Mount Kerinci

Mount Kerinci, known by many other names including Gunung Kerinci, Berapi Kurinci, and Peak of Indrapura, is an active stratovolcano that is located in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra. It reaches an elevation of 12,484 feet, making it the tallest volcano in Indonesia, and is located within Kerinci Seblat National Park. This volcano features fifteen lakes, the largest of which are Kerinci Lake and Gunung Tujuh Lake. The summit holds a deep crater that is sometimes slightly filled by a crater lake.

Mount Kerinci is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, producing phreatic eruptions nearly every year. Recent eruptions have occurred in 2004, 2009, and 2013, producing sulphurous and black smoke. The area around the volcano is not densely populated, only holding a few farms and tea plantations. The forested areas on and near the volcano are home to the endangered Sumatran rhinoceros and Sumatran tiger.

Climbing is permitted on Mount Kerinci, which is accessible from the nearby village of Kersik Tuo, and the average climb to the summit takes about three days and two nights. There are camps available on the slopes that allow visitors to rest during their assent, but visitors can also end their climb here if they do not wish to make the night climb to the summit. The climb can be difficult due the forested terrain on the volcano and mud that accumulates even during the dry season. A guide is required to make the assent to the summit.

Image Caption: View of Mount Kerinci from Kayuaro. Credit: WahyuS/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)