Mount Gede is one of the highest mountains in Indonesia with an altitude of 2,958 masl. Gunung Gede last erupted for the last time in 1957 AD. We will see how the facts, hiking trails, and mysteries that have been covering the mountains on the border of Bogor, like the earth and Cianjur.
Mount Gede is one of the mountains that is still very natural and fitting to be considered a natural laboratory. Maybe this is also why so many researchers come here. Its still beautiful condition, seen from the many trees surrounding the big mountain, the number of trees and flora and fauna, it is evident that the mountain is still very natural and exotic.
Gunung Gede area is one of the areas included in the Gede-Pangrango National Park which in 1977 was officially crowned as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Facts About Mount Gede
Mount Gede until now there are still many legends and mysteries that surround it. However, not everything is a mystery, there are also a number of interesting facts about Mount Gede.
So, what are the facts about the big mountain that you need to know, check the following:
First: for big mountain climbers, there is online booking that is applied, but this is only if you make a booking 30 days before the climb. Later you will fill out a form and also ask for a health certificate. Furthermore, the party in charge will exchange it with (Permit to Enter a Conservation Area).
This is done so that officers there can easily monitor who climbers this big mountain. The jam is also to prevent illegal climbers.
Second: Gunung Gede is not open fulltime in a year. There are times that are not allowed to climb. From January to March and also in August, the Gunung Gede park officers closed the climbing continuously to maintain the balance of the environment of Gunung Gede.
Third: the next fact about Gunung Gede is the prohibition on picking Edelweiss flowers, the prohibition on using drinking water bottles and the prohibition on carrying wet wipes.
Those are some facts that you should know before trying to climb in Gunung Gede National Park.
Mount Gede climbing route
The hiking trail is the main thing that you should know, this is an important thing in preparation for mountain climbing, including getting to the top of the big mountain. There are three climbing routes that are taken, here we see the reviews.
1. Cibodas Route
The Cibodas route is the most preferred route in climbing Mount Gede, the reason is there are many springs here and the rocky path is neatly arranged so it is very easy to climb. Not only this, taking the Cibodas route also has another advantage, namely there are many beautiful spots that can be captured with a camera.
Among the places that are so beautiful are Blue Lake, Edelweiss fields, and waterfalls, as well as a large camping area. When you reach the top you will also find the Lanang crater to the left of the Kirri and the Wadon Crater and the Queen’s Crater on the right.
2. Princess mountain Roure
Apart from the Cibodas route, you can also climb Mount Gede by passing the Gunung Putri route. If you pass this route, you will find extensive pine fields and forests, this forest is managed by the Cianjur Perhutani KPH. Henceforth, taking this route is like a bit difficult when entering tropical forests and arriving at the red land. The next trip is through Legok Lenca and Buntut Lutung.
Then you will enter the Lawang Seketeng area, which is famous for being very steep. However, if you have arrived at Simpang Maleber, you can take the straight line up to Suryakencana Square.
3. The Selabintana route
The third route to get to the top of Mount Gede is the Selabintana route, this route is a long route and is somewhat more difficult than the other two routes.
Getting to the basecamp alone is very difficult, coupled with the many handicaps, beautiful in affecting the forest. So, if you want to climb, the safest and easiest route to take is the Cibodas route.
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Mystery of Mount Gede
At the top of Mount GEDE there is a plaza called the alun alun suryakencana. It is said that this is the square that was built by Prince Suryakencana and the Jinn in the past. Prince Suryakencana himself was the son of Aria Wiratanudatar (founder of Cianjur) who confessed the jinn. Prince Suryakencana had two sons, they were Prabu Siliwangi and Prabu Sakti.
If you climb this mountain, there is still a recitation of Prince Suryakencana’s throne in the form of a horse saddle. It is said that this place has been guarded by Embah Layang Gading until now.
There is also a big legend in the forest area surrounded by the square, namely the tomb of Prabu Siliwangi. In fact, there are many other historical sites that are sometimes sacred to these mountain climbers.
Many people still believe that Prince Suryakencana is still living there and ruling over the jinn.
