|Elevation:||2,821 m (9,255 ft)||Prominence:||2,105 m|
|Ribu category:||Tinggi Sedang||Province:||Jawa Barat (West Java)|
|Google Earth:||kml||Other names:||Cikurai|
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 is most commonly climbed from Cilawu TV Tower AKA Pos Pemancar (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. This most popular route is known as Jalur Dayeuhmanggung and begins northeast of the summit. 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).
There are two other routes up the mountain which might be worth considering. First of all from the Cikajang area which is south-southwest of the summit. The route is sometimes known as the Giriawas route, but the starting point is the village of Olan (1,450m). The summit can be reached in under 5 hours (and under 3 for the descent). Secondly, the Bayongbong route, which starts to the northwest of the mountain at Pos Pemantau (1,550m) and requires under 6 hours for most hikers to reach the summit. Both of these starting points take around one hour to reach by car or motorbike from Cipanas near Garut.
Bagging information provided by Daniel Quinn
|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||Not required but take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.|
|Water sources||Take sufficient supplies with you.|
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Origins and Meaning
This mountain appears to take its name from a nearby locality. Ci means “water” (usually in the names of rivers and streams) and kuray is a kind of tree. So Cikuray means “Kuray River” which presumably is a village or place, and the nearby mountain takes its name from this place. (George Quinn, 2011)