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Top 5 Hiking Adventures in Central Java, Indonesia


Central Java is not just famous with Borobudur temple but this area is also home to a chain of volcanic mountains that runs west to east through the central part of the province and is flanked by several volcanic peaks that exceed 3,000 meters, including Mounts Slamet, Sindoro, Sumbing, and Merbabu.

This chain of volcanic mountains provides some of the most picturesque and breathtaking panoramas for hikers and adventurers, while at the same time they can also experience the thrilling sensation of taking on the challenging hike and climb up to some of the most beautiful summits in the heart of Java.  So, here they are, the top five hiking adventures in Central Java  

1. Mount Slamet

Soaring to 3,432 meters, the majestic stratovolcano Mount Slamet is the second highest volcano, and also one of the most active volcanoes in Java which attracts many hikers to witness the spectacular huge crater. Situated near the center of the Purwokerto town, Mount Slamet is a strenuous summit to hike that rewards climber with the gorgeous panoramic landscape. Hikers have several trails to choose from, which begin from different sides of the mountain. Bambangan trail is the most popular route for hiking Mt Slamet with the entry point just near the main road to Purbalingga. As the highest mountain – volcano –  in Central Java, hikers will have to gain about 1,491 meters to meet at the 3,428-meter summit from the entry point Bambangan (1,937m)

2. Mount Merbabu

Mount Merbabu 3,145 m, is a dormant stratovolcano in Central Java, widely considered one of Java’s beautiful mountains with spectacular views from the summit and many other mountains visible from the peak The hike up Mount Merbabu will take you about six to eight hours in total. But it’s worth each and every step just to take in this sight! Make sure you have your camera ready to go because you’re about to see some amazing sights once you climb this mountain. This is definitely something you have to experience for yourself!

3. Mount Sindoro

located in the region of Wonosobo,  with the surroundings of beautiful landscape, Mount Sindoro 3,136 m is one of the active stratovolcanoes in Central Java, which is still under the radar of foreign hikers visiting Indonesia.   Mount Sindoro has a spectacular and very much active crater with parasitic craters and cones in the northwest-southern flanks. The mountain offers a gorgeous panoramic landscape along the trail to the summit. The summit of Sindoro offers majestic 360-degree views of the Dieng area, with Mt Prau to the north, Mt Slamet and Mt Ciremai to the west, and Mt Sumbing, Merapi, Merbabu to the east. Climbing Mt Sindoro is moderately challenging but very doable for the average person. With plenty of rest points along the way, this mountain is suitable for moderate volcano adventure with family and friends.

4. Mount Sumbing

Standing at 3,371 meters above sea level, Mount Sumbing is the second highest volcano in Central Java. Climbing up along the trail reaching the summit of this majestic volcano you will be met by a spectacular sunrise in an amazing360 degree panoramic view. its peak consists of an 800 m wide crater which offers an amazing landscape a hillside of white rocks, steaming sulfur gases, bubbling water and mud pools, a view that you can enjoy from a short distance upon reaching the crater. Hikers can also enjoy a beautiful savanna and small sea of sand near the crater. This could be one good option for those who are looking for an easy to moderate volcano adventure and explore the hidden paradise of Central Java, Indonesia

5. Mount Prau

Another mountain in Central Java that has a spectacular view is Mount Prau. Compared to the other four mountains, Mount Prau is the easiest one, which offers a short, easy hiking trail for a family hike or easy volcano adventure friends. Mount Prau 2,565 above sea level is the highest point in Dieng area, one of the most fascinating and friendly spots in Indonesia. The mountain is offering one of the best summit views in Java with a golden sunrise, views of surrounding mountains in Central Java and it will not disappoint any hikers on a clear day.

Climb Indonesia organizes adventure trips in Central Java area, hiking, trail running or simply enjoying the alpine nature of Indonesia volcanic scenes. Lead by our certified mountain guides, Climb Indonesia adventure trips guarantee a safe and enjoyable experience. Please contact us through our email: info@climbindonesia.com, or by phone/Whatsapp: +6281219592895.