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Adventure Trip in Sumatra | Exotic Nature & Culture

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Tour Code: C2I-SUMATRA03

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We will start our trip in Sumatra visiting the city of Medan, where we will discover the authentic urban Indonesia, including the ruined Dutch colonial buildings, the Sultan’s Palace and the street food stalls that come to life as the sun goes down. Then, we will continue our adventure towards Bukit Lawang.

Sumatra is one of the last two places in the world where you can see wild orangutans in the wild in the wild. About 100 km northwest of the capital, Bukit Lawang is a riverside town on the edge of Mount Leuser National Park. In the past, this town was a kind of orangutan sanctuary and, although it no longer exists, it is a good base for orangutan observation excursions through the Gunung Leuser National Park, classified by UNESCO as one of the areas with the highest biodiversity of the planet. In addition to primates, the park is home to hundreds of species of other mammals and birds, most of them rare or endangered.

A private guide is essential during the visit, both to help us locate the orangutans in the dense jungle and to protect the delicate ecosystem. During our tour, we will do several walking routes through the jungle interior admiring the native nature and fauna.

The adventure trip in Sumatra will continue visiting the city of Brastagi, where we will climb to the top of the Sibayak volcano. Next, we will go to Lake Toba. Located in northern Sumatra, Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. We will cross to the island of Samosir, which is located in the middle of the lake, and we will cross it on a motorcycle visiting some of its traditional villages and enjoying the special charm that characterizes this small island.

You will continue our trip in Sumatra towards Sipirok, along the way we will visit several local plantations, a traditional market and we will bathe in some hot springs. We will cross the line of the equator from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere in Bonjol and visit the surroundings of the mountainous lands of Minang where we will have the opportunity to enter various traditional villages.

Then, we will make a wonderful walking route through Puncak Lawang, crossing forests and Lake Maninjau. As a colophon in this trip in Sumatra, we will make a bicycle route through some of the towns located on the slopes of the Merapi Volcano.

  • 13 Nights
  • Difficulty : Medium
  • Kualanamu International Airport, Medan (KNO)
Itinerary Adventure Trip in Sumatra

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MEDAN AIRPORT - HOTEL      ▼

Upon your arrival at the new Kuala Namu International Airport, Medan, your guide will be waiting for you with a sign with your name to take you to your hotel in an air-conditioned car. Welcome to the sixth largest island in the world famous for its rugged tropical terrain, wildlife and fiery volcanoes.

In the afternoon you will visit the city and you will have the opportunity to know the most interesting places in Medan such as the Grand Mosque, the Sultan’s Palace and the Chinese temple.

Meals: 

Accommodation: Le Polonia Hotel or similar

DAY 2:MEDAN - BUKIT LAWANG      ▼

After your breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up at your hotel to go to Bukit Lawang. Along the way, we will stop at the rubber and palm oil plantations. It will be a journey of about 4 hours while we will see what the local life of Sumatra is like until we reach the jungle area of ​​Butik Lawang.

You can check-in at the hotel and the rest of the afternoon will be free for you to start exploring the town.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cottage or similar

DAY 3:BUKIT LAWANG - ORANGUTANS IN THE JUNGLE!      ▼

Today after breakfast, we will start our trekking to the jungle to explore the nature of Gunung Leuser National Park and see the orangutans in the wild.

We will be in the place that houses more amount of tropical Flora and Fauna than in any other place in Indonesia such as Thomas leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, gibbons, black gibbons and other types of flora and fauna of the rain forest.

After a further trekking further into the jungle, we returned to the hotel. (Total duration of the trekking is about 3 hours). The rest of the afternoon will be for you and you can take advantage to enjoy the nature of Bukit Lawang or go visit the town.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cottage or similar

DAY 4:BUKIT LAWANG - BRASTAGI     ▼

Our adventure trip in Sumatra continues. After breakfast, our compass heads towards Brastagi, a city and sub-district of Karo located at the junction of the main route linking the Karo Highlands of North Sumatra to the coastal city of Medan. The main attraction of the city are the two active volcanoes, Gunung Sibayak with its hot springs and Gunung Sinabung.

