Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

SETUMBU HILL (Punthuk Setumbu) + SUNRISE

Setumbu_sunrise3

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS HILL?

CHEAP
The entry ticket is very cheap, compare to Borobudur Sunrise.
Entry ticket for Sunrise at Setumbu Hill Rp30,000 and entry ticket for Borobudur Sunrise Rp380,000.

WORTH IT
You can see the NIRVANA SUNRISE, the best golden egg yolk ever, with two volcano beside the sun. Yup, Merapi and Merbabu volcano.
You also can see the fog surrounding the forest around Borobudur temple. The best catch ever.

EXOTIC PLACE
You visiting exotic hill with nice view. Quiet and peaceful.
You also can hear the sound of birds singing, the grasshoper voice and the sound of blowing wind.

CLOSE TO MAINSTREAM TOURISM SITE
This place are close to MAINSTREAM site. Borobudur temple just 4 km far away.
You can go to Borobudur after watching sunrise at Setumbu hill.

CLOSE TO UNMAINSTREAM TOURISM SITE
This place are close to UNMAINSTREAM site. Such as, CHICKEN CHURCH, MENDUT TEMPLE & RAFTING ELO RIVER.
You can combine to visit these place.

Sunrise between two volcano:

Setumbu_2

DESCRIPTION:

Setumbu Hill is the name of a hillside situated around 4 km west of Borobudur temple. It is among of the very best location to watch the Borobudur sunrise from an elevation of 400 m over the sea level.

To see sunrise as well as expect to see an egg-yolk sun is not 100% possible in rainy season, not a 100% hit in any day. Thus, do not expect to see a full sunrise. What exactly you would see is clouds with orange skyline. However, it is still lovely. The claiming goes, it is the trip that matters.

The catch:

Setumbu_4

The actual catch is not just the sunrise, but the hazy Borobudur that gradually discloses itself out from the misty forested Magelang. Lots of who were there to see sunrise were not realize, the actual goal is to see Borobudur reveals its bell shape out of the forest shrouded in the fog.

WATCH THE SUNRISE FROM VIDEO:

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Kerahan, Karangrejo
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Borobudur
Regency (Kabupaten): Magelang
Province (Provinsi): Central Java (Jawa Tengah)

MAP:

DISTANCE:
About 45 minutes – 1 hour to north from downtown Yogyakarta or about 8-10 minutes or 4 km from Borobudur temple.

HOW TO GET TO THE SETUMBU HILL?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is a cheap public transport to get there. First, take Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 4,000. You must go to halte bus/bus stop/shelter of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to Jombor bus station (Terminal Jombor) or (halte Jombor), and then change bus to Borobudur, ticket about IDR30,000. Then you change taxi motor to Setumbu Hill.
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 Shelter,
then please take Route 2A – Stop in Jombor Bus Station
please take a bus direct to Borobudur – Stop at Borobudur bus station
Then, take a taxi motorcycle to Setumbu hill
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 3A (at Malioboro Shelter) – Stop in Ngabean Shelter,
then please take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus Station
please take a bus direct to Borobudur – Stop at Borobudur bus station
Then, take a taxi motorcycle to Setumbu hill
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Ngabean Shelter,
then please take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus Station
please take a bus direct to Borobudur – Stop at Borobudur bus station
Then, take a taxi motorcycle to Setumbu hill
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take a bus direct to Borobudur – Stop at Borobudur bus station
Then, take a taxi motorcycle to Setumbu hill

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

*) It always hard to find bus in early morning. Better you rent a motorcycle from Yogyakarta. Start 4 A.M if you don’t want miss sunrise.

Hiking Post:

Setumbu_3

HOW MUCH IT COST?

ENTRY TICKET:
IDR 30,000 for international tourist

HIKING TIME:
About 15-20 minutes.

Watching sunrise:

Setumbu_1

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Weak signal for your cell phone.

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

Watching sunrise:

Setumbu_5

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
*) Better you leave at 4 am from Yogyakarta, so you won’t miss the sunrise.
**) Sometimes there will be local people offering to guide you to get to the site.
**) Better sunrise in the summer or dry season, sometime more clear.

CHECK THE WEATHER FOR TOMORROW TO GET BEST SUNRISE



8 thoughts on “SETUMBU HILL (Punthuk Setumbu) + SUNRISE

  1. Cindy

    Hi Mas Roni, great website first of all! I’m planning on doing solo travelling next month. Could you share to me about transportation to Setumbu Hill from Malioboro area (thinking bout living around this area) for early morning to catch the sunrise? Thanks!

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Thanks, Cindy.
      Well, actually i have put the information above.
      Using Trans Jogja from Malioboro street.
      But, Trans Jogja start at 5.30 am.
      So, you gonna miss the sunrise if you use this transportation.
      You can rent motorcycle or go by travel agency as alternative solution.
      Start at 4.00 am from Yogya is a wise to catch the sunrise in Setumbu Hill.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Yes, that’s why i put weather forecast widget here.
      So, you will know when the best time to visit and manage your schedule. 😉

  2. Maria Laura loustalet

    A cheap entrance to see the wonderfull sunrise, amazing view !!!!
    Fresh air. .! With the smell of the cloves…!!

    1. awizul

      Yup! The climbing in almost total darkness (used my iPhone light!!) was exhilarating but the view was worthwhile!

      Mucha Gracias Roni!

  3. Vera

    It’s a great and cheap place to go to catch the sunrise. Easy hike with fresh morning air. You get an amazing view from the top of the hill as well! Besides its close to Borobudur too!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *