West Java, Gunung Cikuray

Written by on July 16, 2012 in Java Mountains with 0 Comments

West Java, Gunung Cikuray

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This Ribu is the highest peak in the whole of the Parahyangan and Priangan highlands of West Java. It is a beautiful dormant cone and dominates the landscape near Garut. It can be climbed from Cilawu TV Tower (1,450m) in 5 or 6 hours so it is possible to do this as a day-hike if you start very early in the morning. From Bandung, head to Garut and then on to Cilawu (about 3 hours altogether). You could take a bus to Garut and then an angkot to Cilawu but this will take considerably more time than if you have your own transport.

A rough farm track leading from the road through a tea plantation goes all the way up to the TV Tower where there is limited space to park vehicles. Ordinary cars may have trouble reaching the starting point – you definitely need a vehicle with reasonably high clearance. Otherwise it is a long hike in which would definitely require a night on the mountain. Another thing to bear in mind is that there is no water on this route so make sure you take plenty.

At the sharp bend in the track just before the TV Tower, head up through the tea plantation. If in doubt, ask one of the many tea pickers. Soon, the edge of the forest is reached. The forest trail itself is leads steeply up the side of the mountain but it is a very straightforward hike and there are several areas suitable for camping (at approximately 2,050m, 2,275m and 2,550m).

The summit has a large cement shelter and in clear conditions, views to Ciremai and Papandayan are magnificent. Return the same way

Bagging information provided by Daniel Quinn

Practicalities

Getting there

From Jakarta, take the toll road to Bandung and continue beyond to the end of the toll at Cileunyi. Follow signs to Garut and then on to Cilawu. Primajasa buses to Garut leave from Jakarta’s Lebak Bulus and Cililitan bus depot frequently during the day and there are angkots between Garut and Cilawu. You may be able to arrange an ojek from Cilawu through the tea plantation. Accommodation

Plenty available in Cipanas near Garut – but very busy on Saturdays. Permits

None required but take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase. Water sources

Take sufficient supplies with you.

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