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B1. Nangleng (7.5km)

This route features forest, paddies, and kampongs. Half of this hike is through forest, where monkeys may be seen. The total climb is 390m. Navigation is easy so the route is suitable for beginners.

At Ciawi market, take the Sukabumi road for 6.7km, turning L at Ps Cimande, just beyond the first steel bridge (elev 445masl). Follow the asphalt road upwards for 5.5km, past many massage clinics for broken bones, past Kmp Sasak Dua and Cimande Girang to Kmp Nangleng . Where the newly-tarred asphalt road ends, continue in kampong on a ruined asphalt road.

Start near the upper end of Nangleng, in front of Ibu Pipi's warung (a small shop, marked on the map) R; there is a greenhouse behind it (680masl). You can park at the Inpres school (built with Presidential funds during Suharto's “New Order”) 100m further up on the L. Contour down into the val-ley and climb to the forest's edge, a distance of 1840m, due east, for a net gain of 31m. Descend on path L to the irrigation ditch. Go R to follow the ditch upstream, enjoying broad views of the valley and Mt. Pangrango. Leaving the ditch, veer L and contour down to the Ci Mande, passing paddy fields and the lone house of Bu Atik L and a retaining wall R. Cross the river (643masl) on a rail-less bridge made from a cement electric pole, to reach the foot of a new ridgeline, Pr Pondokcatang, lying between two rivers, the Ci Mande and the Ci Sarua. Ahead, view two houses just above the Ci Sarua, in Kmp Bangrung . Go R to cross dry fields and paddy and climb the ridgeline. The route soon passes the lone house of Pak Husni, site of the grave of a holy man from Kudus named Bangrung buried either fifty or two hundred years ago, accor-ding to local lore. This is a pilgrimage site, well shaded by banyan, avocado, kedongdong (tropical fruit), and melinjo (tropical nut) trees. Pass paddy L and enjoy good views of the valley behind, then climb the ridgeline in grass and scrub, and cross the path remaining from a Dutch stone road for a former tea estate. Enter the forest at Point A (711masl).

From here follow the ridgeline up for 2094m to the east-southeast, gaining 257m of altitude. Pass through pine and rain forest. Occasional ginger flowers (bright red with yellow dots) hug the ground. Pass groves of pine and albacea. Long-tail ma-caque are often active at the forest's edge, and their thrashing movements can be heard; squirrels and wild pigs may also be encountered. Bird hunting takes place here, evidenced by empty air gun pellet boxes on the ground. Pass turnoffs L and R, and continue up-ridge. Pass some open spots suitable for camping.

At 968masl, a path comes in R from Leuwisapi, at Point B . Take this path down to the kampong to the west-northwest for 1610m, of which only 900m is forested; descend 255m vertically. . A digital altimeter or GPS unit is highly recommended for knowing when you are at Point B. Cross a level area for about 200m, with scattered salak trees. Then the ridgeline forks and we descend a separate ridgeline. Descend steeply on dirt steps in the forest. There are monkeys here too. Occasional views of the next ridge L and of the kampong far ahead and below. Emerging from the forest into dry fields (785masl), enjoy a fine view of the paddy below. Descend to the paddy, and go L to reach the Ci Mande. Cross the river on rocks (723masl), and follow it down. See kiray trees R; their leaves are used for roofing sheds. Continue down the valley through paddy. Pass through the upper part Kmp Leuwisapi R, a settlement of about ten houses with an Islamic school ( madrasah ). Enter paddy then dogleg R. Enter the main part of the kampong. Go L at a T-junction to approach the end of the stone road.

At the stone road go L at Point C at the warung of Pk Ustan R, and immediately go R onto another, cement path (713masl). Follow the valley down then contour up the ridgeline for another 490m to the west-northwest, for a ascent of 44m. Pass the pond and mosque R. Leave the kampong through paddy and dry fields, and turn L onto a side path at Pak Siron's house and garden R. (Going straight, contouring down past lower Leuwisapi to the Inpres school in Nangleng, shortens your trip by 800m). Climb and contour out R through the mixed gardens, reaching the stone road near the top of the ridge. Continue down the ridge, catching a view of the valley of the Ci Mande R. Reach the house and warung of Pak Soma L (757masl), at Point D.

The route winds its way back to the start for a distance of 1480m and an elevation loss of 77m. The U-shaped route tends to the north-northwest. Go L onto the intersecting stone road and veer R shortly thereafter onto a dirt road. Pass mixed garden L and dry fields R. Contour around a small valley to reach a crossing with a footpath on the next ridgeline. Go R to follow the ridgeline down through dry fields on an indistinct, seldom-used path for 250m. View the valley of the Ci Kutu L, and Mt. Salak looming above it to the west. Pick up a well-worn path contouring down to L at the edge of the pines, then R into a side valley with a pine forest. Cross the (often dry) gully (712masl) at Point E at a well-shaded spot and contour down along the edge of the pines L for 400m, viewing the valley of the Ci Kutu L. Then contour up through dry fields and return to the Start at Ibu Pipi's warung in Kmp Nangleng via the greenhouse planted with chili peppers.

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