Sungai Penuh & Kerinci Village Close Up

Looking to really delve deep into the local culture? This itinerary takes you through the valley from north to south, and everywhere in between, to discover what daily life is really like in the villages of Kerinci. From rice fields to cinnamon forests, fishing boats to bee hives, get an authentic taste of the real Sumatra. A perfect itinerary especially for those interested in photography.



Day 1 - Sungai Penuh
Arrive in Sungai Penuh and head straight to your homestay to meet the family and drop off your things.
Some activities to do in town:


  • Walk through the old neighborhood of Pondok Tinggi filled with traditional Kerinci longhouses. Head to the nearby Mesjid Agung. Built in the traditional style in 1874, it’s the oldest mosque in town, and still actively used.
  • Visit the lively Pasar, or wet/dry market, in the center of town. Get some Sarabi and other goodies for breakfast.
  • From the Pasar, grab a Bendi (horse drawn carriage) to some of the nearby batik workshops where you can watch the creation process (and maybe even participate!).
  • Take a motorcycle ride up to Bukit Khayangan or hike up the hill behind Sungai Penuh to get a beautiful view of the Kerinci valley from Mt. Kerinci in the north, to Lake Kerinci in the south.
  • In the late afternoon, head to Bukit Sentiong on the edge of town for the grilled corn stands and a nice view of Sungai Penuh and the Kerinci valley at sunset.
  • In the evening, visit Pasar Malam, the carnival-like night market, to eat Martabak, Sate, and other lovely street foods.
  • Drive up to Bukit Tapan at night for some wildlife spotlighting (an additional cost for renting a vehicle and driver).


Day 2 - Danau Kerinci and Lempur

  • In the morning, head to the village of Pulau Tengah on the edge of Kerinci Lake. Meet up with some fisherman there for some canoe rides and to watch/participate with them as they fish.
  • Visit an English class at the local high school in the village.
  • Stop for lunch at one of the restaurants that sits atop or next to the lake.
  • Head further south to the hills around Lempur to see cinnamon farmers at work.
  • Explore the village of Lempur and the nearby lake of Danau Lingkat to take a ride on the bamboo rafts and enjoy the scenery.
  • In the evening, follow a local honey hunter as they harvest honey from wild Indonesian honeybees.
  • Meet up with your host family in Lempur and turn in for the night.


Day 3 - Lempur to Kayu Aro

  • After breakfast, head to the rice fields to watch the farmers plant and harvest the Lempur heirloom rice Beras Payo. Participate if you want to get your hands dirty!
  • Say goodbye to Lempur and head up to the Kayu Aro area. Don’t forget to pick up some Dendeng Batokok, grilled beef strips from heaven native to the area, in the town of Siulak Deras on the way up.
  • Walk through the endless green tea fields and take a tour of the old tea factory in village of Bedeng VIII (Delapan).
  • Eat lunch in Aroma Pecco, a small pond and oasis in the middle of the largest tea plantation in the world.
  • Visit the sugar processing ‘factory’ (really just some people in a shed pressing and boiling raw sugar cane juice).
  • Explore the coffee farms that are switching over to organic Arabica coffee with the help of a local NGO.
  • Head to the village of Pelompek and meet your host family.
  • Explore the village and check out the other highland farms in the area that produce cabbage, potatoes, chilis, etc.
  • Head back to your homestay for dinner and turn in for the night.


Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Activities: Walking, Canoeing
Duration: 3 Days/ 3 Nights
Months of Operation: Year Round

Travel
Location: Villages throughout the valley

Cost
Total Cost: 4,500,000 IDR for two people.
Conditions: Price includes all transport within the valley, lodging with local families, guides, and any token payments to farmers/fisherman for the use of their time/dugout canoes. Remember, you’ll be staying in the homes of rural Sumatran farmers and fisherman, so expect conditions to be very, very basic – you’ll definitely be stretched outside of your comfort zone! This itinerary is also jam-packed – we’re happy to tailor it to your travel style, or adjust it on the fly.


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Bukit Tapan Trecking & Camping

A one night exploration of the famous Bukit Tapan road. Walk the trail during the twilight and dawn hours when many of the island’s most interesting creatures are active.


Day 1
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.)

Day 2
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.

Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Activities: Walking, Camping
Terrain: Forest Trails, Roads
Duration: 1 Day/ 1 Night
Months of Operation: Year Round

Travel
Location: Bukit Tapan
Nearest Town: Sungaipenuh

Cost
Total Cost: 1,900,000 IDR for two people. 1,200,000 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.


