Mount Kerinci is the highest volcano in Indonesia and the highest Indonesian peak outside Papua (Irian Jaya), it is surrounded by the lush forest of Kerinci Seblat National Park. Despite the location in Jambi province, an easier access to Mount Kerinci is from Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra province. The closest airport is Padang from where it is a 7 - 8 hours road journey to the nearest accommodation to the Kerinci trail, at Kersik Tua (1,519m). Rainy season in between October to April, while May to September is mainly dry with some occasional rains, the temperature up in the mountain occasionally may drop to 5°C at nights.
Direct flights to Padang available daily from Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Batam, and Medan.
After trekking Kerinci, you also can add 1 more day to visit Lake Gunung Tujuh – South East Asia’s highest crater lake, still surrounded by the pristine forest, a lost world hidden in the clouds..
Mount Kerinci Trekking 4D, 3N
Duration : 04 Days/03 Nights
Starts/Ends : Padang airport
Grade : Challenging
Descriptive day to day itinerary
DAY 01: PADANG - KERSIK TUO
Upon arrival in Padang by morning flight, you will be pick up by your guide then directly drive driveto Sungai Penuh via Muara Labuh passing Lake Diatas and Lake Dibawah, several Minangkabau villages and tea plantation at Kayu Aro. Upon arrival at Sei Penuh, the area of Kerinci Seblat National Park,check-in to local home stay and dinner. It will take around 7 to 8 hours drive from Padang to Kresik Tuo, lunch en route at the local restaurant.
Overnight : Local home stay
Meals : Lunch, Dinner
DAY 02: MOUNT KERINCI NATIONAL PARK’S GATE - SHELTER III (Campsite)
Early breakfast at guest house then you will be transfer by local transport to gate of Mt. Kerinci Seblat National Park. After obtain the permit, start your 7-8 hours trekking up to Shelter III, the campsite for overnight. Lunch en route and dinner provided by our guide team.
Overnight : Tent/Campsite
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 03: SHELTER III – SUMMIT (3.805 asl)- KRESIK TUO VILLAGE
Wake up at 03:00 am, then we will start trekking to the summit of Mount Kerinci (3.805 asl), when you are on the summit, you will be in the highest point on Sumatra. After take some photos and enjoying the beautiful scenery we will trek back to shelter III. After breakfast, trekking down back to Kersik Tuo for about 5 hours. In the afternoon we will reach Kresik Tuo Village, check in to local home stay, and have some rest.
Overnight : local home stay
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 04: KRESIK TUO - PADANG – OUT
At the appropriate time, transfer back to Padang airport to catch your flight to your next destination. : -
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
*** END OF TOUR – END OF SERVICE ***
Kerinci is most active volcanoes in Indonesia, with nearly annual eruptions. Kerinci last erupted in 2004, and continues to spew clouds of sulphurous smoke, with plumes reaching as high as 1,000 m (3,281 ft) above the summit. While there is farmland in the area, and a tea plantation on its southern slope, Kerinci, being located in an Indonesian national park, and perhaps out of respect for its frequent growling as well, sits in an area that is sparsely populated by Indonesian population-density standards.
Kerinci can be climbed from the village of Kersik Tuo, 6 or 7 hours away from Padang by car or bus. The climb and descent normally takes 3 days and 2 nights, if you choose to go to the summit. You may also choose to go up only till Camp 2 or 2.5, skipping the summit attempt which is a night climb; and take 2 days and 1 night instead. As of November 2007, the alert level for Kerinci was raised to Level 2- Orange, due to black smog seen coming out of the crater. But climbing the volcano is still relatively safe and allowed; though you may not climb any further than 1km to the crater. Kerinci's terrain consists of thick
jungle, it can get muddy and slippery even if there are only mild drizzles, which may occur occasionally even during the dry season. To climb the volcano you need a guide, for there have been rare cases of people disappearing after attempting to trek alone.