3 weeks North Sumatra - 21 Days

Discover the unique nature in Sumatra on this 3 week round tour.

On this 3-week itinerary through North Sumatra you will immerse yourself in the nature and culture of Indonesia’s largest island. Go hiking in Gunung Leuser National Park, climb the Sibayak Volcano in Berastagi, experience the Batak culture at the world’s largest crater lake and relax on Pulau Weh Island. This route is a suggestion and will of course be adapted by us to your special wishes & conditions.

Day 1
Transport to Bukit Lawang

Upon arrival at Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan you will be picked up by your private driver who will accompany you all the way to Sumatra. The drive to Bukit Lawang takes about 4 hours and takes you along rubber and palm oil plantations, lush jungles and mountain landscapes. You can stop on the way for photo stops or lunch breaks. Our driver will help you communicate with the locals.

Accommodation examples: Waterstone, Indra Valley Inn

Day 2
Jungle Trekking

Today we go on a 2-day jungle tour and with a little luck you can see orangutans in the wild. Our guides are licensed by the national park office and have years of experience in jungle trekking. There are two guides available for the day. You will be picked up from your accommodation at 9 a.m. and then walk into the jungle together. The hike lasts about 6 hours including breaks for photos and food.

In the afternoon you reach the camp near a river. You can jump into the water or just relax. Our cook will prepare an Indonesian dinner for you (vegetarian options possible). You will sleep in a semi-open shelter surrounded by the sounds of the river and jungle.

Alternative: If you don’t want to spend the night in the jungle, you can do only a 1-day trek and do more activities in Bukit Lawang the next day.

Day 3
Jungle Trekking

After waking up, our cook will provide you with coffee, tea and breakfast. You can jump back into the fresh water of the river. Depending on the campsite we will then continue the jungle adventure and trek for about 2 hours or we will go to a waterfall where you can swim and relax. You can also just relax in the camp. After lunch we leave the camp for the traditional jungle raft. The afternoon is free.

Accommodation examples: Waterstone, Indra Valley Inn

Day 4
Elephant Park Tangkahan

Get off the beaten track and get close to elephants in Tangkahan’s hidden paradise. Here you can see rehabilitated elephants from Sumatra! Take part in their daily bathing ritual and help wash the elephants in the river. The journey takes about 2 hours by car.

Accommodation examples: Waterstone, Indra Valley Inn

Day 5
Freetime in Bukit Lawang

The day is yours. You are free to spend the day as you please. Alternatively, we can organise an activity for you.

Optional tours:

Village Tour: We take you in a traditional Becak (tuktuk) to the village of Gotong Royong. Learn how the locals live and work here, drive along rice fields and plantations and see how palm sugar and tofu are made. On request we can also visit a local school. The price includes Becak, driver, fuel, guide and lunch. Cost: 25 Euro/person

Bat Cave and Landak River: Visit the nearby Bat Cave with our guide. Afterwards we hike through plantations and jungle to the Landak River (approx. 1h). Here you can cool down and relax. Costs: 25 Euro/person

You have other wishes? No problem. We will be glad to help you.

Day 6
Drive to Berastagi

After breakfast you will be picked up by our driver. The journey to Berastagi takes about 5 hours, depending on the traffic. However, you can take a break as you wish. After arrival you can visit a local market or relax.

Accommodation examples: Smiley’s Guesthouse, Sapo Karo, Rudang Hotel Berastagi

Day 7
Volcano hike

After a good breakfast you can climb the volcano Sibayak or visit the Hot Springs or the traditional village Lingga.

Day 8
Transport to Lake Toba

After breakfast you will continue your roundtrip to Lake Toba, the largest crater lake in the world. On the way you can stop for photo stops, e.g. at the Sisipiso waterfall. The trip takes about 3 hours. You drive to the harbour, from where you take the car ferry to Tuktuk to the island of Samosir. The crossing takes about 30 minutes. Then we will go to the hotel. The evening is at your free disposal.

Accommodation examples: Romlan’s, Lekjon Cottage, Tabo Cottage

Day 9
Lake Toba

After breakfast you can take a walk around the Tuktuk peninsula.

Day 10
Lake Toba

After breakfast you will explore the island of Samosir and Lake Toba with your driver. You drive to Ambarita, Samosir’s most interesting village of the local Batak culture. From there we continue to Simanindo, where you can see the performance of a traditional Batak dance. Afterwards you drive on to a beautiful lookout from where you can see Samosir Island and Lake Toba.

Day 11
Lake Toba

Spend the day as you like. Our driver will be happy to show you other places of interest.

Day 12
Transport to Medan

After breakfast our driver will drive you back to Medan Airport. The journey takes about 6 hours.

Accommodation examples: Thong’s Inn

Day 13
Flight to Banda Aceh

Please book your own flight to Pulau Weh.

Upon arrival you will be picked up personally by a private driver and taken to your accommodation.

Accommodation examples: Pulau Weh Paradise – Bungalow

Day 14
Sightseeing Pulau Weh

Today you go on a tour around the island with a private driver. Your guide will show you the highlights of Pulau Weh, beautiful vantage points and, if you wish, snorkeling spots.

Day 15
Pulau Weh

Day at leisure on Pulau Weh. Possible activities: scuba diving, snorkeling, boat trips, island explorations.

Day 16
Pulau Weh

Day at leisure on Pulau Weh.

Day 17
Pulau Weh

Day at leisure on Pulau Weh.

Day 18
Pulau Weh

Day at leisure on Pulau Weh.

Day 19
Transfer to Banda Aceh

Your private driver will bring you back to Banda Aceh today.

Accomodation example: RedDoorz Syariah Panglima

Day 20
Banda Aceh

Day at leisure.

Day 21
Return Flight

Costs: from 1000 euros/person

  • At least 2 persons.
  • Including: 20xovernight stays, transport Medan - Bukit Lawang, car incl. private driver, trekking in Bukit Lawang, elephant park Tangkahan, Transfer Banda Aceh - Pulau Weh

Excluded

  • Flights, entries, meals, souvenirs.

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Price From EUR  1,000/person
1000
Total 1,000 EUR

Trip Facts

  • Private driver
  • Yes
  • Year round
  • Yes
  • Guesthouse, Hotel