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Mt. Kunyit Hiking

gunung berapi aktif ini, di ujung selatan lembah, mendapatkan namanya "Kunyit" (kunyit) dari belerang yang melimpah yang dapat ditemukan di gunung. Selama enam jam perjalanan ke puncak, Anda melewati hutan awan terpesona dan menemukan mengepul ventilasi sulfur, membuat untuk pendakian yang menarik. Pada kembali, Anda akan mengunjungi situs dari sumber air panas dan ventilasi fumarol, air terjun kecil, dan area lahan basah yang penuh dengan berbagai jenis Nepenthes tanaman pitcher. Titik awalnya adalah desa Talang Kumuning, satu jam selatan dari Sungaipenuh. Dalam kawah adalah mistis "Taman Dewa" atau "Garden of the Gods" di mana pahlawan lokal Depati Parbo bermeditasi selama konflik dengan Belanda, legenda yang mendapatkan kekebalan terhadap peluru mereka sebagai hasilnya.



Hari 1-Up ke dalam awan.
Di pagi hari, memenuhi panduan Anda di Desa Talang Kemuning. Anda akan melewati sawah dan jumlah yang cukup hutan kayu manis bersertifikat Rainforest Alliance sebagai kepala Anda ke bukit-bukit. Setelah di gunung, Anda akan mendaki naik dan turun jalan ridge, akhirnya menuju ke hutan awan dekat ke atas. Jadilah pada mencari tanaman merambat rotan dan tanaman pitcher. Setelah sekitar 5-6 jam trekking, berkemah di dekat sungai kecil tidak jauh dari ventilasi belerang mengepul, sekitar satu jam dari puncak.

Hari 2 -Exploring Kawah
Bangun di pagi hari dan naik ke puncak. Dalam perjalanan, waspada untuk bunga baru-baru ini ditemukan, Impatiens kunyitensis. Jika cuaca cerah, ke timur Anda dapat melihat sejauh Samudra Hindia. Setelah selesai menikmati pemandangan, turun ke kawah menggunakan tali sebagai dukungan dalam beberapa tempat curam, dan menjelajahi mistis "Taman Dewa."
Ketika Anda siap untuk kembali, naik kembali keluar dari kawah dan kepala turun gunung berapi. Berkemah di hutan kayu manis.

Hari 3 - Hot Spring, Air Terjun, dan Wetlands
Mendaki ke, mata air panas di pagi hari, dan menyegarkan diri di salah satu hangat kolam renang alami kecil di sungai. Mampir air terjun di jalan ke daerah lahan basah, melihat berapa banyak varietas yang berbeda dari tanaman pitcher Anda dapat menemukan di sepanjang jalan. Menyelesaikan di Desa Lempur, di mana baik perjalanan Anda kembali ke Sungaipenuh, atau homestay dengan keluarga lokal akan menunggu untuk Anda.

Ringkasan
Kesulitan: Menantang
Aktivitas: Berjalan kaki, Berkemah
Medan: Jungle, Gunung, Wetlands
Durasi: 3D / 2N
Bulan Operasi: Year Round, tetapi biasanya agak kering dari Mei-September

Perjalanan
Lokasi: Kerinci
Kota terdekat: Talang Kemuning

Biaya
Total Biaya: Rp 4.500.000 untuk dua orang.
Kondisi: Perjalanan up menantang di beberapa tempat karena Anda angin jalan Anda melalui hutan dan sampai jalan bukit sempit. Naik dan turun ke kawah juga rumit, dan Anda akan menemukan penggunaan tali atau hutan pohon anggur membantu dalam beberapa tempat. Suhu bisa menjadi cukup dingin pada malam hari (+/- 12C), sehingga membawa jaket atau pakaian yang cukup untuk lapisan. Juga, selalu siap untuk hujan, tidak peduli musim, ketika Anda berada di hutan hujan.

Harga termasuk pemandu lokal dan porter, transportasi dalam Kerinci ke dan dari kepala jejak, izin, dan semua makanan dan peralatan. Harga per orang dikurangi dengan lebih dari dua wisatawan, tetapi biasanya terbatas pada max enam orang untuk mengurangi dampak terhadap lingkungan.

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Ladeh Panjang Wetlands Treking

The Ladeh Panjang Wetlands, at the western foot of Mt. Kerinci and deep within the Kerinci Seblat National Park, is the highest wetlands in Southeast Asia at over 2000 meters in elevation. The trail there takes about 6 hours or less of fairly easy hiking, with four of those hours through primary rainforest of the Kerinci Seblat National Park. Two lakes can be found within the 150 hectares of wetlands, Danau Singkarak and Danau Sakti, the latter of which takes a further three hours to reach. The marshlands and the primary forest surrounding it are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including barking deer, tapir, and tigers.



Day 1 - Into the Wild
Arrive in Kersik Tuo to collect your camping equipment and meet your guide. Drive to where the road ends at the village of Buntu, and head into the farmlands on the way to the forests. Two hours before the wetlands, you’ll come across a small sulfur vent called Gunung Belarang. Explore the area for any tiger or other wildlife pug marks before heading on to the campsite on the edge of the marsh.

