Mt Dempo Gunung

Mount Dempo

Mount Dempo is the 3rd highest mountain on Sumatra at around 10,400 feet. It’s surrounded by vast coffee and tea plantations at the base of the mountain and immense jungle and wildlife as you hike the steep path to the summit. Not to mention there are 7 craters on this active volcano.

Day 1:

Begin your adventure early in the morning, making your way past the starting post and out of the tea and coffee plantations. Venture into the jungle with small shelters every 2-3 hours for a break and a snack. On average it takes 8-10 hours to reach the summit, so prepare yourself for a grueling day of hiking. But it’s all worth it when you look behind you near the summit and see some extraordinary views!

 

Day 2:


After a warm breakfast, hike the 30-45 minutes to the highest peak and explore a little, taking in the beauty of the crater. Take time to explore around the camp area and bring a good book to read or a frisbee to throw with a friend. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and unplug from regular life.

Day 3:


Enjoy a nice breakfast and coffee before making your way back down the mountain. It takes approximately 6 hours to the base of Dempo, where you will once again be immersed in tea and coffee plants and enter the village where this journey began.


Trail Conditions: Most of the trail generally follows well-defined paths made by local farmers and is usually pretty dry. However, be prepared for land leeches, which can be abundant here in wetter months. Leech socks can help, but you might still be tagged a few times. You can buy a pair of leech socks from us for pretty cheap, and it’s worth the cost! In between the two mountains is more remote and a less-trodden path with a lot of brush, so long pants and shirt are recommended.

Price includes a local guide (limited English skills), permits, lunch, and transport from Pagar Alam to and from the trail head. Transportation to/from Bengkulu can be arrange for additional cost.  Price per person reduced with more than two travelers, but usually limited to a max of ten people to lessen the impact on the environment.

Summary

Difficulty: Extreme for 2 day; Challenging for 3 day

Activities: Hiking

Terrain: Plantations, Jungles, Volcano


Duration: 2-3 Days (not including travel to area)


Months of Operation: Year Round Travel

Location: Mt Dempo

Nearest Town: Pagar Alam, South Sumatra


Closest Airport: Pagar Alam (PXA) with limited options; Bengkulu (BKS) more options

Total Cost: starting at Rp. 5,300,000 for 2D/1N — Rp. 6,400,000 USD for 3D/2N for 1-2 people

Payment Conditions: 25% non-refundable deposit to guarantee booking; balance paid upon arrival in Bengkulu/Pagar Alam; payment can be made via TransferWise or via Bank Transfer or Cash in Rupiah. We cannot except any currency other than Indonesian Rupiah.

 

Bukit Kaba

Bukit Kaba

Mount Kaba is one of the most popular tourist destinations for both local and foreign outdoor enthusiasts. Locally known as Bukit Kaba, this active volcano is covered with vistas of marvelous vegetation. Hiking through the dense rainforest and finally reaching the peak offers an excellent adventure for those who love trekking or mountain climbing. Catch some spectacular views from inside the dormant crater as well the beautiful surrounding volcanic landscape.

Day 1 – Enjoy


Leave from Bengkulu City in the early morning and journey up the winding mountain road to Curup. Along the way you will pass scenic overlooks of the jungles and valleys. After eating lunch in Curup, head to the base of Bukit Kaba, check in, and begin your expedition. Alternatively, you can get an earlier start if you spend the prior night in Curup.
Depending on your fitness level, you can choose to take the easier gravel trail or the more difficult jungle trail. The 2-3 hour hike can be challenging at times but the view from the top is well worth the effort. When you have finished choosing a camping spot, you can either rest and enjoy the beautiful panoramas or make your way to the Thousand Stairs nearby. These steps (only 300+) lead to the ridge of Kawa Hidup (the active volcano) where you can see steam gushing from the crater below. Head back to the your campsite, eat dinner, and watch as the sky fills with thousands of stars above.

Day 2 – Explore


Wake up to the sun rising over the valleys below. After breakfast, begin your morning of exploration. Head down into a small valley and back up as you hike to the ridge of Kawa Mati (dormant crater). As you walk along the ridge you may smell sulfur rising from the cauldron below. Descend into the dormant volcano and be amazed by the bizarre bright neon green pool that seems like it’s science fiction.
After resting at the nearby lake, you can choose to climb up the rock wall dividing the two craters. As you near the top, you will see steam rising and hear the hiss of Kawa Hidup (active crater). Appreciating the active crater from a safe distance is definitely recommended.
After you have fully appreciated the views from inside the mountain, you will climb back out of the dormant crater and back to camp. Following lunch, you will descend the mountain (about 2 hours) and can choose to stay in Curup or head back to Bengkulu that night.

