Located in West Java, Mount Salak is one of the most accessible volcanoes from Jakarta, and hasn’t erupted since 1935. It’s popular among climbers and nature lovers, with various routes on the mountain range leading up to different peaks. The hiking here is known for being wet and muddy, with often obscured views due to cloud and fog. However, there’s a great deal of variety to be found on Mount Salak’s slopes, including dense jungle terrain, craters, and wildlife – the latter ranging from frogs and reptiles to birds and mammals.
Mount Salak has seven peaks and offers a number of climbing routes. Peak 1 is the highest and is visited via routes from the east, through Cimelati and Cicurug. It’s a steep but straightforward hike through forest, with very few challenges, and takes approximately four hours to reach the summit. Here, climbers will find a blue sign, a grave site, and two covered shelters, not to mention sweeping views over the forested valleys and lower peaks (weather conditions permitting, of course).
Bogor lies approximately 60 kilometers from Jakarta, and the easiest way to reach it is by hiring a private car and driver, although bus routes also serve the area. There are plenty of accommodation options in Bogor for an early start on the mountain. For Salak 1, take a bus towards Pelabuhan Ratu and alight at Cimelati or Cicurug. From here, take an ojek (motorcycle taxi) or angkot (minibus) to your chosen starting point.
Permits and pre-registration are required for hiking, with permits available at most of the entrance points.