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Elevation: 1,684 m (5,525 ft) Prominence: 1,106 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerKurang Tinggi Province: Jawa Barat (West Java)
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Tampomas from the starting point (Andy Dean, February 2010)Tampomas from the starting point (Andy Dean, February 2010)
Tampomas from the starting point (Andy Dean, February 2010)
Tampomas - looking back down from the warung (Daniel Quinn, February 2010)Tampomas – looking back down from the warung (Daniel Quinn, February 2010)
Tampomas – looking back down from the warung (Daniel Quinn, February 2010)
Collecting pine sap on Tampomas (Daniel Quinn, February 2010)Collecting pine sap on Tampomas (Daniel Quinn, February 2010)
Collecting pine sap on Tampomas (Daniel Quinn, February 2010)
Tampomas crater (Daniel Quinn, February 2010)Tampomas crater (Daniel Quinn, February 2010)
Tampomas crater (Daniel Quinn, February 2010)

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Bagging It!

Tampomas is located northeast of Sumedang – a town famous for its delicious Tahu (fried tofu) – and is easily accessible by public transport from Bandung. Whilst no giant in terms of elevation, Tampomas is an easy and enjoyable hike – perfect as the first of the season or as a warm-up for something more challenging – and there are pleasant views from the top.

Follow the road from Sumedang towards Cirebon for about 6km, past the village of Cimalaka and to an area known as Desa Cibeureum Kulon. Take a left up a narrow road at a sign with “Lokasi TPA” next to some (currently broken) traffic lights. Follow the bumpy, rocky road to the sand quarry. There will probably be a large number of yellow quarry trucks coming the other way. Head straight up the hillside, ignoring a left turn and then a right turn. After approximately 3km you will reach a small warung (on the left of the road) with a green sign on the side. This is the starting point for the hike – there is enough parking space here for a couple of cars. If the weather is fine you should be able to see the top of Tampomas from here. It takes about two and a half hours to reach the peak and one and a half to descend.

From the warung, walk along the rubble-strewn road round a sharp bend and, after just one minute, take the path on the left heading up through farmland. Five minutes later, take a left on a farm track and into pine woodland. Soon after this you reach a wooden hut. It should have taken you no more than 30 minutes to reach this place. Take a left up a narrow path immediately after the hut. From this point on there are plenty of signs which should hopefully confirm that you are on the right track! The path leads you up through more pine woodland – most trees have small coconut shells attached to their trunks to collect the resin/sap.

The path begins to get steeper and the vegetation becomes more natural forest-like. If you are lucky you might spot a monkey or two and perhaps even a Javan warthog. After another hour you should have reached Pos 4, where the path joins up with another hiking route from Narimbang. This spot seems to be the preferred camping place for hikers wanting to make a weekend out of their gunung bagging. The path gets steeper and rockier from this point on. The next landmark is a hut and minor rockface at Sangyheang Lawang. The summit area of Tampomas, known as Sangyheang Taraje, is less than 30 minutes further. Just before the peak there is a sign for Tampomas crater, a deep dark crevice to the right of the trail.

The views from the boulder-studded peak are very pleasant – westwards to Bukittunggul and surrounding hills and south towards the many peaks near Garut. There is enough space for a couple of tents here. Approximately 100 metres to the north of the highest point are two ancient grave areas, known as Pasarean, which are certainly worth a visit. These are apparently tombs from the ancient Sundanese kingdom of Pajajaran.

Returning to the warung the same way takes about an hour and a half.

Bagging information provided by Daniel Quinn.

Practicalities

Getting there There is plenty of very basic public transport running between Bandung and Sumedang. From Sumedang to the starting point is about 30 minutes by motorbike or car.
Accommodation There is some basic accommodation in Sumedang.
Permits Not required but take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.
Water sources Unknown – take sufficient supplies with you.
Recommended Hotel:
Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): bandung

Location

Origins and Meaning

(unclear) There could be two possibilities. (i) In Old Javanese the word tampo means “rain, mist” so tampo mas might mean “golden rain”. “Golden rain” (usually udan mas or hujan emas) is a popular poetic term that might respectfully or affectionately be applied to a mountain. (ii) In Sundanese tampeu means “overlooking something” so tampo mas might mean something like “the golden mountain that looms over us”. (George Quinn, 2011)

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7 entries for “Tampomas”

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    About how long does this hike take?

    How far (walking) from Desa Cibeureum Kulon to the warung with the green sign?

