The Jakarta Post
The Kerinci Seblat National Park Management Agency (BB TNKS) has approved the opening of a new trekking path to Mount Kerinci. Hikers can soon reach the highest volcano in Indonesia via South Solok, West Sumatra.
Currently, visitors hike Mt. Kerinci via Kayu Aro in Kerinci regency, Jambi.
BB TNKS head M. Arief Toengkagie said his agency would soon issue a permit for visitors to climb Mt. Kerinci via South Solok. The new route aims to give tourists more options in climbing the mountain.
“It is still being processed. But we will soon allow visitors to use the new trekking route. This is because the new route can give them a different sensation. Hopefully this can attract more tourists to come,” said Arief on Friday.
He said each of the two trekking routes presented its own challenges. “We provide two routes so that climbers can have their own choice. They can start to climb from South Solok and return back via Kerinci and vice versa. People living near the trekking routes can get benefits,” said Arief.
Commenting on the new trail, Kerinci Regent Adirozal said he had asked the regency’s Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports Agency to immediately make improvements to the area so it could compete with South Solok regency.
He has also called on tourism players and people living near Mt. Kerinci to immediately improve their services to tourists visiting Kerinci. “They will not consider us unless we improve our services,” said Adirozal. (ebf)