Mt. Merapi (Gunung Merapi) Tours and Activities
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One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, Mt. Merapi’s name literally means “mountain of red fire.” The mountain, which looms over Borobudur, occupies a sacred place in the hearts and minds of many Javanese. When it’s not closed or partially closed due to volcanic activity, Merapi also makes for a spectacular volcano hike or climb.
Volcanologists closely monitor Merapi’s activity levels and, if necessary, will close the mountain to visitors. But when the 9,613-foot (2,930-meter) Gunung (Mount) Merapi is open, hiking is the most popular way to experience it. Hiking tours typically include door-to-door round-trip transfers from Yogyakarta, mountain guiding, food, and drink.
Five-hour treks to the summit and the crater rim, which include challenging features such as volcanic scree, happen at night so hikers see the sunrise and the sensational view—Merapi protrudes 4,449 feet (1,356 meters) from the surrounding highlands. More leisurely daytime hikes along the slopes typically focus on the local flora and fauna. Jeep tours of the lower slopes are also available.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Mt. Merapi is an ideal Indonesian destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
- Before sunrise, the summit can be extremely cold, especially if it’s raining; freezing temperatures are not uncommon. Wear plenty of layers that you can easily remove on the descent.
- The trail up Mount Merapi includes rough volcanic cinders. Wear long pants and hiking boots or sneakers.
- Bring your camera to capture epic sunrise vistas.
How to Get There
Most Merapi hikes begin in the village of Selo, about 47 miles (75 kilometers) from Yogyakarta (or the airport); the drive can take between 90 minutes and three hours. As there is no practical public transportation and a guide comes in handy on the mountain, most travelers opt for an organized Mt. Merapi volcano climb from Yogyakarta.
When to Get There
While it can rain on Java year-round, hikers should visit Merapi during the dry season (April until September). On a clear night with a full moon, the climb and views are spectacular. During rainy season (roughly October to March), the weather is cold, the path is slippery, sulphur in the air becomes unusually oppressive, and it’s impossible to see the view.
Indonesia’s Sacred Volcanoes
With around 130 active volcanoes, it’s unsurprising that Indonesia’s hundreds of ethnic groups have developed their own beliefs around these fiery mountains. Mt. Merapi is just one of a wealth of sacred volcanoes. Others include Mt. Agung on Bali, Mt. Bromo in central Java, and Mt. Rinjani on Lombok.
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3 Tours and Activities to Experience Mt. Merapi (Gunung Merapi)
Get ready for an adrenaline- pumping experience by having a thrilling jeep tour in Merapi Kaliadem, Yogyakarta. Enjoy the most spectacular sunrise on the slope of Merapi mountain by riding jeep. Get new experience driving down the river and eruption area of Merapi mountain it will be a thrilling and fun adventure you ever had. The driver will pick you up at your hotel early at 04.00 am then transfer to Mount Merapi. Feeling hungry? Don’t worry we provide your breakfast just enjoy it. This is not the end of your adventure let’s continuing the adventure by escaping Borobudur temple, the most beautiful temple in the world. Enjoy the marvellous temple there, don’t forget to snap some photos. Then let’s move to the next temple, Mendut temple. Although it’s not as grand as the Borobudur temple, Mendut has historical value as a place of worship.
Watch the sunrise from the top of Indonesia’s most active volcano on this 16-hour overnight tour from Yogyakarta, including hotel pick-up and drop-off. Journey to Selo village at the foot of the volcano, then rise early to embark on a 3-hour trek, accompanied by your private guide. After a challenging hike, arrive at the 9,550-foot (2,911-meter) summit of Merapi volcano in time to watch the dazzling sunrise over Java island.
see Traditional Javanese Museum, learn javanese culture in a beautiful building architecture. Walking through agriculture field in the foot of Merapi mountain, discover exotic scenery and various tropical plantation in a fresh air environment.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Mt. Merapi (Gunung Merapi)?
The best ways to experience Mt. Merapi (Gunung Merapi) are:
- Yogyakarta Join Jeep Tour: Mount Merapi Golden Sunrise, Borobudur, Mendut Temple
- Mount Merapi Volcano Hiking Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta
- Ullen Sentalu Museum & Merapi Exotic Trekking Tour
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