Trip starts and finishes in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. Experience the stunning beauty of green Sumatra. Trekking and searching for orang utans and other tropical wildlife in the lush jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park. Tubing, float down the river on car tubes. Go across lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest volcanic lake in the world. Spend the night on Samosir, one of the largest lake islands. Get acquainted with traditional Batak culture. Explore traditional Batak villages and meet the local. Witness a number of exciting places including Sipiso piso waterfall, long house of king Batak Simalungun and colorful local market
Route : Bukit Lawang - Lake Toba - Medan
Day 1 : To Bukit Lawang
Today you arrive in Kualanamu airport Medan. Then you drive about 4 hours to Bukit Lawang, a small tourist village situated on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park. Bukit Lawang is the most accessible place to spot the Orangutans in the park. And the park is one of the largest national park in the world containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest and home to an impressive number of mammal species like tigers, Orangutans, gibbons, elephants and rhino’s. Enroute stop at oilpalm plantation and local market. Arrival in Bukit Lawang, free to relax. Enjoy the scenery from the veranda of your hotel room.
Day 2 : Berastagi
First we bring you to the feeding platform of orangutans. The platform was built to help the orangutans that have been released to the wild after their rehabilitation. As they are semi-wild, they are sometimes having trouble finding food on their own in the wild. Then they can come to the feeding platform for some milk and bananas. Wild orangutan occasionally come to the platform too. So the feeding platform is meant as the first place for the orangutans come to for help rather than plantations or village where conflicts can occur. When the orangutans are getting enough food on their own, they will not come to the platform because the food they find in the wild is more exciting than just milk and bananas! So although it is a marvelous sight to see the orangutans at the platform, it is also good news when they do not show up, as this means they are surviving well in the wild without help. From the platform you will follow a 2-3 hours jungle walk to explore more tropical flora and fauna. It is not a flat walk but involves some ups and downs. A bit hard but in return you get a very nice experience. You have a big chance to see gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys, longtail and pigtail macagues, flying squirrels, Sumatra peacocks and hornbills. A wild Orangutans might cross your way. Jungle walk ends by the river side from where you start your tubing experience. You will float down the river on car tubes about 20 minutes till your hotel. It is a fun rafting and a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery. After tubing, just relax before boarding the car for your next journey to Berastagi (1300m), a hill town flanked by two active volcanoes Sinabung (2417m) and Sibayak (2172m). It is the homeland of the Batak Karo, one of the six Batak tribes that inhabit the province of North Sumatra. Before arrival at your hotel, visit local fruit market in town.
Day 3 : Lake Toba
Scenic drive to lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lake in the world with stop at Dokan, a small Batak Karo village with a number of traditional houses still inhabited by eight families each. Visit picturesque Sipiso piso waterfalls that plunge from height 120 meters. Stop at Pematang Purba to see wooden palace (Rumah Bolon) of the former king Batak Simalungun. Stop at Simarjarunjung for magnificent view of lake Toba. Somewhere afternoon you arrive in Parapat, the main tourist resort which lies on the very shore of lake Toba. From here across the lake by boat on about 45 minutes to Samosir, a volcanic island in the middle of lake Toba. You will stay in Tuktuk, a peninsula on the eastern coast of Samosir island.
Day 4 : Lake Toba
Explore the natural beauty and cultural aspects of Batak Toba by car. Visit Ambarita, Samosir’s most interesting Batak Toba village. Ambarita is known for its unique ancient courtyard, made up of stone chairs and tables. This courtyard served as a court of justice. Visit the home of king Sidauruk in Simanindo village and witness Batak Toba folkdance called Tor tor performed by the villagers. Here you can also visit a museum built in typical Batak style. On the way back to your hotel, visit Tomok to see a very old but nicely decorated sarchopagus, the old tomb of king Sidabutar.
Day 5 : Medan
Across back the lake by boat to Parapat where your car awaits. Proceed to Medan passing by town of Pematang Siantar and Tebingtinggi. Most of the views en-route are plantation of oilpalm, rubber and cocoa. Arrival in Medan, you will get a city tour visiting the Maimun palace built in 1888 in Malayan and Middle-East style and belonging the sultan of Deli. Visit the grand mosque Almashum built in the same period of the Maimun palace. Visit the colorful Chinese temple, vihara Gunung Timur. Transfer to your hotel and relax.
Day 6 : Departure
Back to Kualanamu airport for your onward flight.