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Kerinci Seblat National Park, Gunung Tujuh

Written By Rio Gonzales on Sunday, February 26, 2012 | Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gunung Tujuh Lake (Seven Mountain Lake) is the highest lake in Southeast Asia. Besides the existence of Lake Kerinci, which is the second largest lake after Lake Toba in North Sumatra. And there are several other small lakes with unique natural beauty. Grouse Lake with pristine nature give a different touch.

Gunung Tujuh Lake is a caldera lake formed by volcanic activity in the past. At an altitude of 1996 m above sea level, this lake is the highest lake in Southeast Asia. The lake is often covered in fog with an average temperature of 17 0C. Lake Area of ​​960 ha ± 4.5 km in length and width ranging from 3 km. The lake is surrounded by seven mountains, the Upper Mount Tebo (2525 meters), Mount Hulu Sangir (2330 m), Madura Iron Mountain (2418 m), Mount Moss covered the various types of moss (2350 m), Mount Basil (2230 m) , Mount Jar Bake (2469 m), and Mount Seven (2735 m).

Gunung Tujuh Lake known as Mystic Lake by the community. Lake water always looks clean even the leaves were not found although there were many fallen trees on the edge of the lake. According to the people around the strange events occur frequently, such as weather changes suddenly. At the opening of the lake, one worker told the host that the boat spinning in the middle of a lake without an obvious cause.

Communities around believing that the Gunung Tujuh Lake is inhabited by human beings in the form of fine, named "Lbei Sakti" and "Saleh Sri Menanti" with some of his followers in the form of a tiger.

Gunung Tujuh Lake is a source of livelihood for some villagers. There are several huts alongside a lake that is used by fishermen as a place to live. Day-to-day fishing with the fishermen and fish trap boat, early morning fish trap installed in the middle of the lake later this afternoon raised fish trap.

Used boats made ​​of one piece of logs with a diameter ranging from 30-40 cm, and with such workmanship round wood is shaped like a boat. Used by fishermen fish trap made ​​from bamboo strips woven. This fish trap was tied to the middle rope, at the end of the rope tied around the bottle (a type of bottle Aqua) and stones at the other end as a weight.

The lake is located in the Village Pelompek, District Kayu Aro with a distance of ± 56 km from the Sungai Penuh. To enjoy the beauty and coolness of air Gunung TUjuh Lake visitors must walk through the trail for 2-3 hours.

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