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Gunung Papandayan is one of Java’s most active volcanos and also justifiably the area’s top attraction—a wander around the otherworldly landscape with hissing hot water streams, boiling lakes, bubbling mud and jets of sulphur spewing out of the earth with the whooshing roar of a jet engine is simply out of this world.

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A catastrophic eruption in 1772 killed thousands and devastated 40 villages causing the collapse of the volcano’s northeastern flank, evident today. The most recent eruption was reported in 2002 and minor activity periodically closes the area to visitors. Beware trekking here is not without risk—scalding jets and noxious gasses are genuine dangers. You can check latest activity here.

No swimming in the lake. Photo taken in or around Gunung Papandayan, Cipanas, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

No swimming in the lake. Photo: Sally Arnold

Gunung Papandayan sits about 30 kilometres southwest of Cipanas (Garut) reached via a steep and winding but scenic road. The mountain peaks at some 2,665 metres above sea level but most visitors don’t try to reach the summit and the casual visitor can simply walk along the paths, an easy 20 minutes from the main carpark to view the ethereal ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


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