Mount Kerinci (3,805 m) is the highest volcano in Indonesia and the highest mountain in Sumatra.
It is still an active volcano and is part of the Kerinci Seblat National Park, the largest national park in Sumatra Island, Indonesia and also home to the endangered species of Sumatran Tigers and Rhinoceros.
Do not worry, the trek does not that lead you through the jungle to trek with tigers or rhinos.
The trek itself is a strenuous 2D1N climb. The first few hours brings you through the lush forests of the Kerinci Seblat National Park.
Be prepared for a raw experience and a muddy climb through the thick foliage of the jungle. It also gives you chance to look out for natural wildlife, like the Siamang Gibbons and their unique cries or songs.
Once out of the jungle, you will camp for 1 night before heading up for a sunrise push up the barren and rocky slope to the summit. It requires a bit of scrambling at times The summit push isn’t as tiring or strenuous as Rinjani or Semeru, but the weather is often more treacherous up there with strong winds.
At the top of Gunung Kerinci, if you happen to be the lucky on a clear weather, you will get a good view of the Indian ocean, Gunung Tujuh Lake in the distance, and possibly some lava boiling in the crater!
Following which, you will descend down the same way before getting a vehicle back to Kersik Tuo Village.
The hike is rewarding due to the toughness of the hike and the difference in altitude gain.
Having said that, Mount Kerinci (3,805m) can be done with little to no experience on the mountains. One would need good physical fitness and be okay with muddy and wet conditions.
It is accessed from Padang and can be extended to include a visit to the Gunung Tujuh Lake, highest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, or to the beautiful islands of Pasumpahan and Pulau Pagang for snorkelling!
Pick up from Padang/Padang Airport travel to Kersik Tuo Village (6-8h drive).
Sleep in the homestay at Kersik Tuo Village.
Transport to the Kerinci starting point (1,700m) after a hearty breakfast at Kersik Tuo Village.
Kerinci Starting Point (1,700m) – Lunch at Shelter 1 (2,500M) -Shelter 2 (3,000 M) – Shelter 3 (3,300m)
>Estimated 6-8 hours of hiking. Stay overnight at campsite Shelter 3 for the summit hike the following morning
Wake up at 3.30am for the ascent to the summit of Mount Kerinci (3,805M)
Descend back the same way to the campsite for breakfast, before descending the same way down to the starting point. Finally get a transport back to the homestay to get a good rest! (~11h hike)
Travel from Kersik Tuo Village – Padang/Padang Airport (6-8h drive)