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Central Java: Merapi, Caving & Borobudur

Yogyakarta – a name that invokes a sense of provocative mystery and cultural depth. On this aspect, we will get to see the beautiful Prambanan temple complex - the largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia and a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as the astonishing  Borobudur temple complex, the famous 9th Century Budhist temple. Its magnificence is reflected in the fact that it survived a volcanic eruption, terrorist bombs and the 2006 earthquake to remain as strong and awe-inspiring as it has ever been.  Be different from the other tourists and come take an elephant trek along Sileng River, which is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.

The main highlight, however is the majestic Mount Merapi - one of the most active stratovolcanoes of Indonesia. The very name meaning “Mountain of Fire”, she soars from the ground to an impressive 2930m. The journey to the top takes 5-6 hours, so we will leave base camp around 1am. We will then be able to catch the beautiful sunrise at the summit, and feast eyes on the surreal and utterly unusual surrounding landscape.

But the fun doesn’t end here! Next up, is the famed Jomblang Cave. Nestled in the Sewu Karst Mountain range, this cave does not just hides startlingly beautiful scenery in its depths, but also offers a dramatic adventure to enter its domain. We will be lowered down the mouth of Jomblang via Single Rope Technique, to the bottom where a lush primeval forest will greet us. Beams of sunlight penetrate through the cave, bringing to light an interior swathed in moss, ferns and shrubs. Following is a visit to a second cave – the  Gua Pindul cave. This offers a different kind of adventure – tubing through its underground river and gazing at the fascinating natural ornaments decorating the interior.

If you’re looking for an unique, electrifying adventure that includes volcano trekking and exploring deep caves hidden within the bowels of the earth  – this exciting novel trip is for you.

Highlights

  • Bag one of the most active volcanoes of Indonesia –  Mt. Merapi, the Mountain of Fire
  • Visit Jomblang Cave, a deep vertical cave that houses a dense ancient forest in its belly
  • Go tubing down the underground river of Gua Pindul – a great way to explore its beautiful interior
Included

  • All airport transfers and local transport in private vehicle.
  • Full accommodation arrangement
  • All meals as indicated
  • Sightseeing tours and hiking as indicated

Excluded

  • 2-way international airfares between Singapore & Yogyakarta (central Java, Indonesia)
  • All airport taxes & surcharges
  • All meals except those indicated
  • Personal trekking wear & gear ( eg. baselayers, waterproofs )
  • Tipping & gratuities to guide & local staff
  • Personal travel insurance, pre-trip medical immunizations
  • All expenses of a personal nature

Duration : 5 days
 
Maximum Altitude : 2930m
 
Grading :
 
Best Season : Apr - Nov
Peak Season* : May-Sep
 
Group Size : Min 2 persons
 
Group Size
5D Land Price
07 - 10 persons  
04 - 06 persons  
02 - 03 persons  
   

 

  • Return international airfare can be arranged on behalf.
  • Surcharge applies during peak season.


Day 1

Arrival Yogyakarta - Prambanan - Selo baseCamp
Arrive at Yogyakarta International Airport. Transfer to Prambanan plain area to visit Prambanan temples complex, Sewu temples complex and Boko temple - UNESCO world heritage site.  Lunch served at local restaurant. Back to Yogyakarta town and check in hotel.

Depart from hotel at 6:00 pm / 6:30 pm and have dinner at local restaurant, then at 8:00 proceed to Selo base camp at the foot of Mount Merapi. (D)

Day 2

Selo base camp - Mount Merapi summit - Yogyakarta
Begin summit trek at 1am. Reach summit in time to catch the sunrise. From here you can see the spectacular surrounding views while enjoying hot tea or coffee. Descend back to Selo base camp for breakfast before transfering back to Yogyakarta. Lunch En route. Overnight at Yogyakarta (B/L/D)  

Day 3

Yogyakarta - Jomblang Cave - Gua Pindul - Yogyakarta
Transfer to Jomblang cave where you will be lowered into its mouth via rope. Next proceed to Gua Pindul cave where you will be able to go rubing down an underground river. Lunch en route. Upon completion transfer back to Yogyakarta. (B/L/D)

Day 4

Yogyakarta - Borobudur - Parangritis beach
After breakfast, transfer to Borobudur - the world’s biggest Buddhist temple and a UNESCO world heritage. Extra visit to Pawon and Mendut temple if time permits. Embark on an elephant trek along villages and Sileng River. Afternoon visit the famous Parangtritis beach. Late afternoon return to hotel. Overnight at Yogyakarta. (B/L)

Day 5

Yogyakarta - Singapore
After breakfast, transfer to Yogyakarta International Airport for your flight back home. (B)

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