Today I’m going to talk about a nice point of view around Payakumbuh, I am writing this article literally a couple of hours after I left it.
After we visited another nice place (that I will talk about in another article) we went back to Payakumbuh at around 5pm ish and one of the student of my wife, who accompanied us, suggested that we visit Menda hill. Everyone was up for it, I was slightly tired and would have preferred to postpone it to another day but I went anyway as I was the only one with reserves.
Après avoir visité un autre endroit sympathique (dont je parlerai dans un autre article), nous sommes retournés à Payakumbuh vers 17 heures et l’un des étudiants de ma femme, qui nous accompagnait, nous a suggéré de visiter la colline de Menda. Tout le monde était partant, j’étais un peu fatigué et j’aurais préféré le reporter à un autre jour mais j’ysuis quand même allé car étant le seul à avoir des réserves.
After a 30-40 mn drive from Payakumbuh, we arrived in front of the hill and, I didn’t realize it then but we should have indeed postpone the whole thing. The parking (if you can call a naked piece of ground that way) was muddy to the point I almost fell into the mud with the motorbike just to reach to parking spot. And that was just the beginning of our troubles.
We started to climb the hill with the path that was right in front of us (also the hardest one) and it was then that we realized that it was not just the parking that was muddy… Every step further was a fight to stay on your two feet, we managed with great effort to reach the first point of view. As we were already there and that I don’t like wasting an opportunity, we climbed to the second one which was admittedly the easiest before facing the path to the 3rd point of view on top of a rock. We climbed the last path (most of us) and we also climbed the said rock which was quite a challenge for me as I am far from being a great climber.
Everything went relatively alright so far, the climbing was challenging because of the mud but not impossible, the view on top of the rock was great really, even from the second point of view it was quite nice but on top of the rock you can gaze upon a big chunk of Payakumbuh valley (considering the size of the said valley, it’s quite something). I would have loved going there any other day as I underestimated what came next: the way down.
If you have ever experienced snow, you may also know what it is to walk on the ice with flat shoes, well, from experience, it was more or less the same feeling as we had to go down the rock first which was quite challenging but then, we had to go down a very steep and muddy hill… I ended up falling four times and covered in mud with a scratched arm; nothing too serious, still I do not enjoy rolling into the mud (even tho some people might).
Fact is we went there during the rainy season… while it rained in the morning… We established a rule afterward: No climbing when it rained the same day… and use studded shoes not some flat sandals… We came back, dirty, and exhausted…
Rainy season is a great time to see waterfalls but it is also a terrible time to hike, even on short distances as anything that doesn’t have a concrete path will turn into a slippery slope. If you happen to do it anyway, make sure to have studded shoes, or a taste for mud.
La saison des pluies est un moment idéal pour voir des chutes d’eau, mais c’est aussi le mauvais moment pour randonner, même sur de courtes distances, car tout ce qui n’a pas de chemin en béton se transformera en une pente glissante. Si vous voulez quand même faire une randonnée, assurez-vous d’avoir des chaussures à crampon ou un goût pour la boue.
I should also mention that we were asked to pay 5000 Rp per bike for the “parking”, even tho it was quite obvious we were being scammed, we paid to get the hell out more quicker but be aware of it if you happen to travel around this place.
This place is actually really nice to visit, it is a great view point and the hill by itself is also a nice location, we happened not to enjoy it as much as we should have because of the mud. However, it does not mean that this place ain’t worth seeing, you should just make sure to see it during the dry season or if it hasn’t rain for a couple of days during the rainy season.
Money (for the parking)
Chaussures à crampons
Argent (pour le parking)
5000 Rp for the parking (probably a scam)
5000 Rp pour le parking (sûrement une arnaque)
Bonne condition physique requise, dangereux si la colline est boueuse.
État de la route correct la plupart du temps.