Songolikur Peak in Jepara Regency, Central Java Province
Aside from visiting Karimunjawa Island and stunning natural attractions like beaches and waterfalls in Jepara Regency, tourists can find several great spots for sightseeing and photography. For instance, there is Songolikur Peak. The name means the number 29, actually. Many people also call it Saptorenggo Peak. It resides in Muria Mountain Area, so it does come with majestic panoramas and rejuvenating nuance. Well, the exact location is at Tempur Village and it resides in Keling Sub-District. The fact is Songolikur is the second tallest peak located in Muria Mountain slope. No wonder, it is well-known among those who love and adventure and nature lovers.
In terms of nuance, Songolikur Peak looks crowded regardless of the time. The reason is none other than the popularity. It is because the locals regularly visit the peak for outdoor activities like trekking, photography, sightseeing, etc. Not only the site is visited by the locals, but it also attracts many people from outside the regions! For the information, the peak resides on 1603 meters above the sea level, which makes it the second tallest in Muria Mountain after Natas Angin Peak (which resides on 1700 meters above the sea level). The trekking route is considered moderate, so it is suitable for beginners. While heading to the peak, tourists may find several “warung” or food stands, too!
Exploring Songolikur Peak
It is true the main purpose to visit Songolikur Peak is to enjoy sightseeing and photography. It is because 29 Peak features numerous panoramas including mountains, rivers, and Kali Gelis Fountain. However, tourists have other motives to visit the site. For instance, they want to hear the legend related to the hill. The name was once Rahtawu Peak. It is said the location became the Gods’ favorite place for a hermitage. No wonder, the locals consider it sacred and often perform a ritual up there.
Trekking becomes the next reason why people visit Songolikur Peak. They take advantage of the easy route in order to satisfy their outdoor hobby. Not to mention they have the chance to relax and get rid of stresses instantly. For the information, several trekking posts are available, so tourists would feel comfortable when hiking. That means they can simply rest at those posts and enjoy a cup of warm coffee or snacks before continuing the trip.
Another interesting allure in Songolikur Peak is the presence of a local ritual. However, tourists need to find the right schedule to be able to watch and join in the ritual. The purpose of the event is to show gratitude to the God due to the abundant prosperity and crops in that year. The fact is the site has several hermitage spots, which were named after the shadow puppet story like Hyang Pandan, Lokojoyo, and many more. Tourists are allowed to explore those places, as long as they don’t cause any harm or litter.
- Muria Mountain
- Mendut Mountain
- Mpetung Waterfall
How to Get There
Before trekking to Songolikur Peak, tourists should head to Jepara Regency first (which is the first checkpoint). If they come from Semarang City, the trip takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes. It is because the distance is 76.6 km. As for the best route, tourists should take Raya Tuban – Semarang Street. From Jepara Regency, their next destination is Tempur Village at Keling Sub-District (which is the second checkpoint). This trip takes about 1 hour and 31 minutes, as the distance is 51.1 km. For a faster trip, it is recommended to take Raya Kelet – Bangsri Street. The last thing to do is definitely trekking to Saptorenggo Peak.
Where to Stay
- Kelet Hotel