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Climbing Mount Sibayak, an active volcano in Sumatra

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Mount Sibayak is an active volcano in northern Sumatra, Indonesia in the town of Berastagi that erupted more than 100 years ago. It is 2 212m high, and is relatively easy to climb.

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We began our expedition at 4:30am and reached the peak of the volcano after a hour.

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On the mountain, there was a strong smell  of sulfur emitted by the steam vents.

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From the mountain top, we also got a bird’s eye view of the whole town of Berastagi.

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Mount Sinabung, a superactive volcano, can also be seen from the top of Mount Sibayak.

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And of course, climbing a volcano is incomplete without seeing its crater. Its crater has a small lake with acidic discoloration due to the seepage of sulfurous gases.

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After trekking, it was good to relax dipping ourself in a hot bath from the hot spring.

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Overall, it was an unforgettable experience to hike to the top of a volcano and see its crater, sulfur mine and indulge in a healing bath thereafter.

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Watch video here.

Check hotel booking for Berastagi here.

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