Mount Merbabu, Central Java

by - June 14, 2019

Climbing Mount Merbabu Selo Line

This article will discuss one of the most beautiful mountains on the island of Java. With the beauty of the vast savanna and the beauty above the clouds. The old experience just told now. Read until it's finished !!


Mount Merabu is one of the mountains with extensive savannas. during the journey to the summit will be through a long savanna. can be an alternative when you visit Yogyakarta.

Mount Merbabu is located in Central Java with an altitude of 3,142M above sea level on the peak of Kenteng Songo. Mount Merbabu comes from the word "meru" which means mountain and "babu" which means woman. This mountain is known as the sleeping mountain even though it actually has 5 craters: Condrodimuko crater, Kombang crater, Kendang, Rebab, and Sambernyowo crater.

There are 2 peaks, namely Syarif peak (3119m) and Kenteng Songo peak (3142m). The peak of Mt. Merbabu can be reached from Cunthel, Thekelan, (Kopeng / Salatiga) Wekas ​​(Kaponan / Magelang) or from selo (Boyolali). The trip will be very interesting if you depart from the North lane (Wekas, Cunthel, Thekelan) down again via the southern lane (Selo).


Mount Merabu is one of the mountains with extensive savannas. during the journey to the summit will be through a long savanna. can be an alternative when you visit Yogyakarta.

Selo Subdistrict belongs to Boyolali Regency, Central Java. Selo is in the middle between Mount Merbabu and Mount Merapi. Climbers who want to climb the summit of Mount Merapi prefer to take the path from Selo. While Mount Merbabu Climber prefers to climb from Kopeng and get off at Selo.

To climb or descend Mount Merbabu via the Selo route you should take a guide or there must be climbers who have passed this path. This is due to the large number of branching that can mislead climbers. Even though it will eventually arrive in villages, it is very difficult to find public transportation and no water source. In addition, the wrong path will cross the steep edge that is very dangerous.

Clean water is rather difficult to get in Selo, the villagers of Lencoh who are on the slopes of Mount Merapi to get clean water must distribute clean water from Mount Merbabu. So in Selo there are rarely hotels, inns, or inns. Climbers usually stay at the climbing base camp. Merapi and Mt. Merbabu.

To go to the base camp, Mt. Merbabu, from Selo precisely from the Police station, climbers have to walk along the asphalt road for about 1 hour, quite far and uphill so it is quite tiring. Crossing residential villages and fields on steep slopes. Climbers can rent a vegetable-like car to go to the basecamp, or can also take a motorcycle taxi. For heating climbing, walking can be a cheaper option.


Mount Merabu is one of the mountains with extensive savannas. during the journey to the summit will be through a long savanna. can be an alternative when you visit Yogyakarta.

Usually climbers stay in homes after or before climbing Mount Merbabu which is also a base camp. His very large house can accommodate dozens of climbers who stay overnight. In the homes of these residents climbers can order food and drinks, shirt stickers and various souvenirs can also be obtained at the basecamp in the form of houses of these residents. There is only one bathroom where the water flows so small that when there are crowded climbers who stay overnight, they have to queue for a long time to go to the bathroom.

Hiking Route of Mount Merbabu

From the basecamp, climbing begins with crossing a very large camping area that grows pine trees so that it is quite shady and cool during the day. Slightly sloping then began to enter the forest area.

Mount Merabu is one of the mountains with extensive savannas. during the journey to the summit will be through a long savanna. can be an alternative when you visit Yogyakarta.

The hiking trail is still quite gentle, but there will be many intersections, as well as intersections that lead to residential villages, as well as the path of residents looking for firewood and grass, so keep choosing the widest path. Walking for about an hour will arrive at Mpitian in the form of a crossroad.

From the Mpitian still sloping across the forest will meet a dry river containing sand. After crossing the dry river the path began to climb slightly but still crossed the forest. After walking for about an hour from the dry river, this steep path swerves up the hill and we arrive at the curve of the tiger.

At the Bend of this Tiger we can look down towards the ravine which is still covered in dense forests. In the corner of the Tigers, climbers who descend can get lost because the actual track is on the side, not straight down. From the Bend of the Tiger the path began to open slightly, but still crossed the forest which was not too thick anymore. The path began to climb, the next half hour the path began to be rather difficult and increasingly steep. About an hour from Bend Macan climbers will arrive at Post 2. This place is wide enough to open several tents.

Mount Merabu is one of the mountains with extensive savannas. during the journey to the summit will be through a long savanna. can be an alternative when you visit Yogyakarta.

