Mount Merapi Sunrise Hike from Yogyakarta

Mount Merapi Sunrise
Hike from Yogyakarta

Satisfy your adventurous side with a climb to the top of sacred Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most
active volcano. Stand on the summit and witness the incredible spectacle of
the sun rising over the distant peaks and mountains.


There’s something special about watching the sunrise from the highest peak of a mountain you have just climbed. Mount Merapi rises to 2930 metres above sea level and offers far-reaching views over the Dieng Plateau and the surrounding mountains.

But what makes Merapi even more special is that it is Indonesia’s liveliest and most active volcano. It is also very important to Indonesians as they believe it to be the home of ancient Javanese spirits. Standing on the summit of a sacred volcano surrounded by smoking craters and distant volcanoes is definitely something that adventure-seekers should put on their bucket list.


Mount Merapi Sunrise Hike from Yogyakarta

22:00 - 12:00

You will be picked up from your hotel around 10pm for your overnight climb up Mount Merapi. The driver will take you to Selo village on the northern side of the volcano. On arrival there is time to prepare yourself, lace up your walking shoes and get ready for the climb. Then it’s time to start the trek. It takes around six hours to climb to the peak of the volcano with regular stops for water and snacks. The terrain varies along the way but usually consists of gravel, loose rocks, volcanic ash and some softer ground.

Once at the top, relax and wait until the first rays of the sun appear over the horizon and the day starts to dawn. Soak up the incredible sight as the sun begins to rise, casting various hues of red and yellow across the morning sky. Look out over the far-reaching views: to the north you can see the formidable-looking Mount Merbabu; and to the west, the volcanoes of Slamet, Sumbing and Sindoro.

Throughout the tour, the guide will tell you the history of the mountain and all about its past eruptions. Merapi translates as ‘Fire Mountain’ – quite apt for a mountain that has been erupting since the 16th century. It is part of the Ring of Fire, an area around the rim of the Pacific Ocean where many volcanoes and earthquakes occur. You will also hear some of the local legends and learn all about the spirits that the locals believe live within the mountain.

The hike back down the mountain gives you the chance to take in the surreal lunar landscape in the daylight, revealing views that you missed on the way up. There will be a short rest at Pasar Bubar before continuing to Selo where the vehicle will be waiting for the drive back to Yogyakarta in the afternoon.




  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Private tours and transfers with a professional English-speaking hiking guide.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Snacks, drinks and /or refreshments during the tour
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
  • First aid and local third party insurance coverage included.


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in downtown Yogyakarta. Transfers outside these areas, including the Borobudur and Prambanan regions, and Yogyakarta’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues. Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes.
  • We will always make the effort to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • We recommend bringing a light jacket / sweater with you on this tour as part of this excursion brings customers high up in volcano territory, where the average temperatures can drop to lower levels.
  • It is recommended to bring a rain coat, good walking shoes, insect repellent and a water bottle with you.
  • This tour is suitable only for customers with a good physical condition.


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