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The Tropical North of Sumatra | Nature and Adventure Special Tour (9D/8N)

Tour Code: C2I-SUMATRA01

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The Tropical North of Sumatra | Nature and Adventure Special Tour (9D/8N)
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Welcome to an incredible tropical adventure tour through North Sumatra!

We will start our journey 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. We will continue our adventure in the Tangkahan elephant safari, with which we will carry out different activities. Next, we will visit a waterfall while river tubing. We will continue our route mounted on a 4×4 Jeep until we reach Butik Lawang. 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 village was a kind of sanctuary for orangutans and although no longer exists, it is still a good basis for watching our red-haired cousins.  Mount Leuser National Park is listed by UNESCO as one of the most biodiversity areas 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 jungle dens and to protect the delicate ecosystem. During our tour, we will do several walking routes inside the jungle. The adventure will continue visiting the Brastagi volcanoes and exploring the surroundings of Lake Toba. Located in northern Sumatra, Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. We will visit several plantations, we will bathe in incredible freshwater waterfalls, and we will go into several traditional villages to soak up the local culture.

  • 8 Nights
  • Difficulty : Medium
  • Pickup: Kualanamu International Airport, Medan (KNO)
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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. The rest of the day will be free to visit the center of Medan on your own or rest at your hotel.


Accommodation: Le Polonia Hotel or similar


After enjoying your breakfast, your guide will pick you up to head towards Tangkahan. But before, we will take advantage of the morning to see the most important places in Medan such as the Grand Mosque, the Sultan’s Palace and the Chinese temple.

Then we continue our tour to Tangkahan through Binjai and Batang Serangan. It will be a journey of about 4 hours because although we are only 156 km away, some sections of road are dirt.

Along the way, you will already begin to feel the local life of the North of Sumatra and its nature. Upon arrival in Tangkahan, you will check in at the Lodge and you will have your well-deserved rest.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mega Inn Lodge


As soon as we finish our breakfast, our adventure begins. You can join the Mahout (the elephant tamer) as he washes the elephants in the river. You can try to feed the elephant as well. After feeding the elephant, continue down the river and enjoy tubing through the river. Stop will be made at fantastic Buluh Waterfall where you can take your natural shower. Enjoy sun bathing and swimming on the river and have picnic lunch on the beach of the river. In the afternoon, we will arrival at the village where you can get in touch with local people, see the daily activities. You will then return to guest house by walking. Arrival at guest house, you can take a rest or visit hot springs and waterfall near the guest house at your own leisure.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Mega Inn Lodge


After breakfast, we leave Tangkahan and head towards Bukit Lawang in a Jeep4x4 and we will pass through the plantations of Palm. On the way to the jungle, we will make a stop at various places of interest, such as the school, the palm oil factory and to enjoy the panorama, witnessing the activities of the local population.

Upon arrival at Bukit Lawang check in at the hotel. (Duration until Bukit Lawang: 3 Hours, 60 KM.)

Meals: Breakfast

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 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 free 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


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.

You will pass by several village such as Namu Ukur, Rumah Galuh and Simpang Kuta Buluh. On the way you can enjoy the panorama of Sinabung Volcano. Afternoon arrival in Brastagi, we will be visiting Lhumbini Park with its duplicate of Shwedagon pagoda of Myanmar, fruit market, and Gundaling hill. We will check in to the hotel afterwards.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Grand Mutiara Hotel or similar


After breakfast, we drive for Samosir Island in Lake Toba via Tele, and making stops at impressive places:

  • Dokan (to see the traditional village of the Batak Karo tribe)
  • Sipisopiso Waterfall (from here you can admire the scenic view of the Lake Toba from its northern tip combined with the slender 90 meters high waterfall)
  • Tele (a nice place for over-viewing the lake from its western part)
  • Efrata (another beautiful waterfall found on the way to Samosir Island)
  • Lumban Suhi-suhi (to see the Tobanese traditional houses where we can observe the women doing the weaving)

In mid afternoon arriving at Tuktuk area on Samosir, where we will check-in to hotel.

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


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Toledo Inn or similar


As always, before we start our visits, we have breakfast. We will visit the numerous traditional towns of Batak Toba. The first one is the town of Ambarita. In Ambarita, we find the stone chairs and tables of the old palace of King Sialagan (they used them to execute the criminals at that time).

The next town is Aek Natonang. Here we can see the small lake found of the top of Samosir Island and its panorama view. After that is visiting Tomok village. In Tomok you can find the ancient tomb of King Sidabutar. In the afternoon we return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Toledo Inn or similar


After breakfast, we will cross back to Parapat (a small town on the shore of Lake Toba in North Sumatra Province) for about 1 hour and continue our journey to Medan. During the 5-hour trip, we can stop at the rubber, cocoa and palm oil plantations. Arriving in Medan, we will take you directly to the airport. We are waiting for you on an upcoming adventure in Indonesia.

Meals: Breakfast


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Price Includes

  • All accommodation in double room
  • All transfers by AC car
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Guide in Spanish or English according to availability
  • Ticket and entrance fees of the places to visit
  • 60 minutes elephant trekking

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
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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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