What do you think about when you hear about Indonesia?
Volcanoes right? 😀
The first one of them we intend to see is called Gunung (Volcano/Mountain) Merapi. It is possible to see it from Kaliurang town (More info over here).
We stayed at the Vogels Hostel. It is not recorded on Booking.com and is a bit cheaper than the others (average price is 200.000 IDR/night, around 12€).
Here are the options they have:
- Dormitory: 30000 IDR/pp
- Private room with twin beds, shared bathroom : 70.000 IDR/night
- Private room with Queen size bed, private bathroom : 125.000 to 200.000 IDR/night, depending on the view from the room
For the second time in all our trip (the first time was in a walking safari in Nepal, see our post by clicking over here), we decided here to take a guide for three main reasons:
- Merapi is going to be our first volcano
- Merapi is one of the most active volcano in the world
- Merapi’s last eruption goes back to… May 2018!
Here are a few information about the trek:
- Start at 4:30 AM and back before noon
- 355.000 IDR/pp (25$ or 21€), includind:
- Breakfast: Bread, fried eggs, butter, jam and tea
- Lunch: Nasi Goreng, Tomato cheese sandwich, tea, banana pancakes and fruits
- 2 bottles of water
- English speaking Guide
As we wrote in a previous post (link here), the volcano area is still dangerous and its access restricted by the Indonesian authorities. Unfortunately, you can only walk around in the rainforest of Kaliurang, pay a visit to villages and Kaliadem bunker, abandonned because it was destroyed a few years ago by lava flows.
Trekking in the rainforest is quite nice, but it holds more to a walk in a park than a real trek. However, you can see the volcano early in the morning from afar, before the area becomes cloudy and catch nice sunrise pictures.