Gunung Gede Introduction 1

Written by on November 19, 2010 in Java Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park with 0 Comments

National Park Gunung Gede-Pangrango

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Gunung Gede-Pangrango, the twin volcanoes of West Java, is one of the first national parks in Indonesia.
It covers a total forested area of 15,000 hectares.
This area has a special place in the history of both conservation
and botanical research in Indonesia.
It includes the Cibodas Nature Reserve
which has been the scene of numerous botanical
and other studies for a period of well over a hundred years
by a number of scientists and naturalists, including such eminent figures as Reinwardt, Junghunn and Wallace.

HOW TO GET THERE
The park is within easy reach by road from Jakarta and Bandung, and the main entrance at Cibodas is situated about 120 km, or about 2.5 hours by car from Jakarta
and 85 km or about 2 hours by car from Bandung.
It is also accessible from Cipanas and Pacet through Gunung Putri, just east of Cibodas; and from Sukabumi through Selabintana
from the south at about 60 km or 1.5 hour by car from Bogor.
Another entrance is at Situgunung, which can be reached through Cisaat, just west of Sukabumi.
From these entrances (except from Situgunung)
there are trails to the summits of Gunung Gede and Pangrango.
What to bring/Where to stay
Cool-weather clothing, rain coat, strong shoes for hiking, and camping equipments are recommended.
Visitors have also to bring their own food, especiall for those who want to stay overnight in the park.
Accomodation in the park is in simple guesthouses.
The park also provides some camping grounds, including one at the Alun-alun Suryakencana, a flat area near the top of Gunung Gede.
There are many hotels, villas and bungalows in the Puncak Pass-Cipanas area. This area is quite close to the Headquarters of the park.
Activities Among the mountains in West Java, the twin volcanoes Gede-Pangrango
are very famous for hiking and mountain climbing.
There are 4 trails to go up to the summits of of the mountains;
two trails are from Cibodas, one from Gunung Putri
and another one from Selabintana, Sukabumi.
Climbing the mountains and watching the sunrise from the top
or the crater wall of Gunung Gede
are the most exciting attractions for visitors.

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