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SUMATRAN TIGER TREK


Our longest and most wild trek, the Sumatran Tiger Trek takes you deep into primary rainforest and through Sumatran tiger habitat. You’ll hike up ridge trails, cross jungle streams,  visit peaceful waterfalls, and even take a dip in the the magnificently blue Lake Kaco. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot siamang gibbons, mitered leaf monkeys, hornbills, and a variety of birds and other wildlife. And yes, a few of our guests have even had the good fortune of seeing sun bears and Sumatran tigers, with a huge majority at the very least seeing pugmarks, scratches on trees, scat, and sometimes even a tiger’s nearby “aum” call. While the itinerary below is for five days/four nights, for this Sumatra jungle trek we also have 3D/2N or 4D/3N options as well.

 


- DAY 1

After breakfast at your guesthouse in Lempur, take a short ride to the trailhead to begin your Sumatra jungle trek. The first part of the trek takes you through a hutan  adat, a traditionally managed forest buffer zone where forest products like cinnamon, bamboo, ratan, fruits, andmore are sustainably harvested by the village. Eventually, you’ll reach the boundaries of the Kerinci Seblat National Park, crossing over the shallow Manjuto river in to primary rainforest.

If  you started the trek late, make camp there, orcontinueup Bukit Lintang to the hill campsite. Bukit Lintang is known for having very healthy wildlife populations, sobeon the look out for wildlife as diverse as wildboar to Malayan tapir, sambar deer to Sumatran tigers.

 

- DAY 2

Pack up and continue your journey through the Sumatran wilderness.  Head down the others ide of the
hill, listening and watching for siamang gibbons and hornbills, who each begin their enchanting calls in themorning. Keep eyes on the path for anysigns of tiger pugmarks, tapir tracks, or other wildlife signs.

After roughly five hours of trekking, arrive at the unnamed waterfall where you’ll make camp. Enjoy swimming in the fresh mountain water, ride the natural  rock slide beside the waterfall in to the pool below, or continue exploring the surrounding rainforest. Turn in forthenight.

 

- DAY 3

Enjoy a peaceful breakfast surrounded by birds singing their morning songs against the backdrop of the bubbling waterfall. Break camp and continue trekking through the primary rainforest of the Kerinci Seblat National Park, making your way back up Bukit Lintang, and down a fairly steep trail out of the hills. This slightly more lowland forest has a different feel, with taller trees growing in this more level landscapeOn thisthirdnight, you’llmakecampnear a smallcreek.

During the hike, learn about jungle survival from your guide – how to find drinking water, how to identify edible fruits, plants, and other foods for foraging.

On this third night, you’ll make camp near a small creek.


- DAY 4

From the jungle stream, continue hiking through lush, untouched forests until you arrive at Lake Kaco, the brilliantly blue swimming hole and natural aquarium deep in the forest, arriving in the afternoon. Follow in the footsteps of Bear Grylls and jump off the tree hanging over the crystal clear waters, and swim around with the abundant fish and brilliantly-colored fresh-water crabs that make the lake their home. The cool, underground spring-fed natural pool makes for a rejuvenating break after so many days of trekking.

Set up camp in the forest surrounding the lake. Before bed, take a night-walk for chances of spotting nocturnal creatures like civets, colugo, slow-loris, flying squirrels, and a variety of tree-frogs and insects.

 

- DAY 5

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 out of the forest.

Take a break at the Siluang Bersisik Emas waterfall before you exit the forest and continue your walk through idyllic rice paddies on your way back to Lempur village.

You’ll arrive back in Lempur generally by mid- to late-afternoon. Spend the night back in the Lempur guesthouse.





CONDITIONS

  • Each day has roughly six to seven hours of trekking, including rests and stops to study the environment, with only the last day being around four hours. Of course, times can vary wildly depending on if you’re blazing through the forest (why??) or taking more time to observe your surroundings more closely.
  • No comfy accommodations here! You’ll be sleeping rough in tents on sometimes uneven/rocky ground, with very thin camping mattresses, under the forest canopy for four nights. Plus two nights in a very simple family-run guesthouse in the village. 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.
  • Terrestrial leeches can be abundant at times. While harmless, they can certainly be annoying – this is not a trek for the pampered.
  • This is also not a zoo – the animals here are very wild and extremely wary of people, and the lush environment itself makes visibility difficult. While seeing tracks and other fresh signs of a variety of wildlife is very common, actually spotting large mammals is rare.
  • Since you’ll be hiking in the middle of the Bukit Barisan mountain range, at elevations between 1100m to 1500m above sea level, temperatures are relatively cool – expect highs of around 25°C during the day, and down to around 15°C at night.
  • Food is very traditional local fare. Vegetarian and vegan options are available, if you let us know ahead of time.
  • Like all of our trips, you travel at your own risk. Keep in mind that you are visiting a wild and extremely remote area of rural Sumatra, with wild animals and other dangers that come from being in a natural landscape. Quality medical care is also very far away. It’s your responsibility to make sure you are covered with valid travel and medical insurance.