*Optionally as a Day Hike
 — for those in good physical condition interested in a quick trip to bag the peak, a day hike is possible with an early morning start from Curup city. You will need to be in Curup by 8am and will return to Curup around 5pm. The cost for a day-trip to Kaba is Rp. 1,400,000 and includes transportation to/from Curup city, lunch, guide, and all necessary permits.

Summary


Difficulty: Challenging

Activities: Hiking, Camping

Terrain: Jungles, Volcanic Craters, Farms

Duration: 2 days/ 1 night

Months of Operation: All year round
 Travel

Location: 30 mins from Curup

Nearest Town: Curup

Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)

Total Cost: starting at Rp. 3,600,000 for 1-2 people

Conditions: The jungle trail will be slippery after a heavy rainfall, but the gravel travel is always an alternative. 
Price includes a local guide, transport from Bengkulu to and from the trail head, permits, and all food and equipment. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers. Additional transportation from Bengkulu available at a small additional cost for daytrip

Bukit Hitam to Bukit Kaba

Twin Peaks: Hitam to Kaba

One of the most exciting and adventurous treks we offer, this hike combines two majestic mountains and some of the most unique landscapes in this region. Experience beautiful waterfalls, remote jungle, two different volcanic formations to give you and your friends an adventure to remember.


Day 1:

Begin your journey making your way through coffee and tea fields to arrive at the trail head for Mt Hitam. This first volcano has boiling cauldrons you can hike around and then a breathtaking waterfall close by that has a little pool at the bottom in which you can take a relaxing dip. Then make your way to the campsite near another waterfall with a place to swim and take a bath to clean up before climbing into the tent.

Day 2:


Wake up to the sounds of the waterfall and wildlife and then eat some breakfast before packing up. This day takes you over the peak of Mt Hitam, through a valley near a vast lake, filled with different micro-climates from deep jungle to thick bushes. There is the option to camp in the valley between the two volcanos or push through to Mt Kaba.

Day 3:


Spend this day exploring Mt Kaba and its two incredible and unique cauldrons- one active and one inactive. Encounter the inactive portion first and try and believe your eyes as you see a color you didn’t think existed in nature as the pool above the volcano is bright green. Then make your way to the active volcano where your senses are on overload with smells of sulfur and sights and sounds of activity hissing from beneath the earth’s surface. It is a one-of-a-kind experience!

OPTIONAL Day 4:

*RECOMMENDED*

If you camped in the upper hidden valley, this would be your last day after camping on Mt Kaba and then make the trek down towards Curup and then on to Bengkulu, stopping by the hot springs near Kaba base camp to relax your weary feet, getting them ready for your next adventure with us.


Trail Conditions: Most of the trail generally follows well-defined paths made by local farmers and is usually pretty dry. However, be prepared for land leeches, which can be abundant here in wetter months. Leech socks can help, but you might still be tagged a few times. You can buy a pair of leech socks from us for pretty cheap, and it’s worth the cost! In between the two mountains is more remote and a less-trodden path with a lot of brush, so long pants and shirt are recommended.

Price includes a local guide (limited English skills), permits, lunch, and transport from Bengkulu to and from the trail head. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers, but usually limited to a max of ten people to lessen the impact on the environment.

Summary

Difficulty: Challenging for 3 day; Moderate for 4 day

Activities: Hiking

Terrain: Plantations, Jungles


Duration: 3 Days (Optional 4th day)


Months of Operation: Year Round Travel

Location: Mt. Hitam Forrest Preserve/ Mt. Kaba

Nearest Town: Kepahiang/ Curup


Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)

Total Cost: starting at Rp. 5,400,000 for 3D/2N — Rp. 6,400,000 for 4D/3N for 1-2 people

Payment Conditions: 25% non-refundable deposit to guarantee booking; balance paid upon arrival in Bengkulu; payment can be made via TransferWise or via Bank Transfer or Cash in Rupiah. We cannot except any currency other than Indonesian Rupiah.