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Sumatra Adventure Plus

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Background

So what does the "PLUS" stand for in our Sumatra Adventure Plus? It means we will take you beyond the jungles of Bukit Lawang and take you to the summit of Gunung Sibayak and to the shore and islands of Lake Toba, site of one of the single most devestating volcanic eruption ever. That's what the "PLUS" stands for.

Highlights

  • Trek through the jungle with an overnight stay in the Orangutan's habitat
  • Tubing in Tangkahan and Bukit Lawang
  • Visit Lake Toba site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions leaving an enormous lake 100km long x 30km wide
  • Trek to Gunung Sibayak
  • Visit a working elephant station near Tangkahan

Overview

If you want a little more adventure in Sumatra then our Sumatra Adventure Plus may be for you. You will travel from Medan to Tangkahan to see a working elephant program help protect the forests of Gunung Leuser National Park. From there we head to Bukit Lawang to explore another part of this immense park in search of the sumatra orangutan. For most that would be enough, but not those who are looking for a bit more.

We will then head towards Lake Toba. Before arriving there, we will trek up a small volcano (Mt Sibayak) to watch the sun rise over this beautiful landscape and then back down to the shores of Lake Toba, site of one of the biggest volcanic eruption ever (it is thought the eruption brought the human race to the brink of extinction). We will explore the lake by boat before heading back to Medan.

We're exhausted just writing about it!

Routes

Day 1 Early morning flight to Medan. You will greeted at the airport by a No Roads representative and transferred to Tangkahan. Tangkahan is famous for its elephant safaris and wonderful jungle scenery. You will take a small punt across the river and check into the Mega Inn. After lunch we will go for a river walk and then tube down stream to a beautiful waterfall. We will then walk back to the Mega Inn for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 2 Elephant Trek - Bukit Lawang. This morning we will head off to a nearby Elephant Rangers Station. There, elephants are used to help Rangers monitor the nearby jungle and also offer elephant treks. After helping the Rangers bathe the elephants we will take a walk with them atop one of the beautiful creatures. The Elephant trek will terminate at the Mega Inn where we will check out and then drive to Bukit Lawang, approximately 3 hrs away.

In Bukit Lawang we will check into our accommodation and then head off to the afternoon feeding station for a close up view (hopefully) of some local Orangutans. In the evening you will meet your guide for the trek tomorrow and go through the plan for the trip. (B,L,D). Overnight stay in Bukit Lawang Cottage or Rindu Alam, located on the bank of Bohorok river. 

Day 3 : Gunung Leuser National Park. Today we start our 2 day trek into the Gunung Leuser National Park. We will head into the hills on the other side of the Bohorok River. On the trek we will see Orangutans, Thomas Leaf Monkey, Pigtail Macaque, Longtail Macaque, Gibbons, Lizards, Turtles, Hornbills and more. Our camp site will be close to a stream or on the Bohorok River, Overnight in tents. (B in hotel, L & D included in jungle trekking). 

Day 4 : Gunung Leuser National Park - Bukit Lawang. Today we will continue our jungle trek and head back towards Bukit Lawang sometime after lunch. Our journey back will be either on foot or we may even tube on inflatible inner tubes back to town. Once in Bukit Lawang we will check into our room and then have free time to wander around town and maybe have a swim in the Bohorok River. (B,L included jungle trekking/ D in hotel). Overnight stay in Ecolodge Bukit Lawang Cottage or Rindu Alam. 

Day 5 : Bukit Lawang – Brastagi.

Today you depart for the mountain village of Brastagi in the Karo Highlands along a fascinating route. Here you can see two active volcanoes, the Sibayak and the Sinabung. In Brastagi you can also visit the fruit market and Dokan, a traditional Karo Batak village. Overnight stay in hotel Sinabung or Mikie Holiday Resort in Brastagi.  (B,L,D) 

Day 6 : Brastagi – Climbing Mt. Sibayak – Samosir 

Today you can do hike the Sibayak volcano. You have to get up early in the morning at 04.00 and walk with local guide up to the volcano where you can see a beautiful sunrise. You will have wonderful far views over the environment. Also you can see the smoking sulphur sources on the moon like landscape on the top of the volcano. After descending you depart for Samosir/Lake Toba via pineapple, clove and ginger plantations. Stops en route at the tribal kings' house of the Simalungun Batak in Pematang Purba and the Sipisopiso falls. In the afternoon we arrive in Prapat at the famous Lake Toba from where we cross over to the island of Samosir. The car goes with us. 2 overnight stays on Samosir island in hotel Toledo Inn of Tabo Cottage right on the lakeside.  (B,L,D) 

Day 7 : Samosir tour 

Samosir - tour to Tomok, Ambarita and Simanindo. On this beautiful island you can visit the typical Toba Batak villages: Tomok with its kings' tombs, Ambarita with its execution tables and in Simanindo you can see traditional Batak dances. (B,L,D) 

Day 8 : Samosir - Medan by the plantation route (5 hours)

Today you drive along endless palm tree, rubber and cacao plantations and through the historic city of Pematang Siantar back to Medan. At noon you will arrive in Medan and transfer to Hotel Deli River for Overnight stay. (B,L,D) 

Day 9 : Medan - airport. After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport to catch your flight to the next destination. (B)

Inclusions

  • overnight accommodation in above good medium class hotels based on single rooms
  • daily breakfast
  • transport in comfortable air conditioned car incl. fuel as mentioned in the program
  • driver, his meals and overnight accommodation costs
  • entrance and parking feestubing in Tangkahan on day 1 or day 2
  • 1 hour elephant trekking in Tangkahan on day 2
  • permit and local guide to see the orang utan in Bukit Lawang
  • tubing in Bukit Lawang on day 4
  • 2 days / 1 night jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang incl. 2x lunches + 1 x dinner
  • local guide to climb mount Sibayak in Brastagi
  • cost ferry Parapat – Samosir vice versameals 6 x lunches +  7 x dinners

Exclusions

  • air tickets
  • personal expenses such as: drinks, souvenirs
  • donations and tips
  • insurance
  • camera fee in Bukit Lawang
  • guide (except to see the orang utan, 2 days jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang and climbing mount Sibayak in Brastagi)

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