TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Mount Merbabu National Park management on June 13 announced the reopening of the mountain’s two public hiking trails out of the total five.
The park’s head, Junita Parjanti, according to Antaranews, explains the available hiking trails are located in the Banyuroto village (Suwanting trail) and the Pakis district (Wekas trail).
The remaining hiking trails, Parjanti said, remained closed as the trails were located in areas currently enforcing the public activity restriction enforcement (PPKM).
Hikers planning to pay the mountain a visit are required to comply with existing pandemic health protocols and can only book a trip at the national park through online reservations.
“We are also limiting the maximum quota of 30 percent from the maximum amount allowed in a hike. Online registrations can be accessed through www.tngunungmerbabu.org website,” said Parjanti.
Moreover, hikers must also bring with them COVID-19-free permits, either through antigen or GeNose tests.
The hiking trail at Mount Merbabu has been closed since March 2020 due to the government's coronavirus restrictions.