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Elevation: 2,930 m (9,613 ft) Prominence: 1,356 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Province: Jawa Tengah (Central Java)
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Dawn mists swirl around Merapi's Pasar Bubrah (Dan Quinn, December 2012)Dawn mists swirl around Merapi’s Pasar Bubrah (Dan Quinn, December 2012)
Dawn mists swirl around Merapi’s Pasar Bubrah (Dan Quinn, December 2012)
Merapi's crater rim (Dan Quinn, December 2012)Merapi’s crater rim (Dan Quinn, December 2012)
Merapi’s crater rim (Dan Quinn, December 2012)
The summit of Merapi and the moon (Dan Quinn, December 2012)The summit of Merapi and the moon (Dan Quinn, December 2012)
The summit of Merapi and the moon (Dan Quinn, December 2012)
Peering into Merapi's crater (Dan Quinn, December 2012)Peering into Merapi’s crater (Dan Quinn, December 2012)
Peering into Merapi’s crater (Dan Quinn, December 2012)

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Bagging It!

This Ribu is the most active volcano in Indonesia. Its name literally means mountain of fire and it is one of the world’s 16 Decade Volcanoes. It can therefore be very dangerous indeed. There was a major eruption in 2006 but nothing on the scale of what happened in October and November 2010 when a series of devastating eruptions killed over 300 people across a radius of almost 20km from the crater. Among the dead was Merapi’s gatekeeper, Mbah Maridjan, and the volcano was on a high level of alert for several months afterwards. Since mid-2011, Merapi has been relatively quiet again and it is possible to climb to the crater rim.

Many tour organizations offer treks up Merapi – for the best prices, check out the agents on Yogyakarta’s Jalan Sosrowidjian or proceed directly to New Selo. There are two routes to the summit area – from New Selo in the north and from Kaliurang in the south. Kaliurang is only a short drive from the city of Yogyakarta but people are banned from using this route due to it being too dangerous. Instead, the Merapi ‘basecamp’ is in New Selo. Most hikers start at midnight, or just after, in order to reach the summit area for first light. This is because Merapi generally emits more gases as the day goes on so early morning is the safest time to visit. Although there are one or two spots on the trail where it is possible to pitch a tent, there is a large, rocky campsite area, Pasar Bubrah (‘dismissed market’) at about 2,675m beneath the summit cone which has one or two monuments and some very large boulders with graffiti. This is an ideal place to have a couple of hours rest just before dawn although it is basically a huge boulder field with no grass whatsoever.

After arriving in Yogyakarta it is rather easy to find transport to the mountain village of Selo from where the actual climb to Gunung Merapi starts. A taxi can be chartered for about Rp 250,000. It is highly advisable to arrange for your taxi to pick you up the following day as it can be rather difficult to organize transportation in the mountain village of Selo. To cover the 80km from the Airport to Selo will take between two to three hours depending on the traffic.

When arriving at Selo (1,500m) drive directly to the turn off towards “NEW SELO” which is the starting point for the hike. The basecamp is before the end of the road on the left and if it’s late in the evening you will probably see other hikers preparing their backpacks about to set off . ‘Accommodation’ – if you need it – is simple but spacious and as in all rural areas in Indonesia very basic with few comforts. Here your own sleeping bag will guarantee a comfortable short early evening nap in the fresh cool mountain air. Guides can also be found here.

From the basecamp, follow the road up the hill for 20 minutes to the large NEW SELO sign next to a few warungs. This place is a very popular viewpoint for local tourists, because you can enjoy terrific views of Gunung Merbabu across the mountain pass as well as over Selo and the surrounding fertile farming area. For the first 30 minutes after the sign the track follows rather steeply through large plantations with a steep drop to your left. This small path can be very dusty during the dry season, but still offers plenty of grip on the way up.

