Exploring the 3 Favorite Hiking Trails of Mount Gede

Exploring the 3 Favorite Hiking Trails of Mount Gede

javaprivatetour.com – Mount Gede is indeed one of the favorite locations for mountain climbers and nature lovers. As one of the highest peaks in West Java, it is no wonder that the Mount Gede hiking trails are known to be quite challenging, thus attracting many climbers.

Currently, Mount Gede, which is located in the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park (TNGGP), has three hiking trails, namely the Gunung Putri, Cibodas, and Selabintana trails. As information, Mount Gede is not only a popular climbing destination. This nature reserve is also a center for conservation and botanical research, starting with the establishment of the Cibodas Nature Reserve by the Dutch in 1889.

For those of you who are planning to climb Mount Gede in the near future with friends, let’s find out what the hiking trails are and the characteristics of each trail.

A Quick Peek at Mount Gede

The Mighty Mount Gede Pangrango at West Java

Mount Gede, which is located in three districts in West Java, namely Bogor, Sukabumi, and Cianjur, is a stratovolcano type volcano with a height of 2,958 meters above sea level. This most popular mountain destination offers extraordinary natural scenery, starting from 19 waterfalls, 2 lakes or lakes, and also the existence of 2 famous bridges.

To reach the top, climbers must pass through the legal Mount Gede hiking trails for the sake of order and safety during the climb by applying for a permit to enter the conservation area (simaksi) online.

In addition to carrying out climbing and exploring nature activities, there are at least 12 campsites in the TNGGP area that are safe to stay in.

List of Mount Gede Hiking Trails: Access Methods, Estimated Time and Distance

Here is a review for each Mount Gede hiking trail including access, estimated climbing time, attractions, and distance.

1. Cibodas Trail

Mount Gede Cibodas Trail

The Cibodas hiking trail is the most frequently passed trail by climbers. The initial route will take you through a rocky footpath, through a dense tropical forest, and enjoy the exotic natural beauty of Mount Gede.

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The Mount Gede climbing route via Cibodas starts from the Registration Post, heading to Tarentong, Blue Lake, Panyangcangan Swamp, and Denok 1 Swamp.

Then the climb continues to Denok 2 Swamp, Batu Kukus 1, Batu Kukus 2, Batu Kukus 3, Pondok Pemandangan, Hot Water, Kandang Batu, Panca Weuleuh, Kandang Badak, and finally the Peak.

Climbers via the Cibodas route usually camp at Kandang Badak before continuing to the summit, which is usually done starting at 3 am. Once at the top, you will be presented with views of four active craters, namely Kawah Ratu, Kawah Baru, Kawah Lanang, and Kawah Wadon.

Climbers need about 7-10 hours to reach the top via this Cibodas trail.

2. Gunung Putri Trail

Mount Gede Gunung Putri Trail

In addition to via Cibodas, the trail via Gunung Putri is also no less crowded with climbers. The Mount Gede climbing trail via Gunung Putri is also recommended for climbers who want to go to Alun-Alun Suryakencana.

There are several posts that you will pass through until you reach the top. Compared to the Cibodas and Selabintana climbing trails, the Gunung Putri trail is the shortest.

Starting from the Gunung Jaga Post, continue to the Pos Baru, and the Bayangan Tanah Merah Post. Then go to Post 1 Old Information, Post 2 Legok Leunca, Post 3 Buntut Lutung, Post 4 Simpang Maleber, Post 5 Alun-Alun Suryakencana Timur, Alun-Alun Suryakencana Barat, and the summit point.

Compared to the Cibodas route, the Gunung Putri route has a more difficult track. The characteristics of the Gunung Putri Trail have a steep terrain and a steep track that will be faced after entering the tropical forest area, namely Tanah Merah and Lawang Seketeng.

The estimated time to reach the top via the Gunung Putri trail is faster, around 6-8 hours.

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3. Selabintana Trail

Mount Gede Selabintana Trail

The Selabintana hiking trail has a longer distance and is more extreme than the other two trails. For those of you who are climbing Mount Gede for the first time or do not have enough information about this trail, it is recommended not to go via Selabintana because of its challenging terrain.

The climb via Selabintana starts from the Selabintana Entrance Gate, continues to the Simpang Air Terjun Shelter, Cigeber Shelter, Cileutik Shelter, Simpang Cumuruh Shelter, Alun-Alun Suryakencana Barat, to the Peak.

View from the Summit of Mount Gede
View from the Summit of Mount Gede

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So, you’ve chosen your trail and are now pumped to conquer Mount Gede! But with planning logistics, permits, transportation, and potentially even language barriers, the pre-climb process can feel daunting.

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  • English-speaking and knowledgeable guides: Our certified local guides are not only fluent in English but also possess a wealth of knowledge about Mount Gede’s ecosystem, history, and local legends. They’ll ensure a safe and informative climb while keeping you entertained with their stories.
  • Flexibility is key: We understand that every climber has their own pace and preferences. Unlike rigid group tours, Java Private Tour tailors the itinerary to your needs. Want to spend more time soaking in the views at a specific viewpoint? No problem! We’ll adjust the schedule accordingly.
  • Comfort and convenience: Ditch the hassle of public transportation! Java Private Tour provides private car rentals ranging from sedans to vans or even tour buses depending on your group size. Our professional drivers will ensure a smooth and comfortable journey to the starting point of your chosen trail.
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Active volcano crater on Mount Gede
Active volcano crater on Mount Gede

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