Pekajen hill, Desa Kalipagu, Baturraden.
One fine day with my friends Dodo, Achu, Rudy, and my cousin, Siane.
We should’ve camp at Cendana hill, but….. a local told us that it’s creepy and I took Siane, who is super newbie on outdoors, we decided to camp at Pekajen. Passing a huge paddy field and main fresh water pipes above Kalipagu village, we walked eagerly into the forest. Only after around 15 minutes, Siane puked 😀 then we slowed down, then stop until we found a camping ground by the river.
The camping ground is surrounded by kauri trees. Peaceful. Cool air. Fresh river water. We can catch river shrimps too. There were some other campers around. It’s a great place for a new campers. Dodo brought some potatoes and sweet potatoes. We roasted them in a campfire together with other campers at night. I always love the friendly atmosphere of adventurers.
In the morning to afternoon, sometimes local people might pass to get kauri resin, mowing weeds, or collecting fire woods. Just smile and say hi, they will greet you back! It’s sad when a local told us that the goverment buy a kilogram of kauri resin for only Rp 2.000,-. I know how hard it is to collect kauri resin, so the price is shocking. Usually people can only buy snacks for Rp 2.000,-. Well, maybe you can survive if you live in the village.
Beware of the leeches in rainy season, so bring some tobacco for bitten skin. Dodo taught me to collect the dry kauri resin in a can, then we burned it to light the campfire. You can swim in a bigger river down the hill.
How to get there: From Purwokerto to Baturraden. Take the road heading to Curug Gede/Curug Bayan. You’ll find a small road up the hill beside Curug Bayan. Keep going up until Kalipagu village. Find the headman’s house to register yourself as a camper. Then ask for direction 😀