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Elevation: 2,821 m (9,255 ft) Prominence: 2,105 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Province: Jawa Barat (West Java)
Google Earth: kml Other names: Cikurai
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Gunung Cikuray (Thilly Weissenborn, 1910-1940) Courtesy TropenMuseum ArchivesGunung Cikuray (Thilly Weissenborn, 1910-1940) Courtesy TropenMuseum Archives
Gunung Cikuray (Thilly Weissenborn, 1910-1940) Courtesy TropenMuseum Archives
Gunung Cikuray from Hotel Tjisoeroepan (Thilly Weissenborn, 1920-1940) Courtesy TropenMuseum ArchivesGunung Cikuray from Hotel Tjisoeroepan (Thilly Weissenborn, 1920-1940) Courtesy TropenMuseum Archives
Gunung Cikuray from Hotel Tjisoeroepan (Thilly Weissenborn, 1920-1940) Courtesy TropenMuseum Archives
Cikuray from near Garut (Daniel Quinn, July 2009)Cikuray from near Garut (Daniel Quinn, July 2009)
Cikuray from near Garut (Daniel Quinn, July 2009)
Cikuray as seen from Papandayan (Daniel Quinn, May 2010)Cikuray as seen from Papandayan (Daniel Quinn, May 2010)
Cikuray as seen from Papandayan (Daniel Quinn, May 2010)

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Bagging It!

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 Not required but take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.
Water sources Take sufficient supplies with you.
Recommended Hotel:
Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): bandung

Location

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)

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7 entries for “Cikuray”

  1. avatar

    Just for information. Actually u can take ojek from Cilawu to TV Tower, it will cost u around Rp 30.000. But, i did hike from Cilawu to TV Tower. Steep but was great

    Posted by Gita | August 13, 2010, 02:58
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    how long did it take from Cilawu to TV tower? What time of day did you start and what time did you reach the summit?

    Posted by John | September 14, 2010, 12:35
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      From vague memory less than an hour from Cilawu to TV tower. Took about 4 hours to the summit walking reasonably quickly. 3 hours down. A straightforward daytrip from Bandung as long as you set off before daylight.

      Posted by Dan | September 14, 2010, 19:56
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    From my experience. It took 2 hours from Cilawu to Tower by foot. And took 7 hours from tower to summit (night) and 2 hours down to Tower

    Posted by Gita | September 16, 2010, 22:43
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    We climbed Cikuray on October 1st 2011.

    The car journey from Jakarta to Garut takes 4 hours- 2.5 hours to Cileunyi and 1.5 hours from Cileunyi to Garut. (Be careful on the long slow descent after you cross the railway tracks; the road to Garut forks right unexpectedly as you near the bottom, though a new road is under construction.)

    We stayed in Cipanas in Hotel Cipta Bela 2, down a back alley behind the upper car park; for Rp100,000 it offers a room with a garish paint job, bathroom tank big enough for two and a malfunctioning TV.

    There appear to be three routes up Cikuray- from Cilawu in the northeast, from Bayongbong in the northwest and from Cikajang in the southwest.

    Ever keen to check out new routes for the benefit of Gunungbagging readers, we chose the Cikajang approach. Besides, on Google Earth it looks like you can start from higher up the mountain on that side.

    Although this route is sometimes called the Giriawas route, after the nearby tea plantation, the place you actually need to get to is Olan, a small village with a pesantren at 1450m altitude; turn left at the alun alun in Cikajang and head upward for 4km. Allow 60 minutes from Cipanas to Olan.

    If you need a guide, it would be a good idea to scout around in villages on the way up the road as villagers in Olan are busy in the fields. Eventually though we persuaded an Olan villager Dede to leave his cows overnight and join us for a night on Cikuray.

    We started hiking from Olan, but an ojek or 4WD could carry you up the farm track beyond the village as high as 1680m. At the end of the farm track is a valley with several footpaths; turn right to climb up onto the ridge on the right side of the valley.

    There are numerous trails from this ridge leading into the forest. If you don’t have a guide you’ll need to ask as many farmers as you can find, or staying on the center of the ridge should keep you on the right trail.

    The forest begins at 2000m and there is a junction where you turn left at 2160m. The trail is narrow and steep and requires plenty of scooting under tree branches, skipping over roots and skirting around landslides. With our newly-imported “Craghoppers” pants we had visions of bounding merrily over all obstacles, or at least not getting that feeling of sweaty fabric clinging to the thighs, but the gradient was still far from comfortable. Next time I’m going to wear lycra stretch pants like the ladies wear for yoga, and damn the fashionistas!

