25 DAYS 24 NIGHTS ADVENTURE TOUR DISCOVER WEST SUMATRA, NORTH SUMATRA & ACEH PROVINCE


BOOKING CODE : MHINSUM 20


Day 1 : Arrival Padang – Bukittinggi
Today you arrive in Padang, the modern business and governmental centre of West Sumatra province. Proceed to Bukittinggi (means “high hill”), the cultural capital of the Minangkabau principality situated on about 900 meter asl. The trip will take about 2 hours passing by the greenery of Anai park and waterfall. Arrive in Bukittinggi, hotel check-in and relax. Accommodation at Royal Denai or Pusako Hotel

Day 2 : 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 3 : 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, Pandai Sikat-a village famous with its hand weaving and wood carving and Balimbing to see old Minangkabau traditional houses. Travel further to Pagaruyung palace, a site of ancient Minangkabau kingdom where women ruled in matrilineal society. Afternoon back to Bukittinggi

Day 4 : 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 5 : 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 secondary 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 6 : Maninjau – Padang Sidempuan
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. The first stop will be at Bonjol for crossing the equator. Next stop at Kotanopan where you can sometimes witness the search gold dust in the nearby river (activity subject to availability). If there is time left you would stop at Sihepeng to see a 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. Accomodation at Natama Hotel, simple accommodation located by the main road side near the centre.

Day 7 : Padang Sidempuan - Lake Toba / Samosir Island 
A long but beautiful trip with view of marching mountains Bukit Barisan to lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lake in the world. You will stop at sulphur hotspring in Sipoholon, local market in Balige and typical Batak village in Jangga Dolok/Lumban Binanga. Arrive in Parapat, a resort town on shore of lake Toba, across the lake by public boat to Samosir island where you will stay overnights. 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

Day 8 : Samosir Excursion
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.
Notice:
Samosir excursion will be done by car for maximum 5 paxs, more than 5 by boat

Day 9 : Samosir – Bukit Lawang
Across back to Parapat by public boat and a long drive 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. You will pass by town of Pematang Siantar with its vast view of oilpalm and rubber plantation. Accomodation at Eco Lodge, simple accommodation but nicely located by the river side on the outskirts of the park. The rooms comes up with traditional Indonesia shower with only cold water.

Day 10 : 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. 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 11 : 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 12 : Bukit Lawang – Tangkahan by local jeep
Off road with 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. 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. Accomodation at 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. To reach this accomodation, you need to cross the river by canoe and followed by a short walk. Porter can assist you in taking your luggages. Negotiate a price of this service. Usually it costs about Rp 15,000 per luggage.

Day 13 : Tangkahan Free Day
There are plenty of options to do: elephant ride patrolling the forest or to see/to help elephant bathing in the river (these options are available twice daily about 08:00am and 13:00pm except Monday and Thursday). Booking should be made on site, not possible in advance. Besides those options, you also have possibilities for jungle walk, raft tube, visiting jungle waterfall and  hotsprings (at personal expenses).

Day 14 : 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 15 : 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 16 : Berastagi – Ketambe
Drive about seven hours to Ketambe (also called Gurah), a small village in Alas valley in Aceh province, still the part of Gunung Leuser National Park via Kutacane. For many years it has been a favourite destination of researchers, wildlife photographers and adventurers as well as travelers hoping to catch a glimpse of Sumatran wildlife in its natural setting. You’ll stay at Cinta Alam or Friendship Guest House, basic but clean accommodation located at the edge of the park. Each room has own bathroom but comes up with traditional Indonesia shower with cold water only.

Day 17 : Ketambe Free Day
Free day at own arrangement. There are plenty of options : jungle trek varied in some levels, wave trip with inner tube of car, or organized rafting trip on Alas river. This river flows from north to the south cutting the park into an eastern and western half.

Day 18 : Ketambe – Takengon
Drive through mountainous road with endless scenic views to Takengon, the main town in Gayo highlands on an altitude of 1200 meters. Gayo highlands is the area in the middle Aceh mountainous region. Takengon features a 26 km long crater lake Laut Tawar and many coffee plantations. You’ll sleep at Mahara Hotel, simple accomodatiom located near the centre and at the border of the lake.

Day 19 : Cycling Tour
Cycling trip around lake Tawar, a beautiful lake located near the centre of Takengon. With guide, you’ll explore the surroundings.

Day 20 : Takengon – Banda Aceh
Drive around 8 hours to Banda Aceh, the provincial capital and the largest city in Aceh province located on the island of Sumatra, at the northwestern tip of Indonesia. A number of places near the centre of Banda Aceh have been established as reminders of, and to provide information about, the impact of the December 2004 tsunami in the city. These include several mass burial centres, several places where boats were carried several kilometers inland by the tsunami, and the “floating boat on the roof”, and the tsunami museum. Accomodation at Grand Nanggroe Hotel

Day 21 : Banda Aceh – by ferry to Pulau Weh – Sumur Tiga 
A few minutes transfer to Ulele harbor to catch your ferry to Pulau Weh (Weh island). This island is one of the best snorkeling and diving destination in Southeast Asia. After 45 minutes ferry ride, you’ll arrive at Balohan harbor and taken to Sumur Tiga, a wonderful white sandy beach stretches about 2 miles long. It is located on the east cost of Pulau Weh and just 10 minutes drive from Sabang town. You’ll stay at Freddies Santai Sumur Tiga Resort, tastefully designed accommodation with good restaurant facing to the sea.

Day 22 : Sumur Tiga free day
There are plenty of options. Snorkeling, diving and fishing trip. Contact your accommodation to arrange those options.

Day 23 : Sumur Tiga free day
There are plenty of options. Snorkeling, diving and fishing trip. Contact your accommodation to arrange those options.

Day 24 : Back to Banda Aceh – City tour by Bicycle or Becak (tricycle motor taxi)
Onboard back to Banda Aceh. Upon arrival, we’ll take you on tour by bicycle or becak visiting mausoleums, historical buildings and tsunami-related sites. Make sure you bring along enough water and sun-lotion, wear a hat if necessary and be aware of the Acehnese dress-code for women, keep your shoulders and knees covered. Accomodation at Grand Nanggroe Hotel

Day 25 : Banda Aceh, departure
Free to relax until time to leave for airport. End of services


INCLUDING :

         - Private airco car

         - Room with daily breakfast

         - English-speaking guide

         - Applicable entrance fees

         - Meals during stay at villager’s house

         - Local guide for Maninjau and Harau walk

        - Boat to/from Samosir island

         - Gunung Leuser National Park permit

         - Basic camping equipment

         - Meals during camping in Bukit Lawang

         - Local jeep to Bukit Lawang

         - Cycling tour in Takengon

         - Bicycle/Becak trip in Banda Aceh and Ferry to/from Pulau Weh


BOOKING CODE : MHINSUM 20