Jambi (ANTARA News) - About 1.2 thousand people from different parts of Indonesia climbed Mount Kerinci in Jambi province to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Indonesian Independence on Aug 17, an officer said.

"In the past two days, about 1.2 thousand people have climbed Mount Kerinci. The number has increased drastically (compared to normal days) due to the momentum of Independence Day," officer of the volcanos R10 trekking post, Aprizal, stated here on Thursday.

The climbers started arriving at highest volcano in Sumatra Island on Aug 15, he noted.

Aprizal remarked that he was not sure whether the climbers would hold a flag-hoisting ceremony to mark the Independence Day on the 3,805-meter-high volcano.

"I have not been informed of whether they would hold the ceremony there. To be sure, they usually climb the volcano on Aug 17 to raise the red-and-white flag," he explained.

Most of the climbers climbed the volcano via trekking out at Kersik Tuo village, he added.

Before climbing the volcano, the climbers had their climbing instruments checked for safety, he revealed.

"At this moment, we are going to monitor the trekking path, with the help of my colleagues from the nature lover community ((KPI) in Kerinci," stated. (*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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