- Elevation: 3,074 m (10,085 ft)
- Prominence: 2,140 m
- Ribu category: Sangat Tinggi
- Province: Sulawesi Barat (West Sulawesi)
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: Gandadiwata, Ganda Dewata, Gandang Dewata
This Ribu, the highest point of the Quarles range, is rarely climbed due to difficulty finding decent, reliable guides, its relatively remote location and the length of time it takes to reach either trailhead and then the summit (where there is apparently a triangulation pole). There are two starting points so a traverse is possible but time-consuming.
From Mamuju (west side): The starting point is Desa Paku (approx 700m, a full day from Mamuju by motorbike or car on poor roads) and it takes approximately 3 days to reach the peak (one way) and presumably about 2 to descend the same way. There are 13 Pos on this route but it takes no more than 2 hours from one to the next. Pos 7 and Pos 10 are the only spots for water. Suggested itinerary as follows.
From Mamasa (south / east side): The starting point is the village of Kampung Baru (approx 1,150m) near Rante Pongko (30 minutes by ojek from Mamasa) and it takes approximately 6 days to reach the peak (one way) and presumably about 4 to descend the same way. There are significant ups and downs on this route. There are 10 Pos on this route. Suggested itinerary on this route from Aming Hamire (muhammad mukramin) below:
Day 1: Mamasa town to Pos 1. Day 2: Pos 1 to Pos 3. Day 3: Pos 3 to Pos 5 and a half. Day 4: Pos 5 and a half to Lembah VE. Day 5: Lembah VE to Pos 9. Day 6: Pos 9 to Pos 10 (summit).
Estimated times with rough elevation estimates: Kampung Baru (1,150m) to Rante Pongko – 1.5 hours. Rante Pongko to Pos 1 (1,600m) – 3 hours. Pos 1 to Pos 2 (2,050m) – 2 hours. Pos 2 to Pos 3 (2,650m) – 4 hours via Pondok Kecil. Pos 3 to Pos 4 (2,450m) – 2.5 hours. Pos 4 to Pos 5 (2,100m) – 2.5 hours via river. Pos 5 to Pos 6 (2,500m) – 1.5 hours. Pos 6 to Pos 7 (2,100m) – 2 hours. Pos 7 to waterfall – 1 hours. Waterfall to Pos 8 (2,700m) – 1.5 hours. Pos 8 to Pos 9 (2,850m) – 1.5 hours. Pos 9 to Pos 10 – 1 hour.
Based on the above information, the most sensible traverse would be from Desa Paku in the west to Rantepongko in the south / east. For fit hikers it might be possible to do something like the following (though an extra day up and down may very well be required)…
Day 1: Fly to Mamuju to arrive as early as possible (currently there is a flight from Balikpapan arriving around 7am) and arrange transport for very on to Desa Paku.
Day 2: Hike via chocolate plantation and irrigation stream and into forest onto the ridge. Continue to Pos 7 (estimated 1,700m elevation). Camp.
Day 3: Hike along the ridge, continuing to the summit. Note the peak to the north-east of the summit which is also over 3,000m but probably does not have a trail. Camp at summit.
Day 4: Down to Pos 5.
Day 5: Down to Pos 3.
Day 6: Down to Rante Pongko and on to Mamasa.
(Day 7: Transport to Tanah Toraja / Palopo).
Expect an update if/when we have done it!
Note that there is a second summit just 1 kilometre to the north of the peak that most hikers visit. There is some debate over which is higher, with the Bakosurtanal map giving the more obscure, northern peak a height of 3,037m and the southern peak a figure of just 2,966m. Thankfully, based on satellite information this is almost certainly incorrect and it seems the more popular and more accessible top is indeed slightly higher. But it requires further investigation!
- Getting there: If doing a west-east traverse, fly to Mamuju from Makassar. Allow a full day to get from Mamasa to Palopo or Tanah Toraja (which is 90 minutes by car or bike from Palopo airport).
- Accommodation: Simple accommodation should be available in both Mamasa and Mamuju.
- Permits: Unknown but take passport photocopies to give to village heads.
- Water sources: Supposedly as follows….. Pos 7 and 10 on the Paku route. On the Rante Pongko route between Pos 3 and 4, Pos 4 and 5, Pos 7 and 8.
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