Bukit Duan and 7 Colored Pools
Plunge into the jungle to visit the 7 caldron Pools of Bukit Daun, with colors ranging from sky blue to milky white to red. It is said in the white pool, there is a spirit called Kawah Putri who lives there and will show her power when someone calls out her name. Some have even reported seeing the phantom….
Day 1 – Through Coffee Fields to the cusp of the Jungle
On the first day, warm up your muscles and break in your boots with a leisurely 3-hour hike to the base camp. Pass through coffee and tobacco fields, taking your time to stop and smell the coffee blooms or other wild flowers along the trail. Set up camp on the edge of untamed territory, at the last pondok (wooden farm shack) before entering the jungle.
Day 2 – Seven Pools and 1 Princess
Wake up to a cool morning on day two. After a cup o’Joe (or tea), plunge into the jungle to visit the 7 boiling pools. Don’t forget to take an egg or two along to cook in the pools for extra protein. Take your time in the virgin forest, stopping every half hour or so to enjoy yet another colorful lake. And when you get to the white pool, ask your guide to call on the Kawah Putri (Princess Pool) and see what happens. Continue through your hike until you have taken in all 7 pools and arrive back at base camp, feeling tired but satisfied. Rinse off in a local stream, have a yummy dinner, and settle in for a good night sleep.
Day 3 – Hike Out (with an Optional Pitstop)
You awaken from sweet dreams of a mystical princess and are ready for the day. Break camp after breakfast and head back towards civilization (unfortunately). Take your time through the coffee & tobacco fields again. On the drive back to town, stop at a local waterfall called Air Dingin for a quick dip to wash off your cares before heading back to grind of everyday life, taking pictures and creating memories to last you until your next Wild Sumatra trip.
Activities: Hiking, Camping
Terrain: Plantation, Jungle, Wetlands, Waterfalls
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Months of Operation: Year-round
Location: Lebong Regency
Nearest Town: Air Nipis Village
Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)
Total Cost: 3,800,000 IDR for two people
Conditions: You’ll be roughing it in tents at the base camp on the edge of the jungle, with our supplied sleeping gear. Nearby, there’s a creek for bathing and whatnot. Optionally, for the adventurous, you can choose to camp near the blue and black pools.
Price includes a local guide, transport from Curup to and from the trail head, permits, and all food and equipment. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers, but usually limited to a max of six people to lessen the impact on the environment. Additional transportation from Bengkulu available at a small additional cost.
We are proud that 5% of the total cost of this trip goes directly to 21st Century Tiger in support of wild tiger conservation projects in the Kerinci Seblat National Park and other areas of Sumatra.