Papandayan (Malang)

PAPANDAYAN (MALANG)

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.

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Parang

PARANG

Gunung Parang is one of the most interesting peaks in Java. Despite being clearly visible as a jagged rocky ridge from the Jakarta-Bandung toll road, up until recently it was something of a secret, generally known only to Indonesian rock climbers. From some angles it very closely resembles the famous and unusual Scottish mountain Suilven. By 2017, things have changed and this fabulous and accessible mountain is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

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Wayang-Windu

Wayang-Windu is a twin volcano that consists of Mount Wayang (“Mount Shadow”) and Mount Windu. Wayang is the higher of the two peaks and, although both peaks have active side craters, Wayang is the more interesting. The northern ridge offers some of the most demanding hiking terrain (and most fabulous views) in the whole of West Java. Legend has it that an emperor from the ancient Sundanese kingdom of Pajajaran is buried on the middle peak.

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Kerenceng

Gunung Kerenceng is something of a hidden gem, lying so close to Bandung but little-known outside of local West Java hiking clubs. It can easily be climbed as a day hike, taking no more than 2-3 hours up and 2 hours down. The summit area is a tiny equilateral triangle with sides of just 3 metres and is where three narrow mountain ridges meet. Kerenceng is very accessible but the views from the top easily fool you into thinking you are in a much more remote area.

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Guntur (Masigit)

Facts Elevation: 2,249 m (7,379 ft) Prominence: 758 m Ribu category: Spesial Province: Jawa Barat (West Java) Google Earth: kml Rating: Other names: none. Eruptions: 1690, 1777, 1780, 1800, 1803, 1807, 1809, 1815-16, 1818, 1825, 1827-29, 1832-36, 1840-41, 1843, 1847 Photos Bagging It! This vast volcanic range towers above the popular weekend destination of Cipanas, […]

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Ciremai

A solitary giant, this Ribu is the highest peak in West Java province and one of the most popular hikes in Indonesia. The starting points for the hike are 2 to 3 hours by car or public bus to the south of Cirebon, which itself is easily accessible from Jakarta by train. The crater is both deep and impressive, and a full circuit of the rim can be done in about one and a half hours.

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Burangrang

Facts Elevation: 2,064 m (6,772 ft) Prominence: 425 m Ribu category: Spesial Province: Jawa Barat (West Java) Google Earth: kml Rating: Other names: none. Photos Bagging It! Burangrang is the westernmost of the 2000-metre high peaks north of Bandung. Along with Tangkuban Parahu and Bukittunggul it is the remnants of the ancient Mount Sunda. Burangrang […]

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Rakutak

Rakutak is one of the lesser-known mountains in the Bandung area yet it offers excellent views across the region and is one of the nicest ridge walks in Java. It can easily be done as a day trip from Bandung, requiring just over 3 hours to ascend and 2 hours to descend. Our guide told us an interesting story about how, towards the end of the colonial era, local republicans climbed up Rakutak to escape from Dutch troops who then shelled it in an attempt to kill them.

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Sawal

Facts Elevation: 1,764 m (5,787 ft) Prominence: 1,041 m Ribu category: Kurang Tinggi Province: Jawa Barat (West Java) Google Earth: kml Rating: Other names: Karantenan is the name of the highest peak Photos Bagging It! Gunung Sawal is a large mountain range of modest height at least as popular with wildlife researchers and pilgrims as […]

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