North Sumatra: From $649 Per Person for a 10-Day Tour with Accommodation, Transport and Activities
During this 10-day expedition, trekkers can explore the diverse landscape of Northern Sumatra. Lush tropical forests, volcanoes, waterfalls and lakes, as well as Batak villages, all await those wanting to experience the best of what the island has to offer. Travellers start their journey in Medan, the capital city of Sumatra, and then head to Bukit Lawang where they can encounter wildlife indigenous to Gunung Leuser National Park including orangutans, elephants, monkeys and a myriad of other species. The group will also hike to the summit of Sibayak volcano, discover the traditional village of Lingga, admire Spiso Piso, the highest waterfall in Indonesia, and visit Lake Toba, the centre of the Batak culture.
- Day 1 (No meals included this day)
Pickup from Medan, Kuala Namu airport or Medan guesthouse by private transportation and journey 3-4 hours direct to Bukit Lawang. Depending upon arrival time explore the village or relax at the guesthouse for the remainder of the day/evening
Day 2 (No meals included this day)
A chance to acclimatise to the heat and colourful surroundings. After a relaxed morning take a village tour by becak (motorbike and sidecar) around the local area. The guide will show you some of the traditional industry and agriculture of this region and introduce you to the area and its cultures. Depending upon the day visit a traditional market, the weekly meeting point for many of the locals and a hive of activity, smells, sights and sounds. Relax at a café next to the Bohorok for lunch before taking a walk to the bat cave in the afternoon. Return to guesthouse accommodation in the late afternoon
- Day 3 (Lunch and Dinner included)
Set off with the guides into the jungle, firstly trekking around the old feeding platform area to try and spot some semi wild orangutans foraging in their natural habitat. Continue on deeper into the jungle. The guide will teach you about the flora and fauna of the National Park. Stop off regularly for wildlife spotting opportunities and fruit refreshment. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the jungle in the early afternoon at a nice spot next to the river or a high point where you can take in a spectacular view of the primary rainforest. In the mid to late afternoon the guide will select a suitable spot next to the river to set up camp. Help out with fishing for dinner or learn some jungle skills from the guides
- Day 4 (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner included)
Continue trekking and spotting wildlife for the day. Camp at a new location next to the river
- Day 5 (Breakfast and Lunch included)
After breakfast either relax at the camp and swim in the river or continue trekking around the camp area. After a final lunch in the jungle river tube back to the village. Explore the village and the local area for the remainder of the day. Guesthouse accommodation
- Day 6 (No meals included this day)
Journey 5 hours by private transportation to Berastagi. Check into hotel accommodation. Take a walk or drive up to Gundaling hill for a panoramic view of Sinabung and Sibayak volcanoes.
If enough time, visit the famous fruit market of Berastagi and sample some of the delicious passion fruit or visit a traditional Batak Karo house.
- Day 7 (No meals included this day)
Take an early morning hike up to the summit of Sibayak volcano from where you can take in panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Visit some hot springs on the descent.
After lunch embark on the 4 hour picturesque journey through pine forest, terraced plantations and verdant meadows to Lake Toba. Stop off at the Batak Karo village of Lingga and the magnificent Sipiso Piso waterfall. At 120m high Spiso Piso waterfall is the highest waterfall in Indonesia. Arrive at Parapat harbour and take the ferry across to Samosir Island. Check into guesthouse accommodation next to the lake.
Day 8 (No meals included this day)
Island tour around Samosir Island. Take in the spectacular scenery of Samosir Island and the Lake. This tour will include a visit to the small museum and cultural center at Simanindo and a local Batak king-s residence at Ambarita. Visit the stone circle where judgement would be passed on criminals and enemies, and ritual cannibalism would take place. During this day you can take a look around a traditional Batak Toba house, enjoy some Batak dancing see traditional tombs and a sarong maker. It-s also possible to visit the local market or just kick back and swim and relax by the lake.
- Day 9 (No meals included this day)
On your final morning visit the hot springs at Pangururan and spend the final afternoon relaxing and swimming in the lake. Enjoy evenings being entertained by traditional Batak Karo musicians.
Day 10 (No meals included this day)
Take the ferry back to Parapat harbour before a 5 hour journey direct to Medan and 3 star hotel accommodation on Jalan Surabaya, in the heart of the city and within a stone's throw of various entertainment and dining options. The guide will help to organise taxi transportation back to the airport when required the next day.
The Area: Sumatra
The vast island of Sumatra is home to 50 million people, but perhaps what it-s best known for is its natural diversity and unspoiled jungles. With large swathes of the island blanketed in the rainforest, Sumatra is home to an array of unique animals, including orangutans, Sumatran tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants tapirs, Malayan sun bears and Bornean clouded leopards. The jungle also conceals thousands of exotic plants, flowers and trees, many holding culinary or medicinal properties.