On Saturday, 20 June we did a Trek to the foot of Mount Pangrango, Puncak. The trek was arranged through Perhimpunan Persahabatan Indonesia-Amerika and is definitely something I could recommend for the outdoor/adventures type.
The trip as a non-member cost Rp.150,000 per person and incl. transport.
We were up early to meet the rest of the group at thePPIA office, Jl. MT. Haryono Kav. 49, Jakarta Selatan, at 6am. We departed for Puncak at around 6:40am and arrived at Gunang Mas at around 8:15am.
We started trekking at about 9am. We hiked through cinnamon and pine trees, forest, scrubs and tea plantations.
Though the trip is listed as a moderate hike, it was actually quite hard and definitely more of a climb than a hike.
One of the guides gave us sticks, which really came in handy on some of the steep uphill climbs. The fact that nearly half of the hike was in the shade also made it a little easier.
We loved the challenge, and thoroughly enjoyed the 3 and a half hour hike, a total climb of 515m.
We reached the finish point at the Puncak Pass Resort at around 12:40pm.
We enjoyed lunch at the Puncak Pass Restaurant, a Dutch colonial style restaurant on Jl. Raya, Puncak. Try the sweet Poffertjies, they are delicious!
The Restaurant is on the highest point in the Puncak area and has a lovely view over the Puncak valley.
At around 2pm we made our LONG way home. Though Puncak is only 100km South of Jakarta it took us 3 hours to get home.
We were literally stuck on Jl. Raya Puncak, for 2 hours just trying to get out of Puncak. At least "daily life" in the village kept us amused.
We watched people clean their homes, feed their babies, fix motorbikes and prepare food at the small road side restaurants on every corner.
Notice the cute, fluffy bunnies inside the cage: This is outside a restaurants selling Sate Kelinci (Rabit Kebab's). Lunch anyone ;-0
Once we reached the highway it only took about an hour to get home.
Even with the crazy traffic, this trip is definitely worth it and we look forward to the next one.