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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  • 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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  • We did a night climb with guide and some dutch travellers in 1998. After a short rest of 40 mins or so near the top, we set off again whilst still dark. I remember climbing up a hill covered in small ...  more »
  • Merapi is littlle bit harder trek up to the volcano. Ask first if its save to go. Sometimes not. Be sure. Best time to start is early in the morning. We start at 6:30 in our hotel, than 30minutes by c...  more »
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  • 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...
  • The tracking is not really tough or hard. It is really amazing in the peak of the mountain you can see Danau Singkarak.
  • Good place..
  • Beautiful mount

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