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  10 day highlights of north sumatra tour
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Build your own itinerary from the selection of tours below:
NEW 4 day Bukit Lawang Trekking Package
NEW 10 day highlights of North Sumatra (GROUP OR PRIVATE TOUR)
Budget 2 day trek (GROUP OR PRIVATE TOUR)
1 day Bukit Lawang Orangutan Tour
1 day white water rafting expedition
Family Jungle Adventures
2 day off road tour to visit the elephants in Tangkahan
3 day tour to Bukit Lawang and
5 day tour to Bukit Lawang and Tangkahan (GROUP OR PRIVATE TOUR)
3 day trekking and white water rafting expedition in Marike
5 day overland tour to Berastagi Volcanoes and Lake Toba
3 day trip to Besitang - elephants and wildlife spotting
9 day sumatran wild Orangutan and Tiger Trek expedition (GROUP OR PRIVATE TOUR)
8-10 day Aceh to North Sumatra Jungle trek
2 week volunteer wild orangutan research project
SOS fundraiser trek

All our treks are listed in the column to the right >>

This tour is ideal for those wanting to experience the best of North Sumatra. Sumatra as the largest island entirely in Indonesia, is vast, beautiful and diverse. This 10 day tour encompasses some of the best that North Sumatra has to offer. Lush tropical rainforest, brooding volcanoes, the highest waterfall in Indonesia and the largest volcano lake in the world should not be missed on a trip to Sumatra or Indonesia. This awe inspiring back drop is dominated by the Batak culture, which in itself diversifies into 6 distinct cultures. On this tour you can fully immerse yourselves in these unique cultures through their music, dance, architecture and food whilst experiencing some of the most amazing scenery in the world.

After pick up from Medan, the capital of Sumatra, journey to Bukit Lawang where you can encounter a host of wildlife indigenous to Gunung Leuser National Park, such as the Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran elephant, gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, hornbills and a myriad of other species. Trek and camp overnight in the jungle before journeying to Berastagi volcanoes where you can hike to the summit of Sibayak volcano and take in stunning views of the surrounding countryside. On the journey to Lake Toba stop off at the traditional Batak Karo village of Lingga and feel the spray of Spiso Piso, the highest waterfall in Indonesia. The final destination is Lake Toba, where you can immerse yourself in the fascinating Batak Toba culture and awesome views of the Lake. The perfect place to kick back and relax at the end of the tour.

We run this tour as a fixed date, group tour, but we can also organise it as a private tour upon request.



•  Day 1

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

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

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

Continue trekking and spotting wildlife for the day. Camp at a new location next to the river.

•  Day 5

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Other places to visit in Sumatra

Sumatra is also renowned for amazing beaches with great diving and surfing opportunities. If you can devote more time to your Sumatran adventure please contact us for bespoke trips to Bukit Tinggi, Padang, Pulau Weh and the Banyak Islands.


2017-2018 Fixed Dates:

18th Sep to 27th Sep 2018
8th Oct to 17th Oct 2018
20th Nov to 29th Nov 2018
18th Dec to 27th Dec 2018

2018-2019 Fixed Dates

22 Jan to 31 Jan
19 Feb to 28 Feb
19 Mar to 28 Mar
16 Apr t0 25 Apr
21 May 30 May
18 Jun to 27 Jun
23 Jul to 1 Aug
20 Aug to 29 Aug
24 Sep to 3 Oct
22 Oct to 31 Oct
19 Nov to 28 Nov
17 Dec to 26 Dec

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