*Note: While this Sumatra jungle trekking itinerary is for five days, if you're short on time you can trim it down to four days/three nights or even three days/two nights, while still having good opportunities to see wildlife and be in Sumatran tiger habitat. You may not go as far as the unnamed waterfall, especially on the three day trek, but will still visit Bukit Lintang, prime Sumatran Tiger habitat, and Lake Kaco. If you want to spend even more than five days exploring the rainforest there, we can arrange that as well. Let us know what best fits for you and we'll make it happen!

 

KERINCI PARADISE BIRDING TOUR

 

The Kerinci Seblat National Park has some of the best birdwatching in Sumatra, and all of Indonesia.

 The range of elevations – from 250m to 3805m – means there is a huge diversity of bird species to be found on this Kerinci Bird Tour. Many rare Sumatran endemics, like the Schneider’s Pitta, Sumatran Ground Cuckoo, and Sumatran Trogon, can be found alongside charismatic birds like Rhinocerous Hornbills and colorful barbets. Below you’ll find the three main regions that we operate Sumatra birdwatching tours – on the slopes of Mt. Kerinci for the high altitude endemics, Bukit Tapan for a range of elevations, and Hutan Adat Lempur for a well-protected mixed habitat with some species harder to see elsewhere. Each of the areas are about one hour apart from the next, with Mt. Kerinci furthest north, then Bukit Tapan in the center, and finally Lempur in the southern end of the Kerinci valley.


KEREINCI BIRDING LOCATION :

1. MOUNT KERINCI TRAIL



A sampling of endemics and other targets:Schneider’s Pitta, Salvadori’s Pheasant, Salvadori’s Nightjar, Sumatran Trogon, Sumatran Cochoa, Sumatran Wren Babbler, Sumatran Whistling Thrush, Sumatran Frogmouth, Shiny Whistling Thrush, Red-billed Partridge, Rufous-vented Niltava, Wreathed Hornbill, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Sunda Bush Warbler, Rajah Scops Owl, and many more.


2. TAPAN ROAD

A sampling of endemics and other targets: Sumatran Leafbird, Graceful Pitta, Sumatran Green Pigeon, Sumatran Treepie, Sumatran Peacock-Pheasant, Sumatran Drongo, Sumatran Trogon, Red Headed Trogon,  Spot-necked Bulbul, Black-browed Barbet, Long-tailed Broadbill, Temminck’s Sunbird, Fire-tufted Barbet, Sunda Minivet, Marbled Wren Babbler, Sumatran Green Pigeon, Rufous-chested Flycatcher, Black Laughingthrush, Great Hornbill, Rhinoceros Hornbill, and many more.


3. LAKE KACO TRAIL



A sampling of endemics and other targets: Sumatra Ground-Cuckoo, Sumatran Peacock-Pheasant, Sumatran Leafbird, Graceful Pitta, Sumatran Green Pigeon, Sumatran Treepie, Sumatran Drongo, Sumatran Trogon, Sumatran Bulbul, Cream-striped Bulbul, Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Spot-necked Bulbul, Black-browed Barbet, Long-tailed Broadbill, Temminck’s Sunbird, Fire-tufted Barbet, Sunda Minivet, Marbled Wren Babbler, Sumatran Green Pigeon, Rufous-chested Flycatcher, Black Laughingthrush, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, and many more.

Feel free to focus your time in a single location, just two of them, or go for all three to really see what Kerinci has to offer – the choice is yours.


ITENERARY :


* Day 1

   - Transfer from Padang Airport to Guest House/Hotel, drive around 7/8 Hours by Private Transport. 


* Days 2 & 3

   - start Birding at Mount Kerinci Trail until 2000 Asl.  Back to Gust house /Hotel.


