Mt. Sibayak

Top of Mt. Sibayak in the morning (photo credit: joko guntoro)
Top of Mt. Sibayak in the morning (photo credit: joko guntoro)

Mt. Sibayak (Indonesian:Gunung Sibayak) is a small stratovolcano overlooking the town of Berastagi in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Located in near Town of Berastagi, precisely at coordinate 3°12′0″N 98°31′0″E, District of Karo, Province of North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Trail to the top of Mt. Sibayak. (photo credit: joko guntoro)
Trail to the top of Mt. Sibayak. (photo credit: joko guntoro)

To reach the top of Mt. Sibayak – 2.212 m or 7,257 ft – it will need about 3 hours from the base camp – actually the place of hotspring or called Village Debu-debu. Debu-debu is about 2-3 hours by bus from Medan, capital of North Sumatra, or 1 hour from Berastagi, capital of Karo District. From Medan to Berastagi is about 3 hour by bus.

From the top you can see the light of the town. Beautiful moment. (photo credit: joko guntoro using automatic timer)
From the top you can see the light of the town. Beautiful moment. (photo credit: joko guntoro using automatic timer)

Although its last eruption was more than a century ago, geothermal activity in the form of steam vents and hot springs remains high on and around the volcano. The vents produce crystalline sulfur, which was mined on a small scale in the past. Seepage of sulfurous gases has also caused acidic discolouration of the small crater lake.

sitting on the top of Mt. Sibayak. Behind is The stinking caldera vent on top of Gunung Sibayak. (photo credit: inaturaltreasures.com)
Sitting on the top of Mt. Sibayak. Behind is The stinking caldera vent on top of Gunung Sibayak. (photo credit: inaturaltreasures.com)

Sibayak is a term from the Karo Batak language referring to a founding community. It is relatively easy to climb and has been a tourist attraction since colonial times.

sulfurous gases (photo credit: joko guntoro)
sulfurous gases (photo credit: joko guntoro)

The story of how about to climb the Mt. Sibayak will be published in another article.

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