Into the Crater of Mt. Kunyit
This active volcano, in the southern end of the valley, gets its name “Kunyit” (turmeric) from the abundant sulfur that can be found on the mountain. During the six hour trek to the summit, you pass through enchanted cloud forests and encounter steaming sulfur vents, making for an interesting climb. On the return, you’ll visit a site of hot springs and fumarole vents, a small waterfall, and a wetlands area filled with many different kinds of Nepenthes pitcher plants. The starting point is the village of Talang Kumuning, one hour south of Sungaipenuh. Within the crater is the mystical “Taman Dewa” or “Garden of the Gods” where the local hero Depati Parbo meditated during the conflict with the Dutch, legendarily gaining invulnerability to their bullets as a result.