(Bukit Lawang - Tangkahan - Lake Toba - Bukittinggi)


Day 1 : Arrival Medan – Bukit Lawang 
Today you arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. Followed by a city tour of Medan visiting Maimun palace, historical mosque AlMashum and Buddhist temple vihara Gunung Timur. Afterwards, departure to Bukit Lawang, the orang utan rehabilitation centre located in Gunung Leuser National Park. This is one of the largest national park in the world containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest. Afternoon to relax.  Accomodation at Eco Lodge, simple accommodation but nicely located by the river side on the outskirts of the park.

Day 2 : Bukit Lawang   
First you’ll visit the feeding platform where the orang utans are fed and trained to live in the wild. It is a marvelous sight to see the orang utans coming out of the forest to the platform by swinging from branch to branch. Afterwards, jungle walk about two hours deeper in the park to explore more tropical flora and fauna. You’ll probably see wild orang utans, macaques, hornbills and many kind of tropical plants. You will walk via small often muddy and hilly paths (seldom flat walking). Good physical fitness is required. After the walk, back to your hotel and relax. Notice : Those bringing camera/video in the orang utan site will be charged Rp 50,000 for camera and 150,000 for video.

Day 3 : Bukit Lawang – Tangkahan by Jeep
Off road with local jeep to Tangkahan, a perfect place to get off the beaten track located at the other side of Gunung Leuser park. The jeep trip will take around 3 hours passing by rural areas and plantation tracks, a bit bumpy drive but great fun. Afternoon to relax, or you can take elephant ride or to see/help elephant bathing in the river. Accomodation at Jungle Lodge or Mega Inn, basic accommodation built with simple materials. Each room has own bathroom but comes up with traditional Indonesia shower with cold water only. Electricity run by own generator and not available after 22:00 pm. Notice: Elephant activities in Tangkahan are available twice daily (about 08:00am and 13:00pm) except Monday and Thursday. Booking should be made on site, not allowed in advance. Cost at personal expenses.

Day 4 : Tangkahan – Berastagi 
Before leaving you still have chance for the elephant activities. Afterwards, departure to the mountain resort Berastagi in 7 hours drive. On the first 2 hours, driving over bumpy plantation tracks. Followed by a normal road till you reach Berastagi. Accomodation at Grand Mutiara

Day 5 : Berastagi – Samosir Island    
Scenic drive to lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lake in the world with stop at Dokan, a Batak Karo village with a number of traditional houses still being inhabited where eight families live together in harmony in each house. Proceed to Sipiso piso waterfall and the long house of king Batak Simalungun. Arrive in Parapat, across the lake by public boat to Samosir island. The boat will probably stops several time to drop other passengers. You will be dropped right in front of your hotel. Accomodation at Tabo Cottage or Toledo Inn, simple accommodation but nicely located by the river side

Day 6 : Samosir Tour
Drive around the island to explore the natural beauty and cultural aspects of Batak Toba by visiting Ambarita village where the remnant megalithic culture of Batak Toba lies in front of traditional houses. Continue to Simanindo to see folkdance performed by the villagers. Here you also can visit a museum built in typical Batak style. On returning to your hotel, stop at Tomok village to see a very old but nicely decorated sarchopagus.
Samosir excursion will be done by car for maximum 5 paxs, more than 5 by boat

Day 7 : Samosir – Sipirok 
Across back to Parapat by public boat and drive up to Sipirok with view of marching mountains Bukit Barisan, a long but beautiful trip. First stop will be at a typical Batak village Jangga Dolok/Lumban Binanga. Next stop at colourful market place in Balige and sulphur hotspring in Sipoholon. Accomodation at Torsibohi Hotel, nicely located on top of a hill. The cottages are spacious and offer enough comfort but still are simple accommodation.

Day 8 : Sipirok – Bukittinggi 
The journey today is rather long but worthwhile to exhibits the inner part of Sumatra. The scenery of mountains, rivers, valleys and traditional villages will relieve you from weariness. Enroute stop at Sijornih waterfall and Sihepeng with small herb garden where several kinds of herbs are grown (kardemon, ginger, vanille etc). Here, often there is also a short tailed monkey present who are specially trained to collect coconuts. Next you will pass by a moslem school where the students are living in very small houses. The last stop before Bukittinggi is Bonjol where you will cross the equator. Accommodation at Pusako or Royal Denai

Day 9 : Minangkabau Tour
City tour to visit the clock tower Jam Gadang which overlooks the colourful market  Pasar Atas, Dutch fort called De Kock, Sianok valley and Pandai Sikat, a village famous with its hand weaving and wood carving. Travel further to Pagaruyung palace, a site of ancient Minangkabau kingdom where women ruled in matrilineal society. Afternoon back to Bukittinggi

Day 10 : Bukittinggi – Padang Airport 
Two hours drive to airport via the greenery of Anai park and waterfall. End of tours


        - Private airco car

        - Local jeep

        - Room with daily breakfast
        - English-speaking guide

        - Applicable entrance fees

        - National Park permit

        - Boat to/from Samosir island