Sunday, December 25, 2011

Feel the tough of hiking on Ciremai Mountain (3,078 m)

Ciremai mountain is located in the region of kuningan west Java, has its own characteristics compared with other mountains in java island. This mountain is far away from the other mountains and situated close to the java sea. The first Highest mountain in west Java area, has a cone-shaped mountain contours, with a hole large crater at the top. To climb this mountain Ciremai, Its require enough tough of physical and mentally. This is caused by a long route, and track which continues to climb. Coupled with the conditions of the mountain that has no springs, make us have to prepare the water needs from the point of beginning ascent. All the needs we have to prepare for the ascent to the appropriate. so we can feel the convenience of hiking. The height of this mountain about 3078 meters above sea level, with start climbing at an altitude of about 700 meters.

Walking 700 m westwards to gedung naskah from the hotel , we will reach linggarjati village hall where we will fine many guides who will leads us to the mountain. If we walk from this place towards the mountain , we will come across a pine woods and find a place called cibunar , where the path is bifurcation . In this place we can put up a tent, obtain water . We should turn left , where the path will lead us to the Mt. Ceremai. Afterward, we will come across a tropical forest , in the middle of which we can find a place called linggak (now called pengasinan), a plain that we can put up a tent and take a rest to stay overnight .

It takes about 5 hours to reach pengasinan from linggarjati and other 2 or 3 hours to reach the peak (crater rim), through grassly hill . Climbing down about 1 or 2 hourr right side from the peak , we will find a small sulfur crater . Walking around the crater rim leisurely for about two and half hours, we can enjoy the panoramic view of majalengka , bandung , north java sea , and other place . It takes 4 or 5 hours to return to linggarjati. The best time to climb this mountain is in the early morning about 5:00 or 6:00 a.m . And turn to linggarjati next day about 2:00 or 3:00 a.m.

To reach these mountain , we may travel by bus from cirebon going to kuningan and get off at cilimus . From cilimus we can travel by mini bus to linggarjati . To climb the mountain , we should obtain a letter of permission from kuningan's forest authority (PERHUTANI) and formerly from the police station of kuningan after receiving the letter , the village headman of linggarjati will give us the permission by return to go on further . We may stay overnight in linggarjati hotel .

An adventurer is quite interesting for those of you of course, but if you do not wish to climb to the summit of Mount Ciremai, you can travel to tourist attractions around Linggarjati. There still are some tourist attractions you can visit to spend your vacation time.

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