Volcano Kerinci trek terrain consist of trek jungle, tree root,gravel and sand.The initial trek jungle is rather flat, easy to follow since it completely clear until near to the summit zone.The hike on first few hours were pretty gradual without any needs to do often stops. How ever, the trail can get muddy and slippery even if there are only drizzles which may occur even on dry season.
Volcano Kerinci is accessible either from JAMBI city or PADANG, but most tourists accessed it from PADANG.We like to travel from Jambi to Sungai Penuh, then proceed to Kersi Tuo.There are van travels from JAMBI depart regularly to Sungai Penuh, as well as regular public transport Sungai Penuh - Kersik Tuo.It's take 6-7 hour drive fro PADANG, and 12 - 13 hours from JAMBI.To access the entrance gate ( Pintu Rimbo ), there are local transport available at Kersi Tuo to transport you till below entrance gate. Other option to access the entrance gate is by walking approx 2 km.
from Kersi Tuo.
Trekking permit is required to climb volcano Kerinci and it's obtainable at Kerinci national park office as well as at Base,exactly at available homestays at Kersi Tuo under assistance of homestay owner cooperating with Kerinci national park authority.
RELEVANT CLIMBING ROUTE MAP:
On year 1998 there was thematic map board near by check pos office Kerinci seen during on our first climbing at Kerinci, but this map is no longer seen during our recent climbing 2012 at Kerinci.How ever...more relevant topography map kerinci scale 1:50.000 issued by Bakosurtanal is widely accessible today, as well as relevant Kerinci volcano hazard map issued by relevant authority.
KERINCI ALTITUDE PROFILE:
1) Kersi Tuo 1500 m
2) The end of road Kersi Tuo - Pintu Rimbo 1755 m
3) Pos I 1880 m
4) Pos II 1988 m
5) Pos III 2207 m
6) Shelter I 2450 m (Indicated by large tree)
7) Shelter II 3040 m
8) Shelter III 3306 m
9) Indrapura Peak 3805 (Kerinci Summit)
10) Shelter III 3306 m
11) Shelter II 3040 m
12) Shelter I 2450 m (Indicated by large tree)
13) Pos III 2207 m
14) Pos II 1988 m
15) Pos I 1880 m
16) The end of road Kersi Tuo - Pintu Rimbo 1755 m
17) Kersi Tuo 1500 m
KERINCI TREKKING ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
We access Pintu Rimbo by local transport from Kersi Tuo till the end of road, then walk through path of local farmland ecosystem. From this point, our real hike is commenced through the farmland and tropical mountain forest of volcano Kerinci to Shelter I. 1 hour after lunch, then proceed the hike up to Shelter II through more dense tropical mountain forest of volcano Kerinci
As we came over shelter II heads for shelter III, the path turn into gulley or eroded path where each pace needs to climb up around 3 foot steps , then pull our selves up by root of trees or branches on the side of the trail.Along the way, sometime need to brace ourselves along the all of the drainage creeks to get up.The hike progression along this sections were slower than below prior section.
On the second day, we woke up early morning and proceed the hike approx 04:00 am from shelter III to summit zone.We proceed the hike in the dark early cool morning through windy weather.As we crossed the bushline, the terrain turn into volcanic gravel and sand where each step forward slides a few incs back.Along the way...the strong wind keep blowing volcanic ash and hit our face. we made about 3 times stops for break, and often get smell of sulfur as we got closer to summit zone.
We made summit in early morning before sun lights the summit zone. The weather was so bad...strong wind was howling and gas sulfur was overwhelming on summit zone. We had to walk down some meters heads for safer site of rim crater for protection.When the situation got better, we then proceed move forward toward marked summit.
THE POS & SHELTER
Along the route heading for summit, there were some pos and shelters which were function as halts by hikers.To reach shelter 1,we had to passed through some pos below. There was no shelter at shelter 1 but it marked and provided flat space to break in the jungle.This site, normally functioned as breaking point for lunch by most hikers.
Whereas shelter II was more open so that the view of landscape was visible. Shelter II provides more space for camp in brush. There was no shelter here, but only ruin of shelter on left side of the route on the edge.This site, normally used as camp site by hikers and could accommodate around 8 tent.Some birds and flower still found around this shelter.Keep calm to not noisy is important aspect, to not disturb the habitat.
Shelter III was at edge, more exposed and windy, but views were better if the weather was clear. Cone zone of Kerinci was visible already from shelter III, so that shelter III is good site for observing. There was no shelter at shelter III, only wide flat space for setting up tent for camp before summit push on the next day.
OUR SLEEPING ALTITUDE:
1) Kersi Tuo 1500 m
2) Shelter III 3306 m
We arrive at Kersi Tuo in the morning and spend 1 night at Basecamp/Homestay here prior to hike commencement on next day. This is our good time to adapt our selves to this new altitude , meet the locals, taste local food and drink,gather relevant info, and observe the last condition of the volcano. En hiking route, we spend the night at Shelter III since we still have much time to reach this area and observe the surrounding environment.We slept well, and have good dinner at Shelter III.
OTHER OPTIONS OF SLEEPING ALTITUDE:
Other options for overnight are on 3040 m of Shelter II or Shelter 2450 m (Indicated by large tree).Seeing from perspective of altitude healthy and potential volcano hazard, this Shelter II is good overnight site than shelter III, but it's needed more extra energy for next day trek on crux and for longer hike.While Shelter I is always be considered better option if more time to adapt to rising elevation is required (each people is different) as well as if the potential of volcano hazard is considered higher in probability than other factors at the time, but need longer day climbing (3 days - 2 nigts actual trekking day).
Accident statistic on volcano Kerinci experienced by hikers over shelter III due to fogy / cloudy condition (objective condition) that might effects to lost control on situation.Hike alone either on ascent or descent is strongly not recommended for safety recent.
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