    Posted by Jon | October 8, 2010, 02:32
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    Hi Jon
    I’d allow just over 4 hours to the summit and back, but an extra 45min each way from the main road.

    Posted by Dan | October 9, 2010, 07:39
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    Well thanks for all the info on Tampomas on the GB website. A friend and I climbed it last weekend. A good time had by all, was steeper than I thought for the last two hours or so. Once we got to the top there were probably 20 people already up there. One large group was from a hiking club in a nearby town. Nice folks.

    Posted by Jon | October 17, 2010, 09:17
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    Whoever keeps this mountain clean is doing a great job. There must be dozens of people climbing up each month but there’s hardly a trace of the plastic trash that scars some other popular trails. Perhaps the Gerakan Bersih Gunung Sumedang Hijau, whose well-made signs are visible on a couple of tree trunks, are the ones responsible.

    Thanks also to Dan for the easy-to-follow directions here.

    We had a car to take us up from the main road to the warung with the green sign. On the way down the warung was actually open and the owner helped to get an ojek sent up to carry us down to the main road, saving a 45 minute walk.

    Our time for the round trip from the warung was 6 hours- 3 hours up, 40 minutes hanging around the top and visiting the atmospheric gravesites and just over 2 hours down. GPS altitude was 790m at the warung at the start, 1450m at the campsite at the junction with the Narimbang route and 1697m at the summit.

    According to hikers we met, the ascent from Narimbang is farther but less steep than the Cibeureum route. Access to Narimbang from the main road is from the Legok junction east of the turn off to Cibeureum. It’s on the same route as the Cileungsing hot spring (http://cipanascileungsing.web.id/) so it shouldn’t be too hard to reach.

    When we reached the summit at 9 a.m. the clouds were just holding off but the air was already too hazy for clear views, so an overnight camp for dawn at the summit would be an interesting option. If you don’t bring a tent, you could sleep by the gravesites in the pilgrims’ shelters, which have raised bamboo platforms and metal roofs.

    Posted by John Hargreaves | June 17, 2012, 18:47
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      Very much interesting and helpful information. Thanks for it.
      I will spend some time in the area and I wonder if there are access routes to the crater at the west side of the mountain, starting from Subang?

      Posted by Stan Wartel | December 23, 2013, 14:10
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    i had a interesting climb of tampomas last saturday. i arrived in bandung from singapore much later than i anticipated thanks to air asia.after a quick stop off to get a gas cooker i decided to pay extra to the taxi driver to take me to sumedang rather than mess around on public transport. in hindsight maybe public transport wouldnt have made any difference since its snails pace all the way. anyway by the time we arrived in sumedang it was already getting late but i wanted to get on the mountain .i had my tent and cooking gear and wanted to put it to use.problem was neither i or the taxi driver were entirely sure where we were going. i followed the instructions as above and i was very fixated on looking for the lokasi tpa sign.i never saw it.but at the turnoff we did stop and ask some locals. they sent us off down further towards cirebon. my taxi driver seemed convinced that he knew the way. we ended up in narimbang which was totally off. so we turned back and we took the narrow road with the broken light( no lokasi tpa sign). eventually we got to the warung at 6.30 pm.i left the taxi and started off with very little light left and on my own.no big deal i thought. then came the rain( the wet season is well in truly still alive).then came the bugs.leeches in particular.then came my dodgy head torch. i made my way to the camp area where the narimbang trail joins.i am amazed at how much wildlife is on this mountain. the whole night i heard animal noises outside my tent and a couple of times i heard trees falling down. the bigfoot crew on discovery channel would of had a field day.then in the early hours i opened my tent for maybe 10 seconds and a big spider with a few of its babies took the opportunity to crawl in.for the next few hours i ended up chasing this spider around a 1 man man tent.the bloody thing wouldnt die no matter how many times i hit it with my boot.
    at daylight i made the half hour trek to the summit. .the views at the summit were great in the direction of papandayan.cikuray looks impressive.after hanging out with a couple of locals that were camping at the summit i made my way back to the warung. as others have said here i was surprised how steep this climb is. it was steep enough to give me knee issues on the way back down.from the warung i had a slice of luck when a kid was driving past on his bike coming back from studying his mice in the local dump. he gave me a lift down to the main road and within 5 minutes i caught a bus in the direction of cirebon to take on ciremai with a dodgy knee.

    Posted by chris | April 9, 2014, 18:05
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    nice information!

    i’ll plan to hike the tampomas on the 10 – 11 October.

    Thanks!

    Posted by Imandaru | September 18, 2014, 17:24

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