From Sungai Penuh, drive up to Bukit Tapan in the afternoon. Set up camp, and then walk or drive along the road in the late afternoon hours and into early evening (best time for crepuscular wildlife). On your way down the mountain, you could explore the little forest trails that lead off from the main road – at the end of one of them, you’ll see a 15+ meter tall waterfall. Eat dinner at the small warung (road-side restaurant) near the top of the mountain. Continue walking/driving after dinner, using powerful flashlights to spot wildlife. When you’re ready to turn in, head back to camp.
Alternatively, this trip can be done in one afternoon/evening if you don’t wish to camp. After these Day 1 activities, you would just head back to your accommodations in Sungai Penuh for the night. (Price reduced.)
In the morning, have some breakfast at the warung and continue walking or driving along the trail. Check out the old Japanese cave and the guard post near the river that have been colonized by swiftlets and bats. Head back to Sungai Penuh before noon to continue your adventures in Kerinci.
Activities: Walking, Camping
Terrain: Forest Trails, Roads
Duration: 1 Day/ 1 Night
Months of Operation: Year Round
Location: Bukit Tapan
Nearest Town: Sungaipenuh
Total Cost: 2,500,000 IDR for two people. 1,500,000 IDR if not camping.
Conditions: Easy walking along a paved mountain road that cuts through the National Park. It can get a bit chilly at night, so bring a jacket or enough clothes to layer up. You’ll appreciate having a beanie to keep your ears warm.
Price includes a local guide/driver, a rental car, transport within Kerinci to and from the trail head, flashlights, and all food and equipment. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers, but usually limited to a max of four people to lessen the impact on the environment.
We are proud that 5% of the total cost of this trip goes directly to 21st Century Tiger in support of wild tiger conservation projects in the Kerinci Seblat National Park and other areas of Sumatra.