last night i went on a hike to tangkuban parahu alone
dunno what’s getting into my head, don’t have any exams waiting till 15 January, so suddenly i want to hike. and i want to be alone…
so there I am, at 8.00 PM, i went on various minibuses to Lembang. I reached Lembang on 9.15 PM. Then I began to walk.
I entered from Jayagiri. I’ve never went on this track before. they said that Jayagiri is spooky ^^ because the path is surrounded by dense and thick forests…but I decided to move forward. i remembered that if you really wish to reach something, the whole universe will help you to reach it, including the spirits, cause the spirits are parts of the universe too ^^
I’m rather afraid because they said that Jayagiri has many road branches. they tends to make people lost, furthermore, it’s so dark in the night and we cannot see what road leads to where… but, as i said, i remembered that if you really wish to reach something, the whole universe will help you to reach it, so i went on and on…
After a short walk in the still-lived-by-people-road, i began entering the forests. and after 30 minutes i felt the spooky feelings. i killed that feelings by thinking that there are no evil spirits out there, there are only good spirirts out there, the evil spirits just resides in our own hearts only. hehe. sounds childish, but it helps ^^
after a two-hour walk, here comes the first branch. and i became confused. so i called a friend who knows the way, and he yells frantically when he knew that i was walking alone in the night forest. hehe. it’s pleasing to hear people yells because of our stupid things, wasn’t it? ^^
so i followed his lead, but after a while i felt that i was lost again. and he couldn’t help me. no signal. but suddenly i saw flashlights, and i knew that i might met somebody here.
I was correct, there are local people making campfire. so i asked directions, and they gave me some. i followed the lead, with many confusions, and voila! i found the car road leading up! so i went on this track. hmmm, sulphur smells seems to be smelled everywhere, so i was near. hehe.
After a total of 3.5 hours walk, i arrived at the bus park of tangkuban parahu. wow, the busy-at-day port was very quiet at the moment.. (of course, the watch told me that it was 00.30 AM in the morning^^) but something terrible happened to me at the moment. there are many dogs there. seeing strangers, they barked and went running to reach me. but i shot the flashlight to them and they kept the distance from me. i moved forward cautiously and after 5 minutes, i was able to run from my pursuers ^^
after a 30 or 45 minutes of walk, i reached the sightseeing place atop the mountain where people stopped to looked at the craters below. the place where many shops stands. but then it was so quiet. i met a man at watch there, he told me the way to reach the very top of the mountain.
So began the last part of the journey. it was a 30 or 45 minutes rock walking and climbing. then i reached the top! it took me a total time of about 5 hours to reach the top from Jayagiri with many confusions. but it was a still-bad record…
wow! there is a building at the top. that time i thought that i could have some shelter if it becomes too cold, but my ego told me that i won’t ask for a help if it wasn’t urgent. so i decided to sleep at the worn-out shack there. that shack don’t have any walls. what’s left was just the foundation. i didn’t bring any tent, any sleeping bag, and any matterace because i thought that it won’t be necessary. but it looked like i was wrong, cause it was very cold, and the wind breezes like damn refrigerator wind…
at first, after i put my belongings under my body to make the surface warmer, i could sleep for 1.5 hours.
but on 04.00 AM in the morning, the convenience was interrupted by sudden killing cold weather and winds. so i got up freezing, i didn’t know what to do, so i decided to slam at the doors of the building to get some shelter. but nobody came out of the building! sh*t! i nearly passed because of the bloody cold, but my logic told me that if you really wish to reach something, the whole universe will help you to reach it.
so my mind told me to move in order to not to get cold. but what should i move for? what should i do?
then i remembered that i brought some blocks of parafin with m. using them and many wet lumber from the surrounding forest, i made a stupid campfire with afwul smell of the parafin. i stayed like that till it is not cold anymore. and after the cold, the sun started to shine!
it was damn beautiful!! ah,,, the sight atop a mountain at the dawn of the sunshine is always good. great sight to enjoy. you should try sometime. it is always worth the struggle to reach the top!
i enjoyed the moment till the sun reach higher skies.
After i was satisfied, i got back down to the sightseeing location, taking a minibus from there, and go home.
Oh yeah, the important summary of the journey is:
1. Time elapsed : 5 hours with few stops about 1 minutes each.
2. How to go there : take minibuses to Lembang. Ask for Jayagiri. Ask for the passage to Tangkuban Parahu. Walk 5 hours. Enjoy the view. Walk down to the parking lot. Take the minibuses back to Bandung. Piece of cake.
3. Money spent : 18.000 rupiahs for transportation only.
4. Important luggages : Shoes with warm socks are must. Warm clothing: gloves, headbands, jackets. 2 litres of water. some bread. Brown sugar. Flashlight. Raincoat. Bring a sleeping bag and a matterace if you’re afraid for the cold. But you can survive w/o them. Smoke if you like. Blocks of parafin if you’re afraid of cold.
Good luck if you want to follow my path!