Climbing Mt. Kerinci
Trip Start Feb 04, 2012
1Trip End Feb 11, 2012
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Spent the night in a budget hotel in Padang (Machudum) at 180000rp./nite for 2 pax.
Day 2 - After the usual ruckus of breakfast, we set out to find the local 'travel' or mode of transport in local lingo to Sungai Penuh. After much manoeuvring in a town "angkut" we managed to locate the correct "travel" to Sungai Penuh which cost Rp 70000/pax, Confronted with 9 hour drive to our destination, sends chills down my spine. Boarding a non air conditioned mini bus in a tropical country would not be situation you would wanna be
Day 3 - With pumped up adrenalin we started of at 9 in the morning. We were scooted away by 4 local motorcycles to the starting point for Rp 10000/pax. Wasting no time we embarked on our trek. The terrains and trails are clean and clearly paved out, indicating the continuous influx of visitors and trekkers.Vegetation is lush and pristine, temperature cool. After passing 3 rest areas and 3 Shelters we reached our designated campsite Shelter 3 at 4pm. Temperature is cold, a chilling 5 degrees Celsius sends bone chilling sensation down your spine. A quick set up of tents and other paraphernalia. Night was spent holed up in the tent to escape the freezing winds and cold. Dinner was served inside the tent
Day 4 - At 4am we start on our push to the peak, After about 2 hours of energy sapping trek, we finally reached our ultimate goal, only to be greeted by pungent odours of sulphur. It is kind of nauseating and acrid to the throat and would induce a tendency to cough. With the photography sessions over, we headed down to the campsite. Today, we will trek right down to the foothills and spend the night in an more viable atmosphere. Reached the starting point at 4pm, and a short ride took us back to our homestay. Mission accomplished.
Day 5 Bukit Tinggi, it looks like the long and winding road is once again smiling upon us.We boarded a mini bus enroute to Bukit Tinggi for our next itinerary. It's a grueling 12 hour ride from Kersik Tuo to Bukit Tinggi costing Rp 80000/pax. Finally, arrived late at night in scattered showers of rain. Checked out Hotel Orkid and Singgalang Indah both fully booked. Managed to check in at Hotel Dahlia, along the same row. A rather squeaky clean hotel, only setback, the rooms are kinda mouldy in odour, Nevertheless, we settled in, after a quick clean up we were out in the streets looking for food. Food, in abundance and in existence everywhere, shops, hawkers and street vendors. A wide variety of Indonesian foods and drinks.
Day 5 - Decided to visit all the nearby attractions in town accessible on foot. First it was a short walk to the famous Jam Gadang or Clock Tower followed by a 1km walk to Panaroma Park. The Park houses the notorious Japanese tunnel. An entrance fee of Rp.5000 is required. A guided tour inside the Tunnel would further enhance our understanding the design and reason for the existence of this tunnel. Ngarai Sianok or Grand Canyon of Indonesia as it is referred to by locals is an imposing view, with it's steep cliffs lush greenery makes the place looks scenic. We decided to trek down into the canyon's valley. looks like a daunting task, but in reality it ws quite a breeze as compared to the Kerinci Trail.. The trek took us into local villages and a cable suspended bridge. Finally reaching into Kota Gadang, a village popular for its silver ware. The silver souvenirs were exquisite and unique. A short stroll from here led us to the Flying Foxes den. A few claps of the hand, created a rather rude awakening for the downright hanging Foxes. Thousands filled the valley's sky, it is indeed a sight to behold.
Day 6 - Today's itinerary will take us to Lake Maninjau and Harau Valley. We decided to take a guided tour complete with a car and driver, which cost Rp.1 million for a full day's tour. The trip took us to Harau Valley and Lake Maninjau
Day 7 - Finale in Bukit Tinggi, a quick stroll to chaotic morning market and grab whatever souvenirs or paraphernalia. A short breakfast and it was back to Hotel. With a late afternoon flight, we had to leave early for the Minangkabau Airport. We made it with ample time to spare. Our flight back indicates the end of this adventure, our future plans are to return and climb 2 more Volcanoes i.e Mt. Singgalang and Mt. Merapi soon.