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“Waterfalls, Excellent Hiking Trail and extraordinary Volcanotour with smoke and hot fountains”

Halimun Salak National Park
Ranked #7 of 96 things to do in Bogor
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

A short Summary at the beginning: A real adventure, in particular if you are ready for a full day trip and are not afraid of volcano activity.
Starting with the way to get there. There is only one road starting from Bogor. The easiest way: Type into googlemaps " the highlandparkresortborgor.com and follow the route. Having arrived there you can quickly go left to visit the Waterfall Curug nangkha, but the way to the national park goes right. From there follow the route, there is only one road, thus you will get there. In any case, all people there know the place, but don't expect them to speak English. Having passed a gate and paid for the ticket (currently 23000 for two persons and a car) you still have to follow the road for another 2-3 kilometres, then you will see the waterfall on the left side. You can easily park your car there. For the ones, who like adventure; The small green buses (Anjok ) go also there, In March the road was in an extremely bad condition. The way from Bogor is less than 30 kilometres, but it takes more than two hours and easily three hours with traffic. There are really big holes in the roles, thus don't expect a convenient ride.
Contrary to what was written in other reviews I cannot confirm that this is not a place for children. There were hundreds of them having so much fun with the waterfalls, but indeed the way to get there might become long for them. There is also enough food to buy. While others speak about the waterfall next to the road I would like to talk about the trail that starts from there to the Salk Mountain, which is more than 2000 metres high. You can reach the crater at a height of 1400 metres or the Salak 1 peak. For the trip to the crater you should calculate 3 hours. Nearly every day it starts raining in the afternoon, so ideally you start from Bogor at 6 and leave from there at 8,00. Don't underestimate the rain there, can be really heavy, not only in rain season. I haven't tried it, but I assume that from January to Mid of March the trail is extremely dangerous and maybe not even accessible due to the strong rain in rain season.
There is another gate where you have to pay an entrance fee, don't ask me about the official price, I left 50000 IDR for two people, and the guy seemed to be very happy, maybe cheaper possible!. From there you simply follow the trail next to waterfalls. Sometimes there are two trails next to each other, but it seems they all come together again. In my opinion there is no risk to lose the way, but you will not remember the trail when you go back. Don't use Sandals, use at least running shoes or hiking shoes. In March you had to walk a lot through water, thus don't expect your shoes to be dry. The water current follows you until the first crater, thus until. That place there is enough drinking water available. After around 3 hours (for untrained people, for athlete like me easily less than two hours) you first you reach a little crater, already really interesting. But from there you have to go another five hundred metres and then you will see something really spectacular. Everywhere it is smoking, water is boiling, there is even a boiling waterfall!. You hear a mysterious noise. It sounds like a waterfall, but then you realise it is the steam of the water. You can walk freely throughout the water, but beware of mood and soft stones that can break. It is really an adventure. from there you can continue to Salak 1, but we went back then the same trail that we went up. The trail can be easily done by teenagers, in fact I saw a group of secondary high school students who managed to climb up.
So, more than recommended, and I will definitely go there often despite the in acceptable road conditions.

17  Thank Ralf P
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

I think, this place is actually not a place for family trip with kids <8yo or for those who seeks for a leisure.
It’s quite near but quite hard and long enough to get there, and the place is more likely a playground for adventurer or researcher or outdoor enthusiast.
I went there on April this year, on motorcycle. The trees, tea plantation, fresh air, rivers, cliffs, paddy field were all amazingly beautiful. But the road was truly a factor to consider.
If you go there by car, it has to be the one with high clearance and 4x4 will make it suitable during rainy season because unpaved road with boulder and clay are dominating the way there and it’s so slippery.
If you use a motorcycle, then off road type or at least dual sport motorcycle is the suitable one. A normal on road bike will likely take your energy too much and too soon (happened to me, LOL).
I didn’t spend a night there because there was no place to stay overnight. There was a place actually, a research station. But it was fully occupied so I couldn’t get any room.
There are several villages where you can stay overnight in local houses, but it was not in my plan.

All in all, Taman Nasional Gunung Halimun is a wonderful and adventurous place to visit.
All the terrain, the trees, the very humble and very friendly people, and the special eternal mist makes it all worth to try.
Just prepare your vehicle, gasoline, extra energy, extra food / water and off you go.
But PLEASE MAKE SURE you won’t leave any garbage or do anything to harm the environment because it is a conservation area for some rare plants and animals.
Enjoy it’s beauty and help to preserve.

3  Thank 196A
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

I went on a group trip organized by LIPI, the Indonesian science organization that hosted the Flora Malesiana Symposium 2013. It was great. We stayed at Citalahab homestay and they made so many nice and filling meals for us. We all wore leech socks for the trekking, but only one single leech was sited. We found panther paw prints, which was exciting. The botanists on the trip pointed out lots of plants for me, especially ferns of all descriptions. The hiking was challenging at some spots and muddy but very fun. It rained every afternoon, so we just hiked from morning to about 2:00 pm.

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