Mount Slamet: The Highest Mountain in Central Java

Mount Slamet is a top-rated tourist destination for climbers.
6 Dec 2022 · By Ivan Zulfikar
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Mount Slamet is located in Banyumas, Central Java, and is the highest mountain in the province. With a height of 3,432 meters above sea level, Mount Slamet is a top-rated tourist destination for climbers. Although there is a myth that says that if Mount Slamet erupts, the island of Java will split into two parts, history records that this mountain has never experienced a significant eruption.

Hiking Track / @slamet_mountain
Hiking Track / @slamet_mountain

Mount Slamet Hiking Trail

Mount Slamet has many hiking trails spread across five districts in Central Java. Well-known climbing routes include the Guci, Bambangan, Kali Wadas, Cemara Sakti, and Baturadden. All of these hiking trails offer beautiful and challenging views for climbers.

Hiker rest area / @slamet_mountain
Hiker rest area / @slamet_mountain

History of the Name of Mount Slamet

In Islam, a name is a prayer. The name pinned on this mountain, Slamet, symbolizes prayer and hope that Mount Slamet will be safe and not cause havoc. Some say that Slamet comes from Arabic, namely salamatan, which means safe.

There is an opinion that the scholar who was highly respected at that time, Sheikh Maulana Maghribi, was the one who gave the name Mount Slamet. This sheikh is known as Sheikh Atas Angin or Mbah Atas Angin because he came from far away, from a land unknown to the local community.

Mount Slamet eruption

Although there is a myth that says that if Mount Slamet erupts, the island of Java will split into two parts, history records that this mountain has never experienced a significant eruption. The eruptions in 1932, 1953, 1969, 1988, and 2009 were only minor eruptions of harmless bursts of ash and lava.

Here are some facts about Mount Slamet in Banyumas, Central Java. If you want to enjoy beautiful and challenging views, let's take a walk to Mount Slamet and enjoy its natural beauty.

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