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Private Tour: Full Day Lava Tour By Jeep In Merapi Volcano Including Borobudur Sunrise Pawon Mendut and Prambanan Temples Tour

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

We left the hotel pretty late because our Supir didnt show up! We got up and ready at the lobby by 3.30AM but since the supir came late, we have to wait for the next available cabby to take us up to the camp base 86. I've made prior arrangements with Fitri Andi, the guy from the Merapi Jeep group. I think we left the hotel at about 4-4.30AM and arrive quite late about 5AM because the cab brought us to the wrong spot and have to turned back and send us at the right place. Pak Sepe from the Merapi Jeep group greeted us upon drop off by mr cabby. We all hop on the jeep and he took us to a spot nearby to watch the sunrise (Since we missed the earlier group). And YES, we did managed to catch the sun riseee.. it was a very NICE view. he brought instant mee with him so, all 4 of us ate instant noodle and pre mix coffee made by Pak Sepe. After that, we went on to a few places such as the 'sisa hartaku museum'.. we saw an old lady planting plants which happens to be a donation by the government. about 10,000 trees. we also went to the bunker where 2 volunteers died when the lava actually covered the bunker and they were inside it. oh... so many things we see on our trip but cant recall the names. I highly recommend the SUNRISE Tour. :D

Date of experience: November 2013
2  Thank Niki K
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We expected to see some lava or remains of the eruption. But all we saw were trucks and rocks in the river bedding. We not only stopped there once, but several times for almost the same view. And I don't think construction work is that interested. The ride was to bumby and there was no roof on the jeep but the sun was hot. The volcano was in the clouds so you could only guess where it was. You don't go near the volcano crater or the slope, but 8 kilometers away. The only nice thing of the tour was a little ride through the jungle where we saw some fruittrees and locals.
We skipped the museum (only a small open air space). We paid 300000 rp for a 1,5 hour tour

Date of experience: November 2013
3  Thank travelholic80
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is an active volcano which has erupted last in 2010 with considerable damage to property and cultivation. One can see the lava flown out into the river. Top of the volcano one can see the smoke coming out. There are walks up the volcano and some enterprising guys take one for a ride on motor bikes. There are no clean eating places, no proper toilets to be seen anywhere here. There is a fee to enter the parking area and fee to enter the boundary but what is this money spend on? with no basic facilities for the tourist but there is a mosque and one can rest on the veranda of the mosque! Apart from seeing the black lava and the devastation it has done to the local trees there is not a lot to see here, where as Sumbing Volcano, the extinct Volcano is a must visit this is close to Magelang.

Date of experience: May 2013
1  Thank Vijayakumar K
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Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

Great place!!! Don't forget to put this place into your must-visit-places list :)) so many things that you can get along with a beautiful journey~ only pay 250k and you deserve to rent 1 jeep include a driver to explore this place~ feel the warmness and the hospitality from people who live in the near of mountain and listen to their stories :) I've got a lot of memorable moments and I wanna go back!

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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Ok, this is not a climb for the faint of heart.

Make sure you make prior arrangements with a tour agency either through your hotel or via one of the many tour agencies in town (Malioboro St).

Also, make sure you trained before heading to Jogjakarta. Meaning, cardio, thigh muscles, calf muscles and toenails made of steel. Then, bring the equipment you need which are essentially:
1. Headlamp
2. Warm clothing which are peelable (like an onion)
3. Gloves
4. Walking pole (mainly for walking / skiing down)
5. Mask (a lot of sand!!)
6. Proper hiking shoes (or Kampung Adidas)

Got all that? Ok, lets move on then.

Your guide will pick you up from where you stay at about 10 or 1030PM. Make sure you get LOTS of rest before this. Don't spend the day shopping or running around town because the lack of air and exhaustion will make you just want to sleep on the climb up. After being picked up, you will be brought to a town called Selo which acts as the base camp for the climb. The ride takes about 2 hours. Take this time to take a nap.

So, let's say you reach Selo at 12AM. You will have about an hour to acclimatize and nap before you start the hike at 1AM. Nothing much to say about the hike except that you will not be alone. There will be people with you from other groups.

The first part of the hike is basically hiking through forests. As you go further up where the vegetation thins out, it will get colder with the wind blowing and no place to hide. Then, you reach a big plateau and the scramble up loose rocks begin. It reminds me of Frodo and Sam climbing up Mt Doom in LOTR. The sun rises at about 515AM so time your climb properly. Even if you do not reach the peak on time, you can see the sun rise from the slopes of the mountain. The view is breathtaking. You will see steam and smell sulphur on the way up too. Take lots of photos. That's what the whole climb is about right? Mt Merbabu is also visible as are numerous other volcanoes.

On the way down, don't freak out with how steep the mountainside is. Just ski down like you do on a snow slope. It is fun and fast. Just keep your CG low and lean back to avoid tumbling down the express way. Once you get down the slope, turn back, look up the mountain and pat yourself on the back on a job well done.

After that, just hike all the way down, say hi to other villagers along the way.

You should reach Selo by about 11AM, depending on how much time you spend at the peak.

Have fun!!

Date of experience: October 2013
9  Thank deekay744
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