Halimun (North)


Elevation: 1,929 m (6,329 ft) Prominence: 938 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerSpesial Province: Banten
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    Bagging It!


    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:

      1. 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.
      2. 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.
    Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): bogor


    Origins and Meaning

    Gunung Halimun means ‘mountain of mist’ in Sundanese.

    Links and References

    Wikipedia English
    Wikipedia Indonesia

    4 thoughts on “Halimun (North)

    1. Just back from a roasting hot Java Lava weekend down near Pelabuhan Ratu. First day was a lengthy coastal hike down to Sawarna via some beautiful, remote beaches, second day an ascent of Gunung Talaga on the southern edge of Halimun National Park. The well-defined trail starts at 730m in Pangguyangan and it takes about 2 and a half hours to the top with some extensive views on the way up – both down to the coast and inland over minor peaks and bumps within the National Park. The more commonly-visited first top is 1600m – a second top 15 minutes further is a higher peak (1630m) although it is much more overgrown. Not much in the way of views from either summit, but 5 minutes beyond the true peak there is a spot where in clear weather you should get some great views east towards Salak etc. According to Google Earth the very highest part of the mountain is even further beyond – perhaps another 30 minutes if the trail was clear – but the trail is very overgrown.
      The name Talaga (‘lake’) apparently refers to a (presumably small) lake at the foot of the mountain.

    2. For several weeks, I have been trying to arrange a hike to both Salak2 and Halimun Utara (North) which is the highest Halimun peak. Sadly, I have gotten nowhere. After finally managing to get in touch with a member of National Park staff, I explained that I wanted to climb to these peaks and that I would be willing to pay for a guide to help me do so. I was informed, politely, that because neither route is considered by Park authorities to be an official hiking route that it is actually ILLEGAL (!) to climb them. Very strange considering that Salak2 was commonly climbed in the past and should be considered a traditional hiking route (and therefore remain open). Salak2 is actually closed because the National Park does not have enough resources to keep it open – perhaps the Park should think about reducing the size of the Park boundaries then? Instead of embracing the opportunities of employing more people to take local and foreign tourists on a wider range of routes they decide to simply deny anyone the legal right to visit these areas.
      The only way that you can officially explore these important places is if you are conducting official scientific research.
      This is a real shame for all hikers in Indonesia, especially as Halimun and Salak are two of the nearest peaks to Jakarta.
      I hope that some Indonesians will help to campaign for a change in the law which recognizes that hikers can be responsible for themselves and that National Parks are not supposed to prevent people from entering them. It is the same in East Java at Ijen-Merapi where climbing Merapi is technically illegal. This problem is likely to grow in size unless something is done to change the law and allow hikers greater access to these places which they deserve to have. Otherwise, bribery or paying a fine is the only way to enjoy visiting these mountain peaks. A ridiculous situation!

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