(Bukit Lawang – Tangkahan – Sibayak Volcano – Lake Toba – Bukittinggi – Harau Valley – Lake Maninjau)


Day 01 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 02 Jungle walk, sleep in tent
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 to the platform. In the fruit season the orang utans may not come out as they may get enough foods from the forest but it happens rarely. After the visit, walk deeper in the park to explore more tropical flora and fauna. You’ll walk about 6 hours through narrow, often muddy and hilly paths. Good physical fitness is required. You’ll probably see wild orang utans, macaques, hornbills and many kind of tropical plants. Walk ends by the river side at where you set up a basic and authentic campsite. Tents are bamboo shells covered with tarpaulins stretched over a branch. The front and back of tent are so open, but offering adequate protection against the rain. A real jungle camp! Notice : Those bringing camera/video in the orang utan site will be charged Rp 50,000 for camera and 150,000 for video.Camping checklist (need to bring) : Shoes with good profile, Long sleeves (trousers & shirt), Sock protectors, Rain coat (poncho), Rain cover for backpack, Insects repellent and other needs, Torch, Sleeping bag if needed, First aid kit, Sport sandal/slipper (for river crossing), Dry bag (for wallet, mobile phone, camera etc)

Day 03 Continue walk, return to Bukit Lawang by Raft Tube
Final walk of your rainforest adventure. Probably you still encounter tropical wildlife. Walk ends by the river side and return to Bukit Lawang by fun raft tube, floating on inner tube of car to your hotel. Upon arrival, check-in hotel and relax. Accomodation at Eco Lodge

Day 04 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 Inn 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 05 Tangkahan Free Day
There are plenty of options. Elephant ride or to see/to help elephant bathing in the river, raft tube, visiting jungle waterfall and hotsprings. The cost at personal expenses

Day 06 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 normal road till you reach Berastagi. Accomodation at Grand Mutiara

Day 07 Climbing Sibayak Volcano (about 2,172 meter asl)
Early start is recommended as you have more chance for an open sky without too much clouds. First you will be transferred to the starting point. Afterwards hike up about 30 minutes through steep paved road surrounded by the forest. Followed by 1,5 hours walk (less steep) via small but partly paved path surrounded by srubs, lower bushes and plants. If clear weather, you have nice views here. Last part you will be walking between rocks until you reach the edge of the crater where you can see the yellow fumarols. The way back has two possibilities: returning via the same path or via the other side of the volcano, a bit steep slippery steps with sulphur hotsprings with man made pool at the bottom. Discus with your guide for it.
Day 08 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 lake side

Day 09 Cycling Tour
Cycling on Samosir, a huge and lovely island in the middle of lake Toba through typical Batak road style. The villages with traditional houses, rice  fields and daily life of local people would be the attraction along the road. Afternoon back to hotel and chance for you to swim on the lake.

Day 10 Samosir Island – 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 11 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 Royal Denai or Pusako Hotel

Day 12 Harau Valley Tour
Fullday tour to Harau, a nature and wildlife reserve surrounded by 100-200 meters high granite walls. It is an excited valley with fresh air and exquisite landscape located about 57 km from Bukittinggi via Payakumbuh. Upon arrival, you’ll be guided for a two hours walk through the surroundings with its secondary forest which ends at waterfall. On the way you’ll see vast view of paddy field with people working on it, village and beautiful landscape. Afternoon back to Bukittinggi.

Day 13 Sianok Canyon walk, Sleep at villager’s house
Pick up from hotel for a walk in 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. Walk duration is around 4 hours. Picnic lunch on trails. In the afternoon, walk ends. Overnight at the villager’s house.

Day 14 To Lake Maninjau
Before leaving, explore daily life of local people in the surrounding, like people working in the rice fields, etc. Then taken by public transport to Puncak Lawang, from where you have vast view of breathtaking Maninjau crater lake. From here you start a-two-hours walk downwards through forest and gardens before you reach the edge of the lake. You descend following a small and slippery path, secondary forest and old coffee plantation. Last half hour via rice fields and nice views. Accomodation at Pasir Panjang Permai, simple hotel located at the edge of the lake

Day 15 Maninjau – Padang airport
Departure on about 3-hours drive to Padang airport via the greenery of Anai park and waterfall.


        - Private airco car

        - Room with daily breakfast

        - English-speaking guide

        - Applicable entrance fees

        - National Park permit

        - Basic camping equipment and meals during camping

           in Bukit Lawang & Tubing

       - Local jeep

       - Local guide hiking Sibayak volcano, Local guide for

          Harau walk and local guide for Maninjau walk

        - Boat to/from Samosir island

        - Rental bicycle for Samosir cycling

        - Meals during stay at villager’s house in Sianok walk