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A brief about Mount Papandayan from Smithsonian Institution:
Papandayan is a complex stratovolcano with four large summit craters, the youngest of which was breached to the NE by collapse during a brief eruption in 1772 and contains active fumarole fields. The broad 1.1-km-wide, flat-floored Alun-Alun crater truncates the summit of Papandayan, and Gunung Puntang to the north gives the volcano a twin-peaked appearance. Several episodes of collapse have given the volcano an irregular profile and produced debris avalanches that have impacted lowland areas beyond the volcano. A sulfur-encrusted fumarole field occupies historically active Kawah Mas (“Golden Crater”). After its first historical eruption in 1772, in which collapse of the NE flank produced a catastrophic debris avalanche that destroyed 40 villages and killed nearly 3000 persons, only small phreatic eruptions had occurred prior to an explosive eruption that began in November 2002.
As I have promised on my previous post (Heading to Mount Papandayan), I am now going to share you about my hiking to Mount Papandayan. There are two main posts in Papandayan, Pondok Saladah and Tegal Alun. People are not allowed to camp on Tegal Alun, the camping ground is Pondok Saladah. Pondok Saladah is not too far from Camp David and the hike is also not as challenging as to Tegal Alun. Today, I will share the hike to Pondok Saladah and on Friday it’ll be the hike to Tegal Alun.
We started our hiking around 8 am, the day was so bright but we could still see the moon on the sky. Hiking in Mount Papandayan was a unique experience because we could see the crater before heading to its summit. I would like to call this part of the journey as Barren Mountain because there was no tree all around the track. There were bushes but it got less and less as we got nearer to the center. We could see the smog from Camp David, it was sulfuric gas.
We were fortunate that day because the wind blew the other way around so we didn’t have to breath those gases. I got separated from my team because the rest of my team were busy taking pictures of themselves, I didn’t like long stop just to take pictures…the pictures I shared here only needed few second to take while selfie pictures took at least a minute. I left them with their camera and went along by my self. I walked together with other team from my traveling group. I enjoy hiking without much stopping for such things, a little rest is okay but not to go busy with selfie.
Once we passed the sulfuric gas sources, we could see greenery again.
Now, can you spot a small gap in this picture? We had to walk to that gap to get to the other side of the mountain. From there, we still had to walk at least one kilometre to Pondok Saladah. If you can’t spot the gap, click on the picture to see a closer look 😉
We had to go down before we could climb up again. There was a very small river to cross, it wasn’t hard at all but I didn’t want to wet my shoe so I had to choose my footing well. It was fun seeing people who were climbing the mountain using their bicycle. They had to carry their bike on their shoulder.
While waiting for all the cyclist to cross the river, I took my time taking pictures of the surrounding. This is my favorite, a landslide relic on the side of the mountain.
Across that river, we had to go through such a slippery steep. We had to hold on to the wall while climbing up. It was slippery because the soil was clay and it was wet from previous rain. We really had to set our footing carefully. My hand were all dirty with the wet clay. One of the cyclists couldn’t carry his bicycle while trying to stay firm on the slippery clay, fortunately his friend came to help him. The climb was paid when we saw the scenery from the above. The pic on the right showed the track we had passed through. It was taken from the gap (see previous pic)
We reached a post where we had to report who we were and how many people in the group. It was like a check point. At this point, I met more people from my group…at least ten of us. We waited for the rest of the group to show up but they were to slow and we decided to move on without them and wait for them in Pondok Saladah. Resting too long made us a bit reluctant to pick up our heavy bags again. Somehow it felt twice heavier 😉
One kilometre later (I think it was one kilometre, maybe more…not quite sure) we finally reached our camping ground…Pondok Saladah!! The place was full with tents, many of them were preparing to leave because they had come yesterday. We waited for them to finish packing and took their spot.
Finally!!! We could set our tent and had a bit of rest…and of course, had a lunch 🙂
When I visited Mount Papandayan more than 14 years ago, I only reached this place. Set a tent and went down again few hours later because there was nothing else to see…BUT on my second time, the plan was to stay in Pondok Saladah and went to the summit the next day. I never been to the summit of Mount Papandayan, so I looked forward to that.
Meanwhile, we had a lot of free time to spend. That was the time when I got to know everyone in my team better than before. My team was full of crazy people. The tent seemed too small so when the rain fell down, we decided to had a simulation of how to sleep at night…you know trying to fit all five of us as comfy as possible. The simulation turned to real practice 😉 we slept for hours!! When we woke up, we still didn’t have things to do…so we invented our own television program!
We opened the window on our tent, it was facing on a busy spot. People were moving back and forth to the water source. We OBSERVED people and DUBBED them. It was sooooo funny!! We couldn’t stop laughing. I think some of them heard our laugh and looked at our tent but they couldn’t figure out why we were laughing. I honestly think that our made up TV is more interesting than the real TV 😉
We stopped watching as the sun set and everything turned dark. Nothing to do…so we slept till morning. Saving our energy for the day after.
I will have one more post to share and a Thirteen Thursday for the beautiful eternal flowers 🙂
I will close this post with a picture of me and my new friends 🙂 (can you guess which one is me? 😉 )
Hope you enjoy this post and eager to read the final post 🙂