After setting up camp, rest or explore the area. Don’t miss the sunset over the marshlands in the late afternoon. Other options if arranged ahead of time could be to take our trail camera to set up, maybe one by the mud pit in the marshes, and one somewhere in the forest along a trail, (but talk with your guide). Or take a night walk with flashlights after dinner, to try to spot eye shine. When you’re ready, turn in for the night.

Day 2 - Lake and Exploration
In the morning, head to Danau Singkarak. If you think you want to spend the day around the lake, make sure you bring your lunch with you. Be prepared to walk a bit through the marshes and a little bit of swamp forest for about 20 minutes before entering normal primary forest again. The hike from the camp to the lake takes about 1.5 hours. Make sure to remind your guide to show you any orchids and Nepenthes pitcher plants along the way, and keep an eye (and ear) out for singing Siamang gibbons, which usually start their calls between 8am and 9am.
Explore the area around the lake once you arrive. Be on the lookout for any wildlife cooling off with a swim or taking a drink.

For the rest of the day, it’s your choice whether you explore around the lake, continue on to Danau Sakti (another 3 hours one way), or return to the forest and marshlands closer to camp. You could also make an attempt to reach the ridge trail at Gunung Kapur to the west. Make sure to pack enough food and flashlights in case you don’t make it back to camp before dark.
In the evening, take another night walk before heading to bed.

Day 3 - Return
After a bit more exploration, maybe a walk back into the wetlands or along a trail and breakfast, pack up camp and make the six hour journey out of the forest and on to your next destination.

Summary
Difficulty: Moderate
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Bird Watching, Wildlife
Terrain: Primary Forest, Marshland, Swamp
Duration: 3 Days/ 2 Nights
Months of Operation: Year Round, but usually somewhat drier from May - September

Travel
Location: Kerinci Seblat National Park/Kayu Aro

Cost
Total Cost: 4,500,000 IDR for two people
Conditions: While the forest trails surrounding the wetlands are fairly dry, be prepared to get your feet wet when walking into the marshland itself. Due to the elevation, it can get pretty chilly at night, so bringing along a jacket and warm beanie is recommended.

Price includes a local guide and porter, transport within Kerinci to and from the trail head, permits, 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.

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Renah Kemumu Forest Trek

This is a long and moderately challenging trip through the jungle to the forest enclave of Renah Kemumu, an ancient community of about 100 homes completely within the boundaries of the Kerinci Seblat National Park. You’ll camp one night in the rainforest on the way there, stay two nights with a local family in the village, and two more nights in the forest on the return. As you trek and camp along this traditional forest path, you’ll experience Sumatran wildlife and culture up close, enjoy relaxing in a natural hot tub by some active hot springs, and swim and dive with the fishes in a refreshing, spring-fed swimming hole whose azure-blue color has to be seen to be believed. There’s even a fair chance you’ll come across signs of tigers and bears along the way.




Day 1 - Into the Wild
From Sungaipenuh, get up early and travel one hour south to Lempur. Meet your guide there, and begin the trek to Renah Kemumu. As you keep an eye out for wildlife and their tracks, the guides will point out edible forest fruits and greens, and offer a few survival skill tips. Make camp along a cool mountain stream in the middle of the rainforest as the evening begins to creep in. Other options if arranged ahead of time could be to take our trail camera to set up along the trail and take a night walk with flashlights.

Day 2 - Arrival in Renah Kemumu
After an early breakfast, pack up camp in the cool of the morning, and set off for the village. If your using the camera trap and set it up the night before, pick it up on the way (or, leave it a few nights for pick up when you return). Continue your trek to the village. After your arrival, spend what’s left of the day checking out the village, fields, or maybe playing football with the kids. Spend the night in a local family’s home in Renah Kemumu.

Day 3 -Enjoying Nature's Hot Tub and Village Life
Spend the day in Renah Kemumu exploring the surrounding area and/or involving yourself in village life. An impressive hot spring is located about 1.5-2 hours outside of the village, and is an idyllic place to spend a few hours refreshing from the long hike of the previous day. The boiling hot water from the hot spring mixes with the cool mountain water of a passing river, creating a kind of warm hot tub in the middle of the rainforest, perfect for resting your aching bones while you consider that you are now, very very likely, further off the beaten path than any other traveler on Sumatra. 
Also near the village are remnants of older, abandoned villages, grave sites, an ancient, carved, megalithic stone, and even their mini hydroelectric generator. Additionally you could hang out with your host family around the village, optionally visit the local school, participate in agricultural work or other village tasks, prep and cook traditional dishes, and learn about the history and culture of this unique community.

Day 4 - Back to the Forest
Say good bye to the village and head back into the rainforest early in the morning for your return trek. The goal is to make it back to the jungle stream where you camped the first night.

