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Exploring Sumatra’s Kerinci Seblat National Park

Duration: 7 Days

Overview

Exploring Sumatra’s Kerinci Seblat National Park: where tigers still roam

Kerinci Seblat National Park sprawls from the coastal plains of West Sumatra, up the forested valleys and over the deep river gorges of the Barisan Mountains. Stretching across a swathe of land more than twice the size of Bali, Sumatra’s largest national park offers ample adventure for those dreaming to see Indonesia at its wildest.

The road from  Padang city winds steadily up into the highlands through forests where hornbills swoop through the jungle canopies and macaque monkeys line the roads hoping for tidbits. Travelling times can often be deceptive in Indonesia but the eight-hour drive from the city to Sungai Penuh, the base for most people who want to explore Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS), is arguably one of Southeast Asia's most scenic.

TNKS is home to healthy populations of Indonesian wildlife, including elephants, bears, tapirs, clouded leopards, gibbons and more tigers (around 200) than can be found in all of Indochina. For the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, however, the future is still far from assured, but tourism is increasingly being seen as the most viable way of ensuring a future for TNKS and its elusive big cats.

Highlights

  • Visit Kiambang and Pandai Sikat village to see traditional hand carving and weaving
  • Drive to Kersik Tuo via Muara labuh, on the way stop at Lake Diatas and Lake Dibawah and passing several MinangKabau Village.
  • Visiting Telun Berasap Waterfall and passing tea plantation at Kayu Aro
  • Arrive at at Sei Penuh , the area of Kerinci Seblat National Park
  • By bus to Lake Mount Seven National Park for about 1 hours. Lake Danau Tujuh is a huge-mysterious lake on 1.995 m above sea level and surrounded by primary rainforest and 7 hills.
  • The pristine area around the lake is known as the habitat of Sumatran Tigers, Sumatran Elephants, Primates, endemic birds of Sumatra as well as research area for the “small man” who live in the jungle around the lake.
  • Most of the day is spent by trekking and explore the surrounding in search for animals, birds and exotic plants.
  • Explore Semurup Hot Spring, Old Historical Mosque with its Giant Drum and Lake Kerinci
  • 2 Hours to the village near the jungle then walking to the jungle to explore where the nomadic Kubu people live and witness their daily activity and its traditional and culture
  • Stop at Muara Bungo, Singkarak Lake on the way to Padang city

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Minangkabau Internationl Airport Padang, pick up by our guide and then drive to Bukittinggi by passing Anai Valley, on the way stop at Kiambang and Pandai Sikat Village to see traditional hand carving and weaving, arrival at Bukittinggi check in to Hotel.

After breakfast drive to Kersik Tuo via Muara labuh, on the way stop at Lake Diatas and Lake Dibawah and passing several MinangKabau Village. Visiting Telun Berasap Waterfall and passing tea plantation at Kayu Aro and arrival at Sei Penuh , the area of Kerinci Seblat National Park check in to simple guest house.

After breakfast, transfer by bus to Lake Mount seven National Park for about 1 hours. Lake Danau Tujuh is a huge-mysterious lake on 1.995 m above sea level and surrounded by primary rainforest and 7 hills. Lunch will be served on the side of the lake. The pristine area around the lake is known as the habitat of Sumatran Tigers, Sumatran Elephants, Primates, endemic birds of Sumatra as well as research area for the “small man” who live in the jungle around the lake. Most of the day is spent by trekking and explore the surrounding in search for animals, birds and exotic plants.

After breakfast visiting Semurup Hot Spring, Old Historical Mosque with its Giant Drum and Lake Kerinci, then drive to Bangko on the way passing rain tropical forest with its flora and fauna. Stop will be made at several interesting places and arrival at Bangko check in to hotel.

After breakfast drive around 2 hours to the village near the jungle then walking to the jungle to explore where the nomadic Kubu people live and witness their daily activity and its traditional and culture, picnic lunch box provide and afternoon return back to hotel.

DAY 06: BANGKO – PADANG (Pangeran Beach Hotel / similar) (B)
After breakfast drive to Padangi via Trans Sumatra highway ant with stop at Muara Bungo, Singkarak Lake and passing several interesting places, arrival in Padang directly check in to hotel.

After breakfats free at own leisure until time transfer to airport. Tour End

After breakfats free at own leisure until time transfer to airport. Tour End

More Information

6 Nights accommodation during tour, Daily breakfast, Return transfer and tours with air conditioned car, Entrance fee and donation on tours, Local Guide and Permit for Kerinci, escorts for Kubu tribe, Meals as indicate on above itinerary, Mineral water and English speaking guide ( other language base on availability)

Domestic flight , Other meals than those mentioned in tour price, Tips and donations, Personal travel insurance & Other personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, minibar, room service, High & Peak season surcharge

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