3 Days
4 People
Minimum Participants
2 out of 5
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Drone Photography on  Mt. Merapi  with Ridge line camping will take your photography to an all new level!


Photography has taken many new directions over the years, but none as exciting as the introduction of drone photography. With the freedom given with such technology, your opportunity to explore worlds that you never thought possible becomes endless. So in true Wildfire Expedition style we will be bringing you to that world, to witness something spectacular and capture it in all its glory.

Mt. Merapi (25 kilometers north of Yogyakarta) is the most active of Indonesia’s 127 active volcanoes. Located north of Central Java’s capital of Yogyakarta, it is a 2968 meter-high stratovolcano with steep slopes and an almost perfect cone shape. Merapi, which means “Mountain of Fire “, typically has small eruptions every two to three years, and larger ones about once every 10 to 15 years.

This once in a lifetime expedition will bring you in close contact with mother nature in her most unique form, above the clouds, with sunsets as red as lava, and sunrises so soothing you will be left in complete awe. Views so clear and endless not even the most powerful camera can capture.

Beyond the satisfaction of surmounting one of the world’s most active volcanoes and achieving a personal milestone, be privy to the unbelievable beauty of sunrise at the peak. Watch as 4 other volcanoes unfold before you,  Mt. Merabu, Mt. Sumbing, Mt. Sindoro and Mt. Telomoyo, catching the sun as it rises illuminating your approach to summit. A magical sight that few will experience.

And on flat ground, the historically unique structures of Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World heritage site which dates back to the 9th Century, will connect you to a part of history that few have explored. Being the largest Hindu temple in all of South East Asia, this monumental structure brings with it many traditions, myths and legends. Close up imagery of the stone structures and aerial silhouette sunset shots of this majestic structure will add to your large collection of Yogyakarta and make you ask yourself that question… How come I had not done this before…

This 3D2N expedition will challenge your skills in capturing THAT moment, knowing that regardless, its magnificence both above at almost 3000 metres or below will be forever etched in your memory.

Unleash all your hidden photography skills/ideas, from star studded time lapse shots of unpolluted skies, to 360 degree panoramic views of active volcanoes, all in a playground that does not restrict you from achieving award winning shots, but instead sets your imagination free.

So what are you waiting for. If you own a camera, or a drone, or simply wish to be part of a group of enthusiastic videographers and photographers on one of South East Asia’s sought after locations, then join us for an adventure of a lifetime.

 LOCATION Yogyakarta , Indonesia
DEPARTURE TIME 9:30am Singapore Changi Airport
RETURN TIME 11:00am Return Flight from Yogyakarta
WEAR Hiking pants and boots, light base layer for lower elevations and warm layers for higher elevations


Entrance fee – Mt. Merapi and Prambanan Temple

Trek briefing, planning and logistics

Transport to and from hike trailhead

Services of an English speaking guide

Tents and camping equipment (portered to the campsite)

All accommodation

All meals


Daypack or any personal hiking gear

Flights to / From Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Tips to guides



 (1-PD) Moderate – you will be carrying a daypack with steady altitude gain

Additional information

Sunrise SummitOvernight Trek, Camping Trek


Transfer from airport to Mt. Merapi basecamp to begin ascent.

Midway Basecamp Trek

A moderate 2-3hr trek to the campsite located at Pasar Bubrah. Drones and camera at the ready to capture stunning aerial views of the sunset over Mt. Merapi and it’s 4 other surrounding volcanoes. Set up camp, prepare hot dinner and cold drinks and relax under the stars.

The Summit

Early rise, light breakfast, pack up equipment and begin 1-2hrs climb for the summit for the sunrise over Mt. Merapi. Seizing memorable shots on route as the clouds simmer below us to make way for the suns rays, catching those once in a lifetime images/video of one of South East Asia’s most active Volcano from all angles.  

The Descent

After our encounter with Mt. Merapi and her 4 other sisters, we head back to basecamp for lunch and to recharge equipment.

Prambanan Temple

Arrive at one of the most historic temples in all of South East Asia to continue our aerial/ground exploration of Prambanan Temple. Capturing the sunset from various angles with jaw breaking silhouettes of the 47 metres structures against the cooling red sun.  

