// Papandayan (Malang)

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Elevation: 2,675 m (8,776 ft) Prominence: 1,329 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Province: Jawa Barat (West Java)
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Eruptions: 1772, 1923, 1942, 2002

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Papandayan crater walls with the 2nd highest Papandayan summit on the left (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)Papandayan crater walls with the 2nd highest Papandayan summit on the left (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)
Papandayan crater walls with the 2nd highest Papandayan summit on the left (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)
Papandayan crater from the carpark lookout tower (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)Papandayan crater from the carpark lookout tower (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)
Papandayan crater from the carpark lookout tower (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)
Our guides watches as motorcyclist rides over the Papandayan crater (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)Our guides watches as motorcyclist rides over the Papandayan crater (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)
Our guides watches as motorcyclist rides over the Papandayan crater (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)
Papandayan active craters (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)Papandayan active craters (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)
Papandayan active craters (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)

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Bagging It!

This Ribu is located about one hour’s drive from the town of Garut and actually has a car park at over 2,000 metres above sea level on the edge of the active craters. There is an alternative route to the mountain from Cileuleuy and Pangalengan but the approach from the main crater is by far the easiest and most popular. The scenery is some of the most spectacular and varied in West Java and the active crater attracts a lot of tourists. From Garut, take the road which leads via Samarang and Bayongbong to Cisurupan. Take a right turn here, or take one of the many ojeks (motorbike taxis, approximately Rp 25,000 each), and follow the very bumpy road 8 kilometres up to the warung-surrounded car park. The entrance fee is Rp 15,000 for foreigners and only Rp 2,500 if you’re Indonesian.

Mount Papandayan has several summit craters and is very much alive, volcanically speaking. The most catastophic eruption was in 1772, but there are fairly regular eruptions, the last major one being in 2002. Apparently the mountain was over 3,000m high before the 18th century eruption. Exploring the active crater is easily done in less than an hour. Further on, there are several peaks of a seemingly similar height, the principal and outer two being named Papandayan and Puntang, with various minor tops between them, one of which is the very rarely visited highest point in the mountain massif called Gunung Malang on Bakosurtanal maps.

From the crater carpark (2,008 metres up the mountainside, known somewhat bizarrely by local trekkers as ‘Camp David’!) it is a fascinating walk through the incredible crater scenery (sulphur clouds, rivers of steaming water and even bubbling hot mud pools at 2,188m). This part of the hike is very popular with tourists but only a small number venture further. Sometimes warnings are in place which prevent you from walking through the crater (most recently in August 2011) but remarkably some local people still use the trail as a villagers’ route to Cileuleuy and the vast tea plantation area south of Pangalengan. Indeed, you may even see one or two motorbikes go past across the crater.

The imposing 2,623m mountain to the south/south-east of the crater that actually forms the crater wall is called ‘Gunung Papandayan’ and is the highest accessible peak in the mountain range. It’s a tough 5 hour trek up there via various fascinating and varied landscapes and you definitely need a guide. The main crater path climbs round to the west, past the bubbling pools of mud (and previously a sign for ‘Balagadama crater’), and up towards the edge of the active crater scenery. From here, there are two routes to choose from, though this junction is vague and not signposted. A left turn following the edge of the crater leads you steeply up towards a small plateau of burnt trees just beyond the camping area of Pondok Salada. It’s the quickest way of getting to the highest areas of the mountain range.

