Bandung’s incredible natural features, cool temperature, and fresh breeze always entice visitors to go outside and explore. The city’s breathtaking highlands and mountains provide rewarding adventures that will both challenge the body and refresh the mind and soul. Discover the best hikes around Bandung, Indonesia, from active volcanoes to serene forest parks.
The Best Hikes Around Bandung, Indonesia
Mount Tangkuban Perahu
Because of the paved road that runs all the way to the crater, visiting Bandung’s most popular volcano can be a hassle-free experience. Hiking this active volcano, on the other hand, can be a daring but rewarding adventure if you want to make the most of your experience. The hike to the top of Tangkuban Perahu begins in Jayagiri and takes less than two hours. Trust us when we say that the refreshing lush jungle and highlands views are sights you wouldn’t want to miss out on for the sake of convenience. In addition, the hike will reward you with a hot water spring to help you relax those tense muscles.
This amazing cliff first appeared on social media a few years ago and quickly went viral. It’s easy to see why once you’ve discovered this ridge protruding from the lush jungle below, with silhouettes of nearby mountains in the distance. A motorbike can get you to this beautiful nook, but a hike will allow you to enjoy the beautiful view of hills, fields, and jungles all the way through. The trail is rocky and steep, but it only takes about an hour to get there.
At 1,228 m (4,000 ft), this mountain is just the right height for a quick hike and a panoramic view of the city. And ‘city view’ in Bandung refers to both the charming town below and the mountains that surround it, including Mount Tangkuban Perahu, Mount Burangrang, and Mount Malabar, among others. The mountain is made up of rocks, hence the name “rock mountain.” That means true daredevils can take it a step further by rappelling or rock climbing on its sides. If you choose to camp on its rocky peak, make sure to wake up in time for the spectacular sunrise.
Mount Gede Pangrango National Park
One of the best hikes around Bandung, Mount Gede at 2,958 m (9,700 ft) and Mount Pangrango at 3,019 m are the two magnificent peaks that make up this national park (9,898 ft). Hiking one of the mountains is a journey worth taking if you’re up for the challenge, with majestic sunrises, thriving wildlife, and city views from the summit. But don’t worry, it doesn’t take much to enjoy some of the park’s best features. The Cibeureum waterfall is less than an hour’s hike away, and Telaga Biru’s translucent lake is even closer in the same direction.
This is one of the most scenic and forested areas in north Bandung, situated on Mount Pakar, the highest point in the Dago area.
The location is a conservationist’s dream, with many different species of trees and plants in dense surroundings that can be truly enjoyed and studied by hiking up the hill on the well-maintained hiking trail.
To properly explore Dago Pakar, follow the jogging track from the gate no. 1 entrance about 200 meters south.
After another 300 meters, the trail will come to an end at the Japanese cave, which can be explored by renting lamps or torches from the locals.
The path from the Japanese cave then heads north for about 700 meters until it reaches the Dutch cave, which served as a refuge for colonial armies.
The amazing waterfalls of Curug Ciomas and Maribaya are the next stop on a 4 km trek to the north, which concludes at gate number four.
Tebing Keraton, also known as “the jutting rock,” is a well-known cliff in the Juanda Forest, about a half-hour drive north of the city. The views from the top of this moderately difficult hike are spectacular, with the sprawling jungle below dotted with the silhouettes of surrounding mountains.
The trail is rocky and steep, but anyone can do it if they take their time and watch their footing. When you reach the summit, you’ll understand why it’s become a popular hiking destination. The views are simply unrivaled. Keep in mind that one of the best times to visit is at sunrise, when the cliffs are covered in a beautiful thin layer of mist.