The Gedepahala trek consists of the great regions of West Java’s rainforests among the province’s most loved mountains: Gede, Pangrango, Halimun and Salak. Opt to do one at a time or all at once. This depends on your fitness and level of experience.
Trekking through Mount Gede Pangrango National Park should be a rite of passage for any environmentally minded tourist visiting West Java. The park is a rainforest surrounding the twin dormant volcanoes that give the park its name (Mount Gede and Mount Pangrango). Covering almost 22,000 hectares, the rainforest is home to a variety of rare plants and animal species.
Beginning at the Cibodas visitor center, hikers can proceed up a cobbled path winding up the side of the twin peaks, hitting numerous landmarks along the way: including a surreal blue-colored lake, a rather dilapidated boardwalk spanning the Gayonggong Swamp, triple waterfalls, and ultimately the peak of Mount Pangrango, that towers over the landscape at 2,958 meters above sea level.
For more experienced hikers, head to Mount Halimun Salak National Park, which is a 400 kilometer square conservation area located right by the Mount Gede Pangrango National Park. Mount Halimun Salak is home to many endangered nird species and the Javan Gibbon and Lutung
One can arrange day hikes up this mountain, although be warned, it is a challenging terrain. The walking trej starts at Pasir Reunggit Camping Ground. It takes approximately two to three hours to the crater, passing hot springs along the way as well as the Cangkuang National Park and Cidahu Candlenut Forest. A meadow covered with edelweiss flowers is situated at an altitude of 2,750 meters above sea level, and is a six-hour hike from Cibodas.
Text: Cassandra Niki S.
Source: Journey Indonesia Magazine | 7 Exotic Jungle Treks
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