Welcome to Selo
An exceptionally cute and authentic village, Selo is set on and between the slopes of two volcanoes, and stitched together with tobacco fields and vegetable plots, 50km west of Solo. There are a few homestays and one terrific lodge, though most tourists simply zip in after dark to climb Gunung Merapi or Merbabu for an epic sunrise view. Guides (250,000Rp return) can be easily arranged for the Merapi climb, but it's best to reserve ahead. Contact the local guide association. Entry into Taman Nasional Gunung Merapi is around 150,000Rp.
From Selo, it is a very steep, three- to four-hour hike to the volcano’s summit. Allow around 2½ hours for the descent. At the top the sulphurous fumes can be overpowering – take great care.