Elevation: 1,778 m (5,833 ft) Prominence: 1,705 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerKurang Tinggi Province: Banten
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Bagging It!

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)


Getting there From Jakarta, take the toll road to Merak. Exit at the Pandeglang turn-off and head into the town centre. From the green and white clock at the roundabout, take a right up Jalan Gunung Karang. There are buses from Jakarta to Serang, and angkots onward to Pandeglang.
Accommodation Limited accommodation available in Pandeglang. A wider range available in Anyer and Carita.
Permits None required but take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.
Water sources Take sufficient supplies with you.
Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): bogor


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)

Links and References

Wikipedia English

Wikipedia Indonesia

9 thoughts on “Karang

  1. I climbed Gn. Karang on Sunday. The road to Kadoengang is quite good now. Any car gets there. The trail is straightforward. It is impossible to lose the right way. Four hours are for very slow hikers. I needed two hours, small breaks included. It is a nice short tour without any difficulty (besides the typical problem of very slippery ground during rain).

  2. The 1st Peak Mountain in Banten Prov. I’ve reach.

    Next Karang Mt. for 2nd peak in Banten.



  3. We climbed Gunung Karang on Sunday November 13. Together with two Jodys (ladies, that’s dua orang bernama Jody, not dua laki jodoh) we set out by car at 4 am from Jakarta, early enough to start the hike by 6.30 am.

    Note that when you reach the clock tower at the alun alun in Pandeglang, you cannot directly turn right because of the one way system; you must loop around the alun alun first and then jink into Jalan Gunung Karang via the smaller road on the west side of the square. A kilometer or so out of Pandeglang, you reach a fork; be sure to go right.

    (The left fork here leads to Pasir Angin, described by Keith above. From Pasir Angin you can climb to the hot springs and crater- alt.1400m, 4 hours round trip- or to a “medicinal” cool spring- alt.1600m, 7 hours round trip. But there is no link to the summit.)

    We followed Jalan Gunung Karang and parked at the cellphone mast above Pasir Peuteuy. Any non-sedan vehicle would be able to drive a further 2km to the large village of Kadu Engan. (Don’t turn uphill before Kadu Engan, or you’ll end up in Kampung Baru, which is not where you want to be.)

    There’s a T-junction right in the center of Kadu Engan, where you turn steeply uphill through the village. You could park here or even at the top of the village by the telecoms mast.

    From here the route was as described by Andy- WSW past a small musholla as you exit the village, curving right to bear north about a kilometer above the village and then cutting back WSW.

    There are farm huts and even a small warung among the vegetable fields, which reach as high as 1350m. Enjoy the views across the Banten plains from here- there might not be any view at the top! The “false summit” is at 1720m, where you turn left to descend into the ravine before climbing again to the true summit.

    We found the hike fairly straightforward, not too slippery, with minimal need for hand supports. (The climb to the cool springs from Pasir Angin is more taxing, and also requires a guide.) Cloud cover was light but enough to obscure the view. An overnight camp would improve the odds of a clear view, but trees would block some directions anyway.

    Our ascent time from Pasir Peuteuy was 4 hours, but only 3 hours from Kadu Engan. Descent time was 3 hours including a couple of long rain stops in the farm huts.

  4. This is great information. I am planing on hiking up the mountain later on in May. Beside driving up Tanguban Perahu this will be my first trek up a mountain in Indonesia. I hope to hike up a number of other mountains in West Java and Banten. I don’t have much information on doing this so this site is a huge help.

  5. I checked my GPS tracks from the hike. After battling to the summit with a big detour, we descended the right way. The route up should start from Jalan Gunung Karang at lat -6.2592, long 106.0752. From there you hike pretty much straight uphill through the kampung in a west-southwest direction. The trail takes a small deviation (dog leg) northwards about 1 km from the kampung, but then quickly continues back west-southwest. It’s not an amazing hike; but if you get to the summit before the clouds and rain come, maybe you can see Krakatau, which would be worth it.

    • Our mistake was launching from Kampung Angin Pasir at 6°17’31.02″S 106° 4’8.23″E and striking out NW from there on a line directly to the peak. The Kawah Haji hotsprings are at 6°16’45.25″S 106° 3’13.96″E which was our dead end. Thanks for the GPS points and yes, that is the jump-off I tried to describe as the best route for a successful climb – next time, eh!

  6. Failed to reach the peak on a wet, muddy Sunday 10 Jan 10. James and I drove to the eastern most end of Jalan Gunung Karang, just before it turns downslope to the south. From there, a newly paved one-lane road shoots upwards to the 800m contour ending at Kampung Angin Pasir, at a point 4km SSE of the peak. We decided to take a local guide who led us to a hotsprings at 1400m called Kawah Haji. This was a dead-end due to very steep slopes above and around us. Look 2km SSE from the peak (direction 5:30 o’clock) at the 1400m contour. You will see dark gray on the terrain map and you will see clouds on the sat map. The hotsprings, consisting of many small boiling steaming puddles is under the clouds but can be seen as a grey patch partly obscured by clouds. We saw monkeys in there, each of us got leeches along the trail, and we saw a spider whose legs spanned larger than my hand. Still a good hike, but not a great hike – we will find the peak next time! Most promising route is to ascend from the east once you are above 1200m and about 1.5km from the peak – definitely avoid traversing westwards until you have passed to the east of the large crater sitting 1 km SE of the peak. You could possibly try jumping off from Jalan Ciaja-Kunungdahu which can get you to a point due east of the peak, or even ENE, and above the 800m contour. The sat map shows plantations that you could follow westwards as you climb to the peak. We wish you better luck than we had! Keith

    • Hi Keith, it’s funny how the smaller ones tend to be the difficult ones. I wish I could offer more specific advice but we got lucky even finding the trail on the way up after stumbling around farmland and through thick forest. On the descent, the path lead down to a village (according to one signpost, Kampung Baru) and from there we took a right and followed the track back round the (eastern) side of the mountain to where we had started. I do recall on the way up there was a fork in the track and we went left (higher) which was a mistake – though we never came across the hot springs. The correct approach for the route we came down is from the ENE rather than the SE.

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