By the time the last fields are left behind, you are close to 2,000 metres and gradually the forest trees get smaller and farther in between, and with it the surroundings offer terrific views back down the trail. As the woods get less dense the path starts to gradually get more and more rocky. Once you pass the national park sign it will take approximately 45 minutes of good hard uphill going to reach Pos 1 (2,150m) that is enclosed and protected by large boulders, and offers welcome protection from the often very strong winds.

If you are lucky to have a full moon and a clear sky then the crystal clear mountain night will unveil for you an unbelievably scenic spectacle with surreal shapes of more volcanoes both near and far, set in soft velvety clouds allowing the peaks to reach the star spotted skies. After a comfortable 30 to 40 minutes the top of the next ridge is reached. The many memorial plates (2,400m) are a reminder that the utmost of care must be taken when getting to the top of this very active volcano.

From here the path is actually rather flat for a short 300-400 metres before ascending steeply to a large new memorial monument (2011). From here it is a five minute stroll to the middle of a huge boulder field known as Pasar Bubrah which is often full of tents at weekends. There are some large rocks which can be used for shelter against the wind but it is a rather exposed area and camping might be more comfortable – and warmer – lower down the trail. On the right you should be able to see the twin cones of Sumbing and Sindoro. On the left is a minor yet shapely peak which is the beginning of an alternative route back down the east side of the mountain which brings hikers out at Deles village. Most people start the final section of the climb up the volcanic cone itself at first light. It is important to remember that you should avoid being on the summit before sunrise, as on the top the shelter is non-existent and the freezing cold winds can cool your over heated body in minutes down to very dangerous levels.

Depending on recent activity you may not be allowed to progress to the volatile crater rim, but it may be possible. From Pasar Bubrah the steep rocky cone of Merapi is clearly visible above you and it takes a difficult 45 minutes of slipping over scree – and avoiding large rocks sent down by the person in front of you! – to reach the actual crater rim. It’s a very tiring section of the trail and it’s not uncommon to see people giving up halfway. Inevitably, your shoes will also fill up with small stones and volcanic sand. As you get higher, the view becomes more and more splendid. To the left (east) you should be able to see the large mountain of Lawu towering above the clouds in the distance.

Eventually you will reach an area where you can feel that the ground gets a lot warmer and in a few areas you will pass several vents where piping hot volcanic steam is blowing out from the mountain. From this area it will take you only about 15 minutes to get to the eerie crater rim. The final 100 metres unveil an unbelievable mountain world of scree and huge shards of volcanic rock created in the enormous 2010 eruptions. The smell of sulphur can be overwhelming.

Prior to 2006, the highest point of Merapi was a huge shard of rock called Puncak Garuda. After the 2006 eruption, the highest point of the volcano was part of a new lava dome and impossible – or at least incredibly dangerous – to reach. However, the devastating eruptions in October and November 2010 led the a great change in the shape of the summit area. There is no longer a lava dome, but rather a huge new crater. Anyone who climbs again now will be amazed at the change since previous visits. In December 2012, the rim was at an elevation of 2,905m and offered tremendous views down into the 200 metre-deep and 500 metre-wide crater. Because of the amount of sulphur gas in the air which blows over the rim itself it is unlikely that you will be able to gaze southwards towards the city of Yogya itself. However, the vertical crater walls and brand new twisted crater rim are fascinating in their own right. Needless to say, extreme care needs to be taken on the rim because it is a very dangerous place quite regardless of the volcanic activity.

In October 2011, a circuit of the rim was utterly impossible but from the place at which the rim was reached hikers could walk perhaps ten or twenty metres, both left and right. If you took a left, you could climb up to a flat section of the rim which arguably offered the finest views on the rim. A few hikers ventured here in the early morning sunlight to take photos of one of the world’s most destructive volcanoes. For those intent on reaching the true summit, which was ‘baggable’ once again, it lay to the right and was a tricky and rather unsafe place to visit. For confident scramblers it was just five minutes of using all fours to clamber up to the tiny top. For anyone else, it was a considerable risk. During July 2012, further minor tremors and volcanic activity lead the crater rim to collapse in part, but the height of the current highest point of the volcano is the same as it was in 2012, since the collapsed areas were mostly lower parts of the rim. However, hikers are not encouraged/allowed beyond peering over the rim itself and it would be very risky indeed to attempt to reach the highest point.

