After large eruption 2010, now ( Since 15 sept 2011 )magmatic activity of volcano Merapi has been Normal.The magmatic activity can rise to higher level anytime.Some changes along climbing trail have been occurred due to huge explosive eruption impacts. Mostly half of climbing trail along section Pasar Bubrah up summit were dominated by volcanic sand.Past popular summit locally called GARUDA collapsed already due to impact of huge explosive eruption. Today most visited zone is the crater rim where the sensational view of the crater is well visible. Extra energy, and gears required to tackle the route. Normal hiking duration via northern slope 7 hours ascent-descent.For those have tight time, one night and one day trekking trip program is the most favorite.However good fitness level is required for more enjoyment and experiences.
DAY 1 / Pick up at your hotel lobby or other public space around city of Yogyakarta at night 08:30 pm, trip orientation and transfer heads for hiking basecamp of Merapi at Selo. Upon arrival,report and register at Basecamp,intro to Merapi volcano, have warm tea and fried potato or bread, transfer to you a bottle of mineral water and take rest.
DAY 2 / At 12:30 am, briefing and repacking, then commence the hike through farmland ecosystem, secondary forest, and volcanic stone plus 3 boulders up Pasar Bubrah.
Arrive Pasar Bubrah 04:00 am, take longer break at Pasar Bubrah before tackling the hardest section of the trail heads for crater rim of Merapi. Have relaxing break, enjoy warm tea/coffee/chocolate/cereal plus bread on cool dark early morning at Pasar Bubra then proceed the hike with lighter load heads for crater rim by crossing the sandy section of the trail, as well as through the volanic boulder plus fumarol field up the crater rim of the volcano. Be extra careful, and more focus on trail.
We arrive at the crater rim in the morning, and you have the chance to take the sensational view of the crater of this most active Indonesian volcano, and fantastic views surrounding.After sight seeing on summit, we then descend back at 06:30 am heads for Pasar Bubrah. Breakfast at Pasar Bubrah at 07:30 and proceed the descend heads for Basecamp at 08:00 am. Arrive at Basecamp at 10:00 am, enjoy cool soft drink at Basecamp while our guide completes trekking activity report before leaving for Yogyakarta city. Arrive Yogyakarta city 12:30 pm.Trip end.(B)
Itinerary is tentative, may change due to objective conditon ( weather, rising of alert to higher level than normal, local authority recomend to hike just till certain elevation at the time ) or sbjective condition of the participant/s.