On Friday, May 12, 2017 me and seven others went hiking on Mount Prau, located in Dieng, Wonosobo, Central Java.
From our town, Salatiga, it took approximately four hour ride through Ambarawa. When you enter Dieng, if you look touristy, you will be charged fifteen thousand rupiah for a motorcylce of two persons. Later, in Patak Banteng base camp of Mount Prau, each person has to pay the fee of ten thousand rupiah and another ten thousand for the motorcycle parking spot (twenty-five thousand for cars).
The eight of us started to hike at 9 pm. It took us around 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. For beginners, this mountain provides a mild challenge, but nothing harsh. There is even an easier route from Dieng base camp with the only catch being a longer hike.
At night, the temperature on the top could hit 14 degree Celsius. Three of my experienced friends started to build the tents while the other including me waited, trying to stay warm.
Up here, a vast land of hills and savanna dominated the mountain top, ornamented with lush trees at a side. A hundred people were camping under the starlight, one-tenth of Prau’s usual visitors at peak point.
In the morning, I woke up to a picturesque view of the mighty; Sumbing, Sindoro, Merapi, and Merbabu. Arrays of green brownish grass put the cherry top to the already sweet cake of the lining blue mountains in the distance.
Speaking of cherry, me and a friend of mine, let’s just call him Rudi, were in desperate need of dropping our own cherry bombs. It was hard to find a place of solitude to answer nature’s call on the top of the mountain. Bushes and high grass were our solution. Word of advice, bring wet paper towel to help you clean after finishing your duty (We did bring it though).