Leave your lodging in the morning to begin your climb with a guide & porter. On the way to the trail head, don’t forget to turn around and see the incredible view of the beautiful Kayu Aro tea plantation, rice fields, the Rawa Bento wetlands, and Mt. Tujuh off in the distance. Once in the forest, be on the lookout for Yellow-handed Mitered Langurs (our endemic, orange leaf monkeys), lizards, and birds. You’ll hear the enchanting song of Siamang gibbons, and if you’re really lucky, you might even spot a family of them. After about 8 hours of hiking you will make camp.
Before the sun rises, scramble an additional two hours up the scree and rubble until you reach the crater. Bask in the views. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see lava bubbling far below in the bottom of the crater, and on a clear day you can see all the way to the Indian ocean to your west. Congratulations, you’re now the tallest person on Sumatra! After a little while, carefully make your way back down the mountain, emerging from the jungle after about six hours.
To savor the hike (and make it a little easier), spend an extra night on the slopes of the volcano either going up or coming down. Slow and steady wins the race (and usually results in more wildlife spotting).
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Bird Watching, Wildlife
Terrain: Jungle, Mountains
Duration: 2 Days/ 1 Night
Months of Operation: Year Round, but usually somewhat drier from May - September
Location: Gunung Kerinci
Nearest Town: Kersik Tuo
Total Cost: 4,500,000 IDR for two people. If the three day option, 6,000,000 IDR.
Conditions: It’s close to freezing at the top, so make sure you dress in layers and bring a warm beanie and gloves if you can. Best to avoid times of extended rain, but, as it sits within a tropical rainforest, be prepared for it. Most treks up the mountain start after an overnight in the village of Kersik Tuo, but it’s also possible to begin from Sungai Penuh.
As an active volcano, caution needs to be taken, and you climb at your own risk. When on the mountain, guides will judge whether they feel it’s safe to try to reach the summit, depending on weather and current volcanic activity levels, with guests expected to follow their lead.
Price includes a local guide and porter, transport within Kerinci to and from the trail head, headlamps, permits, and all food and equipment.
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.