Mount Sindara, Mount Sindoro or Mount Sundoro is an active
stratovolcano in Central Java, Indonesia. Parasitic craters
and cones are found in the northwest-southern flanks; the
largest is called Kembang. A small lava dome occupies the
volcano's summit. Historical eruptions mostly
mild-to-moderate phreatic eruptions had occurred.
march from Sigedang was quick, we were led by the gentle
porters and the path was shiny lit by the moonlight amidst
wet tea plantation.
Post 1 is actually a tea-weighing shelter. Pretty close
from our start-point, it must be less than 1 hour but the
stop was a little bit extended due to acclimatization need,
for some of us were new to high altitude breathing. But I
also believe the happiness was actually the main reason. We
laughed a lot. Then the trek gradually adds its slope. The
slope’s rate of change was quick, unfortunately, so our
breaths were quick amidst the clear field of Mount Sundoro’s
Post 2 was quickly reached in about 1 hour from Post 1
and we started to see from above, the green bushes sparse
trees. I think it must be the tea-limit, where the tea
plantation ends. But Post 2 is still a tea-weighing shelter
like Post 1.
In the day light it must be hot and steamy walking in
such an open area. That is why we were always advised to
start climbing in the evening to avoid the stinging high
From Post 2 we could already feel the
stiffness of our leg muscles as the ascend was steep.
Perhaps 60° at places but certainly not less than 45° in
average. Luckily it was night when we started and the sky
was so clear with only thin mist in the air.
The trek was straight,
frank and open like a very honest friend. Refreshing but the
steep trek was not smoothened with a
turn-left-up-turn-right-up type ascend. We were just straight
to the peak passing another shelter that must be Post 3.
Resting once a while was nice for a minute or two but
very soon the wet backs of our aging bodies became very
cold. The 12°C air was not very compromising for a sweater
wrapped sweat-wet body and no gloves. The trek was steep
enough by then, looking back made me a little scared.
Falling down would be a matter of quick grab to a bush,
otherwise the way to the bottom of the valley was quite
Then a few part of vegetated strips on 2700 M – 2800 M,
where we saw a tent on a very narrow plot, with some clothes
hanging on a tree branch. No sound, no light and no
intention to disturb, so marched we on to the peak.
In Mt. Sundoro peak there is a crater with flat area and
about a soccer field wide. To the south and west it has
wider plots. In the middle there is a 50 M deep dormant
crater with a small pool in it. From the east rim there is a
path to the crater bottom. The crater is about the half of
the peak plot. Not totally barren, the peak is vegetated
with 2 M tall bushes.
The north-west part of the peak was a
muddy sand field, where there was a non-permanent monument
of 20 cm round stones put together making a circle with a
heap of some larger stones in the center. It adds the
serenity feeling of the peak, which was occupied by us on
that cloudy morning.
Look north, there is Dieng mountains with Mount Prahu
dominating the scene. A little closer the jealous Mount
Kembang is looming lonely just at the Mount Sundoro foot.
Can’t really see Mount Slamet clearly for it was cloudy in