* Day 4

   - Early in the morning check Out Guest House/Hotel (5 Am)  Ddrive to Tapan Road for Birding until afternoon. after Birding at TAPAN Road drive to Cinnamon Guest House Lempur. 


* Day 5

   - After breakfast in the morning, star to Birding At lake kaco trail for looking SUMATRAN GROUND CUCKOO until A afternoon and Back to Cinnamon Guest House Again.. 


*Day 6

 - Tapan Road/Lake Kaco - looking for missed species


* Day 7

   - after Breakfast In the morning,  transfer to Padang and Say Goodbye. 


We are very flexible with the existing itinerary, and you can request according to the day you want for a birding tour in the Kerinci area.




Kerinci Adventure & Culture

KERINCI ADVENTURE & CULTURE 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
Mt. Kerinci 3805m Asl, Lake Kaco, Geopark Rafting (Grade 4), Geopark Museum, Rumah Tuo, Bukit Tinggi.


- Day 1 (L,D): 
Transit from Padang Airport to Kerinci Homestay at 10 AM for 7 / 8 hours, passing through the beautiful scenery of Atas and Bawah Lakes in Solok, Minangkabau traditional house. Lunch by the lake or with a lakeview.

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- Day 2 (B,L,D):
After breakfast at Kerinci Homestay, the trip will proceed to Shelter 3 (Camping Ground) Mt. Kerinci for 7 / 8 hours and rest in Shelter 1 for lunch.


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- Day 3 (B,L,D):
Wake up early at 3 / 4 AM for breakfast before going to the summit. After having breakfast which has been prepared by the porters, the trip will go on to the summit for 2 / 3 hours, passing through Batu Gantung and Yudha Monument. After an hour at the highest summit in Sumatera, the trip will continue again to Shelter 3 (Camping Ground) for one and a half hours. Breakfast will be at the Camping Ground and followed by preparation to go back to the homestay.





- Day 4 (B,L,D):
After breakfast, the trip will proceed to Lake Kaco Lempur which takes approximately 3 hours by passing through the Adat Lekuk 50 Tumbi Lempur Forest for 2 hours and Kerinci Seblat National Park Forest for an hour. During the trip to Lake Kaco, there will be 2 resting posts, which are Post 1 and Post 2. After an hour of enjoying the beautiful nature of Lake Kaco, the trip will continue again to Lempur Village and Siluang Bersisik Emas Waterfall. 









- Day 5 (B,L,D):
After breakfast, the trip will proceed to Air Batu Village for an hour (by car) followed by the preparation for rafting. This rafting has been categorized as Level 4 (Grade 4) which traverses the Geopark Area and the Area of Wood Fossil, Pandanus Fossil, Fern Fossil, and Shell Fossil from 250 million years ago for 3 / 4 hours.














After rafting in Geopark Area, the trip will continue to Merangin Geopark Museum to see the historical heritage of Merangin. Next, the trip will go on to one of the oldest villages in Merangin to see old Melayu buildings and the other historical heritage of Merangin.









After visiting old village in Rantau Panjang, the trip will continue to the Historical City of Bukit Tinggi.



- Day 6 (B,L,D):
After a morning shower and breakfast, it will be time for City Tour which includes a visit to Gadang House, Gadang Clock, Japanese Cave, Kelok 9, and shopping time. After visiting the Historical City of Bukit Tinggi, the trip will proceed to Minangkabau Airport to check-in at 11 / 12 AM.

- Say goodbye.....

Minimum 10 pax
Maximum 25 pax

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MT. KERINCI ADVENTURE and KERINCI VILLAGE LIFE UP CLOSE


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.


KERINCI VILLAGE LIFE UP CLOSE
Day 3 - Sungai Penuh
  • After breakfast, 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.
  • Walk through the endless green tea fields and take a tour of the old Netherland tea factory in village of Bedeng VIII (Delapan).
  • Eat lunch in KORINTJI HERITAGE cafe, in the Town of the Pungai Penuh.
  • grab a Bendi (horse drawn carriage) 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.
  • 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
  • Back to Hotel..



