Jawa Barat (West Java) contains some of the most popular Ribus in Indonesia, the province being adjacent to the sprawling metropolis of Jakarta and containing the cities of Bandung (the provincial capital) and Bogor. Getting to Jawa Barat and traveling around the province is easy, and there are good roads to get you close to the Ribus and railways help you travel to some strategic locations like Bandung and Cirebon. Have a look at Kereta Api for train information and Cipaganti (or similar) for excellent road transport options between Jakarta and Bandung. For transport from Jakarta to Garut and Tasikmalaya, the best options are the very reasonably-priced Primajasa buses.

The giants of the province, Pangrango and Ciremai, are climbed on a daily basis during the dry season and are some of the best hikes in Java. The large number of peaks surrounding Bandung vary from excellent and fascinating volcanoes (Papandayan, Guntur (Masigit), Tangkuban Parahu) to fairly ordinary forest treks (Cikuray, Bukittunggul, Tampomas, Malabar). The two peaks to the east of Jatiluhur reservoir, Parang and Bongkok, make excellent day trips from Jakarta.

If you are not a fan of sharing the summit views with hundreds of other hikers, it is best you go either mid-week or during Ramadan, as over the last decade the number of hikers on mountains across Java during the weekend has increased unimaginably. This means that trails are usually obvious (though badly-eroded) but also that there is a fair amount of litter and if camping you may not get much sleep due to the incessant chattering of local student hikers.

A Selection of Photos of West Java’s Ribus

Map of West Java’s Ribus

  Download these peaks as a kml file.

Statistics and Links to West Java’s Ribus




Ribu Category     


Ciremai 3,078 m 2,792 m Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Java  
Pangrango 3,020 m 2,427 m Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Java  
Cikuray 2,821 m 2,105 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Java  
Papandayan (Gunung Malang) 2,675 m 1,329 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Java  
Patuha 2,450 m 980 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Malabar (Puncak Besar) 2,343 m 714 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Guntur (Masigit) 2,249 m 758 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Galunggung (Beuticanar) 2,240 m 1,262 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Java  
Bukittunggul 2,215 m 1,351 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Java  
Salak 2,211 m 1,679 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Java  
Wayang-Windu 2,198 m 389 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Tangkuban Parahu 2,086 m 709 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Burangrang 2,064 m 425 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Rakutak 1,959 m 380 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Manglayang 1,835 m 338 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Sawal 1,764 m 1,041 m Google MarkerKurang Tinggi Java  
Kerenceng 1,742 m 863 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Tampomas 1,684 m 1,106 m Google MarkerKurang Tinggi Java  
Sangga Buana 1,300 m 829 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Bongkok 985 m 717 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  
Parang 930 m 369 m Google MarkerSpesial Java  

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