Trekking Gunung Gede: 2 Days 1 Night

Trekking Gunung Gede: 2 Days 1 Night

While most of my posts are about scuba diving, I decided to try something new to close the year 2019. I decided on trekking, so the first mountain that is so close to Jakarta and quite easy comes to mind. This mountain is known as Gunung Gede / Mount Gede.

To reach here from Jakarta, you need to drive to Bogor and on the way to Puncak. It is relatively rainy in Bogor, but in December it can get crazy. So choose your timing wisely.

Routes to Gunung Gede

There are 3 routes that you can take to reach Gede Summit. It is through Cibodas, Gunung Putri, or Salabintana. If this is your first time trekking, I’d suggest taking the Cibodas route as many people say this is the easiest route. It has become the most common route that you can easily find toilets along the way.

But because I went with intermediate trekkers that demand a more challenging route, I went to Gunung Putri.

According to many trekkers, the duration to go up to Alun Alun Surya Kencana requires around 7 to 8 hours.

If you are choosing to go via Cibodas route, it may take you longer to get to Alun Alun Surya Kencana, but the path there is easier compared to Gunung Putri.

From Alun Alun Surya Kencana, you can continue to Gede Summit if you still have the energy for it. It requires an hour hike to the summit, but the trek is not as heavy as when you get to Alun Alun Surya Kencana.

I did my summit attack at around 4am and reached there at 5am just in time to see the sunrise.

But unfortunately, I went during the rainy season so there was not a lot to see. But, if you visit Gunung Gede during the dry season, it is very beautiful up there.

Stops In Gunung Gede

There are 4 stops (pos) and 4 “false” pos (pos bayangan) going up to Gunung Gede via Gunung Putri.

From the starting point to Pos 1 (Legok Leunca), it is about 0.8km and it took us 30-45 minutes to reach the first stop. The trek here is easy and there are a lot of bonuses.

Going to Pos 2 (Buntut Lutung) requires another 2.7km and around 1 hour to get there. The trek is still considerately easy with many bonuses along.

From Pos 2 to Pos 3 (Lawang Saketeng) took us almost 2 hours with distance at about 3km. It was not the hardest trek for me but it certainly felt super long.

Going from Pos 3 to Pos 4 (Simpang Maleber) was hard. There are practically no bonus and you go all the way up from here onwards. Always remember to have a 1 minute rest whenever you feel like your legs are giving up. Many people warned me beforehand that this will be the most challenging pos

From Pos 4 to Pos 5 (Alun Alun Timur), you can walk easily as there are many bonuses.

The amazing view of Alun Alun Surya Kencana

From Pos 5 to Alun Alun Surya Kencana, practically takes 0 time as when you reach pos 5, it is the entrance to Alun Alun Surya Kencana (your camp site). If you are planning to go to the summit, you can build your tent further down the camp site. The entrance to the summit is near to the spring. So, it can be useful to camp there especially if you are running out of water.

Going Down From Gunung Gede

After 1 night of coldness (around 1 degree Celsius), my team went down the same route as we went up.

Although going down requires lesser time than going up, the weight that you have to endure while holding on not to slip felt heavier. I personally was fine during the hike up but my knees almost gave up when I went down.

Going down took me and my team 5 hours or so. And after we reached Pos 1, we walked a different route than where we came from. Also, this additional route was the hardest during all my trip to Gunung Gede. It was so steep plus slippery so be careful, guys.

After the long hike, we went to Bumi Aki restaurant and enjoyed a hot lamb soup there. Believe me, it might be the best restaurant in Puncak area especially after hiking.

There! I hope this post may help answer some of your questions regarding Gunung Gede. Enjoy!

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