Dolok Gongonan

Facts

Bagging It!

This mountain covers a vast area and is very rarely hiked. There are two peaks of around or over 1,400m elevation about 5 kilometres apart. The southern one appears to be higher but is the least accessible of the two.

In late 2018, Decky Chandrawan and friends visited the northern peak (1,396m on GPS) via a small lake known as Danau Gongonan. From the northern peak they could see the long ridge stretching south towards the southern peak.

It took them 3 hours to reach the lake and a further 2 to reach the northern peak (one-way). The Bakosurtanal map actually lists the northern peak as the higher one at 1,412.6m versus an unlikely 1,382m for the southern peak. The northern peak is labelled ‘Dk Gon Gonan’ but the southern peak has no name and lies between Dk Adian Sipalis and Dk Siborutoba. More research is needed. But on the old US Army map, the south peak labellled A. Gongonan (Aek Gongonan?) is the higher one at 1671 (way over), and the northern one labelled A. Sapa at 1,639 (also way over!)

Therefore it is very difficult to tell which of the two peaks (which are both a little over 1400m) is the highest one at the moment.

Practicalities

    • Getting there: Unknown
    • Accommodation: Unknown
    • Permits: Unknown – take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.
    • Water sources: Unknown
    • Travel insurance: We recommend World Nomads insurance, which is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities including mountain hiking.

Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm):
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