In some previous conversations with friends I had been telling them that I’d like to set up a tour to visit Mount Kerinci. I told them that it wouldn’t be too hard of a climb, only 3,000 feet. BUT…, actually is is 3,805 meters. The difference between feet and meters makes a BIG difference.
Answers.com shows Mt. Kerinci at 12,484 feet (3,805 meters), so it will be cool up there, but one good thing–NO MOSQUITOES!
For those wanting to go on this excursion, a little information will be helpful:
“Kerinci can be climbed from the village of Kersik Tuo. The climb and descent normally takes 3 days and 2 nights, if you choose to go to the summit. You may also choose to go up only till Camp 2 or 2.5, skipping the summit attempt which is a night climb; and take 2 days and 1 night instead.”
As of November 2007, the alert level for Kerinci was raised to Level 2- Orange, due to black smog seen coming out of the crater. But climbing the volcano is still relatively safe and allowed; though you may not climb any further than 1km to the crater.
Kerinci’s terrain consists of thick jungle, it can get muddy and slippery even if there are only mild drizzles, which may occur occasionally even during the dry season. To climb the volcano you need a guide, for there have been rare cases of people disappearing after attempting to trek alone.