On our trip, we will have a stop at the Sembahe River and we will pass by Sibolangit, famous for its two-color blue lagoon. Upon arrival in Brastagi, we visit Batak Karo, the traditional Peceren village, the traditional fruit market, Batak Karo Church and Gundaling Hill.

Did you know that in North Sumatra, the Toba people affirm their identity as “Batak”, while other “Batak” explicitly reject that label, preferring the place to specifically identify themselves, such as “Simalungun”, “Karo”, etc.? In the afternoon, check-in at the hotel and rest.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Grand Mutiara Hotel or similar

DAY 5:CLIMB THE SIBAYAK VOLCANO     ▼

The day has come to climb the Sibayak volcano. We will start in the morning so that we reach the tip of the volcano at noon. The reward will be an impressive view from above. During the climb we will explore the flora and fauna of the area. We will return to Brastagi but by another route where we will arrive at the “Lau Debuk-Debuk” hot spring pool, where you will enjoy the hot springs swimming and relaxing after the trekking. In the afternoon we will return to the hotel.

For those who do not climb the volcano, you can take a walking tour of the villages passing through the farmers’ fields where you can see the daily life of the Batak Karo people, see how they plant vegetables, rice, or pick fruits of trees during harvest time.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Grand Mutiara Hotel or similar

DAY 6:BRASTAGI - SAMOSIR - LAKE TOBA     ▼

After breakfast we will continue our trip in Sumatra going to Parapat. During the trip we will find many impressive points. Among them, the impressive Sipiso Piso Waterfall, Bolon House (or Long House: it is the traditional house of North Sumatra), the former palace of the Batak Simalangun Kingdom and finally the wonderful view of Lake Toba (the largest lake in Indonesia).

We will go up to Simarjarunjung. Upon arrival in Parapat we crossed to Samosir Island, it is the only island that is located in the middle of Lake Toba. Upon arrival in Samosir, check in at your hotel and the rest of the time will be for you.

Note: Up to 6 people, we will cross to Samosir by car. More than 6 people by ferry

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Toledo Inn or similar

DAY 7:DISCOVER THE INTERIOR ON A MOTORCYCLE     ▼

After our breakfast, today we will explore the Samosir Island “The Batak Toba village area” by motorcycle accompanied by your guide. Along the way we can visit some traditional towns of Batak Toba, among others; the Ambarita people (to see the old stone chair and table where the meetings of the Sialagan kings were held), the Simanindo people (to see the Batak Toba museum and the traditional BatakToba dance), the Pangururan people (to see the fantastic view of Lake Toba and thermal baths), the village of Tomok (to see the old stone tomb of the Sidabutar kings).

You have the opportunity to witness the daily activities of the local people; how they work in the rice fields, or hand knit, also visit schools to see the youngest in their schools. It is also possible to see traditional ceremonies such as weddings or funerals. After this amazing day, we return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Toledo Inn or similar

DAY 8: SAMOSIR FREE DAY     ▼

Today you will have the day for you, to relax, swim, sunbathe, bathe or stroll through the towns and if you want, also take a boat ride (Optional tour)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Toledo Inn or similar

DAY 9: SAMOSIR - SIPIROK    ▼

After our breakfast, we will cross back to Parapat. It is a small city in the province of North Sumatra that is located on the shore of Lake Toba. Upon arrival in Parapat, we continue to Sipirok, another small town in North Sumatra. Along the way, we will stop at a tropical pineapple, clove, and coffee plantation.

We will visit the traditional market in Balige Sigur-gur and the Sipoholon hot springs. Before arriving at Sipirok, we can enjoy nature walking on the banks of the Sarulla river, surrounded by rice terraces and seeing the villagers working and cultivating. Arriving in Sipirok, check-in at the hotel and rest of the day for you.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tor Sibohi Hotel

DAY 10: SIPIROK - BUKITTINGGI    ▼

Today we will leave Sipirok and continue the journey towards Bukittinggi “high peak”. It is the core of the Minangkabau culture, located on top of a hill. Characterized by its endearing inhabitants, a relaxed atmosphere and fresh mountain air, Bukkittinggi is the ideal base for visit the surroundings of the mountainous lands of Minang.

