Sumatra

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Sumatra

Dominated by jungles, volcanoes canyons and lakes, the island of Sumatra could be an enormous and magnificent nature park. The island proudly boosts of its Gunung Leuser National Park and (of course) Lake Toba the largest inland lake in Southest Asia. The legendary, mountain-dwelling Bataks also house on these grounds. The diversity of arts and cultures literally make this region a garden of eden for social scientists and culture seekers. It is a treasure chest of culture and tradition waiting to be explored, with ancient graves of Batak kings, unique dances and ceremonies, and beautiful arts and crafts. Sumatra is also the home the Minangkabau, one of Indonesia most interesting and influential ethnic groups.

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Unique Experiences

We’ve created some unique experience for your travelers. These are excursions that will give a traveler that special moment in their holiday. Think off: a perfect white beach all to yourself, a special evening with locals or a walk in just that undiscovered area of a major city.

An adrenaline challenge after jungle trek, a 20 minutes floating down the river on car tubes. Experience the sensation on tottered by river flow in car tubes inside the forest. It is a fun rafting and relaxing way to enjoy the scenery of rain forest.
Samosir Island is the cultural center of the Batak tribe who are now mostly Christians. Start in Sigarantung, a village at higher altitude in the centre of the island, have a wonderful walk downwards through an agriculture fields, rice fields, small traditional villages while enjoying great views of Samosir, Lake Toba and mainland Sumatra. Lake Toba is an immense volcanic lake covering an area of 1,707 km² with an island in its center. Formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption some 70,000 years ago, it is probably the largest resurgent caldera on Earth. The walk ends in the village of Tomok, is the early 19th C stone sarcophagus of Raja Sidabuta, the chief of the first tribe to migrate to the island. The coffin has a singa face – a part-elephant, part-buffalo creature of Toban Leged – carved into one end, and a small stone effigy of the king’s wife on top of the lid.
Spend the holiday with climbing a volcano mountain probably sounds a bit terrifying. But don’t worry, this is one of easily accessible top volcanoes in Indonesia, can be explored by anyone in reasonably good shape.  There are 2 different routes to volcano’s crater; from Jaranguda just 3 km from town Berastagi and from Semangat Gunung, also known as Raja Berneh where there are pool hotsprings. Whichever route you take, the earlier you start the better, not least because the views are their best just after sunrise. Get lucky to hear the calling of the black siamang & gibbon. The siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) is an arboreal black-furred gibbon native to the forests of Malaysia, Thailand, and Sumatra while Gibbon is an  apes in the family Hylobatidae. The last road will be a walk between rocks. Arrive at the crater where you can see sulfur puffing from vents. To descend you can choose, the same way, or through Raja Berneh where you can soak your sore muscles in the hotsprings.

Inspiring Tours

Inspiring tours are tours we’ve created to give you insight in the tours we offer in our destinations.  From our most favorite tours to our less common traveled paths. Creating the perfect tour for your travelers is a path we gladly walk with you. Contact us now and one of our travel experts will get back to you.

Day 1 : Arrival – Medan

Upon your arrival at the airport, your private driver will take you to the hotel located in the hear of the town.

Day 2 : Medan – Tangkahan

A five hours drive will take you to Tangkahan. Tangkahan is a small village on the border of Gunung Leuser National Park located in North Sumatra. It is situated at the junction of 2 rivers, the Buluh River and the Batang River. Tangkahan specialises in eco-tourism activities like jungle trekking and Elephant trekking.

Day 3 : Tangkahan

After breakfast, join and help mahouts bathe the elephants in the river (around 08. 00 AM). You are allowed to wash and scrub the elephants. Once they are finished, then your turn. The elephants will spray you water. Nice shower! After the bathing, jungle trek 2.5 hrs into the Gunung Leuser National Park to experience the rainforest. You will see medicinal plants, ficus trees and if lucky you may encounter gibbons, macagues, thomas leaf monkey and orang utans.

