Located in Berastagi, this active volcano is now still safe to climb, unlike its sister, Mt Sinabung, who has been erupting for almost 4 years. Located not very far from Brastagi city, climbing Mt Sibayak can be an option for visitors to see a beautiful view from Mt Sibayak Peak.
Mt Sibayak is 2,094 m, and to reach the peak only take s about 1 hour walk. I think this is very convenient for beginners. I heard there are other climbing trails to the peak which take longer.
As other mountain which is most convenient hiked in the morning before sunrise, i climbed early morning about 04.30 depart from hotel in Brastagi and then drive to foot of Mt Sibayak.
I was not prepared with warm clothing, so i just had two layers top and trousers. After walking about 10 minutes i felt it was not cold anymore. The climb was a little steep in the beginning and then passing tall pandanus plants, afterwards no more steep path.
At the peak, you can hear the loud hiss of from the crater and if you go down to the crater, you can see bubbling hot water. And the view from the ultimate peak is very beautiful. The ridges of nearby peaks, and Mt Sinabung which still active and smolders ash can be seen from here. On the other side the view of Berastagi and nearby village twinkling down there.
Even though the trail is not long, still recommended to have local guide to go with. Do not forget to bring small backpack with water and maybe bread or snack or banana. Comfy shoes will be helpful for the trail.
About 07.00, you will finish climbing and then drive to Sedebuk debuk hot spring located not far from the base camp. I find it perfect to relax after the hike. You can also choose the various temperature of the sulfurous water.