I did something in 2019 that I’d never thought in a million years or throughout my existence in this world that I’d ever do: hiking a mountain and overnight camping. Wouldn’t call myself a mountain person but I was in absolute awe throughout this trip. Good God, I surprised myself.
A group of four girls hopped on a train to Purwokerto, Central Java around 8 pm. We then traveled to Dieng on road. As the morning sun greeted us, we made a pitstop to have hot tea amidst the misty air and cold temperature. Dieng is a plateau thus the temperature is more or less 15 degrees Celsius in the morning and could get colder at night. After breakfast, we went sightseeing around Dieng, captivated by natural wonders.
Finally, time to go hiking! Supposedly, the trek we took is friendly for mountain hiking beginners, which would take at least three hours to the campsite. Look, we didn’t get to the peak of Mt. Prau but heading to that designated campsite was already enough.
A sunny day with cool wind blowing, every time I looked down I noticed we were getting higher and higher. Thank God we decided to rent porters to bring most of our stuff, including tents, cooking appliances, chairs, etc. We are not your typical mountain hikers okay, it’s a miracle we actually got our asses up and down Mt. Prau!
“Are we near?” each of us took turns to ask the tour guide amongst our many pitstops to catch a breather, rehydrate, and munch on some snacks we stored in our backpacks.
“We’ll be there in 30 minutes!” enthusiastically responded our tour guide.
Eventually, around five hours later, we finally made it considering a sign we saw. HAAA jokes on us! Another half an hour of a hike had to be endured to get to our campsite.
The temperature started to drop, we changed into winter gear. Our porters already whipped up our late lunch which we devoured in minutes. Then, we went sightseeing as the sunsets. Omg – I’ve never seen such a majestic sunset in my life before! The sky turned soft pink as the clouds (like how I drew as a kid) surrounded the mountain. Now as the sun’s heat was gone, the cold breeze was on full force. We had our gloves and jacket worn, sitting inside the tent, freezing every little inch of our bodies. See, during summer, it tends to be very cold, even up to 0 degrees Celsius! We had our dinner inside and comforted each other with any warmth left lingering in our bodies.
I can never forget how we all had our headlamps on escorting each other to the “bathroom” lol. People say you can clearly see the stars at night time but it was kinda blurry that night.
Came sunrise, along with other campers, we went outside to witness it and embrace the sun’s heat. My favorite way of cooking soto ayam for breakfast was served (absolutely tantalizing), then we sat on the grass amongst other campers overlooking several mountains surrounding Mt. Prau. Gorgeous!!!
Time to finally head down! We opted for a shorter route (for an hour) but trickier they said. I died. The slippery sandy surface was challenging for me. At last, we made it to our basecamp in a residential home in Dieng; took a cold-ass shower, ate and headed to the train station to go home.
What a whirlwind adventure! Would I go for this type of trip again? Sure, as long as there are porters, guides and hiking shoes that actually fit.