TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – One of the best ways to unwind after a hectic routine week in a metropolis is to go hiking for a quick escape and enjoy nature. Jakarta residents are lucky as the city is surrounded by a number of nearby mountains, perfect for a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Here is Tempothe first five choices.
1. Batu Jonggol
Despite its modest height of only 874 meters above sea level, Mount Batu Jonggol has its own challenges due to its steep and uphill hiking trail. Located in the village of Sukaharja, Bogor Regency, the pretty little mountain is less than 3 hours drive from central Jakarta.
A little further south we will find that Mount Pangrango is adjacent to Mount Gede, allowing hikers to jump from one to the other. Rising 3,019 meters above sea level, Mount Pangrango is part of the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park of Bogor Regency. About 100 meters from the summit is the Mandalawangi, a five-hectare valley with beautiful patches of Edelweiss.
3. Mount Salak
As one of the most famous mountains in West Java, Salak has been a popular hiking destination for decades. Rising to 2,211 meters above sea level, Salak is an A-type stratovolcano, giving it mystical views of billowing smoke, drying trees and the majestic Kawah Ratu. It takes less than two hours to get there from Bogor City.
Mount Munara is located on the western side of Bogor Regency, just two hours from central Jakarta via a toll road. The pretty “mini” mountain is only 367 meters above sea level, making it perfect for beginners as it only takes 1-1.5 hours to reach its summit and be mesmerized by the view of the beauty of green rice fields, residential areas and surrounding cliffs.
Mount Kencana is located in Cisarua, Bogor Regency at 1803 meters above sea level. One of its main points of attraction is the stair-like slope with a 45 degree slope. Almost 100 meters long, the Sambalado slope is truly a must-see for nature-loving Jakartans.
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