Mount Papandayan in Cisurupan district, Papandayan regency, West Java, should not be missed by adventure-seekers. You can expect to find nothing but amazing vistas all the way from Pos David in Papandayan village, where the hiking trail begin, up to its unique peak.
Here are several interesting spots that you will meet along Mt Papandayan's hiking trail.
At more than 2,600 meters above sea level, Mt Papandayan is blessed with unique surroundings and scenery.
Beginning at Pos David, the path leading to the mountain top is wide with chunks of rocks here and there and a fantastic view of limestone cliffs and green trees locally known as saugi.
Ahead, the path leads to the mountain's several craters, namely Kawah Mas, Kawah Baru, Kawah Nangklak and Kawah Manuk; all breathing steam from the inside, adding a unique view.
Leaving the craters behind, the trail climbs through saugi trees to Tegal Panjang, a spacious clearing with water sources nearby. Many hikers choose to set up their tents and rest here.
Less than a half-hour walk from Tegal Panjang or two-hour walk from Pos David is a spot called Pondok Saladah. Those who opt to forge on from Tegal Panjang usually end up spending the night here.
Pondok Saladah is an 8-hectare meadow standing at more than 2,200 meters above sea level. The Cisaladah River runs here all year long, making it a perfect pit stop for campers.
Nearby, you can visit a forest called Hutan Mati (Dead Forest). As the name suggests, the view is a combination of black-burned trees and white limestone outcrops. You will also find saugi trees here, though still very much in their infancy. The sight becomes extra atmospheric later in the day, when fog begins to descend.
From Hutan Mati, your next stop is the mountain's peak: Puncak Papandayan. Unfortunately, since it is located right in the middle of lush vegetation, the peak itself is the only view on offer.
Nor can you look down from the peak to enjoy the vista from above.
Two hours from Pondok Saladah, Puncak Papandayan has no water source, so hikers rarely spend the night here.
From Hutan Mati, you can reach Puncak Papandayan along a path called Tegal Alun, which has an amazing view of edelweiss gardens stretching as far as the eyes can see.
Though the place also lacks any water sources, you can expect to find some hikers spending the night here.