The other option is straight on over the edge of the active crater scenery on a trail that will lead you to a cobbled track through an area of rich vegetation and some excellent camping areas. A huge landslide (which occurred in the eruption of 2002) destroyed one large section of the cobbled track and this means that you have to take a right down and across a river before ascending again back to the cobbled track. When you reach the saddle, there is a grassy area (2,275m) known as ‘Ghober Hut’. There used to be a couple of wooden huts but they were demolished sometime in early 2011. This is a very important crossroads on the mountain and there are three options. Straight on on the wide farm track will lead you all the way down to the vast and beautiful tea plantations near Cileuleuy on the other side of the mountain. This makes an interesting alternative route down after you have finished your hike and if you have lots of time to slowly work your way back to Pangalengan and Bandung by ojek and minibus. The second option is a right turn along a track leading north out to Gunung Puntang, a 2,555 metre high forested peak. Unfortunately there is no trail at present to the top of the densely-forested peak but a 10-minute wander in the direction of Puntang offers wonderful views to Gunung Cikuray. (After that the trail descends into deeper forest, skirting the wild Puntang peak itself. Apparently an aircraft crashed into this remote area c.1992. There is no litter here because of how infrequently the trail is used by hikers. Local farmers and hunters sometimes traverse this incredibly wild area, which is populated with a large number of wild pigs ‘babi hutan’, and descend northwards to a treeless area called Tegal Panjang (c 2,100m) before heading down into local villages. Perhaps local hikers will one day open a route to the Puntang summit but for now most regard it as a rather mysterious peak.)

The third option is a left turn towards the Pondok Salada and beyond to the highest parts of the mountain range. A path on the left of the two wooden huts leads up and then down through forest to the pleasant camping area known as Pondok Salada (2,318m). On the way there you can admire the views back down over the active crater. It’s a beautiful spot but do take note that there are lots of wild animals in the area – wild pigs, wild dogs and a handful of ‘big cats’ – so campers are advised to go in large groups. Continuing further on, on the left of the boggy area and up through a sandy area with dead trees (where the short cut from the active crater meets this trail), and steeply up the mountainside. Less than an hour beyond Pondok Salada is yet even more fabulous scenery called Tegal Alun where swallows swoop and dive. It’s a vast grassy meadow of extinct crater areas and has plenty of large flat open plains (2,520m) ideal for camping (if the prospect of beasts lurking in the bushes doesn’t put you and your group off) and lots of Javanese Edelweiss. In mist it is an incredibly eerie place and there are many dead trees and small clusters of bush. You are unlikely to meet any other hikers here and the majority of camping takes place back in Pondok Salada.

The very highest point of Papandayan (2,665m) is actually an unmarked spot known as Gunung Malang in very dense vegetation 140 metres above to the west of the vast open plains and presumably formed part of an ancient crater wall many centuries ago. It seems unlikely that more than a handful of people have visited this true peak in recent decades as it is densely overgrown and looks impossible to reach. We have yet to find anyone who has been to the true summit, although several have got to within 300 metres or so.

However, there is a trail to the second highest peak known as ‘Gunung Papandayan’ and incorrectly assumed by local guides to be the highest point. It is the mountain you will have admired from the crater carpark and lies beyond Tegal Alun and to the left (east). After skirting along the left side of Tegal Alun, the faint path drops down slightly to a small boggy area. It is very difficult to find the trail without a guide as it then snakes through dense undergrowth growing among dead tree stumps before climbing the ridge of the actual mountain which you will have seen as the active crater’s back wall from back at the carpark. It takes about 90 minutes to reach the peak from Tegal Alun and there are some stunning views back down to Tegal Alun, Pondok Salada, the active craters below and many other distant mountains from the higher sections of the ridge. One landmark that guides will know is ‘Batu Cakup’ (2,545m) which is basically a section of the trail where there are a couple of large boulders. You can sometimes see the south coast of Java from here.

The Papandayan summit (2,623m, second highest after the inaccessible Gunung Malang) is marked with a little flag but offers only limited views to the active craters below. Keep on hiking beyond the highest point for another 200 metres for the best views directly down the cliffs of the crater walls to the new crater (including a small lake). You are likely to see birds of prey in this area.

It takes about 3-4 hours to descend the same way back through Papandayan’s wide array of splendid scenery, although there is a short cut back to the car park which simply continues beyond the highest point and follows the ridge back down. Apparently it takes about 2 hours to climb down from the peak to the car park if using this route. Of course, you could climb up this way to begin with but then you would miss all of the beauty of Pondok Salada and Tegal Alun.