During the trip, we will pass through the rainforests of Rimba Panti, and we will make a stop to see how the monkeys have fun picking up coconuts. We will visit the pepper, vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom plantations. We must be prepared because today we will cross the equator line in Bonjol from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. In the afternoon we arrive at “Bukittingi” and directly check-in at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Denai Hotel or similar

DAY 11:BUKITTINGGI - MINANGKABAU TOUR    ▼

Already in Minangese lands, we will go to Minangkabau. Before arriving at our destination, we will pass Batu Sangkar and Tabek Patah. Along the way, we will also stop in Rao-Rao to visit a traditional village in Minangkabau where we will see how coffee is traditionally ground.

Arriving at Batu Sangkar, we continue to Pagaruyung to visit the duplicate of the Minangkabau Kingdom Palace and Museum. In the afternoon we return to Bukittinggi by Padang Panjang and visit Pandai Sikat village to see traditional Minangkabau hand weaving and wood carving. We return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Denai Hotel or similar

DAY 12: BUKITTINGGI - PUNCAK LAWANG TREKKING - BUKITTINGGI    ▼

After a delicious breakfast in your hotel, we will pick you up to go to Puncak Lawang to continue our trip in Sumatra. In the way we will stop in the town of Kota Gadang to see how they traditionally make silver.

Once we got to Puncak Lawang, we will start our trekking towards Minjau. We will pass through the forest of Lawang and on the way to Maninjau Lake, we will make a stop to enjoy a local coffee in a traditional coffee shop in the jungle. During the trek we will have the opportunity to walk along the edge of the fields rice and traditional villages.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Denai Hotel or similar

DAY 13: VILLAGE TOUR BY BICYCLE    ▼

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to a town called Koto Baru (45min by car) where we will start our cycling day visiting towns of the most natural and ecological way possible, by bike.

Along the way in the villages that are on the slope of the Merapi volcano, we will have the possibility to see the magnificent views of Bukittingi city, endless fields of rice with its workers, and we will even have the possibility of seeing workers in the old blacksmiths manufacturing knives, axes and swords, in the oldest medieval style.

On the way we will stop at a local cafeteria to share a coffee with the villagers and we will even have the opportunity to visit some local houses or to help them in local tasks. In the afternoon, I return to the hotel. In the afternoon you can enjoy swimming in your Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Pasir Panjang Hotel

DAY 14:BUKITTINGGI - PADANG - AIRPORT    ▼

Today is our last day in our trip in Sumatra and their lands full of tradition. On the way to the Medan airport, we will stop at the Artha and Muara beaches. Our adventure together ends here. We hope we can share many other trips with you.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos Adventure Trip in Sumatra

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Air-conditioned private car
  • Daily breakfast
  • Ticket and entrance fees of the places to visit
  • Spanish or English speaking tour guide (depending on availability)
  • Motorcycles on the island of Samosir
  • bicycles in Bukittinggi
  • Puncak Lawang - Maninjau tracking

Price Excludes

  • Flights (If you want, we can organize them)
  • Photo / Video Camera Rates
  • Travel insurance
  • Tip and personal expenses
  • Extra expenses caused by anything beyond our control: flight delays, cancellations, natural disaster, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the include
Map Adventure Trip in Sumatra

FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months. In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic.       If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

The tropics is a warm and often sweaty place, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestion on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater Trip:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adaptor DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Landtour and Trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some area like Mt Bromo and some other places at high altitude, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Hats
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Towel (preferably quick dry microfiber towel)
  • Flight tickets (keep the soft copy in your mobile)
  • Valid passport with Valid Visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Travel/Dive Insurance
  • Personal medication (include contact lenses)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card are widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adaptor (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc, etc)

How Do I Get to Medan?

The city of Medan will welcome you who travel by air at the Kualanamu International Airport (KNO). Located in the Deli Serdang Regency, about 2 hours drive from Medan. The new Airport was opened in 2013 to replace the 85 years old Polonia Airport, that was getting too close to the city.

You can also get to Medan by sea from Penang (Malaysia). Passenger ships also operate between Medan and Jakarta.

How Hard is Our Tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

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