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Elevation: 3,150 m (10,335 ft) Prominence: 1,761 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Province: Jawa Tengah (Central Java)
Google Earth: kml Other names: Sundoro, Sendoro
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Eruptions: 1971

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Sindoro from Dieng Plateau (Heinz von Holzen, August 2007)Sindoro from Dieng Plateau (Heinz von Holzen, August 2007)
Sindoro from Dieng Plateau (Heinz von Holzen, August 2007)
Merbabu, Merapi and Sumbing from Sindoro (Daniel Quinn, June 2010)Merbabu, Merapi and Sumbing from Sindoro (Daniel Quinn, June 2010)
Merbabu, Merapi and Sumbing from Sindoro (Daniel Quinn, June 2010)
Merbabu, Merapi and Sumbing (right) rising above the clouds at dawn, as seen from Sindoro (Chris Whiting, October 2012)Merbabu, Merapi and Sumbing (right) rising above the clouds at dawn, as seen from Sindoro (Chris Whiting, October 2012)
Merbabu, Merapi and Sumbing (right) rising above the clouds at dawn, as seen from Sindoro (Chris Whiting, October 2012)
Merbabu and Merapi rising above the clouds at dawn, as seen from Sindoro (Chris Whiting, October 2012)Merbabu and Merapi rising above the clouds at dawn, as seen from Sindoro (Chris Whiting, October 2012)
Merbabu and Merapi rising above the clouds at dawn, as seen from Sindoro (Chris Whiting, October 2012)

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Bagging It!

Mount Sindoro is separated from its similarly conical but slightly higher neighbour, Gunung Sumbing, by the Kledung Pass (1,404m). Together, they dominate the Dieng plateau area and can both be climbed from Kledung village where there is a decent hotel. There is another straightforward and slightly shorter ascent from the north at Sigedang (1,900m). From Kledung it takes 5 – 6 hours to the top and from Sigedang a little less – maybe 4 hours for fast hikers. For its size, Sindoro is an easy hike and would make a great introduction to hiking in Indonesia. From the top there are great views to Sumbing, Merapi, Merbabu, Ungaran, Slamet, Dieng plateau’s high ridge Gunung Prau and the north coast of Java. Sunrise is usually magnificent so it is worth either camping on the mountain or climbing overnight. Though there is a small lake at the top, there is no water source on the actual route so make sure you take plenty with you.

From the main road at Kledung, take the cobbled road leading north opposite the Kledung Rest Area. It is difficult to miss because it’s the first turning east of the Kledung Pass hotel. The cobbled road leads gently up the hillside for about one mile and it is recommended you get an ojek (motorcycle taxi) to take you up as far as possible. The end of the road is at 1,654m. The well-defined and occasionally slippery trail leads up through pine woodland past the remains of Pos 1 (1,761m), Pos Payungan (1,857m), across some very small wooden bridges and on to the remains of the shelter at Pos 2 (1,978m). There are a few good places to admire the views of Sumbing across on the other side of the Kledung Pass but it is not until the first major camping area (pos 3 at 2,320m) that the vegetation becomes sparse. If you are going to camp anywhere other than at the summit, Pos 3 is recommended because the views south and east are spectacular and there is plenty of room for tents. However, there are many places suitable for just one or two tents all the way up.

The trail climbs more steeply and passes scattered rocks, notably ‘batu tatah’ (at 2,843m). There is little shade here so for the light-skinned it is essential to use sun cream during the day. Finally the top is reached and you are on the edge of Sindoro’s long-dormant crater. There are actually two craters next to each other: a deeper, water-filled one and a smaller swampy one higher up. If you follow the crater rim round to the right (east), it descends to a large, flat grassy area which sometimes has a small lake in it. This would appear to be the remains of a very old third crater. It makes a great place to camp. Further round, is the alun-alun, an even larger area, perfect for camping.

