Fun Trekking in PapandayanSaturday, November 09, 2013
One of many excitements I get every time a long weekend comes is the possibility to do traveling. On one long weekend last October, instead of making a trip to historical places, I decided to join Gilang and Ramala, my friends from college to trek in Mount Papandayan, Garut. It didn’t take days to trek in that mountain since it was rather small. Its peak is only 2665 meters above the sea level. Yet, the landscape was spectacular.
The sky was bright in the following morning. We started the trip at six. Few minutes later, we reached the craters. It was amazing to see the natural phenomenon where the gas of sulfur coming out from earth could be seen from such a close distance. The scenery might have looked great and breathtaking sometimes, but I couldn’t stand the smell of the gas.
As for the menu, we had Nasi Liwet, fried fish, and tempe. The taste might be not so great, yet we ate it to the last bite. We were starving after walking up for like two hours.
Walking out of the forest after the brunch, we walked through a narrow path between shrubs at its both sides. We were trying to find a way to reach Tegal Alun, a vast savannah covered with edelweiss flowers. It turned out that the only way to do that was by climbing up several huge rocks.
At first, I tried to deny it by thinking that there must have been some other way to reach Tegal Alun. Well, I was wrong and had to accept the fact that it was really the only way. I felt like climbing up stairs with extremely high risers.
It was a huge relieve when we finally reach the upper ground. We still had to walk through a narrow path inside the jungle after that before finally found the edelweiss field.
I was excited to see edelweiss grow everywhere. I was tempted to pick some of those flowers but then realize that it was prohibited. It really took time for them to grow. That was why they were conserved. We were rather unfortunate then as the mist started to come down.
Hutan Mati (dead forest) was one spot in Mount Papandayan that I looked forward most. It was a forest affected by the eruption in 2002 that had destroyed and killed the vegetations. What remained today were just the trunks and branches. I was not sure how long it was going to take until the forest could revive.
The path we had to walk through after the dead forest was quite challenging. It was fully covered with stones and sands, and it was descending. I fell like twice due to the slippery. On this way back to our camping ground at Camp Davis, we could see the crater closer than before. We kept walking and were unaware that we had returned to the same path we walked through in the morning.