After numerous visits to Mount Merapi and the surrounding area, it has come to be one of our favorite places in Yogyakarta. First, the slopes of the mountain provide a cool and refreshing escape from the often hot and humid climate of the city. Second, while Yogyakarta's residents are claimed by most as being one of the warmest and friendliest people, the communities in the hills of Merapi take it up a notch and define hospitality and warmth on another level! You're instantly made to feel at home and taken care of as if one of their own. And finally, there is of course Mount Merapi itself - one never tires from seeing the majesty of her towering facade or awe at the her destructive powers.
We've found that one of the best ways to appreciate Merapi is to go on a early morning hike through the lush green forests at the base of the mountain which is also pocketed with signs of the destruction caused by the eruption of 2010. We work with long time local residents of the town of Kaliurang and offer one of the most insightful and enjoyable morning of hiking.
The tour starts at four in the morning where breakfast awaits. Breakfast is accompanied with a screening of an informative video and a presentation of the tour that helps set the context for the day. The hike while enjoyable, reveals so much more than meets the eye. Following a beautiful sunrise from atop one of the many hills, you will be taken through the history of Merapi itself, through the destruction and recovery efforts by the locals, through wild vegetation and cash crops that can be found in the jungles of Merapi and most interestingly, your host will share the myths and legends of Merapi and its significance to the Javanese people. All these elements of the tour come together quite harmoniously in this 5 hour hike.
**Transportation is not included in the price. If you are not making your own way to the base site, you can choose to include transportation from the add-on section below. Guests making their own way to the starting base are expected to reach by 3:30 am. If you want to include transportation (private a/c vehicle), simply select the option the add on section below and we will pick you up at 3 am from your hotel.
If however you choose to spend a night at Kaliurang, our host also offers rooms. Simply get to the location and you can pay for the rooms directly to your host, Mr Christian. Dorm rooms start at IDR 30,000, twin sharing rooms start at IDR 70,000+
- National Park entrance fee
- Breakfast and lunch
- Professionally trained and experienced guide (all residents of Kaliurang)
- This is not a trek up to Merapi's crater
- Guests should determine their physical fitness and only then and sign up for the hile
- The tour's difficulty level is categorized: MEDIUM
If hiking isn't really your thing, you have the option to do a bird watching tour instead which starts at 5 am and includes the same items as the hiking tour. Simply select the option from the add on section below.