Much of the crater rim is of a very similar height. It takes only 30 minutes to circuit the crater rim so baggers don’t need to worry too much about missing the very highest point if they’ve had a wander around the crater edge! The highest reading I got on my GPS was on the edge of the crater just above the small depression where there is often a small pool of water. In clear weather you can see the north coast of Java. The edelweiss-covered summit area is very large and flat and the mountain apparently takes its name from the fragrant scent of the edelweiss flowers.

Fast hikers can be back down at the Kledung Pass hotel in less than 4 hours. You may even be able to arrange an ojek from a local farmer when you reach the cobbled road.

Route from Sigedang: The first two posts (Pos 1/2) are an hour and two hours respectively from Sigedang tea plantation and are actually both tea-weighing shelters. From there it is less than 3 hours to the top.

Bagging information by Daniel Quinn

Practicalities

Getting there Buses between Purwokerto and Semarang run through Kledung. From Yogyakarta, take a bus to Magelang and a second bus to Wonosobo. Kledung is just under 3 hours from both Yogyakarta or Semarang by car.
Accommodation The Kledung Pass Hotel is the obvious place to stay.
Permits Your guide will arrange it for you – take a photocopy of your passport photo page if climbing without local help.
Water sources Unreliable on the ascent from Kledung- take sufficient supplies with you. Usually a limited amount at the top.
Recommended Hotel:
Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): semarang

Location

Origins and Meaning

Lordly Mountain. Sindoro probably comes from the Javanese si (a kind of “title” or “person marker”) and ndara (pronounced /ndoro/) or bandara (pronounced /b’n.doro/) meaning “lord, master”. (George Quinn, 2011)

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Trip Reports and Comments

14 entries for “Sindoro”

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    i’ve been there, but never reach the top!!

    Posted by yokie_decrete | December 9, 2009, 03:50
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    For a 3000+ it’s pretty straightforward. You’d probably have cloud during the day so I’d take a guide, climb at night in time for dawn.

    Posted by Dan | June 1, 2010, 02:20
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    great reports dan.do you think its necessary to have a guide . and how do you rate my chances of making the top considering my parang meltdown.

    Posted by chris whiting | May 31, 2010, 23:27
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    I climbed it last weekend and it was suprisingly long! We hiked from Kledung Pass at 9Pm and didn’t get there till 3:15am.. but the top is amazing! We swam in the lake. Oh and it’s really cold at the top esp. if it rains, so bring enough clothes and a towel to dry off from the rain and lake

    Posted by Phil H | December 15, 2010, 07:11
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    I had the pleasure to finally summit this mountain on the 5th of April.The night before there was a substantial earthquake in Cilacap.Needless to say it shook the house I was staying in Wonosabo, and made me think that Sundoro was reawakening from a long slumber. The info above is accurate, byt Sundoro is a big mountain and by no means a walk in the park. Although we made it to the summit in about 5 hours or a little less excluding the water breaks. The descent took a little longer than expected (Slippery,loose rocks etc.) Although, the way up I kept thinking this is one of the most enjoyable trails I’ve done in Indonesia. At 10,000 feet the views are superlative and a potent reminder of the spirtual connection the Javanese feel with the aera. If Yoga is the epicenter of javanese culture. Wonosabo and the Dieng plateau is its heart and blood.

    Posted by Zac Dylan | April 8, 2011, 19:41
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    Experience the north and south slopes of G Sindara by ascending from Sigedang and descending to Kledung. Not the opposite because the Sigedang trek is extremely steep the last 3 – 4 hours. Scary to look back. The view to the north is beautiful although not spectacular. Sigedang route is not frequented by hikers, you could have the trek yourselves.

    Ragil (081328096081) lives in Kledung and knows both routes well. He is just excellent.

