“Hitam” means black though the surroundings are far from dreary. Make your way early in the morning to the trailhead by passing through a lush tea plantation towards coffee fields. From here, join a local guide who will take you through the maze of paths created by villagers searching for rattan and other jungle treasures. Arrive at the hot springs and take a break for lunch. We bring eggs to boil in the small side pools for a little extra protein.
After lunch, continue on the trail to a small waterfall and swimming hole. Drop your packs and set up camp, after a quick dip of course. Spend the night next to the upper falls, taking in the countless stars and falling to sleep to the sounds of the jungle mixed with water cascading down the falls close by.
Wake up in the morning to the sound of multiple waterfalls close by. After a quick dip in the upper falls, break camp and take the 20-minute descent to the lower falls towering hundreds of feet high. Return to the main trail after your fill of swimming and pictures and begin the return hike. End the day by taking a detour through a secluded field at the tea plantation and cresting a local hill that offers an incredible view of the surrounding plantation as well as the small town far below.
If you have the time, we strongly suggesting taking an extra day to make the hike from Mt. Hitam over to Mt. Kaba. The trail leads back through rarely traveled jungle where you will have the chance to see more wildlife and enjoy the calming solitude that lives in the upper valley between these two mountains.
You will hike through the valley, stopping along the way to enjoy views and wildlife and ascend the south side of Mt Kaba, an active volcano. Come out at the side of the rim of the active crater, circumnavigating it towards the inactive crater where we’ll set up camp for the night. Take whatever time is left in the day to explore the multiple craters and take in the views, especially sunset. The next day, hike down Kaba, stopping by the hot springs near Kaba base camp to relax your weary but satisfied feet, getting them ready for your next adventure with us.
Terrain: Plantations, Jungles
Duration: 2 Days (Optional 3rd day)
Months of Operation: Year Round
Location: Mt. Hitam Forrest Preserve
Nearest Town: Kepahiang
Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)
Total Cost: 2,800,000 IDR for 2D/1N — 4,500,000 IDR for 3D/2N — 5,500,000 IDR for 4D/3N for 1-2 people
Conditions: The trail generally follows well-defined paths made by local farmers and is usually pretty dry. However, be prepared for land leeches, which can be abundant here in wetter months. Leech socks can help, but you might still be tagged a few times. You can buy a pair of leech socks from us for pretty cheap, and it’s worth the cost!
Price includes a local guide (limited English skills), permits, lunch, and transport from Bengkulu to and from the trail head. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers, but usually limited to a max of six people to lessen the impact on the environment.
We are proud that 5% of the total cost of this trip goes towards community development activities throughout the Bengkulu region.