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I have had my little rest and ready to share my second visit to Papandayan. The first time I went there was more than 14 years ago, I was still in college at that time. Things sure had changed a lot! From a memory of over 14 years ago to what I have just seen two days ago.
I always love mountains over beaches because there’s a lot of effort just to see the beauty of nature. When I found out that I had a midterm break from April 18 – April27 (April 18- April 20 was a long weekend, therefore a lot of employees were also having holiday) I immediately contacted my friend who loved traveling. She said that she was planning to go to Papandayan with Dntala Adventure, hence I joined in without thinking much even though the last time I visited Mount Papandayan, the mountain didn’t impress me much…I am glad that my opinion on Papandayan changed after my second visit 🙂
My friend canceled her appointment and left me without anyone I know in that traveling group 😦 but I missed hiking too much so I went along and decided to make friend with anyone there. My hiking team consisted of 5 women…may I add, 5 hilarious women 😉 Out of 5, thee of them already knew each other so well, only me and Ana were the people with no connection at all. The total people who joined the Papandayan Trip were 29 people (divided into 5 team for the participants and 1 team for the crew).
Our meeting point was in Terminal Kampung Rambutan at 8-10 pm. We left Jakarta around 10 pm and reached Garut, West Java at 2 am. We waited for another participants from Bandung till around 3 am and then finally we went to mount Papandayan. We waited for the sun to rise before heading up because we had to do our morning pray first. We waited in the mosque and I saw that there were already sooo many hikers ready to go to Mount Papandayan. Everyone was thinking the same think: Long weekend is always the best time to go hiking.
While waiting, I captured some good photos of the sun peaking through Mount Cikurai (it is located across Mount Papandayan)
We rode on a pick up to head up, the hike would start when we reach Camp David. Riding the pick up was fun and scary at the same time because there were 13-15 people in one pick-up along with our carriers and the road was in terrible condition. It felt like we were riding on a roller coaster. We had to hold tight to the side of the pick-up if we didn’t want to end up falling from the pick-up. The view as we went up was stunning. I love seeing the town below hidden behind the fog. Too bad I couldn’t take a good picture of the scenery because I had to do it on a bumpy ride.
The crew hired two pick-ups, unfortunately the other pick-up had a little bad luck as the pick-up’s tire got stuck on the road. We drove past them and cheered them good luck. We arrived at Camp David somewhere around 8 am and the other came a bit later.
There were some ‘warung‘ where we could buy some food like nasi kuning (yellow rice) and gorengan.We all filled our stomach full and content before getting ready to start walking all the way up. People who used their private cars could leave their cars here till they got back from the mountain. Camp David was surrounded by mountains and hills. Our destination was that barren mountain…nothing but rocks till we reached the other side.
The last picture was my team + one from another team…but she had become attached to us from the beginning 😉
Because I have so many photos I want to share…so I decided to divide my 2 day trip to Papandayan into several posts…I hope you can continue reading all the posts 🙂
Next post is the hike.