|Elevation:||1,778 m (5,833 ft)||Prominence:||1,705 m|
|Ribu category:||Kurang Tinggi||Province:||Banten|
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This Ribu is the second highest peak in Banten. It can be climbed as a dayhike from the village of Kadu Engan (follow Jalan Gunung Karang from the green and white clock tower in the nearby town of Pandeglang). You may need to leave your vehicle further down the road but most cars should be able to reach Kadu Engan. The road to Kadu Engan turns into a rocky farm track which skirts the eastern side of the mountain before reaching the village (which lies roughly east-north-east of the peak). The tracks in the farmland beneath the summit can be confusing so you may need to ask farm workers for help! It takes about 4 hours to reach the top and 3 to descend. There is a ‘false summit’ (1,720mdpl, about 20 minutes before the true summit) where the path drops down steeply before ascending again. The summit is forested and there is a mosque on top. Apparently in good conditions you can see the coastline but we weren’t so lucky! Return the same way.
Bagging information by Daniel Quinn, updated with information from John Hargreaves (November 2011)
Origins and Meaning
(unclear, possibly) = Rocky Mountain. Karang has a variety of meanings in different contexts. Mostly karang means “a rock” in watery surrounds, like coral, boulders on the seashore or rocks in a stream. But phrases like karang liman (elephant rock) also appear in some place names suggesting a rock or hill that is big and solid like an elephant and not necessarily in watery surrounds. So Gunung Karang could mean “the mountain that looks like a boulder” or “the mountain that is full of rocks and boulders”. In some contexts karang means “a place where people live or assemble” as in the Indonesian phrase karang desa = “the countryside (where there are a lot of villages)”. So karang gunung or karang pagunungan might mean “the place of many mountains” or “a mountainous region” (like the interior of West Java) and Gunung Karang might mean something like “the mountain in the interior”. (George Quinn, 2011)