Sumatra Uncovered

Discover the hidden treasures of Sumatra on this adventurous 7-day tour. Savour spicy hawker food in Medan, bond with elephants in Tangkahan and track native wildlife in Bukit Lawang. Complete your adventure camping under the stars deep in the jungle of the Gunung Leuser National Park.

Destinations included:
Medan - Tangkahan - Bukit Lawang

We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Seeing the charming Dutch colonial architecture and trying amazing street food in Medan
  • Elephant trekking through Guning Leuser National Park, a UNESCO site and home to Sumatra's wildest jungles
  • Passing through remote jungles, villages and plantations on a Jeep safari to Bukit Lawang
  • Witnessing wild orangutans in their natural habitat while trekking through the rainforest
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax
TOUR MAP
ITINERARY BY DAY

DAY 1: MEDAN
Arrive at Kuala Namu International Airport and meet with our airport welcome driver before making your way to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at your own leisure, with the option to explore the city of Medan, renowned for its Dutch colonial architecture and bustling street food scene.

DAY 2: MEDAN – TANGKAHAN
After breakfast, embark on a guided full-day city tour of Medan, visiting Sultan’s Palace, the Great Mosque and a local Chinese temple. In the afternoon, make your way to Tangkahan, with brief stops at the cities of Binjai and Batang Se-rangan in Northern Sumatra.

Arrive in Tangkahan and check into your hotel before enjoying some free time in the evening. Take a light stroll through the surrounding nature reserve or simply relax at your hotel.

DAY 3: TANGKAHAN
After breakfast, walk to the starting point of your elephant riding experience. Here, join the mahout (elephant trainer) in washing your elephant in the river before jumping aboard and setting off through the Gunung Leuser National Park.

Afterwards, enjoy a short rest and chat with your fellow elephant riders before enjoying some exciting river tubing to the picturesque Buluh Waterfall. Enjoy a refreshing natural shower under this idyllic waterfall before taking a dip in the river or sunbathing on nearby rocks.

In the afternoon, arrive at the village get a feel for local life as you chat with local villagers and get a peek inside their traditional wooden houses. Hike back to the hotel before spending the night.

DAY 4: TANGKAHAN – BUKIT LAWANG
After breakfast, make your way to Bukit Lawang by Jeep, passing country plantations and traversing roads deep in the jungle. On the way, stop for photos against the backdrop of a spectacular panorama of the Sumatran forest. Get a taste of local life as you pass rustic villages dotting their way through the jungle.

Upon arrival at Bukit Lawang, check into your hotel and spend the afternoon at your own pace, with the option to relax with a good book or exploring the surrounding nature reserves of Bukit Lawang.

DAY 5: GUNUNG LEUSER PARK
After breakfast, head down to the riverbank before crossing to the other side by traditional canoe and trekking through the forest to the orang  utan feeding platform. Then, get your cameras ready as you get up close with these magnificent and gentle creatures in their natural habitat and feed them break-fast.

Afterwards, head off for some wildlife tracking through Gunung Leuser National Park. Listen to the songs of native birds echoing through the trees and get up close with the elusive Siamang, commonly known as “The Black Gibbon”.

Set up camp and enjoy a hearty dinner in the middle of the jungle before falling asleep under the stars.

DAY 6: BUKIT LAWANG
Enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by your tour guide before embarking on a full day of hiking through a spectacular stretch of the Gunung Leuser National Park. Track native wildlife and get up close with native flora as you hike through dense jungle.

Return to Bukit Lawang in the afternoon before spending the night at Bukit Lawang Cottage.

DAY 7: BUKIT LAWANG
After breakfast, drive to Medan, making a pit stop at the traditional markets in Kuala. In the afternoon, arrive in Medan for your transfer to Kuala Namu International Airport.

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