With the thick mountains that surround Bandung, there are vast opportunities to go hiking in the city’s terrain. May it be trekking in the green jungle or climbing the volcanic peaks of the mountains, there are limitless opportunities to go hiking in Bandung.
The most famous trail is along the tracks of the majestic Mount Tangkuban Perahu. This large mountain plateau is actually an active volcano with four main craters that continuously spray out sulfur gases. Although paved roads are available to the top, the adventurous ones can opt to hike their way up the mountain. Know though that a guide is most definitely needed in order to help you stay away from the danger zones of the active volcano. Hike your way to the four main craters and reward yourself with a hot thermal bath by the end of the day.
Mount Manglayang, which is found East of Bandung, possesses a unique charm that is in no way inferior to the famous Mount Tangkuban Perahu. The mountain is found about 1,800 meters above sea level where hikers can experience the refreshing scent of the forest and cool mountain air. There are seven points for rest along the entire hike so do not be intimidated by the challenge. Adventure hikes can be arranged where local expert hikers will be able to accommodate your desire to go up the mountain.
Aside from mountain hiking, forest hiking is also a popular activity of the city. The Juanda Forest Park is a conservation area, a recreational area and a botanical garden with vast green forest areas that stretch nearly 30 kilometers north of the city. This forest park then rewards hikers with beautiful waterfalls and endless lines of pine and bamboo trees. While you take on the forest, remember that the vast area is home to wildlife species as squirrels, monkeys and many types of birds. Fortunately, the hiking trail has number of outdoor cafes that can take in tired hikers. If you do decide to give up along the way, know that motorbike taxis will be more than happy to give you a ride through the forest to finish.
Many hikers opt to start trekking at the Juanda Forest Park and make their way to the Maribaya Nature Reserve. The walk up to the tropical forest provides great views of the Cikapundung Valley. For an added adventure, challenge yourself to the dark depths of the Dutch Cave and Japanese Cave as you finish your three hour trek with the scenic vegetable terraces of Bandung.
For a more unique experience, instead of hiking, try tea walking through numerous tea plantations at the Malabar tea estate. Notice the intricate routine of picking and processing tea as you marvel at the endless stretches of green tea fields before your eyes. If you do choose to take trek guides with you, they will be able to introduce you to the flora and fauna seen along the way.
Fortunately, eco-tours are provided by some adventure groups as they will take to you some of the most remote destinations for the ultimate adventure and experience. Get to explore the untouched terrain and leave with an admiration for what nature has blessed Indonesia with. With its vast, rugged and untamed mountains and terrains, you can satisfy your craving for adventure and embrace the great outdoors by hiking in Bandung.