Hiking Routes – Gunung Batu, Bandung

I enjoy short hikes and treks a lot so I would often include them in my travels. It’s a great way to get close to nature, breathe some fresh air and stay fit while traveling. Serving multiple purposes, hiking is one of my favorite activities. Mind you, when I am at home, I am lazy as a pea and wouldn’t even walk 5 mins to get to the nearest market. Somehow I am always active and adventurous when I am on the road and I enjoy this balance it brings to my life.

Hiking up Gunung Batu

While in Bandung, Indonesia I enjoyed several short hikes. Bandung has a lovely hilly terrain with epic scenery, pleasant weather and ample natural beauty, making it ideal for hiking with splendid routes scattered all over.

One of the first hikes I did in Bandung was through a Couchsurfing event I attended. It turned out great as I made friends with many locals instantly. We had fixed a meeting point to gather at 4 am and head to Gunung Batu (Stone mountain) together.

beautiful sun rise bandung

The beautiful rising sun as we climb up Gunung Batu

Road to lembang

Road which leads up to Lembang – Excellent for a long drive

Couchsurfing organizers got their own vehicles and in a big group we jumped into several cars to make our way up to Lembang for the trek to Gunung Batu.

Breathtaking beauty of Gunung Batu and Lembang

Lembang, which I visited several times after this first trip, is a top attraction for nature lovers and hikers from all over. It offers several amazing mountain climbs and hikes of which Gunung batu is nestled in the most off-beat locale. There is no entry fee to go here unlike the more popular Tangkuban Perahu, which is flocked with tourists.

Gunung batu

Gunung Batu – The stone mountain

Gunung batu or stone mountain is dominated by large rocks which led to no plantation on top of the peak. According to scientists, this mountain was formed 50,000 years ago by lava which oozed from eruption of Mt. Sunda.

snake on road

A lone snake we “Found” on the road

1250 mts above sea level, this mountain offers stunning views of the valley of Bandung along with other popular peaks dotting the horizon. These comprise of Tangkuban Perahu, Gunung Putri and Mount Burangrang in the north and Mount Palasari and Mt Bukittunggul towards the east.

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Ideal time to visit is sunrise but we reached the bottom of the peak just as the sun rose – so, we missed that special moment. However, it was still worth it and the beauty just encompassed all of us and left us spell bound.

beautiful sun rise bandung

The beautiful rising sun as we climb up Gunung Batu

Tip – Try overnight camping on top of the peak to wake up to a splendid sun rise. 

We made our way through paddy fields to the foot of the mountain and slowly climbed up the tricky rock formation. It was a good idea to go in a group as there were people to pull you up if you got stuck somewhere (And I did).

paddy fields walk

Walking through lovely paddy fields

After we reached the top, we clicked several pictures and soaked in the 360 degree view of the mountains, clouds, sun and the valley.  Then, we went down the other way – enjoying the villages and valley of Bandung. The entire hike took about 4 hours but it was mostly relaxed with just one steep climb up the mountain.

View from top of Gunung Batu

View from top of Gunung Batu

group hiking picture

Group photo when we finally reached the top

top of gunung batu

More proof that I made it to the top 😉

I am glad I went with locals as most tourists don’t even know about this hidden gem. For anyone who wants to do this hike, Click here for the exact location on Google maps.

Bandung Valley

Bandung Valley view as we walked back down

On your way back, you can enjoy a chilled milkshake or refreshing coffee in one of the best restaurants in Lembang – Dulang resort and resto. I simply love their infinity pool overlooking the mountains and valley. It was one of my absolute favorite places to enjoy a dip in the best pool I have ever seen and unwind amidst nature.

dulang resort bandung

Infinity pool overlooking the valley at Dulang

Have you ever visited Bandung? I lived there for 11 months and it was simply fantastic. I want to hear about the best hiking routes you have covered.

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  • carlingdoodling

    Looks like a lot of fun! Would love to do that someday too.

  • No haven’t visited Bandung. I didn’t realise that there were couchsurfing events.

    • Yeah there are CS events all over the world and you dont have to host/ surf to participate in them – A great way to meet like minded people.

  • Wow, I’d love to swim in that pool! I’ve never been in an infinity pool! Also, glad you had some people to pull you out when you got stuck O_O

  • Live Learn Venture

    Love this, Jo. I really need to make it to Indonesia someday! I have done quite a bit of hiking in Korea, so I think I would love doing it there. Also — a pool overlooking the mountains? Sign me up! 🙂

    • Yup it is beautiful. There’s so much to see in Indonesia and I could not go beyond Bali/Gili and of course Bandung so I need to go back. hehe

  • Chantell Collins

    This looks like a great hike. I love doing short hikes too (nothing too long!), especially when I am traveling. And it’s great to hear that you did a hike with a CS group and made some new friends :).

  • The main reason I want to try couchsurfing is to meet awesome locals but the other side of it would be getting stuck on a stinky couch or creepy owner … er ..

    Bandung looks like a great place for nature! I also started incorporating hikes into my travels and I love it! Any funny story to share about getting stuck?

    • Ah gee, it was just funny when I would get stuck while climbing – like foot stuck between the rocks kinda thing.

  • Stephanie Rose

    That looks like an amazing getaway, from the gorgeous sunrise to that infinity pool!! How did you even find out about this? The couch surfers. Such a great idea. I love hiking when I travel too. 🙂

    • I just read there was some hike on the CS events section of Bandung (where I was living). I signed up and that’s about it. Went with a bunch of amazing locals.

  • M@thewanderlusteur.com

    Wow! That infinity pool looks amazing! Great tip to hike during the sunrise. Great way to get morning exercise and appreciate the local beauty!

  • Wow, this looks like a beautiful hike! The sunrise and the infinity pool are so breathtaking. I’ve actually been to Bandung but only spent a day there (in a car) so I had no idea it had such a breathtaking landscape – I definitely need to return when I go to Indonesia again!

  • So beautiful. I’ve never visited Bandung. So cool that you lived there! Hiking is my FAVORITE thing to do while traveling, but it’s because I love the outdoors so much.

    • Ah we are in the same boat then – I love the outdoorsy stuff myself. Can’t sit still while traveling – always need to be “out there” doing stuff.