PAR 3:

VOLCANOES AND TREKKING                           

Central Java: Volcanoes & Erotic Temple

4 Days/April to October


  • Climbing 2 volcanoes in a single program
  • Discovering Mt Merapi’s volcanic activity like no one else
  • Stunning walk around Sukuh temple, amidst the agricultural land of Tawangmangu

This program is a definite "must see" for anyone interested exploring Central Java’s amazing nature & culture. A unique experience that will last a lifetime.

2 hours transfer – 8 hours walking
Uphill: 1.600m / Downhill: 1.200m
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 1: Yogyakarta – Babadan – Mt Merapi
Night transfer (your customers will be picked-up at their hotel at approx. 2 am) to Babadan, a small village on the western slopes of Mt Merapi (2,930 m), where lies a volcanic observatory that you’ll visit prior to climbing the volcano. At approx. 5 am, you’ll start hiking along a strenuous path that crosses plantations first, then volcanic sand & rocks, along the 1998 lava flows. After a 5-6hrs climb, you’ll reach the summit and your hiking guide will delight you with a great picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll start climbing down to Selo, on the volcano’s northern slopes, where you’ll stay overnight at Jiwa Quest Lodges.

Day 2: Selo – Mt Merbabu – Selo – Slopes of Mt Lawu
At approx. 1 am, you’ll start climbing Mt Merbabu (3,145 m), an extinct volcano that’s famous for its five calderas. You’ll then reach the southern ridge of its huge crater before sunrise, which will notably offer an amazing view over Mt Merapi. After a quick breakfast at the summit, you’ll start climbing down back to the hotel. Transfer to the slopes of Mt Lawu in the afternoon. Overnight at Sukuh Cottages.

3 hours transfer – 6 hours walking
Uphill / Downhill: 1.300 m
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Sukuh Temple – Tawangmangu - Solo
Morning transfer to Sukuh temple, the last Hindu stronghold to resist the spread of Islam in Central Java. The distinctive iconography of this temple, such as phallic figures and a large tortoise-shaped altar, supposes the existence of initiation or even orgiastic rituals. After visiting the temple, you’ll start walking toward the village of Tawangmangu, located on the western slopes of Mt Lawu. The scenic country road passes through pine forests and hillside plantations offering marvelous views of the surroundings. You’ll also hike by the Grojogan Sewu waterfall, located in a tropical forest and inhabited by a large tribe of monkeys. In the afternoon, transfer to Solo, where you’ll be able to visit its famous antic market. Overnight at Rumah Turi.

2 hours transfer – 4 hours walking

Uphill: 400m / Downhill: 300m
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4: Solo - Yogyakarta

Morning visit to the Sultan palace as well as the Batik market. Transfer to Yogyakarta in the afternoon. End of our services.

2 hours transfer
Meals: Breakfast


  • Local guide fluent in English all over the tour
  • Land transfers in private and air-con vehicle
  • Accommodation, as described in the above itinerary
  • Meals, as mentioned in the above itinerary
  • Entrance fees & hiking permits
  • Mineral water & snacks (fruits, biscuits…) during the hikes


  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Airport taxes and visas
  • Beverages, personal expenses and tips
  • Travel insurance & assistance
  • Everything that is not mentioned in “included”

Personal items to bring

  • Good walking/hiking shoes
  • Head lamp
  • Flask
  • Hat and light spare clothes
  • Warm clothes
  • Raincoat
  • Day pack & camera
  • Mosquito repellant (lotion/cream)
  • Sun block, sun glasses & your good mood

Additional Information

The schedules are given as a rough guide only. The itineraries are subject to change due to volcanoes or weather conditions.

Level – Demanding

Good physical condition is required for this trip. Those who usually enjoy long walks, close to nature and the physical challenge of the demanding landscapes will absolutely be delighted.

Carry-on luggage

Bring only what you need for the day. Your luggage will be transferred by vehicle.

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