Covering an area of 53,435 square kilometers, of which 60% is forest, the province of Jambi offers a fascinating glimpse of pristine nature and ancient culture to adventurous visitors. The tallest mountain peak in Sumatra, 3,805 meter high Gunung Kerinci, is located on the border between Jambi and West Sumatra, and the area surrounding the mountain has been set a side as a national park, Kerinci Seblat. The reserve is still inhabited by rare species of wildlife, including rhinos and the Sumatran tiger, the province’s official "mascot." Jambi is one of the most thinly populated areas of Sumatra, with only about two million people spread out over its wide area.

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Mount Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra
Kerinci Seblat National Park
is Sumatra's largest national park, which sprawls across four provinces. It is home to rhinos, tigers, elephants, bears and the mysterious orang pendek. The scenery is magnificent, dominated by volcanic cones, including the highest peak in western Indonesia, Mount Kerinci. Lake Kerinci is the best place to see the parks's famous birdlife: hornbills, banded-broadbills and drongos, whose tails give the illusion that the bird is constantly being chased by two black butterflies.


Kerinci is the highest mountain in Sumatra. The peak is 3805 meters altitude, and still active volcano .It lies inside the northern end of the big Kerinci -Seblat Reserve, which covers a 345 km strip of Sumatra's mountainous spine straddling four Sumatra provinces. To the north and south are heavily populated farmlands. The volcano's cone is young and bare, while the main crater lies northeast of the remnants of the Berapi/ Elok crater system. Kerinci's crater, which erupted in 1934, is filled with yellowish -green water.

The mountain is squeezed in between even older mountain complexes to the west and east. Though Kerinci is a very nice mountain to climb, you need to be in good condition. Climber usually starts from Kayu Aro (1500 meters) a small village south of the peak.

You can't loose your way on the ascent; there only one path through the jungle. The first leg is four hours to a covered shelter from there the climb is steep and hard. In some section you'll crawl on all fours through tunnels of trees and under roots. You need to rest every 10-15 minutes that is so narrow and steep.

From Kersik Tuo, it takes seven and half hours to reach 3000 meters -here's a ruined house where you can put up a tent. Fresh water no available. Get up early in the morning, and climb three hours to the peak. There you can see the crater, with huge billowy sulfur clouds. Two hours to descend to the 3000 meters point, where you can pick up your things and be down off the mountain in just five hours.

Mt. Kerinci is gorgeous, where you can find much kind of birds, such as Sumatran hornbill and wild dove. Long tailed macaque. Beautiful yellowish flowers. Tropical rainforest with much kind of plants, canopy and big fern plants. Its nice scenery

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