Gunung Gede (Mount Gede) is located just 2-3 hours south of Jakarta, and is therefore way too close to the city to carry any expectations. I just wanted to get out of the hangry city and hike a volcano during the peaceful month of Ramadan (it turns out fasting people are generally not too keen on hiking). Here are some pictures from the trip.
We left Friday night, spent one night in a hotel right next to the starting point in Cibodas, started walking 10 ish on Saturday and were back in Mega Kuningan by 15:00 on Sunday. We met quite a few people that were doing the whole trip in one day. On the beng-beng scale this trip was a 4-5 (meaning I only ate 4-5 beng-bengs on the whole trip. Check Rinjani’s beng-beng score). To get started you only have to beat the traffic of Jakarta and the bureaucracy of the park…
Gunung Gede was a very positive surprise. I can highly recommend it as a weekend getaway from Jakarta. Especially during Ramadan. I have no idea how crowded it gets the rest of the season. You can check this page for trips and bookings: http://wisatacibodas.com/. Check Øystein’s homepage and Instagram for drone shots and time-lapses.
There are more volcano adventures lined up: Bromo, Ijen and Tambora! But first some surf trips.