Gunung or Bukit Daun is one of the highest and most prominent peaks in the southern half of the island of Sumatra and in recent years a hike to the lake near the top has been growing in popularity with local hikers. The lower slopes of the mountain are covered in coffee and tea plantations and there are some small, coloured crater lakes on the north-eastern side which could be visited if you have an extra day in the area.

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Facts Elevation: 2,448 m (8,031 ft) Prominence: 1,130 m Ribu category: Tinggi Sedang Province: Bengkulu Google Earth: kml Rating: Other names: none Bagging It! We currently know very little about this peak – please contact us if you can provide any information. It is on the border with Jambi and may even be in Jambi.

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Considering how accessible Gunung Kaba is, it is remarkable that it isn’t one of Sumatra’s most famous natural attractions. Not only is it reachable on a regular weekend from Jakarta (via a flight to Bengkulu) and close to a lovely hotel, there is also a narrow asphalt track up the mountainside followed by a couple of hundred steps up to the spectacular volcanic scenery that awaits on the crater rim. Given just how stunning the panorama is and how little effort is required to reap such a reward, it really doesn’t get any easier than this!

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