Mar 23, 2010


The Top of Mount Kerinci, picture by:
Mount Kerinci, the highest volcano in Indonesia is located in Province of Jambi. Precisely, this beautiful mountain stands at the west central part of the island, in the Pegunungan/ Bukit Barisan, near the west coast, about 130 km (81 miles) south of Padang. Mount Kerinci is the most prominent feature of the terrain of Kerinci Seblat National Park. At the top of this mountain, a deep 600 meters wide crater becomes one of its attractions. Sometimes, this crateris often partially filled with green-yellow water.
Mount Kerinci is relatively more active than other Indonesian volcanoes, with nearly annual phreatic eruptions. Kerinci last erupted in 2004, and continues to spew clouds of sulphurous smoke, with plumes reaching as high as 1,000 meters above the summit. But climbing the volcano is still relatively safe and allowed; though we may not climb any further than 1km to the crater.
Mount Kerinci can be climbed from the village of Kersik Tuo, around 6 or 7 hours away from Padang. The climb and descent normally takes 3 days and 2 nights, if we choose to go to the summit. 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 we need a guide, for there have been rare cases of people disappearing after attempting to trek alone.


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