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Filled with steaming volcanoes and covered by a dense and radiant rain forest, Sumatra is one of the last places in the world where you can see wild orangutans at large in the wild. About 100 km northwest of the capital, Bukit Lawang is a riverside town on the edge of Mount Leuser National Park where you will have the opportunity to see the Orangutan of Sumatra.
This will be an adventure-filled trip where in addition to seeing the orangutan of Sumatra, we will also visit the surroundings of Lake Toba. Located in northern Sumatra, Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. During our tour, we will see volcanoes, we will visit several plantations, we will bathe in incredible waterfalls and freshwater rivers, and we will go into several traditional towns to soak up the local culture.
Arrival at the new Kuala Namu International Airport, Medan. Upon your arrival, our guide will be waiting for you. Next, we will go to Bukit Lawang in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. On the way to Bukit Lawang, we will make several stops at the rubber, palm oil, and crocodile farm.
Bukit Lawang is a very interesting destination to visit, where we can relax on the banks of the impressive rivers, go hiking in the jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park to see the orangutan of Sumatra, cruise down the streams of the rivers. Upon arrival at Bukit Lawang, we will check in at the hotel
Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cottage or similar
Today after breakfast, we will start our trekking to the jungle to explore the nature of Gunung Leuser National Park and see the orangutan of Sumatra 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 – Lunch (Picnic)
Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cottage or similar
Our adventure 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.
Accommodation: Grand Mutiara Hotel or similar
After breakfast we will go 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.
Accommodation: Toledo Inn or similar
As always, before we start our visits, we have breakfast. Immediately afterwards, we will do the excursion around Lake Toba. We do it by car, visiting the many traditional towns of Batak Toba: the town of Ambarita. In Ambarita, we find the stone chair and table of the ancient palace of King Sialagan.
The next town is Simanindo. Those of you who want to dance can dance because there we can see traditional dance as well as the museum. After visiting Simanindo, the next destination is the Tomok village. In Tomok you can find the ancient tomb of King Sidabutar.
After visiting Samosir, we return to Parapat to continue our adventure to Brastagi. On the way to Brastagi, we will stop to visit King Batak Simalungun’s Long House, and the waterfall wonder of Sipiso-piso. Upon arrival in Brastagi, we visit the fruit market, there you can buy the fruits you like, best to take away or eat right there.
Accommodation: Grand Mutiara or similar
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport to take your flight to the next destination. End of our service
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.
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:
Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:
Landtour and Trekking:
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.
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.