Bagging information by Daniel Quinn (updated October 2012)

Practicalities

Getting there From Jakarta, take the toll road to Bandung and continue beyond to the end of the toll at Cileunyi. Follow signs to Garut and then take a right turn towards Cikajang. The road to the crater is signposted at Cisurupan. Primajasa buses to Garut leave from Jakarta’s Lebak Bulus and Cililitan bus depot frequently during the day. Angkots run from both Bandung and Garut to Cisurupan but you need an ojek (plenty available) up to the crater itself. The alternative approach from Pangalengan requires public transport (and probably ojeks too) from the Bandung side.
Accommodation Plenty available at Cipanas near Garut, or in Tasikmalaya.
Permits None required but take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase. Rp 15,000 / Rp 2,500 entrance fee to the crater carpark.
Water sources Available at Pondok Salada (2,318m).
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Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): bandung

Location

Origins and Meaning

Mount Smithy’s Forge. Papandyan probably comes from the base-word panday or pande meaning “blacksmith, ironsmith, metal artisan”, and papandeyan is “the place of the ironsmith” i.e. the fire in which the ironsmith forges his metal. So the name papandayan probably refers to the volcanic crater of the mountain. (George Quinn, 2011)

Malang means ‘sinister’, ‘poor’, ‘dismal’ or ‘wretched’.

Links and References

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Trip Reports and Comments

25 entries for “Papandayan (Malang)”

  1. avatar

    Dear Andy,
    I check your information for Papandayan, but I find that the summit is not as per your information. When I climbed there to Tegal Alun, the summit is at the eastern side of Tegal Alun and we have to climb through unclear path. Very seldom hiker goes to the true summit so that the path is nearly lost and full of bushes now. There’s no any mark also for the real summit at Papandayan (No triangulation point). May be you can also ask the real summit to the guide at basecamp. They are also quite reluctant to guide anyone to the real summit as the path is not clear.

    Thanks a lot, it is nice website : )

    Regards,
    Dasmir

    Posted by Dasmir | November 10, 2009, 04:25
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    Hi Dan,
    Thanks for your response. Please do not feel hesitate to contact me also for your incoming expedition : ) as I may join also : )

    By the way, for mountain in West Java, I found that there are some others “tinggi sedang” mountain you do not include in this websiter i.e. :
    Telaga Bodas 2201 m
    Kencana 2182 m
    Waringin 2140 m
    Kendeng 2608 m
    Wayang 2162 m
    Masigit 2078 m
    Manglayang more than 2000 m
    Tilu 2040 m
    Malabar 2300 m

    May be you should consider to add them.

    Regards,

    Dasmir

    Posted by Dasmir | January 4, 2010, 09:49
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      Hi Dasmir, Happy New Year. Thanks for the list of mountains in W Java over 2,000m elevation. Unfortunately these peaks do not have 1,000m PROMINENCE. “Prominence” is the important factor here. To give you an example, Gunung Gede is very popular and lots of people ask why it is not a “Ribu” – it is because Pangrango is higher and there is not 1,000m drop between the two peaks. Therefore Gede is considered to be part of the Pangrango mountain rather than as a separate mountain. So, neither Gede nor any of the mountains you mention qualify as “tinggi sedang”. However – if a mountain does not have 1,000m prominence but is very interesting for some reason then we will definitely consider it for the “Spesial” category. Some of the peaks on your list may well become Spesials if we find out more about them. Cheers! Dan

      Posted by Dan | January 4, 2010, 10:22
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    Yesterday a second attempt to find and then bag the true Papandayan summit ended once again in failure. However, we did ‘fail better’ this time. The vast, spacious Alun Alun area is beautiful and peaceful and quite the opposite of the noisy, hissing craters down near the warungs and the carpark. ‘The Land That Time Forgot’ is how Andy described it.

    Posted by Dan | May 10, 2010, 01:19
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      i’will come to jakarta on 20th june untill 23rd june, to climbing volcanoe at west java district. hopefully i can have chances to climb gede, papandayan or tangkuban parahu…how can i contact the mountain guide for those mountain? sunrise climbing hopefully…

      Posted by alan | May 19, 2010, 12:52
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        papandayan is the best – an easy hike but very rewarding (even though you can’t reach the absolute highest point). guides at the crater carpark. gede you are supposed to arrange in advance, see national park website. tangkuban is not much of a hike as the road goes almost to the top.

