[simage=460,200,n,left,] The gunung bagging obsession can take you to some off-the-beaten path places, and our quick weekend to climb Gunung Tampomas was a good example. Gunung Tampomas is a mountain northeast of Sumedang – a town famous for its delicious Tahu (fried tofu). We set out one Saturday from Bogor with a rented car and driver and headed towards Bandung, via Jakarta to pick up our friend Dan. After lunch on the hard shoulder of the toll road to Bandung, while the driver struggled to change a flat tyre, we passed by Bandung and arrived in Sumedang.
We cruised the main street and checked into one of the two bearable places to stay, and immediately headed out to sample the Tofu and get a beer. The whole steet is lined with small restaurants with giant woks and a gas burner that is basically a large blow torch. The fried tofu is truly delicious, and reliably does not contain formaldehyde (a notorious problem with tofu in Indonesia). Alas, the search for a beer was not so successful, but just as Dan was getting desperate we found a small tofu warung selling unchilled bottles of Ankor.
We got up early the next day and found the Tampomas trailhead by asking around and exploring a few wrong turns. The start of the trail goes through some nice pine woodland and most trees have small coconut shells attached to their trunks to collect the resin/sap. The rest of the hike is through secondary forest, but the views from the summit are pretty good. A great wet season weekend of hiking and good local food. Check out the Gunung Bagging website post we created.