Merapi literally means “Mountain of Fire” and it is an apt description for what is arguably the “most active volcano in the world” (our own Taal Volcano ranks second in some lists). At over 2900 MASL, this volcano is a towering presence over Central Java, visible even from Gunung Penanjakan on our first day, as we turned our back from the majestic view of Gunung Semeru.
So from our temple tour, we headed straight to Kaliurang and stayed at Vogel’s Guesthouse. This is a very simple, Dutch-style accommodation, but I loved their Chicken Paniki which is from a recipe from Manado. There was also a good library of books. I was pleasantly surprised to see PinoyMountaineer.com in the Lonely Planet guidebook for the whole of Southeast Asia!
We took it easy afterwards, heading instead of the cultural city of Yogya. Having dinner in one of the street stalls at Maliboro Street, and watching wayang kulit, count among. The next day we would be heading to another volcanic feature of Java: the Dieng Plateau.
Hiking matters #84: Gunung Bromo and a view of Gunung Semeru
Hiking matters #85: Kawah Ijen and its incredible sulfur
Hiking matters #87: Gunung Merapi, the mountain of fire
Hiking matters #88: Gunung Lawu, a major climb in Java