Indonesia | Gunung Kerinci
Recommended 4D4N starting at SG$503
Gunung Kerinci towers over the rest of Sumatra and is the highest point on this island, standing at 3805masl. Kerinci is hard to get to but will be worth every sore muscle. Enjoy picturesque views of tea plantations and wetlands. Be in nature and take in all the sights and sounds, including howling gibbons! And lastly, be the tallest person on Sumatra, even if its just for a second.
Day 00 | Friday
Singapore to Batam
Day 01 | Saturday
Fly Batam 0920//1010 Padang (suggested); Drive to Kersik Tuo (±8hrs)
Day 02 | Sunday
Trek to basecamp 3300masl; camp
Day 03 | Monday
Summit Kerinci 3805masl; Descend to Kersik Tuo
day 04 | tuesday
Drive to Padang; Padang 1450//Batam 1555 (suggested); Batam to Singapore
Extra Info and Options
Guesthouse (very basic); camping
Extend 1 day to explore mountain more
Padang; Kersik Tuo
Orange leaf monkey; birds; lizards; hear Siamang Gibbons
Gunung Kerinci; tea plantations; wetlands
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