Sumatran Highlights Overview

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Visit jaw-dropping wonders and ancient treasures in Sumatra

Rich with ancient tradition and jaw-dropping natural wonders, Sumatra exudes a captivating mystique. From the panoramic delights of the Sibayak Volcano summit and the stunning Gayo Highlands, to the thriving marine eco-systems off Pulau Weh, this remarkable journey walks you through steaming jungles, over rocky outcrops and across pristine shores. Along the way, meet welcoming villagers at a homestay on Lake Toba, and see how the people of Banda Aceh rebuilt after the devastating 2004 tsunami. The spirit of beautiful Sumatra will completely captivate and leave you wanting more on this amazing trip.

  • Delight in Sipiso-piso Waterfall
  • Enjoy a homestay on the banks of Lake Toba
  • Admire the incredible vista from atop Sibayak Volcano
  • Spot orangutans in Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Sample world-famous coffee in the Gayo Highlands
  • Meet courageous locals in Banda Aceh
  • Snorkel over stunning coral reefs in Pulau Weh
  • Explore the northern capital of Medan

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Medan, Indonesia
  • Finish:

    Medan, Indonesia
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt), Guesthouse (3 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (9 nts)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Minivan, Plane
  • Included activities:

    Guided tour of Simualungun Palace, Mt Sibayak climb, NTA Tsunami Tour, Semangat Hot Springs, Sipiso Piso waterfall, Snorkelling, Wildlife spotting jungle trek

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    388kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please note that regular flight services depart for Medan from regional hubs such as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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Day 1 Medan

Begin the adventure in Medan, the capital of north Sumatra. If arriving early, perhaps visit Maimoon Palace or the Graha Bunda Maria temple.

Days 2-3 Lake Toba

Travel to Lake Toba, the world's largest volcanic lake and home to the delightful Batak Toba people. Gain insights into this fascinating ancient culture on a full-day tour of the surrounding area.

Days 4-5 Berastagi

Visit Sipiso-piso waterfall and Simalungun Palace, home to the last Batak king, before continuing to Dokan village. Experience an unforgettable evening of Batak hospitality during a homestay. Hike to the peak of Sibayak Volcano, spotting gibbons and monkeys cavorting in the treetops, and soak up impressive views at the summit. After the hike, soothe tired muscles in a nearby hot spring.

Days 6-7 Ketambe

Uncover jungle secrets in Gunung Leuser National Park, home to many endangered species including tigers, elephants and rhinoceros. Join local guides on rainforest treks in search of orangutans, as well as rare and edible plants, and spend a night camping by the river.

Days 8-9 Gayo Highlands

Travel into Indonesia's stunning Gayo Highlands, enjoying spectacular views of rolling hills blanketed with coffee plantations. Explore the mysterious Loyang Koro Cave and perhaps sample a bottle of famous local brew while soaking up the serenity.

Days 10-11 Banda Aceh

Meet the warm locals of Banda Aceh who courageously rebuilt after the 2004 tsunami. Join a tour with Network for Tsunami Aceh to fully understand the extent of the disaster. Take a boat ride to a nearby island, enjoy local cuisine at a night market and explore the sprawling Putroe Phang Park.

Days 12-13 Pulau Weh

Bask in the tropical delights of Palau Weh, complete with cliff-side huts, palm trees and unspoilt beaches. Discover secluded bays on a snorkelling tour and enjoy an afternoon snooze in a hammock.

Days 14-15 Medan

The adventure wraps up back in Medan. Say goodbye to beautiful Indonesia or stay or few more days and see the sights.
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