The Jakarta Post
Natural scenery from the top of Mount Ciremai in West Java. (Shutterstock/Agungky)
Hiking enthusiasts will not be allowed to explore Mount Ciremai in West Java until June 5, officials have announced.
Mount Ciremai National Park Agency (TNGC) has announced that the hiking tracks have been closed since May 5 until June 4. Hikers can visit the mountain again starting from June 5.
A circular issued on April 26 states that in order to support the preservation of wildlife and plants as well as conducting hiking track maintenance, the TNGC has closed all of the trails on Mt. Ciremai.
“All tracks are closed. Palutungan, Linggarjati, Apuy, and Linggasana tracks are all closed,” head of TNGC Kuswandono told kompas.com.
He went on to say that the temporary closure was expected to help improve Mt. Ciremai’s ecosystem.
Kuswandono added that TNGC was working to create a better hiking system to control the number of hikers and preserve the natural environment.
“We are going to improve the hiking management, including by providing online booking for hikers,” he said. (gis/mut)