. On November 19th six visitor injured due to wasp attack. Then, on November 20th seven local guide and operator attacked when checking the area.

**) Update info: Since November 24th, 2018 the Nglanggeran ancient volcano available to be visited.

SOME  ATTRACTIONS NEAR MOUNT NGLANGGERAN:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Nglanggeran ancient mount:

1. Kedung Kandang waterfall.
2. Curug Gede waterfall.
3. Griya Cokelat (Chocolate house).
4. Nglanggeran reservoir.

*) Those waterfall is dry or without water on dry season (May – September).

10 DESTINATION THAT MOST VISITED BY INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER IN YOGYAKARTA AND AROUND:

Find other gems in Jogja and around that you never knew existed. Here they are:

1. Borobudur temple
2. Prambanan temple
3. Jomblang cave
4. Ramayana ballet
5. Merapi volcano (Hiking)
6. Merapi volcano (Lava Tour by Jeep)
7. Sultan palace and Water castle
8. Timang beach + Gondola
9. Ratu Boko temple
10. Malioboro street

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5 thoughts on “ANCIENT MOUNT NGLANGGERAN (Gunung Purba Nglanggeran) + SUNSET

  1. Vera

    This 20 million years ago ancient volcano is extraordinary. The hike to it is fair and manageable. You don’t have to worry too much about it, unless if it’s rainy it could be slippery. The view is definitely spectacular! All the rocks surrounding it-amazingggg! If you are lucky, you can spot some very unique and colorful insects and flowers 🙂

  2. Andrew

    If you are reasonably fit, you won t have any problem hiking Gunung Nglanggeran at all. I think it can be classified as an easy-medium hike. Starting from the parking lot, you probably need more or less one and half hours to reach the top. It will easily stretch to become a two-hour journey though as there are several viewing points along the way and you cannot miss the chance to take a break and just enjoy the views surrounding the mountain.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Thank you for describing the ‘Nglanggeran’ ancient volcano.
      I think it will be useful for the travelers.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      Actually you don’t need a guide to reach Nglanggeran summit,
      because there are many direction board.
      But, you can ask a guide if you like to be accompanied by local.
      You can ask a guide at front office or ticket window.

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