From the Post 2 lanes back up the trench that is quite deep in the old lane that turns into a deep water channel. About half an hour will arrive at Post 3. Post 3 is a large open space, in the middle of which is a large enough stone. Beautiful scenery around Pos 3 can be a tired treatment. There are many Edelweiss that grow tall and large so they can be used for shelter. Climbers who descend Mt. Merbabu, in Pos 3 there are also alternative pathways that look very clear but slightly up the hill. The pathway is dangerous across a narrow ridge with the right and right sides of the ravine, preferably not crossing this path.

Mount Merabu is one of the mountains with extensive savannas. during the journey to the summit will be through a long savanna. can be an alternative when you visit Yogyakarta.

Post 3 terrain began to open in the form of a very steep and dusty meadow. When in the rainy season this path is very slippery so it needs to struggle very hard to crawl to move up. The peak of Mount Merbabu is still invisible, climbers still have to pass four steep hills to reach the top of Mount Merbabu. After struggling to climb steep and slippery terrain arrived at the savanna 1. Savanna 1 in the form of an open grassland that is not so wide, quite a bonus while resting after passing steep steep inclines.

Mount Merabu is one of the mountains with extensive savannas. during the journey to the summit will be through a long savanna. can be an alternative when you visit Yogyakarta.

From the 1 lane savanna back up steep and dusty. About 1 hour struggling across the rough and steep terrain of climbers will arrive at the top of the hill, then down and sloping across the savanna savannah 2. The scenery around the Grassland is very beautiful, like the hills of the Teletubies. Slightly up the hill and then down again the climbers will arrive at Jemblongan which is a place that is widely overlapped by Edelweiis in large size and tightly so that it forms a shady forest.

Climbers can take a break while lying in the shade of the Edelweiss forest. Here is the last place that can be used to take shelter and rest comfortably, because the next path is an open, dry and very steep grassland, dusty in the dry season and very slippery in the rainy season.

From Jemblongan again climbers must struggle to climb steep hills, slippery and dusty. The peak of Mount Merbabu is still invisible because it is covered in a hill. The natural scenery is quite entertaining, on the left side there is Mount Kenong and on the right side there is a pointed and steep mountain of Kukusan.

Mount Merabu is one of the mountains with extensive savannas. during the journey to the summit will be through a long savanna. can be an alternative when you visit Yogyakarta.

After walking for about 1 hour, the peak of Mount Merbabu will appear. The scenery is very beautiful in front of the eyes, as well as a stunning sight, because we look at the steep terrain that we must travel to reach the summit of Mount Merbabu. Turning towards the view towards Mount Merapi is also very beautiful. If we walk carefully about 25 meters to the right of the path we will find a sacred hollow stone.

Around 30 minutes to 1 hour, the final struggle is needed by climbing the steep, dusty meadow path to reach the highest peak of Mount Merbabu. Arriving at the summit of Mount Merbabu, to go to Kenteng Songo Peak we walk about 10 minutes to the East.

Mount Merabu is one of the mountains with extensive savannas. during the journey to the summit will be through a long savanna. can be an alternative when you visit Yogyakarta.

At the Kenteng Songo Peak there was a hollow stone that was sacred to the community. At this peak there are stone mortar / hollow / perforated with a number of 9 pieces that can only be seen, according to paranormal vision. Ordinary eyes only see 4 hollow stones.
From the top of Kenteng songo we can see Mt. Merapi with its peak which puffs up smoke at any time, looks very close. To the west looks Gn.Sumbing and Sundoro which look very clear and beautiful, as if challenging to climb. Closer to look, bro. Telomoyo and Mt. From a distance to the east, it appears Mt. Lawu with its elongated peak.

That's all about my experience climbing Mount Merabu. Hopefully it can be an alternative that will be a vacation in Yogyakarta. Thanks for reading. Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss out on tourist information in Indonesia.

Ticket : 15,000 IDR / person / day
How to get there : If from the city of Yogyakarta you have to take the Solo bus down in Kartasura, then change the Solo Semarang bus route down in the city of Boyolali. To go to Selo from Boyolali, use a small bus in the direction of Selo. Buses that go directly to Selo are usually rare only to Cepogo Market, and from the market to Cepogo, replace the small bus that goes to Selo. From the city of Boyolali the small bus that goes to Selo is not parked at the Boyolali terminal. Climbers must walk a little to the Cow Market where a small bus in the direction of Cepogo / Selo stops looking for passengers.

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