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Address: Desa Karangrejo, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
GPS Coordinate: S7°36'25.5" E110°10'39" (view map)
Punthuk Setumbi Hill is one of the best spots to watch the Borobudur sunrise from an altitude of 400 m above sea level. The warmth of the sun in the morning reveals the fog blanket that covers Borobudur Temple and wakes it from its place.
Punthuk Setumbu is the name of a hill located about 4 km west of Borobudur Temple. The hill located in the village of Karangrejo is one of the best places to see the splendor of Borobudur Temple in the morning as well as to wait the sunrise behind Mount Merapi. There are various ways to reach the hill with an altitude of 400 m above sea level, such as by walking, riding a bike, or riding motorcycles. Having not recognized the field well, YogYES chose to ride motorcycle taxi. Exactly at 4:30 am, traveling through the morning cold air began. At the time, the sky was partly cloudy, so it seemed that there was no star as a light. Street lights were totally invisible, motorcycle lights were the only source of light. After 15 minutes traveling in the dark and slippery, YoyYES arrived at the foothill of Punthuk Setumbu Hill. Punthuk Setumbu Hill manager who guarded the post welcomed and lent us a flashlight, the real adventure began.
YogYES climbed a steep path through the field in the middle of the dark, cold, and wet morning. The combination of the wind that hit the tops of trees and insects that creak an orchestra was accompanying the morning trip. Dew dripping from the trees made the trail slippery, therefore, we should step carefully in order not to slip. YogYES finally stepped on the top of Punthuk Setumbu Hill with wheezing.
YogYES struggle apparently was not wasted because of the stunning views have welcomed. As far as the eyes could see, the blue stretch of the valley covered in mist was visible. Although looking small, Borobudur Temple gracefully fell asleep in a sea of dark fog, surrounded by mountain ranges and mighty hills. After some time, the fog began to fade due to strong winds continuously blew, a burst of light began to appear presenting beautiful Borobudur Sunrise. When the weather is sunny, golden orange rays of light would be racing to color the sky and the sun slowly rises from behind of its throne. Nirvana Sunrise nickname for Punthuk Setumbu fells even more attached.
Motorcycle Taxi Fares:
from Borobudur Temple to Punthuk Setumbu Hill: IDR 50,000 (round trip)
Entrance Ticket: IDR 15,000
Facilities: a flashlight and hot beverage (coffee and tea)