According to GPS equipment in October 2011, the true summit was 2,930 metres high – that’s 38 metres lower than prior to the 2010 eruptions. More interestingly, the actual summit location had moved significantly – in October 2011 it was about 40 metres to the NNW when compared to how it was before. The views from the true summit were not much better than from the lower parts of the northern rim except that the twin giants of Sumbing and Sindoro can be seen. As could be expected, the scary 2011 summit had a very, very temporary feel to it – more like a horror film set about to be demolished than an enduring natural landmark! And indeed it was partially demolished in 2012 by the forces of the volcano.

After enjoying the surreal and utterly unusual landscape and beautiful views, it will take you a comfortable 3 and a half hours to get back to the large New Selo signs, which which time the warungs should be open for business and farmers should be out and about tending to their land.

Bagging information provided by Heinz von Holzen and Daniel Quinn (updated December 2012)

Practicalities

Getting there Public transport from Yogya would take a long time. It is better to hire a taxi or go with a tour guide from Yogya.
Accommodation There is basic accommodation in Selo but most people choose to stay in Yogya where there are hundreds of hotels and climb the mountain at night in time for dawn.
Permits Register at New Selo basecamp for just Rp5,000 (Dec 2012) – take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.
Water sources Not available. Take enough supplies with you.
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Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): yogyakarta

Location

Origins and Meaning

Gunung Merapi = Firey Mountain. From the Old Javanese apuy or api or apwi (“fire”) with the prefix mer- meaning “possessing the quality expressed in the base word (like certain uses of the Indonesian-Malay prefix ber-)”. (George Quinn, 2011)

‘Fire mountain’ in Javanese/Indonesian, clearly due to its frequent and devastating eruptions. Although most nearby villages have their own myths about the creation of Mount Merapi, they have numerous commonalities. It is believed that when the gods had just created the Earth, Java was unbalanced because of the placement of Mount Jamurdipo on the west end of the island. In order to assure balance, the gods (generally represented by Batara Guru) ordered the mountain to be moved to the centre of Java. However, two armourers, Empu Rama and Empu Permadi, were already forging a sacred keris at the site where Mount Jamurdipo was to be moved. The gods warned them that they would be moving a mountain there, and that they should leave; Empu Rama and Empu Permadi ignored that warning. In anger, the gods buried Empu Rama and Empu Permadi under Mount Jamurdipo; their spirits later became the rulers of all mystical beings in the area. In memory of them, Mount Jamurdipo was later renamed Mount Merapi, which means “fire of Rama and Permadi” (Wikipedia, 2011).

Links and References

Wikipedia English
Wikipedia Indonesia
Wikipedia. 2011. Mount Merapi. Accessed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Merapi

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Trip Reports and Comments

36 entries for “Merapi”

  1. avatar

    This moutain gives you more bang for your buck in half the time.A challenging trek, but also an otherwordly exotic doomsday heaven.A real treat for the eyes.The moutain is just as much about the experience as it is making the summit.Should only take one day from Basecamp at SELO.

    Posted by Zac Dylan | November 30, 2009, 23:49
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    This is the first volcano I had ever climbed. You will smell of sulfur when climbing this mountain.
    In this mountain you also can enjoy the sunrise and sunset.
    when you wanna go to the top of this mountain, please be careful when relying on the rocks, stones sometimes are not strong enough when you step on it.

    Posted by yokie_decrete | December 9, 2009, 04:09
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    BIG NEWS! Garuda’s Wing (the highest slab of rock on the volcano before the 2006 eruption) has collapsed. Here’s a ‘google translation’ of the news story….

