Mount Marapi (Gunung Marapi), Bukittinggi

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Marapi is a complex volcano in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Its name means Mountain of Fire, and it is the most active volcano in Sumatra. Its elevation is 2891.3m. A number of cities and towns are situated around the mountain, including Bukittinggi, Padang Panjang and Batusangkar.According to legend, the mountain is the site first settled by the Minangkabau people after their ship landed on the mountain when it was the size of an egg and surrounded by water. There are large numbers of upright burial stones in the region which are oriented in the direction of the mountain, indicating its cultural significance.Since August 3, 2011 Alert Level has been established by Center of Vulcanology and Mitigation Geology Disaster.
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  • Mount Marapi is a live volcano that has erupted several times in history killing lots of people. We went to visit this place via a land cruiser jeep. The trip was very bumpy and the 4 wheek drive jeep...  more »
  • Hiking paths Marapi is very remarkable, with views that are so pretty. The crater appears to be and there is a spacious area like pasture before the Summit.
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  • Hello everyone, yesterday I got on the Marapi. In itself a nice walk and the view from the top in the environment and in the crater is great. BUT: on the check post (beginning of the hiking trail), a fee will be charged by one of the unfriendly Indonesians, whom I met in seven weeks in the country,. According to the Guide (latest edition of the Lonely Planet) the 10,000 rupiah should be. By me the professional colleague demanded 25,000 rupiah, two coming after me hikers 60,000 rupiah per person (you have threatened then to happiness with the police so that the employee has requested but less). In addition, the entire trail is almost a literal garbage dump. I've been on Java on the bromo, the Ijen, the Arjuno and the Merbabu. I was otherwise on the Sibayak on Sumatra. The Marapi loose tops all these mountains in terms of waste three times. So do you consider whether you really want to. I'm trying the employees of the local police to report it could be so, that which is replaced by a hopefully honest fellow... I don't know whether the police in such cases to take action.
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  • Most favorite place to hacking or climbing to peak of Marapi Mount. Event a lot missing climber during climbing the mount but still favorite for climber. Marapi still under active volcano in west sumatera, wild life still maintain event enlarge resident area or business project around marapi mount. You still can find sumatera tiger (critically endangered) but very rare.
  • The view from top is stunning But i just can't understand why people threw their trashes in this beautiful mountain I always hike alone in indonesia No guide needed, you can just follow the trash until the top of mountain (took 5 hours for me accompanied by trashes lying around) A wild boar woke me up around 2 am eating trash near my camp I even saw someone taking edelweiss​ a bunch and put it on backpack and remember to bring water from below Some Crazy bastard poop near reservoir on top
  • This is what we call exotic place. Nice view,clear landscape
  • Beautiful volcano, great views from the top...No need for a guide, the way up is straightforward and if in doubt use MapsMe as it is detailed there. Took us 3hrs to go up from the warung where you register, going down was a bit more painful though. A lot of trash along the path but the crater and views from top are great.
  • The dirtiest mountain i have ever climbed. 4 hours going up through tons of waste (and another for to go down) made our climbing a nightmare. at least views from the top of the vulcano where impressing, but it was a disgusting journey...

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