        Posted by Dan | May 19, 2010, 20:04
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    hai ..mr daniel saya sudah kondisikan untuk anda jika nanti kembali ke daerah priangan timur garut ,tasik ,sumedang dan ciamis..mungkin nanti bisa bertemu di sekertariat wapana meski apa adanya kami siap mengantar anda untuk berekspedisi di wilayah priangan

    regard
    dani wapana

    Posted by dani Qmoot | May 12, 2010, 05:48
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    Hi Mountain-Lovers,

    I am going to climb Gunung Papandayan on the upcoming weekend. We want to go via Pangalengan track and spend a night on the vulcano. So what would you say, is it possible to hike it without guides and porters? Because the group I want to join plans to go without and to carry tents, water and food on our own. But no one of us has ever been there before…

    Would be nice to hear from you!

    Sonja

    Posted by sonja | June 5, 2010, 07:41
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      Hi Sonja. If you are a strong hiker then of course it is possible. I don’t know much about the Pangalengan track but I would imagine it is a longer hike in than from the main crater carpark. Let us know how you get on….I am considering approaching the mountain from the other side too, just for a change.

      Posted by Dan | June 5, 2010, 08:01
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        Hi Dan, thanks for your comment. Let´s see how it will work, I will tell you when we are back next week.

        Have a nice weekend,

        Sonja

        Posted by sonja | June 10, 2010, 11:36
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        Back again. And it was fantastic :) We started in Cibatarua, went through beautiful tea plantations into the jungle and finally reached Tegal Panjang, a wonderful place surrounded by the jungle and just perfect for camping. On the second day we went on to the crater and via Garut back to Jakarta. Alltogether it was an easy hike in a fascinating scenery. As other hikers have marked the track with coloured ropes (we also did) it is easy to find and you don´t need guides. Finally it was just a great trip and I really can recommend it.

        Happy hiking!

        Sonja

        Posted by sonja | June 14, 2010, 07:14
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    Hi All,

    I plan to hike with felow fren abt 10 of us. WOuld like to hire a guide to CLimb Mount Papandayanon 18 December. Please assist me on how to contact them. TQ

    Posted by AMir | November 23, 2010, 00:55
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    Just got back from Papandayan and after reading this Papandayan page for months. i thought it mught be an intersting place to see a couple of bubbling mud pools and some furmaroles. I told my two mates who accompanied me that we might see some geothermal activity. After a bumpy ride ona sporadically broken road with a few breaks of smooth tarmac laden between the vilages leading to the car park. We were literally blown away at what we were looking at. I’ve been to Tangkuban Perahu and Kawah Putih but Papandayan was just phenominal. I told my companions that we might be on one of Jupiter’s moons. the landscape is unique all to it’s own and is just as rewarding of a volcano to be found in Java or Indonesia. if you haven’t been to Papandayan then you may not be getting the complete picture if you are a biginning trekker, warrior veteran or a wanna be geologist like myself. The sulpher was hella active and we all were asphixiated. Quit your day job, sell your material posessions, drop the kids off at Grandma’s an make the excursion, you’ll be enlightned like Buddha or at least one of his honorable scolars. Papadayan is one of the best Natural temples in Java.

    Posted by Zac Dylan | July 3, 2011, 16:38
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    Great news just in – I’ve finally found a guide who has been to the true peak of Malang and will be taking us there in mid-August! My final Ribu of West Java! Nice one!