    Posted by Handjono | August 29, 2011, 17:33
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    saya lahir&besar di kertek,waktu kecil ingin sekali naik ke atas sana,pada usia ku ke 15 aku dan 21 rekan ku mendaki sindoro,tapi hanya 4 termasuk saya yg sampai ke puncak,waktu itu terang bulan,jadi sepanjang pendakian ke puncak sangat menyenangkan,terang dan sangat indah,di saat itu lah ku sadari betapa AGUNG dan INDAH NYA CIPTAAN TUHAN,kami mulai mendaki jam 9 malam sampai di puncak jam 2pagi,dari atas saya dapat melihat matahari terbit,dan hamparan ilalang yang indah di tiup angin,waktu turun di sepanjang jalan berjumpa dengan warga setempat yang sangat ramah,dari puncak SINDORO,KE PUNCAK SUMBING,menjadikan aku pendaki TANGGUH,sekarang saya 34th,dan tinggal di SABAH MALAYSIA,kini saya bertekat menaklukan GUNUNG KINABALU,saya yakin saya bisa!!!!…

    Posted by reza lim | December 7, 2011, 15:14
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      Salam lestari, saya juga lahir dan besar di Wonosobo Mas[Sambek], sekarang saya 38th dan tinggal di Cikarang, Bekasi. Tapi Sindoro adalah gunung yang pertama saya daki dan paling sering[7 x summit], dan dari Sindoro saya belajar menjadi kuat dan pantang berhenti sebelum puncak. Umur tidak menghalangi untuk mewujudkan impian2 yang sempat tertunda, untuk menapaki beberapa puncak gunung yang dulu belum sempat dikunjungi.

      Posted by Yayah Rochayah | February 21, 2013, 08:52
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    i summitted this great one last week and it is open for hiking.at least it was if you call the kledung pass hotel in advance to organise a guide. through other scources i was told it was closed due to the extended dry season.
    dans description is right on.not much to add except if you have a choice of flying to semerang or yogya , id be trying yogya. the road from semerang is very slow with lots of turns. never have i felt so carsick.and that was me trying to be smart and take a taxi instead of the bus.kledung pass hotel is ok.nice people there. not sure about the fly ridden food in the restaurant out the front but theres no other option for food.
    as i said the hotel will organise a guide.defianetly get a ojek up the cobbled road.that will save a hour of boring walk.
    i made the rookie mistake of setting off to early ( 10.pm) and arrived near the summit at 3.00am which gave me a freezing 2 hour wait for the sunrise.theres quite alot of bubbling water and gas coming out of a small lake in the main crater.views to sumbing,merapi and merbabu are spectacular.i wouldnt mess around too much at sunrise because you are looking right into the sun on the way back down and theres no shade.this was the first of 3 mountains i climbed this last week and this one defianetly gave me the most knee problems.the other 2 being merapi and lawu.i was supposed to do sumbing the next night but with my knee hurting and the guide freaking me out over how much harder sumbing is( he was very adament that you couldnt bagg it even though i know dan has done it) and also the thought of hanging around in kledung made me head off looking for a starbucks.

    Posted by chris whiting | October 13, 2012, 21:41
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    Im planning to bag Sindoro on November 24th. I’ve contacted Ragil and he’s available. Anyone interested in coming along? Im coming from Semarang on the Saturday morning to do the overnight climb. Or if anyone has any thoughts or advice on climbing this close to the rainy season, id love to hear it!

    Posted by Jordan | November 9, 2012, 22:42
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    I’m looking at bagging some Indo peaks and this looks like a good one to start with, just have some questions
    1. Is the trail/route easy to follow?
    2. How much would a guide cost?
    3. Could I leave a bag w/ unessential things at the Kledung Pass Hotel, and how much is it per night?
    Thanks

    Posted by Phil | December 21, 2012, 10:15
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    I was born and grow up in Wonosobo, and, Sindoro is the first mount that I climb. So glad to find this website, but I found a little mistake in the map above, the name of place at the north of Mojotengah is not “Garungan” but”Garung”.[Please ignore my poor English, he he..]

    Posted by Yayah Rochayah | February 21, 2013, 08:30

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