Discover Merapi Volcano - Yogyakarta
There is a reason why some travelers love to hike through the trails of a city’s or a country’s most beloved peaks. The rush of adrenaline as they take each step, the cool air filling their lungs, as they are surrounded by a thick forest beside them, a rugged road beneath them, and the clear blue skies conquering above their heads. Though the journey to the top is always challenging, the prize lies at the end. Once they have reached their destination, they are treated with a spectacular view of the area, and feel like that they have accomplished something great! In the city of Yogyakarta, there is one place wherein hiking enthusiasts can give their skills a shot, and that is on the top of the Merapi Volcano.
Locally known as Gunung Merapi, which literally means “Fire Mountain,” it is an active volcano located in central Java. Although its crater occasionally emits a white smoke, it is still not enough for adventurous and gung-ho travelers to make them stop and head back down to the volcano’s foot. Dominating the city’s landscape, Merapi can be appreciated from afar, but if visitors want to get a glimpse of Yogyakarta’s aerial beauty, they must grab their gear, take a couple of friends, and prepare themselves for a journey of a lifetime. Once they have taken your first few steps, they will immediately realize that the Merapi Volcano is not as lush as the other mountains. However, with its rocky trails and its monstrous mouth staring right at them, they are drawn to the challenge, and their body gives them the strength you need to make it to the top.
Trip Guru would like to remind potential trekkers that if they really do wish to climb Merapi Volcano, they need to be prepared. Please bring the necessary equipment, such as water, torch, raincoat, and wear the appropriate attire. Also, be aware of your surroundings and take the safest route possible. Merapi is an active volcano, so be cautious wherever you step.
To get to Merapi Volcano, you must first head to Selo from Yogyakarta. It is the last village before the volcano. You can take a taxi from the city’s airport and back and it will cost you around 1,000,000 IDR. You can also hire a scooter and ride north out of Yojya on Jl. Magelang. When you reach Mungkid, turn right onto Jalan Bololali-Mungkad and then head towards Ketep. Take a right turn and continue following the Jalan Bololali-Mungkad into Selo. From there, ride up the steep road to the trail entrance. Admissions fee costs 225,000 IDR.
What our experts tell about this experience.
Even though I was told that the volcano was still active, it did not stop me to reach the top. The journey was challenging because of the rocky slopes, but after getting to see the glorious view from above, I immediately knew why people do it. It’s a great activity to enjoy with your sporty friends.