    Posted by Dan | July 23, 2011, 13:43
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    Just back from a weekend in West Java, climbing the fabulous Papandayan once again. The weather has been perfect all weekend. The plan had been to meet up with a local guide who had told me he knew the way to the mountain’s true highpoint, Gunung Malang (2665/2675m). There have been no confirmed reports of anyone having reached this peak – because it is covered in dense vegetation – but I fancied another try.
    It soon emerged that the guide didn’t actually know the way to Gunung Malang, because there is no ‘way’ there. No trail whatsoever, as I had previously concluded. Having slightly anticipated this, I was happy enough hiking up to the peak known as Gunung Papandayan (the crater wall behind the main active crater you see from the main car park) which is the second highest peak. It was quite a tough one actually and takes quite a long time to reach – not many people even go to this peak though the views of Tegal Alun and the main active craters area are fantastic.
    Myself and my companion got back down to Pondok Salada where we had already set up tents to spend the night there last night (Saturday). Our guide wished us a pleasant evening headed back down to the tourist office at the carpark. One thing that was rather strange was that another group of hikers who had planned to camp at Pondok Salada too were not there. The views in the late afternoon were excellent – quite a lot of smoke rising from one side of the crater walls and a large, full moon present in the sky from about 4.30pm.
    All was fine until about 9pm after having settled into the tents to try to go to sleep. From about 9pm we started to hear howl from – presumably – wild dogs in the distance and inevitably they got closer and closer to us. Soon they were snarling at the tents and rummaging through our rubbish bag which I had stupidly left open. We tried not to attract their attention and stayed as still and as quiet as possible. Neither of us wanted to leave the tents. It was very eerie – we were the only people there, it was a full moon, there was all this howling going on and it got me recalling how it is known that a handful of ‘big cats’ live in the Papandayan mountain area, in addition to a large number of wild pigs. I hadn’t heard of the wild dogs here before. Anyway it was a very sleepless night as the beasts just wouldn’t leave us alone – not a pleasant camping experience by any standard.
    To add insult to injury, I received 2 text messages at just before 3am – both sent at around 4pm the day before (poor signal in the mountains). The first was from our guide who just having reached the tourist office by then had found out that the Alert Level for Papandayan had be raised to Level 3 – Standby. That’s just one level below Eruption. He told us we should come down too for safety. Obviously this was impossible as I had only just received the message. We had another sms from another guy saying the same thing. We had noticed some rather large plumes of smoke above the crater on Saturday afternoon and it now made sense why the other hiking group had not camped here too, but we didn’t know about the increased frequency of volcanic earthquakes or that the gases rising from the crater were particularly lethal. Interestingly we both had coughs and sore throats the following morning.
    So, we decided as soon as it was light we would dare to venture outside to see if any beasts were still lurking and back up very quickly and head down the other side of the mountain in the direction of Pangalengan (this is something we had planned anyway but it made even more sense now given that to walk back through the main active crater area would have been pretty hazardous). All was quiet outside, apart from a few wild pigs grunting in the distance, and we set off at a great pace stopping only for a few photos over the main crater with Cikuray beyond rising above the early morning mists. The trail down towards Cileuleuy and Pangalengan made a very pleasant stroll down a wide farm track but it’s a very long way out. Luckily we found some crazy farm workers with off-road farm motorbikes who offered to take us all the way to Pangalengan. At 175,000 each (bargained down from 250,000) it was expensive but it turned out to be one of the most spectacular routes in West Java (despite the appalling nature of the tracks and road surfaces). We sped and weaved our way through tea plantations and were in Pangalengan in less than 2 hours. Some stunning scenery. We then got the bus back to Bandung and then another home to Jakarta.
    So, quite an adventure. It will be interesting to see if Papandayan does erupt in a big way in the coming days and weeks. Here’s a link or two….
    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/mount-papandayans-alert-level-raised/459106
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesia-warns-people-to-stay-away-from-smoking-volcano-that-is-spewing-noxious-gas/2011/08/13/gIQAPJXZCJ_story.html
    and a google translate…

