Another View of Gede Pangrango

To enjoy Mount Gede-Pangrango, we don’t have to reach the top. Foot, slope, and valley area of the mountains are as enjoyable as the peak.

We started the trip from Kampung Nangleng, Sukabumi, guided by Alex Korns, an American Ph.D in statistic, who made Puncak Trek Map Series.



At first, I thought that I had to speak English to him. Before the day of the trip, I opened dictionary and practised my English (;p).


When we met, I realized I was totally wrong. He spoke amazingly in bahasa Indonesia as fluent as I did. More amazingly, he knew every inches of Mount Gede-Pangrango much better than local people did. Just like Heyne and Van Steenis, two well known botanists, who knew about Indonesian flora much better than any Indonesian botanists did. How could?


He’s 66 years old but physically fitter and stronger than I’m. When I walked with him in the middle of the forest, I remembered so called “Indonesian men of thought” who always quoted Geertz, Liddle, Dan Lev, or Barton when they talked about Indonesia, their own country. No wonder they did it. That day I had to admit that they, western Indonesianists, knew about our culture, our beliefs, our social system, our land, our mountains, our flora, much better than we did.


After fasting, they will become very beautiful creatures. (What is beauty, what is ugliness, then, Sir?)

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4 thoughts on “Another View of Gede Pangrango

  1. Rute yang saya tempuh ini masuknya dari Dusun Nangleng, Cimande, Sukabumi. Dari Jakarta, setelah Ciawi, ke arah Sukabumi, begitu melewati jembatan baja pertama, belok kiri. Masuk terus sampai jalan aspal habis di Dusun Nangleng. Titik start dari depan warung penduduk, namanya Bu Pipi. Keluarnya di Desa Leuwisapi. Waktu tempuh sekitar 8 jam. Yang repot, Pak Sindhiarta harus membawa peta bikinan Tuan Alex (www.puncaktrek.com) plus altimeter atau GPS. Soalnya rutenya yang di dalam hutan jarang dilewati orang. “Tak bisa bertanya, sesat di jalan.” (;p)

  2. Luar biasa…dinegara kita, koq sampai harus orang luar negeri yang buatkan peta Puncak treknya, bahkan sampai tahu dengan detail keadaan di Puncak, culture, alam, dsb…….betul2 luar biasa!

  3. mas SALAH mas yang buat orang indonesia asli tulen, saya yang menjadi map designernya membidani dari nol sampai selesai cetak, cuma dengan licik diambil alih copyrightnya sama mister alex korns, 10 taon bikinnya,kalo ga percaya silahkan cek berita2nya di internet pas launching, dibiayai sama lembaga2 internasional, BUT kalo mao softcopynya silahkan, sekarang sudah jadi PUBLIC DOMAIN, GRATIS

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