An Ancient Volcano with 7 Families on Its Peak
Updated on 5/18/2015
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Watching the gorgeous sunset from the top of a mountain is a very special moment that not everyone can enjoy. The extreme route, unpredictable weather, hard track, and long distance become the obstacle for many people to go mountain climbing. However, you don't need to deal with those difficulties when you go to Mount Nglanggeran in Patuk, Gunungkidul. It only takes 1 to 1.5 hours tracking, you will get its western peak, which is called Mount Gede. Beautiful landscape will be in front of you. You will see the spread of clouds, a range of mountains forming unique shape, housing, and also green field. When the day is getting dark, Yogyakarta will look like the ocean of light. The twinkling of the stars and the sparkling of the lamps in distance becomes romantic scene for those who have camping activity there.
Mount Nglanggeran is an ancient volcano that used to be active million years ago. Located on Baturagung karst area, Nglanggeran was lithologically formed by old volcanic material fragment. It has two peaks, namely western and eastern peak with a caldera in the center. Nowadays, Nglanggeran is a range of huge rocky mountain which has exotic view, unique shape and names, and also history behind it. The mountains in the range are usually named based on their shape, for example Mount 5 Jari, Mount Kelir, and Mount Wayang.
It was still in the morning when YogYES got to the eastern peak of the mountain. According to the organizer, it was the best spot to enjoy the sunrise. Unfortunately, when we were there, dark cloud covered the sky and the sun. Since we couldn't see the sunrise, we decided to visit Mbah Redjodimulyo as the elder living on the top of Mount Nglanggeran. According to him, a village on the top of the mountain named Tlogo Mardidho, could only be occupied by 7 families. If their number was more or less than 7, there would be something bad. It could be seen from the cemetery. Furthermore, when their children has got married and born children, the new family should leave the village.
After visiting a village occupied by 7 families, we got back to base camp and tried to climb Mount Gede. Different from the eastern peak which was possibly reached by motorbike, this peak forced us to do tracking. Walking along the path with stony hill around us became a wonderful experience. The higher we climb, the steeper the track. To help the climbers on the tracking, rope was set. Soon after we passed that route, a new challenge came since there was a very narrow and steep gap between stony hills on each side was in front of us. It can only be passed by one person, so we had to walk one by one. After passing the gap, one of us said "It's like something happened in a movie entitled 127 Hours. It's tense but cool..."
Notes: The ancient volcano Nglanggeran is fully organized by Karang Taruna Desa Nglanggeran (Youth Organization of Nglanggeran Village). For more information or reservation, you can call Sugeng Handoko (+62 818 0260 6050), Heru Purwanto (+62 818 0410 3999).