Day 4 – Kerinci Lake and Lempur Village
  • In the morning Visit the lively Pasar, or wet/dry market, in the center of town. Get some Sarabi and other goodies for breakfast.
  • 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.
  • Stop for lunch at one of the restaurants that sits atop or next to the lake, Don’t forget to pick up some Dendeng Batokok, grilled beef strips from heaven native to the area.
  • Head further south to the hills around Lempur to see traditional house.
  • Explore the village of Lempur and the nearby lake of Danau Lingkat to take a ride on the bamboo rafts, see The Nepenthes and enjoy the scenery.
  • Head to the village of Lempur  and meet your host family
  • 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 5 - Lempur Village
·         After breakfast, Visit an English class at the local high school in the village.
  • Head further south to the hills around Lempur to see cinnamon farmers at work and or Cinnamon Process.
  • 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!
  • lunch at one of the Local restaurants
  • Explore the village other highland farms in the area that produce Tomatto, potatoes, chilis, etc.
  • Visit the house handicrafts from bamboo and lern how to make.
  • Head back to your homestay for dinner together with your family.
  • In the evening, visit art galleries of traditional dance, and you can also join and lern for dancing with them..

Day 6 – After breakfast Back to Airport and Say goodbye to Lempur




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Mount Kerinci (volcano) 3805 Asl 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.

Shelter III : Camping Ground

Top Of  Kerinci Mountain 3805 asl


Indonesia Highest Volcano Mountain 


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,
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 Airport to Kerinci (7/8 Hour), transport within Kerinci to and from the trail head, Acommodation, permits, and all food, Mineral Water and equipment.

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NATIONAL PARK JUNGLE TREKKING / 5 UNIQUE LAKES




Spend four or more days exploring five unique lakes in the southern reaches of Kerinci, closest to the village of Lempur, along with the surrounding diverse landscape. You’ll experience Sumatran wildlife and culture up close as you pass through ricefields and traditionally managed customary forests (hutan adat) of cinnamon, bamboo, and other forest crops, walk along (and through) small rivers and wetlands, swim in and paddle bamboo rafts on remote highland lakes, and explore pristine primary rainforest. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot (or hear) Siamang gibbons, leaf monkeys, hornbills, and a variety of bird and other animal life. A few of our guests have even been lucky enough to see Malayan Sun Bears and Sumatran Tigers!

Note: While this itinerary is for four days, it can easily be extended another day, which would add significantly more time within primary rainforest habitat, and a visit to a really remote waterfall. Alternatively, you could trim it down by a day to make it a three day/two night affair, still hitting all of the lakes, but slightly less time within primary forest. Let us know what best fits for you and we’ll make it happen!


SCHEDULE OF JOURNEY

Day 1 - Lake Nyalo and Lake Duo


From Sungaipenuh, get up early and travel one hour south to Lempur where your guide will be waiting for you. Take a motorcycle taxi (ojek) ride to the trailhead, about a further 10 minutes. The first lake you visit is Lake Nyalo, in the middle of a small wetlands area. Keep an eye out for pitcher plants, one variety of which is used by locals to prepare a traditional dish of steamed coconut rice. A few species of wild ducks and other aquatic birds call lake Nyalo home, and you can often hear a family of Siamang gibbons calling from the trees along the bank.
From Lake Nyalo, continue uphill about two hours until you reach the second lake: Lake Duo. Set up camp here, and enjoy the afternoon swimming or rafting on the lake and exploring the area.



Day 2 - Lake Kecik to  Manjuto River





The next day, spend some more time around Lake Duo in the cool of the morning before breaking camp. Head into the beautiful cinnamon forests on your way to the third lake: Lake Kecik, where you’ll take a short rest. Eventually you’ll come to a small coffee farm and wooden hut, after which you head into primary forest. 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 near a cool mountain river, Sungai Manjuto, in the middle of the rainforest as the evening begins to creep in.



Day 3 - Through the Forests to Lake Kaco


From the Sungai Manjuto river, continue hiking through lush, untouched forests 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, underground spring-fed natural pool makes for a rejuvenating break after so many days of trekking. Set up camp in the forest surrounding the lake.




Day 4 - Waterfalls, Rice Paddies, and Lake Lingkat.


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 out of the forest. Take a break at the Siluang Bersisik Emas waterfall before you exit the forest and continue your walk through idyllic rice paddies on your way to the final lake, Lake Lingkat. 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.



SUMMARY: DIFFICULTY: Challenges ACTIVITIES: Walking, Camping, Bird
Watching, Photography, Wildlife, Jungle, and Swimming.

JOURNEY: Explore 5 Lakes, Adat Forest (Costum Forest), National Park (TNKS) and
Waterfall. Nearest Town: Lempur Village.



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TOUR AROUND KERINCI

Day ZERO - From Iport To Home Stay

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 Tapan Hill 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.

Last Day  - Back to Iport

 

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