    There is a campsite at 2410m and another at 2610m, where the trail emerges onto a ridge. Thereafter, the gradient slackens off slightly and the route proceeds pleasantly up to the summit. A path from the left, perhaps from Bayongbong, joins up at 2740m, though the main Bayongbong trail comes in from the left later, just before the summit.

    The last section of the ridge below the summit is broad enough for lots of tents. There’s more camping space around the cement shelter on the top, but we chose a more sheltered site just below the summit on the east (Cilawu) side.

    Ascent time was 4h30, giving us a whole afternoon to while away cooking, chatting, doing yoga and clambering onto the cement shelter roof to admire the panorama of clouds. Descent the next day took 2h30, so this would be a comfortable day hike.

    Cikuray was busy, with some 40 people there enjoying a SAturday night out. All except us had come up from Cilawu; they reported ascent times of 1h30 up to the TV tower, plus 5 hours or so from the TV tower to the top.

    We also heard that there used to be an air traffic control signal transmitter atop the mountain. But a few years back it was stolen along with the steel perimeter fence.

    Let’s hope nobody steals the cement shelter! It would have made a great perch for photos if the clouds had actually lifted in the morning. But they didn’t, depriving us of the hoped-for views to Papandayan and Ciremai. We hikers need a weather website advising us when the views are going to be clear!

    Posted by John Hargreaves | October 3, 2011, 21:28
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    Hi,I climbed Gunung Cikuray a few day ago as a one day trek. I started from the road Garut-Tasik at 7am (RM Ibu Hani) and after two hours I reached to the communication towers area. The walk is really nice, going through tea plantations and with many butterflies. From there I started the real ascent to the summit and reached the top at 11.30. Half an hour there and then went down. I walked quite fast and finishedbefore 4pm. I saw a lot of people loaded with huge and heavy backpacks who camped for 2 nights. The final 3km ascent is very steep and not comfortable to do with a big backpack, so take only the necessary and please collect your rubbish because the track and camping areas are full of garbage.

    Posted by Pedro | August 15, 2013, 19:37
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    i climbed mt cikuray last week.everything went smoothly for once.normaly i try to keep things on a tight budget and take buses and ankots etc.. to keep down costs. but this time i couldnt be bothered with the cultural experience of overloaded slow buses that stop every 5 minutes looking for passengers so i shelled out and got private transport to take me to cilawu.i started at 5.00am to try and beat the congested traffic you get get between bandung and garut.i got to cilawu in 2 hours.neither myself or the driver knew where in cilawu we were supposed to turn off to go up to the tv tower.as it turns out it is very well sign posted . on the main road in cilawu you will see a green sign pointing you up the mountain with cikuray on it. i got the driver to drop me off there because i know the farm roads will be rough.within 30 seconds i had a ojek taking me up to the tv tower. ojeks will be easily found at this turnoff.the scenery through the tea plantations is very nice.the ojek ride wasnt more than 20 minutes to the tv tower. at the start of the trail there is a hut where you will be asked to leave your name and phone number and when you will be coming back.im not sure where you would find a guide but i dont think this one really needs it.the path is very obvious.only after about 500 meters up through the tea plantation could you go wrong . just make sure you head right and go for the obvious trail that runs along the ridge beside the forest.theres also a good chance that you wont be alone as this is popular with the locals so you can just tag along with them . from here its quite steep . in fact i dont remember any flat part all the way up.walking quite slowly i ended up near the summit in 4 hours.and this was with a heavy backpack with tent etc…10 minutes below the summit you will reach pos 7. this is a great spot to camp because theres plenty of flat spots for a tent and its sheltered from the wind and rain. i reached the summit by 12.00pm and in hindsight i wished i had done this one as a one dayer to save taking the heavy backpack up. but the tradeoff was being able to wake up and get a great sunrise .the views were a little hazy but even then i could see slamet smoking away in the distance. also ciremai,guntur,papandayan with a full moon over it,beuticanar . the cement shelter has had a garish green paint job since dans picture. downhill took 3 hours to the tv tower and my ojek driver was waiting for me.good idea to ask your ojek to come up the next day to save you a 2 hours walk to the main road. from cilawu back to bandung i took a ankot to garut and then the bus back to bandung.taxi in garut wanted Rp 500,000. a bit steep considering the bus was only Rp 30,000
    overall a great hike and well worth doing. the negatives would be the trash on the mountain.and also a lack of wildlife .barely a bird in sight. 6 more to go for hall of fame.

    Posted by chris whiting | September 15, 2014, 20:35

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