The Jakarta Post
The scenic route to Mt. Gede Pangrango is temporarily closed; two alternative routes are available. (Shutterstock/DH Saragih)
A hiking trail to Mt. Gede Pangrango via the Selabintana route in Sukabumi, West Java, has been temporarily closed until the end of the year.
According to kompas.com the closure is due to construction of the Selabintana Resort Office in Perbawati Village, Sukabumi.
The construction may be an inconvenience for hikers, and in emergency cases, evacuation could not be done properly.
Head of Mt. Gede Pangrango National Park Wahju Rudianto said the project should not hamper the opportunity for hikers to climb the mountain as there were two other trails.
“Hikers can still reach the mountain using two other routes, namely Gunung Putri and Cibodas,” he wrote in a message to kompas.com.
However, the park has a quote for the number of hikers that are allowed to go up the mountain. Only a maximum of 200 hikers may pass the Gunung Putri route, and 300 hikers for the Cibodas route. The now-closed Selabintana route was open to a maximum of 100 hikers. Since the closure, the latter’s quota would be distributed among the available routes.
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Meanwhile, Mt. Gede Pangrango National Park will partner with provincial agencies, police stations and local residents to anticipate hikers who illegally enter the restricted area.
“Illegal hikes will be stopped and those who are involved will be sent downtown and given mentoring sessions as a sanction,” Wahju said.
He went on to say that information on responsible mountaineering would still be available. (anm/mut)