Climbing Adventure, Bukit Kaba in Bengkulu
The lush vegetation that covers the foothills of Bukit Kaba offers a veritable feast for the eyes, while the different colors of succulent fruit hanging from the trees enhance this picturesque view. A number of women can be seen in the orchard picking the ripe fruit and vegetables, throwing these in the baskets on their backs.
Standing at 1,952 meters above sea level, Bukit Kaba – or the Kaba Hill – is where the village of Sumber Urip nestles in the subdistrict of Selupuh Rejang in the district of Rejang Lebong, Bengkulu province. From this vantage point you can admire the peaks of the twin volcanoes and a third dormant mountain.
Exploring Bukit Kaba means getting yourself immersed in undiluted nature, for as you trek through the jungle you may often come across wild animals that dare to come up real close to you. Further up do not forget to refill your flask with clear water that flows fresh from the springs here, or take a cool bath under the many waterfalls before you continue on your ascent to the crater.
The first leg of your climb takes you from the first post to Pematang Durian which takes around 3-4 hours. This section can also be undertaken by four wheeled vehicles should you wish to save your energy. The next leg, however, takes you through jungle treks with steep inclines that will take some 2 hours walking. And before you finally reach the top of Bukit Kaba, get your breath back, stretch your aching muscles and relax a bit before starting the climb up the thousand steps before you attain your final destination: the peak of Bukit Kaba.
The last exhausting twenty-minutes climb will be amply rewarded when you look down on the three craters on Bukit Kaba with lakes that change color from time to time. The smoke emitted by the two craters indicate that these are still very active whereas the fact that no smoke comes out from the third shows that this crater is indeed dormant.
Near the entrance of the jungle which leads to the main path into the forest are hot water pools and hot water springs which are a great place to relax or bathe your feet after your tiring descent from the peak.
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