Yogyakarta City Revisited

Head back to the city and review all videos, imagery, sharing media and relaxing over a hearty meal with a beverage or 2 to reflect on an enthralling date between technology and mother nature.


Head to airport for departure back to Singapore.

At Wildfire Expeditions, we use a combination of grading systems based on technical requirements of the climb as well as the physical conditioning of the trek.  The grading systems we use to assess the treks is a combination of  the New Zealand Alpine Grading System and the French adjectival alpine system As with any treks, there is a level of physical fitness that is required.  Trekking days can be an average of 8 to 12 hours, and summit days can be 16+ hour days. Before undergoing any new or strenuous physical activity, it is advisable to receive a health check from a qualified physician.

The Mt. Merapi Trek is considered a (1PD)

New Zealand Alpine Grading System

An alpine grading system adapted from the grades used in the Aoraki/Mt Cook Region is widely used in New Zealand for alpine routes in the North and South islands. Grades currently go from 1–7. The grading system is open ended; harder climbs are possible. Factors which determine grade are (in descending order of contributing weight): technical difficulty, objective danger, length and access.

Standard grading system for alpine routes in normal conditions

  • New Zealand Grade 1: Easy scramble. Use of rope generally only for glacier travel.
  • New Zealand Grade 2: Steeper trickier sections may need a rope.
  • New Zealand Grade 3: Longer steeper sections generally. Use of technical equipment necessary. Ice climbs may require two tools.
  • New Zealand Grade 4: Technical climbing. Knowledge of how to place ice and rock gear quickly and efficiently a must. Involves a long day.
  • New Zealand Grade 5: Sustained technical climbing. May have vertical sections on ice.
  • New Zealand Grade 6: Multiple crux sections. Vertical ice may not have adequate protection. Good mental attitude and solid technique necessary. May require a bivy on route and be a long way from civilization.
  • New Zealand Grade 7: Vertical ice/rock which may not have adequate protection. Rock grades in the high 20’s (Ewbank). Climb may be in remote area. May require a bivy on route.

International French Adjectival System (IFAS)

The French adjectival alpine system evaluates the overall difficulty of a route, taking into consideration the length, difficulty, exposure and commitment-level of the route (i.e., how hard it may be to retreat). The overall grade combines altitude; length and difficulty of approach and descent; number of difficult pitches and how sustained they are; exposure; and quality of rock, snow and ice. These are, in increasing order:[19]

  • F: facile (easy). Straightforward, possibly a glacial approach, snow and ice will often be at an easy angle.
  • PD: peu difficile (slightly difficult). Routes may be longer at altitude, with snow and ice slopes up to 45 degrees. Glaciers are more complex, scrambling is harder, climbing may require some belaying, descent may involve rappelling. More objective hazards.
  • AD: assez difficile (fairly difficult). Fairly hard, snow and ice at an angle of 45-65 degrees, rock climbing up to UIAA grade III, but not sustained, belayed climbing in addition to a large amount of exposed but easier terrain. Significant objective hazard.
  • D: difficile (difficult). Hard, more serious with rock climbing at IV and V, snow and ice slopes at 50-70 degrees. Routes may be long and sustained or harder but shorter. Serious objective hazards.
  • TD: très difficile (very difficult). Very hard, routes at this grades are serious undertakings with high level of objective danger. Sustained snow and ice at an angle of 65-80 degrees, rock climbing at grade V and VI with possible aid, very long sections of hard climbing.
  • ED1/2/3/4: extrêmement difficile (extremely difficult). Extremely hard, exceptional objective danger, vertical ice slopes and rock climbing up to VI to VIII, with possible aid pitches.
  • ABO: Abominablement difficile (abominable) Difficulty and danger at their limit.
source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grade_(climbing)


Cancellation Policy:  Due to the booking of government and operator permits, Wildfire Expeditions has the following refund policy

  • Each deposit, includes a $100.00 non-refundable registration fee.
  • Full refunds, less registration fee, will be provided 90 days prior to the trek or dive date.
  • 50% refunds will be provided 60-89 days prior to course, trek or dive date.
  • 25% refunds will be provided 45-59 days prior to course, trek or dive date.
  • No refunds will be provided 45 days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
  • All refund requests must be made in writing  within the deadlines stated above.
  • All balances are due 60 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified.

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