Hikers are required to register online before scaling Mount Merbabu in Central Java, according to the head of Mount Merbabu National Park, Johan Setiawan.

Johan said the regulation is being trialed to enforce better hiker management on Mount Merbabu.

“The move aims to control hikers’ quota and data,” he said on Thursday as quoted by .

Hikers can book their slots via . The park’s management is also preparing a booking app that will be trialed soon.

“Therefore we [the management] do not have to take notes [manually] anymore; [hikers] only have to show their registration number,” he said.

He said this method could help monitor and manage the number of hikers entering and exiting the hiking track in order to avoid overtourism. 

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The new method is also expected to help the management collect complete data of the hikers and their group, which will allow for easier rescue if an accident occurs.

“When they book online, they have to input the data of their hiking group members; how many people, their hiking schedule, their ID number and emergency contact number. If they input the data at home [before they arrive at the hiking post], they will have a lot of time [to fill in the data],” he said.

The online booking method is being applied on the Selo Lama track. If the trial is successful, a similar policy will be implemented on other tracks on Mount Merbabu. (gis/kes)