    * Magelang, CyberNews. * The series of tectonic earthquake that occurred helped Sumatra
    affects the activity of Mount Merapi. One of which was the peak of Mount
    in Kabupateng, Boyolali Magelang, Klaten and Yogyakarta, namely, peak
    garuda, collapsed.

    “The collapse of the towering rock like an eagle on the summit of Mount Merapi
    also a result of tectonic earthquake shocks that occurred recently in
    various regions in Indonesia, “said Mount Merapi Repiyo Observer Staff
    in Post Ngepos, District Srumbung, Magelang regency.

    One of which SR 7.2 earthquake that occurred in Aceh some time ago,
    according to indirectly affect the avalanche of material from the top.
    After the earthquake earthquakes occur every day, both volcanic and
    tectonics.

    “Puncak Garuda fragile after the eruption began in 2006 and then, after that material
    rock fall little by little, “he said.

    Based on deformation monitoring, advanced Repiyo, the volcanic activity
    not show significant improvement. Lava and smoke
    solfatara which rises to a height of 400 meters, still in
    fairness.

    “Nevertheless volcanic lava dome material in 2001 and 2006 his condition was not
    stable. But that was not dangerous because there has been no increase in activity, ”
    he said.

    Solfatara a high smoke soaring in the sky, he continued, not
    affect the status of the mountain, because of thick smoke discharge is part
    of the signs of the mountain was still active. However, he hopes
    community activities around the slopes of Mount remain vigilant, because the
    natural conditions can not be predicted accurately.

    Posted by Dan | May 20, 2010, 08:01
  4. Posted by Dan | August 29, 2010, 10:44
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    All hiking routes closed at present due to increased volcanic activity. Could there be a big eruption due?
    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/eruption-threat-closes-mount-merapi-to-climbers/398206

    Posted by Dan | September 26, 2010, 22:04
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    It sounds like Merapi is about to blow. I hope to get some photos from the top of Sumbing next weekend…
    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/mount-merapis-swelling-signals-huge-eruption-scientists-warn/403039

    Posted by Dan | October 24, 2010, 20:00
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    It sounds as if Merapi is beginning to quieten down a little bit, comparatively speaking, but the death toll from the devastating October/November eruptions has reached 250 now.
    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/indonesia-volcano-death-toll-passes-250/406548

    Posted by Dan | November 16, 2010, 01:19
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    According to today’s Globe, people are already climbing Merapi again.

    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/tourists-risk-lives-climbing-deadly-volcano/426962

    Boyolali, Central Java. Dozens of Indonesians and foreign tourists are putting their lives at risk by climbing the Merapi Volcano, a rescue worker warned on Sunday.

    Samsuri, from the village of Lencoh, said on Sunday that signs warning of the dangers of climbing the dangerous volcano remained in place after the recent deadly eruptions but were ignored.

    Muh Sony, a travel guide who escorts climbers, said dozens of tourists, including 25 foreigners on a science expedition, had climbed the volcano in the last two weeks alone.

    He said local tour guides were always willing to escort the climbers, particularly foreign tourists, because of the money they received.

    Surono, head of Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG), said lahars from the volcano would remain a threat for the next four years.

    Merapi, among the world’s most active volcanoes, began erupting on Oct. 26, 2010, and continued until mid-November.

    Some 350 residents were killed by the pyroclastic flows that spewed down the slopes of the heavily populated mountain.

    Posted by Dan | March 6, 2011, 18:02
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    so any word on whether climbing Merbabu is a safer option perhaps even from Selo? any feedback would be appreciated. :) I plan on doing Mrbabu, Sumbing and Sundoro in about 3 weeks.

    Posted by Zac | March 6, 2011, 22:06
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    Hi Zac. Merbabu will be absolutely fine. Infact I think Java Lava are doing a hike there next month.

