With over 120 active volcanoes fuming around Indonesia, Gunung Sibayak in Northern Sumatra is perhaps one of of most popular to climb. The summit of Gunung Sibayak rises to 6,870 feet, providing excellent views of Berastagi and the surrounding countryside. Gunung Sibayak has been attracting adventurous travelers since Dutch traders first settled the area in the early 1900s.

Although Gunung Sibayak has been quiet for the last century, new steam vents and seismic activity indicate that the volcano is merely taking a break between eruptions.

Trekking Gunung Sibayak
The easiest and most popular trail for trekking up Gunung Sibayak starts about 10 minutes northwest of Berastagi just past the Sibayak Multinational Guesthouse; anyone in the vicinity can give directions.

Guides are available around Berastagi for between USD 45 - USD 60, however climbing Gunung Sibayak can not be done independently. Always team up with other trekkers, never hike alone. Unexpected weather changes and loose shale have caused falls - and fatalities - in the past.

Reaching Gunung Sibayak's summit via the easiest trail takes around three hours; the one-way hike is around four and a half miles.

Another option for summiting Gunung Sibayak is to take a bemo minibus to the hot springs at Semangat Gunung. The trail from the hot springs starts a little closer to the volcano. Although only a two-hour walk, the trail is extremely steep and has its share of leg-burning stairs. Many people choose to make a circuit of the trip, beginning in Berastagi and finishing with a dip in the hot springs before catching a ride back to town.

Trekking from Air Terjun Panorama
Travelers wanting to intensify the relatively easy trek to Gunung Sibayak can begin at Air Terjun Panorama - a waterfall around three miles outside of Berastagi.

Starting the trek here requires at least five hours to the summit, including a sweltering hike through the dense jungle. The trail is not easy to follow; a local guide is required.

Safety
Although relatively straightforward, trekkers have actually perished while climbing Gunung Sibayak. The weather, affected by volcanoes in the area, can turn cool and misty with very little notice.

Proper trekking shoes are definitely required rather than the usual flip-flops. Start early, carry additional water, and always hike with a friend; volcano treks can produce dire outcomes when Murphy's Law hits!

When to Go
Gunung Sibayak is best enjoyed during Sumatra's dry season between June and August. If possible, plan your volcano climb for a weekday; Berastagi becomes particularly busy on weekends during the peak season and then so does the volcano.

Rate: USD 100/person/minimum 2 person

Rate including:
- Hotel pick up and transfer
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fee at the Park @USD 25/person
- Refreshment ( Mineral water )

Rate excluding:
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Tipping
- Donation
- Trekking pole and other equipments