Gunung Merapi

Photo of Gunung Merapi

Photo by Yoshi and Michi Feldmeier, uploaded by Yoshi Feldmeier


Elevation (feet): 9,550
Elevation (meters): 2,911
Continent: Asia
Country: Indonesia
Range/Region: Java
Latitude: -7.55
Longitude: 110.433
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: 2005
Nearest major airport: Yogyakarta, Java
Convenient Center: Selo, Java


Gunung Merapi is a notoriously active volcano in the center of the island of Java. It killed 3,000 people in 1672, and over 1,000 people in 1930. More recently, eruptions killed 28 people in 1976 and destroyed the homes of nearly 2000 others. In 1995, an eruption killed 30 people and injured 100. The crater at the summit is continually emitting smoke. Despite its ferocious eruptive history, Merapi and its nearby northern neighbor Merbabu (10,308 ft.) are frequently climbed. The ascent of either peak starts from the village of Selo. Both ascents are easy hikes on well-traveled trails.