That being said, this experience wasn’t any less exciting because I didn’t reach the summit. The descent itself was quite treacherous, resulting in me slipping down the slope multiple times. The weather and my lack of preparedness made the trek challenging enough. Besides, there is really nothing to beat the thrill of climbing the cold, wet and rocky slopes of one of the deadliest volcanoes in the world.
How to get there: Singapore has daily flights to Yogyakarta which is about 1.5 hours away from the Merapi base by car.
Time taken for trek: 4 hours to reach the viewpoint, depending on your speed and stamina
Check on the Merapi activity levels before you go. Obvious point, but if it’s on high alert, you shouldn’t try climbing it!
It’s safer to hire a guide for the climb
Check the weather conditions in the area before going. It is not advisable to go during the rainy season
Don’t be in a hurry to reach the peak. It’s ok even if you take more than 4 hours!
Carry warm clothing
Also carry some snacks in case you get hungry