    Posted by Dan | March 7, 2011, 06:49
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    i’ve climbed most active volcano in the world 3 times, very chalenging to hike there (esppecially after pasar bubrah). unfortunately garuda summit is collapse but we can saw lava dome there.

    Posted by Ricky | August 8, 2011, 13:43
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      Mas , bisa info guide yg recommended utk naik Merapi? Saya rencana weekend ini kesana. Kalau punya no hp guide tsb tolong email saya dong..
      (rhogdson@gmail.com)

      Tksh.
      (Suria)

      Posted by Suria | October 5, 2011, 12:51
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    wah sori mas, balesnya super telat nih. klo soal guide q ga taw mas soale q gak pernah make. coba cari infonya di base camp, ntar dibantu sama penjaga base campnya buat cari guide yang bagus.

    Posted by Ricky | October 17, 2011, 10:07
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    on 15th oct ago, i climbed this montain for the 4th times. The track along summit area is dramaticaly after last eruption changing make it more difficult to ascend although its just a short track. U’ll need your both hands & legs to keep your balance & not slip. really chalenging. the summit altitude now has decrease 200 M, become 2700 M (at 2009 ago the altitude is 2900). Just be careful if u want to climb there because the sand area is slipery & beware of rockslide.

    Posted by Ricky | October 17, 2011, 10:18
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      Many thanks for this info Ricky. I will be climbing October 29/30 so I hope the weather is fine so I can take some photos of the new summit. Even if it’s 200 metres shorter now, it is still a Ribu!

      Posted by Dan | October 17, 2011, 16:55
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        you’re wellcome dan, and good luck there… dont forget to share your exprerience :)

        Posted by Ricky | October 18, 2011, 10:19
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    Had a great trip up Merapi on Saturday night. Contrary to earlier reports, the mountain is still well over 2,900m (2,930 to be precise, as opposed to 2968m which was the official height prior to the 2010 eruptions) but the summit area is drastically altered. The summit can now be bagged but only by confident scramblers. Attempting it in poor weather would be asking for serious trouble. Luckily we had wonderful weather and there were so many locals climbing up (with it being Saturday night) that we didn’t need to bother with a guide.
    Have a look at the new pictures and compare them to ones from before October 2010! Java certainly is a difficult land for cartographers – I wonder how long it will be before Google Earth revises its current (out of date) imagery and terrain data.

    Posted by Dan | October 31, 2011, 11:58
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    Hi, will anyone let me know the price of trek? I am planning to trek Mount Marapi in December. Is it good time to give a try for it?
    A bit confused also. which one will be better? MOunt MErapi or Mount Rinjani?

    Posted by Sandip | November 17, 2011, 20:18
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      Hi Sandip
      The local price for a Merapi guide is just about 150,000 (just ask at the basecamp or sort it out in Yogya) but if you arrange in advance online you will end up paying over 1 million (including transport etc..). December is not the best time for hiking in Indonesia. I would choose Merapi because you can be up and down in 8 or 9 hours whereas Rinjani is a 3 or 4 day trek.

      Posted by Dan | November 17, 2011, 20:24
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        Hi, the 150,000 guide is for how many persons?

        Also, are the guides available at midnight if I choose to go to Selo at that time? Tq

        Posted by Hippy | November 19, 2011, 23:05
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    HI , i intend to go trekking in Mt Merapi then follow by Mt Semeru and Mt Bromo . Can you please advise me how to go Selo from Yog airport and also from Selo to Surabaya?
    any good and reliable trekking guide or company can introduce to me ? Tks

    Posted by sim | December 18, 2011, 18:37
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    Hi all,

    Just done 2M summits (Merbabu – Merapi) last week end.

    Merapi: if u want to do it independent in 1 day is possible. i did 3.5 hours from New Selo to the summit, then 2.5 hours to go down (so i didn’t camp) and went up w/o guide is also possible but you have to be careful, extra careful on the sandy and slope trek (after pasar bubrah). If u need proper accommodation to have rest (like what i did after merbabu) there are 2 home stays at the main road, at the junction to the New Selo.
    Merapi is quite short but tough!!!!