    Bandung, 13 / 8 (Reuters) – Status Papandayan Mountain (2665 masl) in
    Subdistrict Cisurupan Garut West Java increased its status from
    alert (level II) to alert (level III).
    “Activity in seismicity and deformation at Mount Papandayan increase in
    last few days and increased the alert status on Saturday
    at 04.00 pm, “said head of Volcano Observation Center
    Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency for Geology, Hendrasto in
    Bandung, on Saturday.
    According Hendrasto, an increase in seismicity at the volcano was observed
    sesimograf of six devices installed in the mountain, especially from
    Manuk Mas crater and crater.
    Earthquake which took place 1-12 August 2011 recorded over 37 times
    volcanic earthquakes in, 227 shallow volcanic earthquakes, 53 events
    tectonic far and eight local tectonic earthquakes.
    “The new status level III, there was no eruption on Mount Papandayan.
    Communities in the vicinity of the mountain is expected to remain calm and vigilant, ”
    Hendrasto said.
    However, Hendrasto said, strato volcano that type A
    solfatar observed smoke issuing from the crater wall and crater Gold New
    with a height of 20-50 meters.
    Volcanoes are also a favorite tourist attraction in the district of Garut
    It has a crater that is the Golden Crater, Crater Manuk, Crater and Crater Nagklak
    New. Then Balagama Crater, Crater Walirang.
    The potential for disaster at level III is the eruption of Mount Papandayan
    phreatic sudden cliffs and the potential for avalanches in the vicinity of Mount
    Papandayan which could trigger flash floods of lava.
    With the upgrading of Mount Papandayan, then PVMBG
    masayeakat recommended not to approach the location of the crater radius
    two kilometers.
    “People are forbidden to enter area 2 kilometers from the crater, and maysarakat
    expected calm, avoiding issues that are unclear, “said Hendrasto.
    Meanwhile PVMBG will lower team and gerbung at Command Post
    Volcano Observation Papandayan in the Village District Pakuwon Cisurupan
    Garut Regency.

    Posted by Dan | August 14, 2011, 17:14
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    Hi Dan,

    By reading your post above, it reminds me of my experience in 1997. I climbed Papandayan with three other friends. There were only two groups in Pondok Salada, and our tend was a bit further than the other; it was near the hill where you can climb and walk to Tegal Alun (it may be different now).
    That night was quiet until someone from the other tend started to scream. Two friends of mine went down to check and afterwards they returned back to our tend and said someone was hallucinated. Afterwards, we decided to sleep but we couldn’t because we heard sounds of animal walking outside (presumably was big cat or dog) and started roared and was scratching the tend. We tried to be as quite as possible and hoping the beast would be gone. By the time the night went by, we couldn’t really sleep…particularly me because I could hear very noisy sound like people running and also woman’ voice, which apparently it was me the only woman in the camping ground. Finally the morning came, and we dared to get out from our tend. We could see animal footprint (only two feet) and two others human footprint all over the tend. Believe it or not, we could see those prints. Afterwards, we decided to move our tend a bit closer to the other one, and we still stayed for another night because our logistic (food) was still plenty :)
    It was my third time climbing Papandayan, and that experience didn’t stop me to comeback in 1998 where I celebrated my 19th birthday there. We climbed to Pondok Salada bringing birthday cake and prestigious mpek-mpek :) It was so much fun!! Although, again we had to go down earlier than our plan (5 days) to the base camp near the parking area because a friend of mine was “ill” after the 3rd day. I knew it would happen after I saw a girl in yellow sweater kept looking at to our tend on the first night. But none of my friend believed to what I saw.
    Now, after more than 13 years I really want to comeback and see how Papandayan is after so many eruptions. I hope I still can manage to climb it, because I haven’t climbed any mountain anymore ever since. The last time I did was this May when I had a very short hiking in the French Alps. Cheers, Aulia “Udjo”

    Posted by Aulia "Udjo" | August 16, 2011, 05:52
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    It would appear that Papandayan is about to erupt…..as it says in the article, if it blows before or as everyone is leaving Jakarta for the kampungs it could cause serious transportation chaos. Additionally, if it is indeed bigger than in 2002, it will be pretty huge considering that the 2002 eruption caused major landslides and reshaped the mountain.

    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/volcano-agency-warns-of-likely-papandayan-eruption/461307

    Indonesia’s highly active Mount Papandayan volcano is in imminent danger of erupting, the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency warned on Wednesday.

    The agency, known as the PVMGB, said it was likely the volcano in Garut, West Java, would erupt either before or just after Idul Fitri, which marks the end of Ramadan.

