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Jakarta Post

Planned cable car network to connect Gede, Pangrango peaks

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

Cibodas, West Java   /   Thu, January 19, 2017   /  05:50 pm
Planned cable car network to connect Gede, Pangrango peaks Mount Gede Pangrango's peak can be seen from Cibodas National Park in West Java. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

A national park authority has agreed to build an ambitious 35-kilometer cable car network connecting Mount Gede (2,958 meters above sea level) and Mount Pangrango (3,019 m) in West Java to enhance travelers’ experiences of the area's volcanoes.

Mount Gede Pangrango National Park (TNGGP) has conducted a preliminary study on the high-tech project, which is planned to start from Bodogol Resort in Bogor to Mandalawangi (the top of Pangrango), connect to Kandang Badak (Gede’s peak), pass the edelweiss flower garden (at Suryakencana alun-alun) and end at Cibodas.

TNGGP protection and conservation unit head Aden Bahtiar said on Thursday that the project was still in its preliminary stages. “It will be a long process. [After this] we need to prepare a master plan, a side plan and a detailed plan,” he added.

Aden said the cable car network would facilitate travelers from all walks of life, “so that they could enjoy the conservation area in a shorter period of time, as well as to optimize the area’s potential as one of Indonesia’s main tourist spots.”

Meanwhile, TNGGP ranger Dani Darmawan said the project’s mapping had started since early December last year. “[The project] will avoid forest and protected zones,” he said.