Day 4 : Tangkahan – Bukit Lawang

Pick up from your hotel to transfer to Bukit Lawang. This small village around 90km north west of Medan is situated along the Bohorok River and is the gateway to the Gunung Leuser National Park

Day 5 : Tangkahan

Pick up from your hotel and you will walk along the the river side till the crossing point where canoe waits and takes you to the other side of the river. Followed by a short hike up to visit the a central viewing area, where you have a chance to see the Orangutan swinging freely through the tropical rain forest, however as with any wildlife, no guarantees can be made that they are around this area. After the visit, across back the river and walk about half an hour before you enter the other side of the park to start jungle trek to come more up close with nature. Enjoy the sights, smell and sounds of rain forest. From the center view point, we bring you deeper into Gunung Leuser National Park to experience the rainforest, of course you will hike up and down the hills while constantly searching for wild animals in their natural habitat. You have a big chance to see the wildlife; gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, longtail and pigtail macagues, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. A wild orang utans might cross your way. Your guide will explain you many things about the rainforest. And he will show you many different kind of plants and flowers.

Day 6 : Tangkahan – Berastagi

Morning depart (Around 08.00 AM) from Bukit lawang to Berastagi. The town of Berastagi offers a refreshing break because of its cool alpine climate. The surrounding fields produce a variety of flowers, fruit and vegetables. The landscape is dominated by two active volcanoes; Mount Sibayak and Mount Sinabung. You can visit local fruit market en-route.

Day 7 : Berastagi – Lake Toba

Via the plantation route you follow your way to the island Samosir situated in the centre of Lake Toba, one of the largest and deepest lakes in Southeast Asia. Toba has developed into a full-featured highland resort while retaining the rustic charm and relaxed ambiance that define Toba’s attraction. On the way you will stop at a Traditional Karo batak Village, Simalungun King’s Palace and the Si Piso Piso waterfall. In the afternoon you cross Lake Toba with the local ferry to Samosir. Your hotel is pleasantly situated along the lake.

Day 8 : Lake Toba

By car or local transport you will be taken to Sosor Tolang / Sigarantung, a village at higher altitude in the centre of the island. From here you will start a wonderful walk downwards through a agriculture fields, rice fields, small traditional villages while enjoying great views of Samosir, lake Toba and mainland Sumatra. The walk ends in the village of Tomok where you can visit a very old and nicely decorated sarcophagus “the tomb of king Sidabutar”. From here you return to your hotel by cycling through the typical Batak road style.

Day 9 : Lake Toba – Medan

In the morning we take the ferry to Parapat and drive back to Medan. Explore the city and visit the Maimoon Palace, the Great Mosque and the Chinese Temple.

Day 1 : Arrival – Medan

Upon your arrival at the airport, your private driver will take you to the hotel located in the hear of the town.

Day 2 : Medan – Tangkahan

A five hours drive will take you to Tangkahan. Tangkahan is a small village on the border of Gunung Leuser National Park located in North Sumatra. It is situated at the junction of 2 rivers, the Buluh River and the Batang River. Tangkahan specialises in eco-tourism activities like jungle trekking and Elephant trekking.

Day 3 : Tangkahan

After breakfast, join and help mahouts bathe the elephants in the river (around 08. 00 AM). You are allowed to wash and scrub the elephants. Once they are finished, then your turn. The elephants will spray you water. Nice shower!
After the bathing, jungle trek 2.5 hrs into the Gunung Leuser National Park to experience the rainforest. You will see medicinal plants, ficus trees and if lucky you may encounter gibbons, macagues, thomas leaf monkey and orang utans.

Day 4 : Tangkahan – Bukit Lawang

Pick up from your hotel to transfer to Bukit Lawang. This small village around 90km north west of Medan is situated along the Bohorok River and is the gateway to the Gunung Leuser National Park

Day 5 : Tangkahan

Pick up from your hotel and you will walk along the the river side till the crossing point where canoe waits and takes you to the other side of the river. Followed by a short hike up to visit the  central viewing area, where you have a chance to see the Orangutan swinging freely through the tropical rain forest, however as with any wildlife, no guarantees can be made that they are around this area. After the visit, across back the river and walk about half an hour before you enter the other side of the park to start jungle trek to come more up close with nature. Enjoy the sights, smell and sounds of rain forest. From the center view point, we bring you deeper into Gunung Leuser National Park to experience the rainforest, of course you will hike up and down the hills while constantly searching for wild animals in their natural habitat. You have a big chance to see the wildlife; gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, longtail and pigtail macagues, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. A wild orang utans might cross your way. Your guide will explain you many things about the rainforest. And he will show you many different kind of plants and flowers.
Day 6 : Tangkahan – Medan
Today is the end of the jungle exploration. It is the time to go back to the capital city for an overnight before another leisure time in beach.

