Mount Gunung Kerinci

Altitude 3805m, Grade 1B

Description

Climbing Gunung Kerinci on the island of Sumatra is one thing, but just getting there is another.  The bus journey from Padang can be anything between six and nine hours, and crosses the spine of Sumatra.  Be prepared for an arduous, but hilarious time!  You usually arrive in the village of Kersik Tua after dark, but the dawn brings extensive views of well-manicured tea plantations and the peak it’self – cloud permitting.  Rain and hailstorms are not uncommon here as you are already at 1500m.

Sitting in the Kerinci Selat National Park, the peak is approached down a long plantation road, before you break into dense jungle.  Thankfully little logging is allowed here and much of the canopy is untouched.  Gibbons can be seen swinging through the trees .

There are a number of campsites high on the peak, (remnants from Dutch colonisation), from where we set off in the dark for a sunrise summit.  The vegetation soon ends with slopes of dusty pumice, before you reach the craters rim and hear the dull roar below.  The air will be filled with the smell of sulphur and all of Central Sumatra will be laid before you.

Photo: Rob Woodall

Trip dossier

Trip dossier

  • International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader. 
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition. 
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel and other valley/town accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb. 
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies
  • 90-120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 24 hour back up and support from UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified
  • Personal medical supplies
  • Personal use of communication equipment
  • Excess baggage
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances

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