Indonesia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire or the “Ring of Fire,” which makes it a country with high volcanic activity. As a result, Indonesia has many incredible mountains spread across various islands throughout its territory. Several mountains in Indonesia are very popular among climbers, both local and international, because of the spectacular scenic beauty.
Here are 7 Incredible Mountains to Climb in Central Java:
1. Mount Prau
Mount Prau, which is located on the border of Wonosobo, Temanggung, Batang and Kendal districts, has an altitude of 2,590 meters above sea level. From this height, climbers can see wonderful natural scenery. The most amazing view from Mount Prau is the view of Mount Sindoro-Sumbing which is lined up majestically between the sea of clouds. The most popular hiking trails is via Dieng, Wonosobo. This mountain is suitable for beginners.
2. Mount Merbabu
Mount Merbabu is located on the border of Magelang, Boyolali and Semarang districts. The mountain with an altitude of 3,145 meters above sea level is dominated by grassy savanna. The scenery is even more beautiful with edelweiss flowers growing on the hillsides. The most popular paths to the top of Mount Merbabu is the Selo route in Boyolali District. This route offers views of the majestic Mount Merapi with its very active crater.
3. Mount Sindoro
Mount Sindoro has an altitude of 3,153 meters above sea level. It is located in the area between Temanggung and Wonosobo Regency, Central Java. One of the most striking uniqueness of this mountain is the peak area which is so wide and one of the favorite camping grounds. From the top of Mount Sindoro, climbers can see the vast sea of clouds in Central Java and other mountains. One of the mountains that is clearly visible is Mount Sumbing.
4. Mount Sumbing
Mount Sumbing is the second highest mountain in Central Java with an altitude of 3,371 meters above sea level. The location is on the border of Wonosobo, Magelang and Temanggung districts. Mount Sumbing has four peaks, namely Kawah, Buntu, Sejati, and the highest is Rajawali. The routes to get to Mount Sumbing are Bowongso, Capit Parakan, Garung, Butuh Kaliangkrik, and Sipetung. Along the Butuh Kaliangkrik route in Magelang, hikers will enjoy the phenomenon of stacked houses or Nepal van Java.
5. Mount Slamet
This is the highest mountain in Central Java with an altitude of 3,432 meters above sea level. Mount Slamet is located on the border of Brebes, Tegal, Banyumas, Pemalang and Purbalingga. The hiking trails include Bambangan, Guci, Kaliwadas, and several others. Climbers should know the condition of the mountain before hiking since Mount Slamet is an active volcano. A beautiful natural scenery of an active crater can be seen from the top of the mountain.
6. Mount Lawu
Mount Lawu is located between Karanganyar and Magetan Regencies. With a height of 3,256 meters above sea level, this mountain has several peaks, namely Hargo Dalem Peak, Hargo Dumiling, and Hargo Dumilah as the highest peak. There are some interesting spots there, namely Mount Lawu temple, edelweiss flowers, and the cool grass savanna. On the top of the mountain, there is Warung Mbok Yem which is known as the highest food stall in Indonesia.
7. Mount Argopuro
This mountain has a height of 3,088 meters above sea level with a peak called the Rengganis peak. Hikers can descend from the summit via the Baderan route where there is a savanna called Cikasur. Animals such as wild boar, deer and peacocks still roam there. The mountain is in Probolinggo and has a unique garden, namely Taman Hidup (Garden of Life) which has beautiful panoramas.
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