The Merapi Mountain
The Merapi Mountain Jogjakarta Reviews
Updated Merapi Mountain After 2,5 years Eruption Jun 09, 2013
2,5 years After The Eruption
After 2,5 years Merapi eruption, visiting the Merapi Mountain for the second time gives me different panorama and sensation. The most significant change after more than 2 years, Merapi is growing green now while before all grey.
I am really impressed about this plantation improvement. The trees are now growing green again. It is like i am back to the previous Merapi before the eruption. The green of Merapi mountain is back now. My Merapi is back.
Tour adventour services improve better too. There are Jeep touring, motor trail touring, bike touring. Various price for the tour services.
When i check to the local guide:
Jeep tour 25$/2 hours/person about 20 km around merapi (visiting various places). They have 70 jeeps available owned by jeep association member and managed by 3 tour providers.
5$/2 way trip/person from the parking area to the latest village, Kinahrejo. or 2$/2way trip/person for honda motor (not a motor trail).
15$ to 25$/3 hours/person
As Jogja is also my hometown, i can take my car tour around Merapi in Dusun Petung, Kepuhharjo, etc eventhough i could not access the offroad area such as Gendol river or other more challenging areas.
I parked the car in parking area and take hiking for about 45 minutes to the latest village, Kinahrejo.
The other newest place to visit is a museum about the rest of my properties (Museum Sisa Hartaku) in Kepuh small village, becomes a popular tourist visit in Merapi. This is a personal museum owned by local people Mrs Wati whose son manage all the rest of family properties after the eruption. Free entry.
The other improvement in merapi tour is also about the toilet. It is really improved and well managed especially in Merapi parking area. It is clean and better facilities with still squatting toilet not a sitting toilet.
The area of Mbak Marijan's house is now under developing process to become a cultural hall. I can see the Merapi valley growing green clearly from here.
Several bridges are reparied now so we can cross several villages which before the villages could not be accessed.
What amazing improvement of Merapi mountain now. I still recomend this is as amazing trip when you visit in Jogjakarta.
Three Months after The Eruption
It was a dramatic experience when i saw the mountain after the volcano eruption in 26 October 2010. The eruption was the largest at the volcano in 100 years. All the green forests have been vanished by the pyroclastic flow they became a grey bald mountain. All the earth materials covered the south side of the mountain and the lava has destroyed some bridges.
Up to this mid of 2011, it is only 30% of magma have been flowed to several rivers. So, when the big rain comes, it will be still an emergency situation for locals to ensure that lava flood will not destroy another bridges or local houses in the villages.
If you ever hiked this mountain before the eruption, you will see the magnificent difference of this mount. Only old burnt houses left. The cold weather around the valley now becomes a very hot weather even though it is very windy as well.
You will see the Mbah Marijan's house, which previously became the latest base camp before hiking, now it becomes the symbol and the landmark of the mount sight of Merapi. You can also see how the hot cloud has left the signs of volcano power.
If you love hiking, it is better go there with a small group, by renting a car, so you can easily manage your time enjoying the scenery and having the local stories about the eruption. Some of locals now have a big program to grow the new forests. You can contribute to plant a tree. FYI, It is a total voluntary action. Please do not feel that it is a must.
If you do not love hiking, you may go there with a group managed with the hotel or travel agent. It takes 30 minutes only from the central city. Some buses provide a visit only to see the view without any hiking schedule. So, you can stay at the bus with Air Conditioning :-) If you still want to get off the bus to feel the volcano soil, ensure you wear your sport shoes and hat.
I recommend Merapi as one of things to do in Jogja because it is one of the most active volcano in the world but still safe there when it is in calm period. Just hope there is no other bigger eruption anymore.
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Mount Merapi Summit Mar 04, 2013
Mount Merapi (Gunung Merapi, 2911m) is a volcano in Central Java, looming over the cities of Yogyakarta and Solo (Surakarta).
Trekking on and around Merapi is a popular activity (at least when the volcano isn't spewing out hot gas and ash). From Selo, the nearest village on the north slope, it is 3 hr hike to the summit for the fit and healthy. For others it will take 4+ hr to climb, and nearly the same time to get back down again.
Carry a small pack with some food, a good flash light, with spare batteries (available for purchase in Selo village), and at least 2 litres of water per person.
The track to the top is a reasonable grade and is clearly defined and easy to follow. Once through the tree line the track is less defined and the final climb to the summit (after the memorial plaque) is a very steep scramble over loose and broken rock. While not in itself dangerous, do take your time on the last section.
Most climbers start at about 1AM to be sure of reaching the summit by sunrise at 5.30AM. Night climbing is wise in any case, as the upper reaches of the mountain are completely treeless and the sun can fry you to a crisp. The sunrise views across East Java are quite stunning.
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