MATTANEWS.CO, CIAMIS – Back to nature. That’s what climbers from Dines Ciamis West Java (West Java) did when they arrived at the Mount Sawal climbing basecamp. They took part in the Mapag Tirta Kahuripan event in Panjalu Village, Panjalu District, Ciamis Regency, last Sunday (22/8/2021).
One of the climbers from Dines Ciamis, Iyus explained, Mapag Tirta Kahuripan is a tradition of taking water from a sacred spring. What is used in the Nyangku agenda in Panjalu is washing heirlooms from the Panjalu Kingdom.
“At the peak of Mount Sawal Karentenan, there are two sacred springs. For that, every time before the Nyangku event in Panjalu, there will be Mapag Tirta Kahuripan from 7 springs,” he said.
Before starting the climb, they were seen eating bakwan with a mixture of surabi, which was still warm.
The air blows sharply piercing the skin. They all rested while brewing coffee, after traveling for almost an hour and a half.
The orange tinge of the sun colored the Panjalu sky in the early morning. Sometimes the fog appears to overshadow, even though it is finally swept away by the wind.
The locals started to get busy. Some are looking for grass for livestock, some are gathering to share donated rice, or just looking for breakfast.
Panjalu village is thriving. Likewise, the climbers are preparing to start leaving the asphalt road in the village at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level (masl).
Half an hour leaving the village, they began to stomp on the ground. On the left and right, there are green coffee and pine plantations.
Unfortunately there were found additional coffee trees, on a slope that should not be planted with coffee.
On one occasion, the climbers met a grandmother who was taking care of the coffee plant.
“Excuse me Grandma,” said the climber as he passed.
“Mango. Come on deck,” he replied with a smile.
The rustic hospitality will soon be gone. Changed with the silence of the forest which is included in this wildlife sanctuary conservation park area.
After the entrance to the Gunung Sawal wildlife reserve area, it is characterized by heterogeneous plant vegetation. Treated with the beauty of flora and fauna that are preserved, thanks to the awareness of the surrounding community.
Iyus said that the culture in the Gunung Sawal area is very well preserved. The area includes ‘Leuweung Larangan Karantenan’ or means the Forest of Prohibition. For the preservation of ancestral beliefs there, the conservation forest area is well preserved.
Starting with a slightly sloping path and a lot of bonuses, namely flat roads. Then start walking uphill when entering the wildlife sanctuary area.
“For beginners, this route is very suitable for climbing the Mount Sawal Quarantine Peak, because there are still many bonuses, and you still have to ask permission first from the West Java BKSDA Sisisi, Ciamis region 3,” said Iyus.
Today’s climbing target is to reach the peak of Karantenan. Still about five hours of travel, to get to the highest peak of this mountain.
The road began to swerve, stained with dust that entered the nostrils. The bodies began to bend down, to balance the steps.
Reeds grow to dominate. Ferns also do not want to lose. At this time the scorching heat directly hit the head. Again the hiking trail turned uphill after a while.
The dust is flying again. Strong winds blow. The buff or scarf only covers the cover. Snorting breath. Sweat dripping. Everyone hopes to reach the Quarantine Peak soon.
Now, climbers walk in the middle of a steep ravine. Need high vigilance when passing through. That’s a little more. “Keep the spirit. Set the pace,” one Dines Climber commented.
After arriving at Batu Datar, climbers can enjoy the ranks of Mount Sawal Peak which can be seen from a distance while resting. Call it Humpback Peak and others.
Not to mention the meadows on the ridges of the hills. The combination of green and yellow spoils the eye. At the end of the ridge, white welcomes.
In Batu Datar they did Tawasulan first, which was led directly by the kuncen Peak Karantenan. When they had finished they continued walking through clay and small rocks.
“Let’s get to the top a little more. We perform tawassul above and then eat together, “said Iyus who is also a member of the Ciamis Dines climbers.
The hiking trail that is traversed is an existing path from ancient times, not a new opening path.
“Along the path of the wildlife reserve area, the vegetation is still tightly covering the hiking trail, BKSDA also participates in this activity,” he said.
After arriving at the Karantenan Peak, they held a ritual and took sacred water from two ponds surrounded by tall trees.
After that, the climbers enjoyed eating together with several other communities and the village head of Panjalu who also followed the climb to the top.