It’s been a while since I hike mountains. I kind of miss it but I am not ready to do a difficult hiking trip yet with all the backcountry camping equipments, proper preparation and physical fitness. No, not when I am so out of shape, spent months in quarantine, eating noodles, gaining few pounds, and doing zero exercise. I am sure I have no muscle strength left in my legs, and I want an easy hiking trip!
Mount Galunggung (2.167 meters above sea level) seems to be a perfect choice, here is why:
- All you need is 24 hours!
The mountain is located in Tasikmalaya, West Java, about 4 or 5 hours drive from Jakarta. I joined a backpacker community trip on a Friday night by car just before midnight. We arrived at the base of Mount Galunggung just before sunrise.
The trip ends on Saturday night, which gives you plenty of time to rest on Sunday, before dwelling back on work on Monday.
- The view!
Mount Galunggung deadly eruption in 1982 creates a beautiful crater that we can see now. From the top we can also enjoy the rolling hills of Tasikmalaya. Your eyes will be pampered by lots of greens!
- It is relatively easy to reach the top
You can take 620 steps of stairs to reach the top, or take a motorbike ride provided by locals (we called it ojek) with inexpensive price. The 620 steps of stairs sounds daunting at first but you can easily reach it within 30 to 60 minutes slow paced. No worries, just put on your sneakers, take the first step, you can do it!
- Kampung Naga, as a bonus
After enjoying Mount Galunggung magical atmosphere, we can visit a cultural village called Kampung Naga. It is located about 45 minutes from the base of Mount Galunggung. We can learn about their culture and ask them why they refuse to install electricity in their village. They do everything traditionally, eat organically, have beautiful paddy fields and cute wooden houses. It reminds me of Shirakawa village in Japan. Not the same but similar. The village located in a valley, to access it you need to take 444 steps of stairs down! More stairs for your tired legs, but it is worth it!
- Supporting locals
Because the one day trip does not require staying at hotels, we can use the budget to buy some cute souvenirs (or organic black rice if they have surplus in their harvest) in Kampung Naga. It will support the economy and bring some benefits to the humble villagers of Kampung Naga.
That is all the conclusion I have, if you have a questions regarding this trip you can drop me a message here 🙂