"To the summit of Mount Merapi" Salatiga Things to Do Tip by theo1006
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When friends invited us to join them to the Merapi, we decided to accept the invitation. Last time Theo stood on the top he was 30 years old, now he is 66. But we still managed it, actually the descent was harder than the climb.
If you are young and in good shape, you can get to the top in 4 hours. That is how Theo did it in 1972, starting out at 2.00 am.
The group we joined started at 14.30 pm and brought camping gear. Better set out earlier, because we had to make camp at Pasar Grubah (about 2650 m) in the dark. However, at 5.00 am we started climbing the rocky cone, and seeing the sun rise from halfway up was wonderful.
Actually it was quite crowded on the top, it being holiday season. Three groups had camped out and others came up during the night. No wonder that the trail has badly eroded since 1972.
If you want to try this climb, you can hire a guide and/or porter at Plalangan village (base camp) or at the "New Selo" parking. See the advice in our Merbabu mountain tip. And if you want to camp at Pasar Grubah be aware that the night is terribly cold at that height.
For a map and more pictures, see our travelogue Gunung Merapi
Address: Plalangan, Selo
Directions: Start walking from "New Selo" parking, which is actually in Plalangan hamlet belonging to Selo village. To get there from Salatiga via Ampel and Cepogo takes about 75 minutes.
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