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Review of Mount Sibayak

Mount Sibayak
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Johor, Malaysia
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Get a good tour guide”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

Get a good tour guide to bring you around!
I suggest Abdy from Nachelle Homestays
I have my best experience ever and unforgettable!

Visited February 2014
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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“Great volcano without tourists”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Compared to the volcanoes of west Java or Bali, you will feel to be alone there. We started the hike at night to be on the top for the sunrise. The first part is an asphalt road, a bit boring until you reach a big place. From there you must go on the left, looking for a red top wooden stick and the beginning of the hike starts from something that looks like a river canyon. We had lots of trouble finding the path since it was night but once you get it it's really easy. The hike is accessible if you are sporty or used to hike a little bit.
Once you are on the top you will see some sulfur geyser. If you are really senstive you might need a wet scarf but it's nothing compared to Kawa Ijen. We didn't wear anything and had no problem at all. Another very interesting thing is the view on Gunung Sinabung. When we went there it was active and we could see the smoke from the top of it.
To go down you have two possibilities. You can go by the same path you went up or take another one. The second one is a bit tricky, quite slippery but worth trying. Once you're down you arrived in small town (which I don't know the name) and you can enjoy the hot springs. From there to go back to Berastagi you can wait than a minibus is full (which can take some time) or like us, you can ask some young people from the village to drive you to the next public bus stop.
In total I think we spent around 6 hours. You need between 2h30 and 3h30 to go up and the same time to go down.

Visited December 2013
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“Pleasant and easy hike but breathtaking view”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Hiking on Sibayak wouldn't be too difficult if you are fit and used to hike: this would be a piece a cake for you. I make this as my weekly exercise, so if you are around and plan to hike don't hesitate to drop me message :)

There are steps provided so you could actually really enjoy the view around. If you prefer to use jungle track you might be need some ranger help since the trail is not very clear, which is actually intended by local people so you don't have any choice but use their guide.

This is my guide if you want to use the paved road option, from Berastagi get mini bus (blue coloured) name "KAMA" - you could see the title of each mini bus right away, the bus fee for now (Jan 2014 ) would be Rp.4000. The last stop will be the starting point to register your name and pay the retribution to hike Rp.4000. From the starting point to the actual spot to start hike and honestly it's more tiring to walk than the actual hike, you probably walk about 1-2 hours, and the hike less than 50 minutes. Some people prefer to pay extra money so the mini bus drops them to the hiking spot; just tell the driver you want to be dropped on the crossroad ("simpang jarang nguda"). Try to bargain. The lowest I could get from Berastagi was Rp.40000. He will drop you at a crossroad: going up to the mountain, going right is the way to a hot spring. After hiking down if you want to try the hot spring just turned left and walk for another 1.5 hours and you will get to "Semangat Gunung" village, plenty places to choose, enjoy the hotspring there and walked down to get minibus back to Berastagi or walk down until you get into the big road and get any public car from there which definitely going to Berastagi.

The hiking would be easy, from the dropping spot just go up until the paved road ends. That means you are already at the hiking point. There is no sign at all but you could see a small path on the left side, the path quite clear. It's impossible to get lost from there. The view very beautiful actually so it's really worth it.

When its raining be careful because its very slippery, you need good shoes for it

Visited January 2014
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Jihlava, Czech Republic
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Transportation tip: get a motorbike”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Just a small tip about going to Gunung Sibayak: hire a motorbike in Berastagi. It saves you time (money probably as well), and also you skip walking the boring part on the road. It _is_ possible to go on the bike still up behind the bemo terminal (though the guys might try to get you park the bike there and pay big money for the parking). One can go on the bike almost to the point where the walk path starts.

We hired a bike in a cafe-restaurant somewhere behind Ginsata hotel (unfortunately I don't remember the name of the cafe anymore) for 50000 Rp / half day.

Guide is not necessary. Should you be afraid not to get lost, download GPX trail to your GPS device (phone): http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=2458069.

Visited July 2013
Thank sedasek
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great views in and around this active volcano”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

This is a fairly quick and easy hike, as long as you get transportation up the hill. I would not bother hiking the road up. We hired a guide to show us the way and they brought us up in a small van. The view is amazing. And all the sulfur vents make fantastic colors on the stone, some shooting several hundred feet up. On the climb up, our guide talked about the steps and who they were created by, although many sections of these steps are long gone from runoff, and i'm sure some volcanic activity shaking them loose. We packed a lunch and had a picnic at the top. What a great day. On the way back our guide suggested we also stop in at the hot springs at the base of Sibayak, and I recommend this as well. It's just a nice way to cap off your trip to the mountain- with some nice sulfur fed water. My skin felt great after- but I didn't smell too good...
Another thing that was nice- our guide brought up a garbage bag and picked up along the way. So if you do go- don't litter.

Visited March 2013
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