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Jakarta Post

Mt. Slamet popular for celebrations

  • Agus Maryono and Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 31 2011   /  06:00 am

Some 1,000 climbers are expected to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the peak of Mount Slamet in Purbalingga, Central Java.

According to the organizers, more than 700 people had registered as of Friday to climb the biggest volcano in the province. More were expected to register on Saturday, when they will begin the challenging trip.

The number of people to celebrate New Year’s Eve is predicted to be three times more than in previous years, following a reduction in the alert status of the volcano.

“For the last two years, Mt. Slamet has been closed to climbers. Now that it is opened again, the number of climbers is three times as many as before,” the head of Purbalingga Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sport Agency, Suyitno, said at his office on Friday.

The 3,428-meter Mt. Slamet had been put on the third and second highest alert status for two consecutive year...