This is a VERY VERY Late post. This hike happened back in 14-16 August 2015. Even though it’s really late but I still have to write it because it has a love story behind it 😉
I once wrote this in my Instagram:
We met on a mountain, we tried to know each other more on a mountain and we went to mountains for our honeymoon trip…hopefully, we will go to many more mountains as we grow old together
This mountain is the mountain when we tried to get to know each other better. BUT..this is still going to be another hiking post not a love post 😉
Early August 2015, I was supposed to have long weekend (From 14 to 17) so I asked a friend to go to Mount Lawu in Central Java…but suddenly the holiday was changed, I had to come to school on August 17. We moved the trip to a closer mountain, Mount Cikurai in West Java. I was the one who proposed it and because I had gone there (Back in July 2014) so I asked my friend to take me through a different route. In 2014, I took Pemancar Route, in 2015 I went through Bayombong.
This friend of mine is actually my future husband. We met on my trip to Mount Rinjani (back in December 2015)…he was one of the committees who held the event. I had no feeling at all toward him, I didn’t even remember him back then. But somehow we kept in touch through whatsapp. Long story short, we got to know each other better little by little. I knew how I felt about him but I didn’t know how he felt about me, that’s why I asked him to Mount Cikurai (mountain can really help someone knows others better). He immediately said yes. I didn’t want to go just the two of us, so I asked my fellow coworker to go along. Fortunately he said yes…so one woman two men, a very small group.
Onoy (my coworker) and I relied so much on him because he was the one who knew the way to Mount Cikurai through Bayombong. We arrived at Garut around 5 am and began our hike around 9 am. I never expected that the trek will be so dry. I knew it was dry season but my God it was incredibly dry!
The trek began with people’s vegetable gardens. It was a sad view, because the mountain had been cut down to be used as the garden. It made the mountain drier than it supposed to be.
The trek was more sand and dust than soil. We had to use masker because it was so hard to breathe. I was (and still am) not used to wearing masker because the breathing became harder but without masker it was also impossible to breath.
Before we reached the forest, we met two men from Bekasi. Our small group of three had become a group of 5. When we reached the Forrest, I was expecting it to be less dry…BUT I was so wrong!! The trek was still as dry as before the forest, at least it was not as hot as before because of the trees.
The best thing about hiking through Bayombong was the peace. Most people went through Pemancar and that made that route became extremely crowded and felt more like market than hiking trek. Through Bayombong, we hardly met people going up. We only met two groups going down. We could easily rest on the trek without worrying that other people would pass through the trek. We could even slept for a bit without anyone bothering us. It was such a peaceful walk.
8 hours later, we reached the top of the mountain. I thought we were going to camp before reaching the summit, but my future husband led us all the way to the top. It was so crowded there, it took time to find spot to set our tents. We found the spot though it wasn’t a very comfortable spot.
In 2015, I got to see the sunrise…in 2016, I got to see the sunset 🙂 It was as lovely as the sunrise.
Hiking during dry season was MUCH colder than during rainy season. It was freezing up there. The wind and the temperature were collaborating to create such coldness. The jacket didn’t seem to work much.
My coworker slept early while me and the man I was trying to get to know better chatted all night long 😉
In the morning, I didn’t go to see the sunrise because it was so crowded and it was freezing! I went to see the view after it got less crowded and the view was still stunning. I just couldn’t get enough seeing the contour of my country…mountains everywhere. I couldn’t stay long without covering my nose…the dust was too much to handle.
Somewhere around 9 to 10 am, we started packing and ready to head down. We used the pemancar route to go down and as expected, it was amazingly crowded. At some point, we had to queue just to pass the trek. It was 180 degrees different to Bayombong route. It was, however, as dry as Bayombong Route.
We reached Pemancar around 12 O’Clock.
While waiting for the people going up, I took some shots just to show you how dry it was there.
My sock had turned from white to brown.
We reached the bus station very early. We were already on our way home before dusk. It was another memorable hiking moment 🙂
In the love story part, we felt that both parties felt the same and we started dating a week after that 😉
We got married on December, and that would be another post to share 😉
I will close it with this pic, the only picture of me and my future husband (the banner belongs to our additional company from Bekasi)