Project Description

Enjoy a day trip through the rainforest that will take you to a pristine lake teeming with fish. Fed by underground springs, the water in Danau Kaco is crystal clear, and incredibly blue. The lake is a place of mystery, shrouded in local legend and myth. Rumor has it that no one has yet been able to discover its true depth, despite numerous attempts. After a swim, you can choose to camp for the night or head back to Lempur.
Drive from Sungaipenuh to Lempur, about an hour and 15 minutes. Walk through the rainforest for about 3-4 hours, visiting a pretty waterfall (Bersisik Emas), and crossing a creek along the way. Once you reach the lake, enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool, perfectly clear waters. Notice the underwater spring on the bottom of the lake constantly pumping in fresh water, and search for the brilliantly-colored fresh-water crabs that make the lake their home. 
When it’s time to finally pull yourself away, return to Lempur for a night in a local homestay, or head back to Sungaipenuh.
Spend the night at the lake, which can cast an eerily blue glow if the conditions are right. Make sure to take a night walk to try and spot eye shine in the surrounding forests.
Enjoy a leisurely morning swimming and/or exploring the surrounding rainforest. Return to Lempur by mid-afternoon.
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Difficulty: Easy. The trail to the lake is relatively flat.

Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Bird Watching, Wildlife, Optionally Camping

Terrain: Jungle, Traditionally managed production forest, The bluest lake you’ll ever see.

Nearest Village: Lempur, Gunung Raya subdistrict, Kerinci regency, Jambi province, Indonesia

Months of Operation: Year Round, but it’s usually somewhat drier from May – September

  • A quality pair of hiking shoes – preferably waterproof – are essential.
  • Comfortable trekking socks are recommended.
  • Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Preferably made from quick-dry material.
  • A headlamp, especially if you want to take any night walks.
  • A waterproof jacket in case it rains, and to keep you warm in the chilly evenings and mornings.
  • Sunscreen, especially if you plan on spending much time on the lake. Being so close to the equator, it’s easy to burn quickly-especially when the air is so deceptively cool.

The trail to the lake is pretty flat, but can be muddy in wetter seasons. Also be prepared for the occasional land leech, depending on the season and (un)luckiness.

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.

We are proud that 5% of the total cost of this trip goes directly to 21st Century Tiger in support of forest rangers and wild tiger conservation projects in the Kerinci Seblat National Park and other areas of Sumatra. Price also includes a donation to the local Pencagura (Nature Lovers of Gunung Raya Sub-district) to support their forest and wildlife protection activities in the area.

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.

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