Merbabu is 3142 m in high.Last eruption recorded year 1968, but this eruption was considered as a doubtful eruption according to official volcanologists note of Indonesia.Merbabu is an old volcano with two craters on elevation approx 2900.Those craters separated by slope called "Devil Bridge" which is also considered as hardest part of hiking - trekking route to the peak.
On peak there are archaeological remain that indicates the peak is place for traditional ceremony in past time.The peak also is the highest and good point to have close up view of volcano Merapi.To reach the peak, there are so many routes path available, but safest and shortest hiking route is via Ndakan village,the last village on slope of Merbabu at elevation 1800 m.This night 1 night / 1 day hike began from this last village at 12.30 am and normally took us 5 hours of actual hiking to reach the peak in early morning.
At 12.30 m we then begin the hike up through hiking trail and pine forest on the volcano's slope.After taking break on midway and hike 3,5 hours we eventually reach open viewpoint on knoll of the volcano popularly called "Peak Kukusan". Take break here before continuing hike up "bridge devil" , then traversing volcanic boulder heads for summit Kenteng Songo. After totally 5 hours of actual hike, we eventually reach Merbabu's peak, the Kenteng Songo.
GRADING & DIFFICULTY:
Non technical skill, you need only to walk upward on various terrain: flat and rugged terrain.You'll do little traversing the boulder, and walk on unstable volcanic rock. Special trekking shoes suits for rugged terrain is required for safer and more comfortable of walk.
Main difficulty lies on less of sleep, and weather plus rising altitude will effect to difficulties. Prior experiences of hiking over 3000 m is well suggested as you'll hike over elevation 3000 m.Good fitness level/shape is well recommended as you'll walk actually 8 hours by average rising altitude gained 300 m per hour on ascent, and normal drop down altitude 400 m per hours.During on hike, you'll carry your light personal belonging ( camera , hat/cap ) plus one bottle of mineral water for the day hike.
>COST PER PERSON : Contact, and inform your group size ( 2-4 pax) and requested departure date
1)Private Ac Car.
2)Pick up and drop off service around city of Yogyakarta.
3)Trekking Guide safety ratio to client 2=2/4..
4)Group Safety Trekking Gears.
7)Mineral water 3 litters.
8)Hiking Snack And Fruits.
9)Warm tea/coffee on summit.
11)Cool drink at the end of trek.
12)Extra service of using personal hiking gears ( headlamp, walking pole, raincoat/ponco,sleeping bag at basecamp ) on your request..
FURTHER INFO AND BOOKING:
Booking confirmation over 7 days prior to your requested departure date.At least 50% deposit is required on time of confirming booking.
Location: Village Ndakan - volcano Merbabu.
Pics by: Ambo Upe + Francisco