    The prediction was based on the increasing activity of the volcano, the agency said on its Web site.

    “The volcano has more energy compared to its last eruption in 2002,” agency head Surono said in Bandung, the provincial capital, on Tuesday.

    Papandayan has shown an alarming increase in activities since the volcano’s status was raised to standby. Between Aug. 19 and 20, there were 45 earthquakes.

    “If the quakes increase to 60, an eruption will happen,” he said. “If Papandayan erupts, the annual exodus [mudik] routes will be blocked and 16 subdistricts in Garut will be isolated.”

    The agency asked officials at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to stay alert.

    The head of West Java’s BNPB, Ujuwalprana Sigit, said it had prepared multiple quick-response strategies for the possible eruption.

    The BNPB has prepared evacuation routes and emergency shelters for people living within 5 kilometers of the crater.

    Posted by Dan | August 24, 2011, 11:55
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    Heinz and Thomas made a serious attempt to reach the high point with the help of a farmer last weekend. From their GPS readings it would appear they were just 300 metres away from the true summit – closer than anyone else so far that we have heard from. I wonder how many people have actually gotten to the top in the last 100 years…. maybe none!

    Posted by Dan | October 19, 2011, 07:36
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    Just back from another trip to one of West Java’s finest mountains. Stayed as usual at the rather dirty Tertamerta 1 (155Rp per night) at Cipanas where the hot water was wonderful but definitely slightly hotter than in previous times. Took me ten minutes to get in. I was picked up by Dede (see guides page) at 3.30am and whisked up to the crater carpark. The place was buzzing by 4.30am with well over 100 hikers from universities (MAPALA clubs) off to spend malam minggu at Pondok Salada and scare the lurking beasts away with their music and giggles.

    I had previously told my guide I wanted to reach the top of the Puntang peak (an area I had not explored) but for some reason he ignored the important word ‘puntang’ and assumed I must want to climb to the top of the Papandayan peak. Anyway, after traipsing through a misty Papandayan crater at dawn I convinced him we should give Puntang a try as I had already explored other areas of the mountain many times.

    So we reached the grassy Ghober Hut junction and turned right, past various old camp fires and down into denser and denser forest. Very little litter to be seen and lots of bird life in the trees. Sadly the trail only led further and further down the mountainside and we found no evidence of any routes up to the actual peak itself.

    So back down to the crater carpark it was, to enjoy some newly-fried ‘bakwan’ before I headed off to have a brief look at the ancient Cangkuang temple and in the direction of Cicalengka and the next night’s climb, Gunung Kerenceng.

    Posted by Dan | October 22, 2012, 10:29
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    Hi Dan,

    We, 16 people, just went to Papandayan 27 – 28 October 2012. Many hikers were there to commemorate “Sumpah Pemuda” (Youth’s Promises, 28 Oct 1948) in Pondok Saladah.

    This is my second time, but I never really reached the Papandayan summit due to time concern, Tegal Alun is the highest for me at the meantime.

    Could you explain where is actually the first highest Malang Summit? You mentioned that Thomas and Heinz almost reached the highest? Was that Malang Summit?

    Thanks

    Posted by Zulfadhli | November 3, 2012, 05:14
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      Hi Zulfadhli.
      Good stuff. The Malang summit is behind Tegal Alun, full of trees and bushes. On the Bakosurtanal map you can see it clearly-marked. But there is no proper trail. Apparently Thomas and Heinz got close to the top with a farmer. But still about 300 metres away from the real highest point.

      Posted by Dan | November 5, 2012, 15:19
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    Hi, Dan,

    Just returned from Papandayan with Rhamdan and Pak Ujang.

    With the help of Pak Ujang and his machete, we reached the summit of Gunung Malang.

    Please go there while the trail is still new.

    For detail info please contact:
    Rhamdan 085321821557
    Pak Ujang 087725456664

    Photos can be seen on my FB which is opened to the public.

    Video will be available on youtube soon, so please check http://www.youtube.com/epwerthen

    Cheers…

    Posted by Paulina Werthen | June 7, 2014, 13:20

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