Sumatra Jungle Tour

9 Days / 8 Nights

  Medan - Bukit Lawang - Lake Toba

9 Days / 8 Nights

Sumatra Jungle Tour

  Medan - Bukit Lawang - Lake Toba

Delve into the depths of Sumatra’s rugged landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and bubbling volcanoes in this nine-day adventure. Trek into Bukit Lawang’s verdant jungle for the rare opportunity to come face-to-face with wild orangutans. Admire hilltop views of two active volcanoes then stand in awe of Indonesia’s highest waterfall, Sipisopiso. Uncover the local life of Batak people - an ethnic minority predominantly found in Northern Sumatra – with their unique housing structures, traditional dance and simple way of life. Spend the final days exploring the world’s largest volcanic lake formed millions of years ago after the eruption of a supervolcano!   

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the religious landmarks of Medan
  • Trek into Bukit Lawang’s lush jungle to encounter orangutans in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy panoramic views of two active volcanoes from the top of Gundaling Hill
  • Learn more about the local Batak people with their unique set of customs and traditions
  • Stay on Samosir Island in the middle of the world’s largest volcanic lake

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • English speaking guide
    Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
  • Ferry cruises from Parapat to Samosir Island
  • Service charge and current government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Medan

DAY 1 - Medan

Arrive at Kuala Namu International Airport and transfer to a hotel in Medan. As Sumatra’s major city, Medan offers a number of historic and religious sites to provide a good introduction to this vast and diverse island.

Explore the city in the afternoon, stopping first at the Dutch-designed Maimun Palace. Once the royal palace of the Sultanate of Deli, this landmark now serves as a museum and its unique interior design offers an impressive insight into the different cultural influences during the late 1800s. Continue to the Grand Mosque of Medan then to Gunung Timur Temple, the largest Chinese Taoist temple in the city. Finish at the old centre of Medan city, Kesawan area, to wander the colonial streets.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Medan – Bukit Lawang

After breakfast, begin the journey to Bukit Lawang – a special village nestled within the Gunung Leuser National Park where locals and foreigners alike are dedicated to the rehabilitation and protection of wild orangutans. On the way, stop at a rubber and palm oil plantation to learn about industries which support most of the local population. Arrive in the afternoon for hotel check in then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Bukit Lawang

Prepare for an exciting day of nature and wildlife encounters! Begin by crossing the river aboard a traditional canoe then trek into the lush jungle to bump into orangutan feeding on fresh fruit. These intelligent primates are critically endangered; to watch them majestically perched among the trees is a truly unique experience which won’t easily be forgotten. Continue hiking deeper into the jungle to discover an array of rare flora and fauna native to the tropical rainforest. After approximately 3 hours of jungle trekking, return to the hotel and explore the quaint town of Bukit Lawang independently.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Bukit Lawang - Berastagi

Leave behind the orangutans in Bukit Lawang and head to Berastagi, an authentic Indonesian town. On the way, make several stops including at Sembahe River – a favourite local swimming spot. Arrive in Berastagi and visit a replica of Myanmar’s infamous Shwedagon Pagoda at Lumbini Natural Park. After soaking up the ambience of the temple complex, stop by a local fruit market to find an array of fresh delights. Finish the afternoon’s sightseeing atop Gundaling Hill (1575 metres above sea level) with panoramic views of volcanoes Sinabung and Sibayak. Return to the town then relax at the hotel and spend the evening at leisure.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Berastagi – Lake Toba

After breakfast, begin a journey to the largest volcanic lake in the world – Lake Toba. Along the way, make stops at places of cultural and natural interest. Discover local life with a visit to a traditional Batak Karo village; learn about the life of Batak people and observe their unique housing structures. Continue up the Karo Highlands to spectacular Sipisopiso Waterfall, the highest in Indonesia. Imagine life as a Batak Simalungun King at ‘Rumah Bolon’, one of the few remaining long houses in Sumatra. Pass through Pematangsiantar city, and drive alongside an iridescent green tea plantation before reaching the lakeside town, Parapat. Finish today’s journey with a ferry to Samosir Island in the middle of Lake Toba; now a peaceful and serene spot, this lake was formed 75 million years ago after the eruption of a supervolcano!

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Lake Toba

Whether you choose a motorbike or car for today’s explorations, there is plenty to be discovered on Samosir Island - particularly in terms of the traditions and routines of the local Batak Toba people. First, stop by Ambarita Village to find an ancient courtyard made up of stone chairs and a stone table; this was the execution and meeting place of Siallagan Kings many years ago. Continue to Simanindo, on the northern tip of the island, to experience the traditional dance of the Batak people – you might even get the chance to give it a try too! Browse the Batak Musuem then continue to the visit the final resting place for the Kings of Sidabutar - the ancient ruling clan of the island.

DAY 7

DAY 7 - Lake Toba

Spend today exploring the beautiful Samosir Island independently, or opt-in to an energetic day of cycling. Ride through stunning countryside, traditional villages, and farms cultivating crops of exotic taste such as chilli and cocoa. Perhaps get the chance to hike to a small waterfall too. This optional day trip can be discussed directly with the tour guide.

DAY 8

DAY 8 - Lake Toba – Medan

Depart the island of Samosir and begin the 7-hour journey back to Medan city. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, remembering the good times had in Sumatra.

DAY 9

DAY 9 - Medan Departure

After several days exploring the jungles and ethnic villages of Sumatra, the time has come to leave this memorable place. Transfer to Kuala Namu International Airport for a departing flight.

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