There are also some big mountain climbers who hear the sound of hoofs around the Suryakencana square. It is believed to be a genie troop who was escorting Suryakencana. Until there are even strange things where the Sundanese Wiwitan adherents often do asceticism in caves around the alun-alun surya kencana.
Mount Gede Tourism Object
Not only with the missteri and legends that surround Mount Gede but also many places and tourist attractions in Mount Gede that are very worthy of a visit. For those of you who want to climb Mount Gede, you should know this tourist attraction so you don’t miss your climbing trip.
Here, we will immediately see what are the beautiful and popular Mount Gede attractions.
1. Blue Lake
One of the tourist objects located on Mount Gede is the Blue Lake. Telaga Biru is an area with an area of 5 hectares and this lake or lake is above an altitude of 1,575 masl, located right about 1.5 km from the Cibodas entrance.
The uniqueness and beauty of the blue lake is the blue color of the water due to the large amount of blue algae in it. The blue lake is located on the hiking trail so it is very well used as a place to release fatigue and fatigue during the climb.
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2. Gayonggong Swamp
After passing the climbing post, you will immediately meet Gayonggong Swamp. On this trip, you will also pass a bridge that is located above the swamp and this is where the Gayonggong Swamp is located.
Here you will also be presented with a very good view with shady trees arranged. Here there is also a legend that is spoken of where on this swamp bridge a leopard crosses every three months.
3. Hot springs
Another tourist attraction in Gunung Gede is a hot spring. Not only lakes and swamps that you can find, you can also get hot springs which are famous as tourist attractions when climbing Mount Gede. If you take the Cibodas route, then you will find this hot spring after walking 2-3 hours. It is located about 5.3 Km from Cibodas.
To come to this hot spring, there is already a rope that is installed as a handrail, because the location is still in the middle of the hiking trail.
4. Cibeureum Waterfall
Another tourist attraction is Cibeureum waterfall. This waterfall is located after you pass Gayonggong Swamp. This is a waterfall with a height of 50 meters. Geographically, Cibeureum waterfall is located about 2.8 km from Cibodas and is located at an altitude of 1,675 masl.
This includes a very beautiful waterfall, even climbers want to linger here without wanting to hurry to the top of the mountain. The beauty of Cibeureum waterfall can make climbers delay their climb and spend a lot of time there.
Its beauty and beauty can be even more enchanting due to the many red moss beside the waterfall. You will definitely look at the beauty that is presented, if you bring a camera, this is an important moment to capture.
5. Stone Cages and Rhino Cages
Other interesting attractions in Mount Gede are the stone cages and rhino enclosures. Its location if measured from Cibodas can be 7.8 km and is at an altitude of 2,220 Mdp. The land is wide with lots of shady trees so it is often a place for camping.
Here also a lot of food is sold so that climbers can buy food to add supplies before reaching the top of Mount Gede. However, the food here has a much different price from the food below, of course because of the difficulty and difficulty of bringing merchandise to this high place.
6. Surya Kencana Square [gunung gede tourist attraction]
As the climb continues, and at an altitude of 2,750, there is a beautiful and beautiful view, this is the Edelweiss field with an area of about 50 hectares. Her beauty is the number of Edelweiss flowers that are spread out and displayed in plain sight.
However, you need to remember, one of the facts about the big mountain that we mentioned above is that it is prohibited to pick this Edelweiss flower. So, you can only enjoy its beauty together without being allowed to pick it.
7. The Summit and Crater of Mount Gede
The peaks and craters of Gunung Gede are the main tourist objects and the destination of all mountain climbers. On the top there are three craters that are still active and emitting smoke. These are lanang crater, wadon crater and queen crater.
The journey from Cibodas takes about 5 hours to get to this peak. For those of you who love and like the beauty of the sunrise and sunset, here is a pretty good place to get views of the sunrise and sunset.
That’s a glimpse of a review of Mount Gede, including the mystery of Mount Gede, tourist attractions and the three hiking trails of Mount Gede. Hopefully this is useful for those of you who want to travel there.