Mount Gede is an Indonesian volcano located in West Java. Among the highest peaks of this region of Indonesia with 2958 meters of altitude. Its last eruption dates back to March 13, 1957. It is attached to Mount Pangrango culminating at 3019 meters and is a dormant volcano. Both are part of Gede Pangrango National Park.

TheĀ 7 things to know before climbing Gede and Pangrango

How to go to Gede Pangrango?

Cibodas and Gunung Putri are the two villages by which Gede and Pangrango are accessible. These villages can be reached by well-over from Jakarta, but the town of Bandung is closer and it has an international airport. to arrive from Bandung is better because the transfer will be shorter and we will avoid the legendary traffic jams of Jakarta.

How to go to Cibodas?

From Bandung
  • Go to Leuwi Panjang Bus Station
  • Found a bus heading to Merak through Puncak route (IDR 25,000/person)
  • Stop at Cibodas, take a minivan (angkot) to go to National Park Office (IDR 5,000/person)
From Jakarta
  • Go to Kampung Rambutan Bus Station
  • Found a bus heading to Garut or Tasikmalaya through Puncak Route (IDR 25.000/person)
  • Stop at  Cibodas, take minivan (angkot) to go to National Park Office (IDR 5.000/person)

How to go to Gunung Putri Basecamp?

From Bandung
  • Go to Leuwi Panjang Bus Station
  • Found a bus heading to Merak through Puncak route
  • Stop at Cipanas Traditional market.
  • Take minivan (angkot) to go to Gunung Putri Basecamp (IDR 5.000.person)
From Jakarta
  • Go to Kampung Rambutan Bus Station
  • Found a bus heading to Garut or Tasikmalaya through Puncak Route (IDR 25.000/person)
  • Stop at  Cipanas Traditional Market, take minivan (angkot) to go to Gunung Putri Basecamp (IDR 5.000/person)
  • You can also use Ojek (motorbike taxi) to go to Gunung Putri Basecamp (IDR 10.000-20.000/person)

When to go to Gede Pangrango?

Mount Gede Pangrango is usually closed for climbing activities from January to April. The best time to climb to Mount Gede Pangrango is from June to October during the dry season.

Is there an entrance fee and how much?

  • Foreign Tourist Weekday : IDR 320.000/person for 2days/1night
  • Foreign Tourist Weekend : IDR 470.000/person for 2 days/1night
  • Local Tourist Weekday : IDR 29.000/person for 2days/1night
  • Local Tourist Weekend : IDR 34.000/person for 2days/1night

Where to sleep?

Because Puncak is a tourist area, it will be very easy for you to find lodging accommodation that fits your budget. Many variations of lodging are offered ranging from luxury hotels to guest house classes.

Where to find guides and porters? Is it necessary to use a guide?

The hiking trail of Mount Gede is very safe to climb without the help of a guide. But if you want to climb to Mount Pangrango, it is highly recommended if you use the services of a guide.

You can find the services of a guide and porter in the Climbing Post area. You only have to ask the officer if you want to use the services of a porter or guide.

Where to find Climbing equipment?

It is highly recommended to bring your personal climbing equipment because it is rarely found the rental of climbing equipment  in this area.

What to do around Cibodas?

  • Soft trekking to Cibereum Waterfall
  • Bird watching trek in Cibodas
  • Bogor Botany Park

Ascension of Gede and Pangrango Volcanoes

Gede Pangrango: Located in the province of West Java, the Gede Pangrango National Park is rich in flora and fauna and is covered with montane and subalpine forests. Accessible from Jakarta via Bogor, Cibodas is just a 2-hour drive from Bogor. The active Gede volcano (2.958 m) and the triangular shaped Pangrango volcano (3011 m) are favorite trekking destinations for many Jakartans (so avoid the weekend). Waterfalls, hot springs, dense jungle, fresh air, cool weather, and friendly local communities will be happy to host your visit.

Hiking and trekking of Gede and Pangrango with Go-Volcano

The highlights of the trip:

  • Beautiful edelweiss meadow
  • Perfect escape from the Jakarta

Hiking and trekking of Gede and Pangrango in 3 days 2 nights

  • Duration : 3 days
  • Price : Start from IDR 5.000.000/pax
  • Level : 3.5/5

Detailed Program and Itinerary

1st day : Jakarta/Bandung – Gunung Putri – Surya Kencana Savannah

pick up at 6 am from your hotel in Jakarta or Bandung and transfer to Gunung Putri (about 3 hours). You will start trekking in the forest for about 3 hours until you reach the Savannah of Suryakencana. Dinner and overnight at Suryakencana campsite.

Accommodation : Tent ( 1 tent for 2 people)
Meals : Lunch, Dinner

2nd Day : Surya Kencana – Top of Gede Volcano – Top of Pangrango – Mandalawangi

Wake up at 4 am and hike to the top of Gunung Gede. Hot tea or coffee will be provided before the climb. You will be at the top for the sunrise and you will enjoy the view and the landscape (The active crater of Gede and the triangular shape of Pangrango). Breakfast will be served at the summit. Then you will continue to Kandang Badak campground and then to the top of Pangrango volcano and you will go down to Mandalawangi camp. Late lunch will be served at Mandalawangi Campsite. Night and dinner in tents.

Accommodation : Tent (1 tent for 2 people)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3rd Day : Mandalawangi – Cibodas – Jakarta/Bandung

Wake up at 5 am, breakfast and walk to Cibodas for 6 hours with a stop at the hot spring and the waterfall. You will have lunch in Cibodas and from there transfer to Jakarta or Bandung.

Accommodation : –
Meals : Breakfastm Lunch

Price

Facility

Included

  • The services of an experienced English-speaking Go-Volcano guide (Francophone depending on availability) all along the trek.
  • Experienced local guide and porters for camping gear.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (6 meals). Beverages are NOT included.
  • Private car with air conditioner
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Mineral water, snacks and fruits during the hiking
  • Camping equipment (1 tent / 2 persons, sleeping bag, inflatable mattress, inflatable pillow, camping chair, toilet tent)

Excluded

  • Tips & personal expenses (drinks, souvenirs)
  • Flight ticket
  • Travel Insurance & Assistance
  • Articles that are not mentioned in “included”

The mountains or gunung Gede and Pangrango

The summit of Mount Gede consists of several craters or caldeiras interlocked or overlapping: Baru, Gumuruh, Lanang, Kawah Leutik, Ratu, Sela and Wadon. A caldera three kilometers wide by five kilometers in length is only in the form of a ridge consisting of its south-east rim, the rest of the caldera being covered by another crater. The latter, in the form of a horseshoe open towards the north, contains smaller ones.

Eruptions of Gede and Pangrango volcanoes

Two powerful eruptions accompanied by debris avalanches formed two deposits, one of which occupies the site of the city of Cianjur.Since the arrival of Europeans in Indonesia in the 16th century, the eruptions of Mount Gede have generally resulted in brief explosions of moderate intensity. Volcanic explosive index of 1 to 2, they are sometimes accompanied by phreatic explosions. The first observed is that of 1747 to 1748 and 25 others followed, including 4 uncertain, until the last on March 13, 1957. Its most powerful eruption is that of November 12 to December 11, 1840. Of explosive index volcanic of 3, it produced fiery clouds that caused damage.


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