Rice Farmer in the Kerinci Valley, Jambi, Sumatra, Indonesia
Looking to really delve deep into the local culture? This itinerary takes you through the Kerinci valley from north to south, and everywhere in between, to discover what daily life is really like in the charming villages of rural Sumatra. From rice fields to cinnamon forests, fishing boats to wild honey hunting, you’ll get a taste of the real Indonesia as you get up close and personal with the farmers, fishermen, and families of the region. A great itinerary especially for those with an interest in photography, agrotourism, and cultural immersion.
Each of the regions below represent a full day of activities, and can be combined with other regions. Decide how many days you have, and choose which parts of Kerinci you want to explore. Let us know which of the listed activities sound most interesting to you—realistically there is not enough time to accomplish everything in a day—and we’ll help craft an experience like no other. 

Difficulty: Easy.

Activities: Walking, Canoeing, Fishing, Farming

Elevation: 785m-1600m

Terrain: Villages, Lakes, Highland farms

Nearest Village: All over the Kerinci regency, Jambi province, Indonesia

  • Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Preferably made from quick-dry material.
  • A waterproof jacket in case it rains, and to keep you warm in the chilly evenings and mornings.
  • Your own water bottle, to cut down on single-use plastics.
  • Sunscreen. Being so close to the equator, it’s easy to burn quickly-especially when the air is so deceptively cool.
  • Remember, you’ll be staying in simple guest houses in rural Sumatra, so expect conditions to be very basic.
  • This itinerary is jam-packed, and in general cannot all be fit in within the allotted time. So, it’s best to prioritize what you’re most interested in. Jjust let us know – we’re happy to tailor it to your travel style, or adjust it on the fly.
  • Food is very traditional local fare. Vegetarian and vegan options are available, if you let us know ahead of time.
  • Like all of our trips, you travel at your own risk. Keep in mind that you are visiting a wild and extremely remote area of rural Sumatra, far from quality medical care. It’s your responsibility to make sure you are covered with valid travel and medical insurance.

There are now daily flights to Kerinci from the city of Jambi! You can read more about them here.

To reach Kerinci, many travelers come overland via the city of Padang in West Sumatra. Expect the drive to Sungai Penuh to take around nine hours, although it can vary by an hour or two depending on the road conditions and the driver, and if you are taking public or private transport. Padang has direct flights to/from the hubs of Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Medan, and Batam. If you are in Bukittinggi, it’s possible to drive directly to Sungaipenuh, roughly a ten hour drive.

The city of Jambi is also a possible launching point. The drive from Jambi to Sungai Penuh takes roughly nine hours as well. The road from Jambi is less winding than the road from Padang, so it’s a bit more comfortable. As mentioned, Wings Air has daily flights to Kerinci. Susi Air also has thrice-weekly flights directly to the town of Sungai Penuh in central Kerinci, although the flights aren’t as reliable as the Wings Air flights, and are difficult to book.

You can read more about transport to/from Kerinci, and what travel looks like within the valley here.

When booking with us, we’ll be happy to assist you with all accommodation and transport arrangements.

We’re proud that 100% of our proceeds goes directly to local grassroots conservation and community development initiatives here in Kerinci. This also includes donations to Pencagura (Nature Lovers of Gunung Raya Sub-district) to support their forest and wildlife protection activities in the area, and to the local village.

As always, we use only local guides and porters from nearby communities, who are paid a fair, ethical wage above the standard local price.

Come discover Kerinci for yourself! Learn about the region, visit our itineraries page, or view additional points of interest around Kerinci to create your own custom trip. Be sure to check out our travel tips when you’re ready to start planning.