Day 5 - Lake Kaco - Coolest Swimming Hole in the World
From the jungle stream, continue hiking to Lake Kaco, the brilliantly blue swimming hole and natural aquarium deep in the forest, arriving in the afternoon. Jump off the tree hanging over the crystal clear waters, and swim around with the abundant fish. The refreshingly cool, spring-fed natural pool makes for a rejuvenating break after so many days of trekking. Set up camp in the forests by the lake.

Day 6 - Out of the Wilderness
Wake up next to Lake Kaco and enjoy a leisurely morning swimming and relaxing in the lake. Eventually, pull yourself away and continue roughly three hours along forest trails looking for birds, wildlife and signs of other animals as you make your way back to civilization. Don’t forget to stop by a little waterfall on the way out. You’ll arrive back in Lempur generally by late afternoon or early evening. Stay in a homestay in Lempur, or continue an hour’s drive back to Sungai Penuh to a hotel.
Optionally you could cut out Day 3 and Day 5 activities and make this a 4 day trek. However you will not have time to visit the hot springs or rest up in the village, nor visit Lake Kaco. So on the 3rd day you leave the village heading back to the forest and the campsite of the first night. On Day 4 you would exit the forest and do a homestay in Lempur or travel back to Sungai Penuh for the night.
Cut out one of the two days above to make it a five day trek, deciding to visit just the hot springs or just lake Kaco. FYI, cutting out the hot springs and extra day in the village increases the difficulty of the trek significantly.



Summary
Difficulty: Challenging
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Bird Watching, Wildlife, Cultural 
Terrain: Forest, Village, Hot Springs, Swimming Hole
Duration: 6 day/5 nights, 5 days/4 nights or 4 days/3 nights
Months of Operation: Year Round
Travel
Location: Renah Kemumu
Nearest Town: Lempur

Cost
Total Cost: Total for two people:
10,600,000 IDR 6-day option. 
9,300,000 IDR for 5-day option. 
8,000,000 IDR for 4-day option.
Price per-person decreases with more people.

Conditions: 
No comfy accommodations here! You’ll be sleeping rough in tents under the forest canopy for three nights, and two nights with a local family in an extremely remote Sumatran rainforest community – expect a thin mat on the floor of a very basic room, and a cold bucket of cold water to bathe with (if you’re not bathing in the river with locals)! But you’ll be having an experience of a lifetime.

Also, as it is a rainforest, expect and prepare for rain at some point during your trek, no matter what season you’re travelling in.
Price includes a local guide and porters, transport within Kerinci to and from the trail head, all food while you’re on the trek, tents and sleeping bags, homestays for you and the guides in the village, National Park ranger fees and permits, a donation to the Renah Kemumu village fund, and a donation to Pencagura (Nature Lovers of Gunung Raya Sub-district) to support their garbage collection and forest/wildlife protection activities in the area. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers, but usually limited to a max of six people to lessen the impact on the environment and village.



Mt. Kerinci Adventure





Towering over the Sumatran landscape, Mt. Kerinci demands respect. At 3805 meters tall, it’s the highest active volcano in Southeast Asia, and even rises above the iconic Mt. Fuji in Japan. Trekking up its forested slopes, protected in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, is extremely challenging as there are no switchbacks – it’s just straight up to the top along a ridge trail. But the views at the top are truly unbeatable, making the struggle and sweat worth it.


Day 1 - Up into the Clouds
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.

Day 2 - On Top of the World
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, making your way out of the jungle after about six hours.

Optional Day 3
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).

Summary
Difficulty: Difficult
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
Travel

Location: Gunung Kerinci
Nearest Town: Kersik Tuo

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.

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Mt. Kerinci

Mt. Kerinci is the highest volcano in Sumatra island. its about 3,805m above sea level. the creates wall is of 600m x 580m, the temperature is about 5'C on the top of Mt. Kerinci and visited but climbers from town especially to celebrate the independence day of Indonesia Republic and New year. To reach the top of Mt. Kerinci can be seen on cleardays billowingsmoke and steam from its rocksrewn summit.
At 3,805m, Gunung (Mt.) Kerinci is Indonesia’s highest non-Papuan peak, and the highest volcano in SE Asia (actually the highest volcano in all of Asia east of Iran and west of the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia).
It takes a good eight hours, depending on your fitness level, to reach the summit. Generally, people start their climb early in the morning and set camp at one of the shelters near the tree line. In the darkness of the next morning, they scramble up the scree towards the summit for another two hours to greet the rising sun and unsurpassed views of the surrounding area.
Climbing the mountain is not the only thing Gunung Kerinci is good for. Its forested slopes are famous amongst birdwatchers and provide primary habitat for a slew of other creatures, including the Sumatran tiger.

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