    Posted by Gita | May 21, 2012, 15:10
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    as i was planning my next adventure to climb all the central peaks i came across this info on the jakarta post. and also someone on lonleyplanet commented that its not allowed to hike to the summit but only to pasar burah because of the lava dome collapsing in mid july.
    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/07/17/mount-merapi-spouts-ash.html

    Posted by chris | August 5, 2012, 07:52
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    Thanks Andy! Hi Chris, just got back from Yogya. Im supposed to climb Merapi during my stay. The tour agency, however, cancelled it because of ‘increased activity’ in the area. I asked several agencies, but they also cancelled. Though some agencies would still dare to bring tourists to the area, I decided not to climb since most said there’s a higher tendency of laandslides or erosion. Too bad for me. Hopefully Merapi behaves when you get there. Enjoy!

    Posted by Max Africa | August 5, 2012, 23:21
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    Thank you for the wonderful information!

    I would like to hike on some of the volcanoes in Indonesia, which brought me to your website.

    If I come in late Dec or Jan or Feb, which volcanoes would be hike-able?

    I’m thinking of traveling in Java and Kalimantan.

    Thanks!

    Posted by Bettina | August 12, 2012, 04:52
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    merapi hiking to the crater is open.i climbed to the crater edge 2 days ago but not to the summit. theres a flag on the true summit and it looks oh so close but the guides wont let you go.i cant blame them.i think it would be a unreasonable risk to go up.normally id be dissapointed to not be able to put it on my bagged list but the scenery is just so amazing that you dont care.i was lucky enough to have a clear view into the crater and see glowing red lava .the track up is steep but not that long. but i wouldnt underestimate it.i would say on the night i went up there was about 8 of us and only 4 reached the top . 2 gave up just above the new selo sign because they were told by their hiking agency in yogya that its easy and only requires basic fitness level.

    i stayed at ratri homestay which is at the turnoff up to new selo.they are the only place and they even say that which gives you the feeling that you have no choice and are at their mercy.im not sure what to make of the place. i met the owner soni and he has a 100 odd guides working under him. i paid Rp300,000 for my guide .he said i pay extra for english speaking.thats ok i have no problem with that. but he barely spoke a word the whole trip.

    merapi is a must for any volcano enthusiast. although i still give the mount iya crater the nodd.

    Posted by chris whiting | October 13, 2012, 22:23
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    Hi Dan,

    Merapi was the first gunung that I attempted. Arranged everything through Kartika Trekking in Jogja and paid 250,000 IDR. There were five of us foreigners. We arrived at the Superman Guest House at midnight but were told that we would start only at 1 am. There was very little communication so we had to sit in the living room like idiots. The guides finally introduced themselves and we were off at 1. I may have underestimated my abilities that day (after a sleepless night) so I was the lagging turtle of the group. I was probably 20 min behind the others so I had my own guide. I was about 40 minutes above pos 1 (just below pos 2) at sunrise. The views of Merbabu across the pass and the surrounding landscapes emerging from the cloud cover are definitely worth all that work. I would’ve continued slowly up to meet my group but they all came down after being told by the guide that it’s too windy at the summit. They apparently waited an hour by a huge boulder in Pasar Bubrah for the winds to die down but to no avail.

    I would go back and finish the job but, knowing my abilities, I’d do a 2D1N trek, camping near Pasar Bubrah and summitting just after sunrise the next day.

    For the information of future trekkers, you could just go directly to Selo village and hire a guide at the Superman Guest house (or the one next door) at the junction of the main road and the perpendicular road going up to New Selo.

    If anyone has the number of the Superman Guest House, I would appreciate having it.

