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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.