Day 1 : Arrival Medan – Bukit Lawang
Today you arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. 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. You will pass by landscape with vast view of oilpalm plantation. Upon arrival, check-in hotel and relax.
Overnight in Bukit Lawang.
Day 2 : Bukit Lawang – Berastagi (with Breakfast)
First, jungle walk about 2-3 hours in the park to explore Sumatra rainforest. You’ll probably see wild orang utans, macaques, hornbills and many kind of tropical plants. You’ll walk via small often muddy and hilly paths (seldom flat walking). Good physical fitness is required. The walk ends at the feeding platform where the orang utans are fed and trained to live in the wild. You’ll 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 feedings, short relax and direct transfer to the mountain resort, Berastagi.
Those bringing camera photo/video at the orangutan’s site will be charged IDR 50,000 or approx. USD 6 for camera and IDR 150,000 for video or approx. USD 18.
Trekking check-list (need to bring); Shoes with good profile, Rain coat, Insects repellant & Dry bag for wallet, camera etc
Overnight in Berastagi.
Day 3 : Berastagi – Lake Toba / Samosir Island (with Breakfast)
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, 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. Overnight in Samosir.
Day 4 : Samosir Tour (with Breakfast)
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.
Notices: Samosir tour done by car for 1-5 paxs while 6-up by boat.
Overnight in Samosir.
Day 5 : Samosir Island – Sipirok (with Breakfast)
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.
Overnight in Sipirok.
Day 6 : Sipirok – Bukittinggi (with Breakfast)
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 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.
Next you will pass by a moslem school where the students are living in very small houses. Just before the city of Kotanopan you can sometimes witness the search for gold dust in the nearby river (activity subject to availability). The last stop before Bukittinggi is Bonjol where you will cross the equator.
Overnight in Bukittinggi.
Day 7 : Minangkabau Tour (with Breakfast)
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. In 2007 this palace was burnt down, hit by lightning. Now it is under reconstruction and almost finished. Afternoon back to Bukittinggi. Overnight in Bukittinggi.
Day 8 : Bukittinggi – Padang Airport (with Breakfast)
Free to relax until time to leave for airport. The trip takes about 2 hours passing by the greenery of Anai park and waterfall.