After Gunung Halimun which borders West Java, Gunung Karang is the highest peak in Banten. There are two separate trails on the mountain both of which can be done as half-day hikes. The first leads to the forested summit with a mosque on top, and the second leads to a rarely-visited crater area.

Halimun (North)

Facts Elevation: 1,929 m (6,329 ft) Prominence: 938 m Ribu category: Spesial Province: Banten Google Earth: kml Rating: Other names: none Photos Bagging It! Mount Halimun is surrounded by the largest area of unspoilt rainforest in Java and the summit of the range (Halimun Utara – ‘Halimun North’) unsurprisingly lies within Gunung Halimun-Salak National Park. …

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This peak is the highest point of the island of Panaitan off the remote south-western coast of Java in Ujung Kulon National Park. On the summit there is an early statue of the Hindu god Ganesha and the lingam symbol of shiva. The Ganesha statue is reportedly one of the oldest in Indonesia, possibly dating to 100 AD. Panaitan Island has outstanding wildlife and jungle – expect to see rusa deer, kancil (mouse deer), monkeys, python, and a wide variety of birdlife.


This peak is the most popular climb in Banten. It is less prominent and less high than nearby Gunung Karang but is far more interesting as it features an impressive crater. There are great views from the summit ridge and it is a very easy hike – if you start early enough you can be back down in time for lunch. It is perfect as a last-minute day trip from Jakarta and takes just over two hours to reach by car.

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