Elevation: 3,074 m (10,085 ft) Prominence: 2,140 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Province: Sulawesi Barat (West Sulawesi)
Google Earth: kml Other names: Gandangdewata, Ganda Dewata, Gandang Dewata
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Bagging It!

This Ribu, the highest point of the Quarles range, is rarely climbed due to its relatively remote location and the length of time it takes to reach the summit (where there is a apparently triangulation pole). There are two starting points so a traverse is possible.

From Mamuju (west side): The starting point is Desa Paku (approx 700m, presumably 2 hours or so from Mamuju by motorbike or car) and it takes approximately 3 days to reach the peak (one way) and presumably about 2 to descend the same way. There are 13 Pos on this route but it takes no more than 2 hours from one to the next. Pos 7 and Pos 10 are the only spots for water. Suggested itinerary as follows.

From Mamasa (south / east side): The starting point is the village of Kampung Baru (approx 1,150m) near Rante Pongko (30 minutes by ojek from Mamasa) and it takes approximately 6 days to reach the peak (one way) and presumably about 4 to descend the same way. There are significant ups and downs on this route. There are 10 Pos on this route. Suggested itinerary on this route from Aming Hamire (muhammad mukramin) below:

Day 1: Mamasa town to Pos 1. Day 2: Pos 1 to Pos 3. Day 3: Pos 3 to Pos 5 and a half. Day 4: Pos 5 and a half to Lembah VE. Day 5: Lembah VE to Pos 9. Day 6: Pos 9 to Pos 10 (summit).

Estimated times with rough elevation estimates: Kampung Baru (1,150m) to Rante Pongko – 1.5 hours. Rante Pongko to Pos 1 (1,600m) – 3 hours. Pos 1 to Pos 2 (2,050m) – 2 hours. Pos 2 to Pos 3 (2,650m) – 4 hours via Pondok Kecil. Pos 3 to Pos 4 (2,450m) – 2.5 hours. Pos 4 to Pos 5 (2,100m) – 2.5 hours via river. Pos 5 to Pos 6 (2,500m) – 1.5 hours. Pos 6 to Pos 7 (2,100m) – 2 hours. Pos 7 to waterfall – 1 hours. Waterfall to Pos 8 (2,700m) – 1.5 hours. Pos 8 to Pos 9 (2,850m) – 1.5 hours. Pos 9 to Pos 10 – 1 hour.

Based on the above information, the most sensible traverse would be from Desa Paku in the west to Rantepongko in the south / east. For fit hikers it might be possible to do something like the following (though an extra day up and down may very well be required)…

Day 1: Fly to Mamuju and arrange transport for very early on day 2 to Desa Paku.

Day 2: Hike to Pos 7.

Day 3: Hike to summit.

Day 4: Down to Pos 5.

Day 5: Down to Pos 3.

Day 6: Down to Rante Pongko and on to Mamasa.

(Day 7: Transport to Tanah Toraja / Palopo).

Expect an update in 2018 or 2019 when we have done it!


Getting there If doing a west-east traverse, fly to Mamuju from Makassar. Allow a full day to get from Mamasa to Palopo or Tanah Toraja (which is 90 minutes by car or bike from Palopo airport).
Accommodation SImple accommodation should be available in both Mamasa and Mamuju.
Permits Unknown but take passport photocopies to give to village heads.
Water sources Supposedly as follows….. Pos 7 and 10 on the Paku route. On the Rante Pongko route between Pos 3 and 4, Pos 4 and 5, Pos 7 and 8.
Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): rantepao


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