Visiting Mount Dempo Pagaralam

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Ready to Go to Mount Dempo Pagaralam

Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.


In Mount Dempo, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

Mount Dempo is the highest peak in the Bukit Barisan mountain range that stretches along the entire island of Sumatra, forming its backbone.

After sipping a cup of hot sweet tea in the cool dawn, listening to birds chirp in the trees and watching the  sun slowly rising on the horizon,  this is the perfect morning to hike up to the top of Mount Dempo.

At 3,195 meters above sea level, Mount Dempo is the highest mountain in South Sumatra. Along with Mount Marapi on Sumatra (not to be confused with Mount Merapi in Central Java).

Located right on the border between the provinces of South Sumatra and Bengkulu on Sumatra’s west coast, Mount Dempo lies in the district called Pagar Alam.

And, as the name implies, Pagar Alam, meaning nature’s fence, is entirely surrounded by hills and mountain ridges. It takes some 7-hours driving to reach Pagar Alam from Palembang, and then another 15 kilometers from the center of Pagar Alam to Mount Dempo.

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.


Visiting Mount Dempo Pagaralam, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

The trip will not be dull, since you will be presented with fantastic scenery of cliffs and valleys accompanied by fresh, unpolluted air. A vast tea plantation greets you as Mount Dempo comes into view: Here is the source of the energizing cup of tea.

After your logistics are loaded, tents and sleeping bags prepared, the next thing to conquer are the challenging trails. The rucksack feels heavy, as you make the first couple of steps through the wide tea plantation.

When the tea fields are gradually replaced by wild bushes, the path begins to ascend. You are then on your way up, marking that the climb is on.

Among hikers and mountaineers, Mount Dempo is known for its challenging tracks. Various slopes, twisting turns and fewer “bonuses” of flat tracks, actually make Mount Dempo a favorite among these “challenge junkies”.

Gurgling waters, chirping birds and various other voices of nature make good company as you rest your weary legs and exhausted backbone.

Nothing beats the sensation of reaching the top of the mountain, an ultimate feeling of harmony with nature. After the gruelling hike, the reward for reaching the summit of Mount Dempo is the breathtaking view from here overlooking the vast horizon in the distance.

Priceless contentment compensates for all the sweat and hardship; definitely a reward for the panting ascent. You will find Mt. Dempo’s crater is still steaming and very much active. A picture taken here is a trophy and a reward for an accomplished challenge.

Aside from this challenging mountain, prehistoric cultural remnants are also found in the area.  Carved stones in the shape of humans, animals and others are scattered along the first slope of Mount Dempo.

Within Pagar Alam there is also a traditional market that sells various local goods such as tea, coffee, fruits and others worth visiting.

Take a trip off the beaten track; leave your typically pampered vacation behind. Mount Dempo awaits those who seek adventure. Prep the time, energy and  your hiking gears, and find out what rewards await  on its summit.

Hiking, trekking, and mountaineering obviously are the main draws when it comes to activity. The high summit of Mount Dempo offers challenging tracks, rugged rocky paths, high angled slopes and many other obstacles.

In other words: a near-perfect adventure.  There are 2 posts, and several water spots along the track to the summit, while some spots require a little bit of climbing skills.

The pleasant scenery of the tea plantation is also an attraction that you don’t want to miss. Mingle with the locals and try the sensation of plucking fresh tea leaves and experience the feel like of  tea harvesting.

Within the vicinity of Pagar Alam, there is also the Tangga Batu pre-historic site. Here, you can find various sculptured stones in simple shapes of human heads, animals and the like. These ancient remnants date back to the Megalithic era and are still scattered throughout the area.

The Lematang Indah Waterfall is located not too far from Mount Dempo and can be your alternative place to visit. Here, you can feast your eyes on the endless beauty of the waterfall and the river that runs bellow it. The river also provides challenging currents for rafting, a perfect addition after conquering Mount Dempo’s summit.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.


The journey to Mount Dempo is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

Mount Dempo is located in the Pagar Alam district, 310 km West of Palembang.  To get to this site, you can use a rented car or a bus, as the trip will last for about 7 hours.

The starting point for hiking is at the PTPN III tea processing factory. You can ask the locals around the facility to take you to the nearest village on the foot of Mount Dempo,which is called  Kampung Empat.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.


In Mount Dempo Pagaralam, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.


Finding place to stay in Mount Dempo is very easy. We can stay at home stays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

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Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited Mount Dempo, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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That’s all the information we provided, hopefully useful.

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