|Elevation:||1,929 m (6,329 ft)||Prominence:||938 m|
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Mount Halimun is surrounded by the largest area of unspoilt rainforest in Java and the summit (Halimun Utara) unsurprisingly lies within Gunung Halimun National Park. The peak is right on the border of West Java and Banten. The hike to the summit (the round trip apparently takes about 8 hours) would be best started at either of the following two places:
- At the north of the mountain in the village of Leuwijamang (at 800m) which lies an hour’s walk from the nearest road at Cisarua. To get there, you have to take the main road which heads west from Bogor towards Rangkasbitung and turn left (south) at Cigudeg.
- At the Nirmala tea plantation at Malasari (‘kebun teh Nirmala’) to the east of the peak. This seems to be the best option as on Google Earth there appear to be tracks up as far as around 1,500m above sea level.
Unfortunately however, the route to the summit is not considered an ‘official climbing lane’ by the National Park so it is technically not permissable to climb – see comment below…
Please note that hiking is not usually allowed in the National Park between December and March inclusive plus all of August plus Idul Fitri. Check the National Park website for more information but don’t expect a reply as their mailbox has been full for months and months.
|Getting there||Take a train or bus to Bogor and then public transport /taxi to Cigudeg (on the road west towards Rangkasbitung). Then take an ojek to the National Park entrance.|
|Accommodation||There is accommodation available in Citalahab near the Cikaniki Research Station.See the official website for more details. You can probably also stay at simple homestays in the Nirmala tea plantation.|
|Permits||You need a permit to enter the Park. Take a photocopy of your passport photo page. As noted above, it is currently not possible to get a permit to climb to the summit at the moment!|
|Water sources||Take sufficient supplies with you.|
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Origins and Meaning
Gunung Halimun means ‘mountain of mist’ in Sundanese.