Trek from Bandung

Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda (Great Forest Park) is a conservation area, botanical garden, and recreational area that begins in the Dago area of Bandung and stretches nearly 30 km north, past Tangkuban Prahu to the village of Ciater.

curug omas,west java waterfall
Curug Omas

In addition to the waterfalls, the mostly pine and bamboo forest has abundant wildlife – weasels, squirrels, monkeys, and many species of birds.

Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda,Great Forest Park
Trekking through the Great Forest is a great way to see West Java's natural beauty.

A lot of the trail is lined with warungs (outdoor cafes), and there are ojeks (motorbike taxis) to carry people who don’t want to walk, so on weekends you’ll find it quite unpleasantly crowded if you’re after a peaceful, forest hike. However, I returned during the week and was the only one there – the warungs were closed, and there wasn’t an ojek in sight.

Dutch caves west java,Japanese caves west java
Left: Dutch cave built in 1918. Right: Japanese cave built in 1942

Both the Dutch and the Japanese built an extensive cave network around Bandung. They’re open for trekkers to explore – vendors hang out outside the caves to rent flashlights for Rp.3000.

The trekking trail extends the entire distance. It’s one of West Java’s most accessible treks. One popular option is to go to Maribaya by car and trek back into Dago (6 km). This direction is downhill most of the way.

Another, longer option is to go to Ciater by car and trek the entire distance back to Dago. From Ciater – the first 7 km will be uphill to Tangkuban Prahu Crater, then all downhill to Dago. Of course, walking in the reverse from Dago is possible too, but it will be all uphill.

Whichever way you decide to do it, you’re sure to enjoy it, as I did.

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