Ketep Pass is a pass located on the slope between Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu. Exacatly located in Magelang, Central Java. It offers a great vantage point for a spectacular view of both mountains. Ketep Pass is approximately 1,200 M above sea level. This site has a small cinema which regularly shows an interesting documentary of Mount Merapi, arestaurant, countless food stalls and a museum volcanology. Located East of Borobudur, 40 minutes from Yogyakarta and it just take 15 minutes from Magelang by car.
Entrance fee is Rp. 30.000 for foreigners and under Rp. 10.000 for local tourist. The fee entitles one to a passage to the cinema and museum, to the use of telescope and to free non alcoholic drink in the restaurant.
You can get in by bus. There is a restaurant inside Ketep Pass that serves Chinese food and sea food. There are also so many food-stalls inside and outside Ketep Pass, selling typical Indonesian street food like tempe mendoan and roasted corn.
It's advisavle to visit Ketep Pass eother in dry season or at a very least, in the early morning during the rainy season otherwise, the spectacular view of mpuntains will be ruined by clouds covering the peaks.
Even without telescope, visitors can observe the peak of Mount Merapi clearly in daylight hours from Ketep. Such is the proximity that the thunderous sound of the volcano expelling lava can also be heard someetimes in Ketep. From the parking land on it, the venue is an attractive one. stepping onto open field, visitors can eanjoy magnifience and beauty of both the slopes and the peak of Mount Merapi.