    Posted by Marcus Malabad | November 16, 2012, 12:11
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      hi marcus. sorry to hear of your failed attempt at merapi but it sounds like you didnt miss out much since it was too windy.i also climbed merapi 2 months ago and it was borderline on too windy as well.i wouldnt like to be on that summit and be blown off so i think if the guides say its too windy then i would respect that decision.i stayed at the ratri homestay on the turnoff corner to new selo. i didnt see any other homestay named superman.i wonder it was the same one.anyway i agree that hanging around until 1.00am seems a bit presumptuous of the guides thinking that we are all as fit as them. i was also ready at 12.00 to go and they wouldnt let me start until 1.00am . i barely made sunrise and i would consider myself to be resonably fit and above average in speed.although you dont want to be sitting on the summit in the freezing cold waiting for sunrise i feel they should leave at 12.00 and then reassess on the way up how fast to go.if you are to quick then you can always wait behind one of the many large rocks at pasar bubrah.i would also push hard to get a ojek up to the new selo sign so that would save half and hour of a boring road walk.good luck on your next summit attempt.

      Posted by chris | November 19, 2012, 08:55
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    Hi guys,
    Climbed Merapi this morning, twice! – my first Gunung! So beautifil! Does anyone know what the fastest recorded time for one or two ascents is?

    Thanks!

    Posted by Tegyn | August 14, 2013, 16:43
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    Hi,
    I’ve just climbed Merapi this Sunday and feel great with the last condition of Merapi including enjoying the view from the true peak.
    My recommendation when climb the mountain on week end don’t forget to wear a mask covering your nose, specially when it’s dry season because of the dust during the climbing and the descending.
    Thank you Daniel Quinn for this informative website. I really learn a lot from it.

    Cheers,

    Agus F

    Posted by Learnmore | October 1, 2013, 11:36
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    FACTOID: Excavations of Candi Sambisari and Borobudur (construction completed 825 CE) near Yogyakarta inform that Gunung Merapi had at least five major eruptions over a very brief period between 884 and 898 CE. Historians surmise that these eruptions caused previously fertile lands to be abandoned and contributed to political instability within the Sanjaya Dynasty in the Kingdom of Mataram, Central Java, resulting in migration of the population towards East Java. The Sultanate of Mataram was only re-established under Senopati, as a Muslim principality, at Kota Gede near Yogyakarta in 1584, and continues to this day.

    Posted by Nick Hughes | October 15, 2013, 17:38
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    Update on prices and logistics:
    July 2014,
    In front of the turn to New Selo, there are 2 guides/guest houses: Ratri and Superman, right next to each other. Superman quoted me 300,000 IDR for sunrise guide at first, and 150,000 for a room. After much talking, he offered me 200,000 for both room and guide (i’d join with a group of 4). Honestly that was a great deal but I didn’t like the way things are run so I said no, and ended up climbing by myself early in the morning.

    I met a French dad and his son at Ratri’s who paid 450,000 for room and guide. They offered to take me on their group but the guide said no, saying that there’s a maximum of 2 people/guide. (I don’t think this is true.)

    If you want to spread the business out to others in town, I’d recommend a couple of places near the market Pasar Selo/ Pos Polisi (before the turn to New Selo if you’re coming from Prambanan/Solo side).

    The warung Arga (right next to Pasar Selo) offers homestay. The lady owner doesn’t speak English, but if you say homestay, she’ll understand and take you to her house. It’s basic, but clean and warm, and less than half the price of Ratri/Superman.

    On the other side of the road, there’s another warung. The owner, Yekti (his name is on the sign) is also a guide. He has a Merapi tour sign in Indonesian, but he can speak English. He gave me all the information I needed and lots of encouragement.

    Posted by Ly | July 21, 2014, 14:31
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    In a few days should be in Indonesia and hope to trek to Mt Merapi by mid August-2014. Your blog was informative.

    Posted by Rudolph Andrew Furtado | August 5, 2014, 16:48
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    Will be climbing Merapi this weekend.

    Posted by Ed | October 1, 2014, 18:22

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