Day 7 : Medan – Aceh – Pulau Weh

Get ready for your morning flight from Medan to Aceh. Upon your arrival at Aceh airport, you will be picked up and transfered to Aceh harbor. Get on board as the boat will transfer you to Pulau Weh. It is the cerry on top when exploring Sumatra. Pulau Weh is a small slice of beach and jungle that will reward you after the long journey.

Day 8-9 : Pulau Weh

Enjoy your free day at leisure. You can hike aroung the mainland jugnles, volcanoes, and lake. Thing you cannot missed in Pulau Weh is exploring the sight of marine life through the glass of goggles.

Day 10 : Pulau Weh – Aceh, departure

Finally your good days in Sumatra has come to an end. It is time for you to go back home. You will be transfered to the harbor to cross to the main island and catch your flight to your hometown. Safe flight!

Day 1 : Arrival – Medan

Upon your arrival at the airport, your private driver will take you to the hotel located in the hear of the town.

Day 2 : Medan – Tangkahan

A five hours drive will take you to Tangkahan. Tangkahan is a small village on the border of Gunung Leuser National Park located in North Sumatra. It is situated at the junction of 2 rivers, the Buluh River and the Batang River. Tangkahan specialises in eco-tourism activities like jungle trekking and Elephant trekking.

Day 3 : Tangkahan

After breakfast, join and help mahouts bathe the elephants in the river (around 08. 00 AM). You are allowed to wash and scrub the elephants. Once they are finished, then your turn. The elephants will spray you water. Nice shower! After the bathing, jungle trek 2.5 hrs into the Gunung Leuser National Park to experience the rainforest. You will see medicinal plants, ficus trees and if lucky you may encounter gibbons, macagues, thomas leaf monkey and orang utans.

Day 4 : Tangkahan – Bukit Lawang

Pick up from your hotel to transfer to Bukit Lawang. This small village around 90km north west of Medan is situated along the Bohorok River and is the gateway to the Gunung Leuser National Park

Day 5 : Tangkahan

Pick up from your hotel and you will walk along the the river side till the crossing point where canoe waits and takes you to the other side of the river. Followed by a short hike up to visit the  central viewing area, where you have a chance to see the Orangutan swinging freely through the tropical rain forest, however as with any wildlife, no guarantees can be made that they are around this area. After the visit, across back the river and walk about half an hour before you enter the other side of the park to start jungle trek to come more up close with nature. Enjoy the sights, smell and sounds of rain forest. From the center view point, we bring you deeper into Gunung Leuser National Park to experience the rain forest, of course you will hike up and down the hills while constantly searching for wild animals in their natural habitat. You have a big chance to see the wildlife; gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, longtail and pigtail macagues, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. A wild orang utans might cross your way. Your guide will explain you many things about the rainforest. And he will show you many different kind of plants and flowers.

Day 6 : Tangkahan – Medan

Today is the end of the jungle exploration. It is the time to go back to the capital city for an overnight before flying to another part of Sumatra.

Day 7 : Medan – Padang – Bukittinggi

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport. Safe flight to Padang. Upon your arrival at Padang airport, your driver is ready to take you to Bukittinggi, a pleasant and cool town located 930 meter above sea level, on the Minangkabau highlands.

Day 8 : Bukittinggi, Ngarai Sianok walk

Pick up from hotel and transfer to the starting point of the walk. Then, walk down to Sianok, a 150-meter deep canyon which lies in the outskirts of Bukittinggi. It is an incredibly picturesque area and lush green with river winding through the bottom of steep-walled canyon. It is a nice walk which takes ± 4 hours through small jungles, bushes and river. The walk ends in Koto Gadang, a silver village. Here the guests can see how the people work on hand-made silver. From here we take you back to Bukittinggi by car.

Day 9 : Bukittinggi – Harau Valley

Today, the huge valley welcomes you as you arrive. The volcanoes looming the rice fields with wallowing buffalo flank the narrow road. Enjoy the rest of the day free.

Day 10 : Harau Valley

A walk to the valley itself can be an interestign activity you can do today. A climb to the giant rock will absolutely make your day. Or, you can go for a cooking class, which lets you cook the most globally famous culinary.

Day 11 : Harau Valley – Padang

Today is your last day in Sumatra. Your driver will take you to the airport. Adios!

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