Located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta is where Gunung Merapi stands at 2,968 metres (9,738 ft) tall. This stratovolcano is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548, most recently in 2006. Its name means "Mountain of Fire" and it is often confused with another volcano in Sumatra named Gunung Marapi. Merapi is the youngest in a group of volcanoes in southern Java and just one of the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia which is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The typical characteristics of Merapi is small eruptions every two to three years while major eruptions occur every 10-15 years. Due to its proximity and the hazards it posed to populated area, Merapi has been designated as one of the 16 Decade Volcanoes throughout the world.
This 14th July 2009, I will attempt to scale Merapi and reach its summit of Puncak Garuda. Hiking in pitch darkness and witnessing the sun rise is a very memorable experience and highly recommended by many hikers. To do that, the journey will have to begin at 12am as it roughly takes 6 hours to reach the peak. A quick stop at the nearby Selo Village to catch some sleep and rest the body is not a bad idea at all. Selo which is the north face of Merapi would be our starting point of ascend.
Kaliurang which is the south face of Merapi is not accessible to hikers due to its constant lava flow. Hiking from there is very risky and you would be lucky if you survive not being reduced to ashes. A quick stop at Kaliurang would be recommended to catch a glimpse of the intensity of the lava flow.
This would be my 2nd volcanic climb after Sibayak in 2006. Looking forward to a memorable and adventurous trip.