Sumatra Adventure

9 Days | Venture to Indonesia’s rugged wilderness in steamy Sumatra.

4.9 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
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Steamy Sumatra is a rugged jungle paradise for all types of adventurers. The world’s sixth largest island is teeming with untamed nature and is home to many endangered species, including the Sumatran tiger, rhinoceros, elephants and the acclaimed orangutan. On this nine-day Sumatran expedition, travel from Medan to Bukit Lawang and explore Gunung Leuser National Park. Head to Berastagi and hike up the steaming active volcano Sibayak, basking in the glory of misty panoramas from the summit. Finish in Samonsir on Lake Toba, where the colourfully dressed Christian Batak people are happy to have your company. Venture off the beaten track and learn a thing or two about Sumatra.

Trip overview

Map of Sumatra Adventure including Indonesia
Start
Medan, Indonesia
Finish
Medan, Indonesia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Indonesia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
TIST
This trip generates 64 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Gunung Leuser National Park is your best chance in Indonesia to see orangutans in the wild. Hike through the jungle, home to some 300 bird species and the endangered Sumatran tiger, on a small-group camping experience.
  • Begin and end your adventure in Sumatra’s largest city: Medan. Explore the mix of Asian cultures in the city, noticeable in its colourful architecture and delicious mix of food.
  • Let your knowledgeable group leader guide you through the thickets of the jungle, past small cultural villages, and to the best places to eat around northern Sumatra.
  • Climb the Sibayak Volcano to enjoy panoramic views at its spectacular summit, then head to local hot springs for some well-earned rest and relaxation after the descent.
  • Explore Lake Toba and the villages on Samosir Island. Check out Indonesia’s highest waterfall and a take a cultural tour that includes a traditional Batak dance performance.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Coral Triangle Center Foundation. Donations help expand their coral restoration project and support their educational outreach activities for local schools in Nusa Penida.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Sumatra is less developed than other islands of the Indonesian archipelago. Due to limited tourism infrastructure, expect there to be more bumpy and windy roads, some longer drives and more basic hotels. On the plus side, you’ll feel like you’re off the beaten track!
  • This trip involves either a partial or full camping experience, giving you access to more remote destinations at close proximity, and the joy of camping in the wilderness. This is a participatory trip – a fancy way of saying you’re not just along for the ride, but you are part of a team! Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food prep and washing up. It’s all about giving your new travel mates and group leader a hand, and everyone knows there’s nothing worse than trying to put up a tent on your own! Keep in mind this is jungle camping with twin share tents and no facilities.
  • Some of the best scenery on Sumatra is found on hikes. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities.
  • You may also want to check out our Best of Indonesia (TISSC) if you have longer time to explore in the country.

Itinerary

Map of Sumatra Adventure including Indonesia

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Ferry, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nts), Camping (1 nt), Guesthouse (3 nts)

Activities
  • Gunung Leuser NP - Jungle Wildlife Trek
  • Gunung Leuser NP - Trekking Lunch
  • Gunung Leuser NP - Campsite Dinner
  • Mt Sibayak - Picnic lunch
  • Mt Sibayak - Volcano climb
  • Berastagi - Hot springs
  • Lake Toba - Sipiso-Piso Waterfall
  • Dokan Village - Batak longhouse visit
  • Lake Toba - Samosir Island day tour
  • Lake Toba - Stone Chairs
  • Lake Toba - Simanindo Museum
  • Lake Toba - Batak Dance Performance
Add on activities
  • Medan - Maimun Palace - IDR10000
  • Medan Grand Mosque - IDR5000
  • Bukit Lawang - Countryside tour - IDR200000

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 3 (Camping) and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
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Francesca · Traveled May 2024
This tour provides a wonderful introduction to the highlights of North Sumatra. Seeing orangutans in the wild, learning more about the Batak people, their culture and customs and witnessing the beauty of Lake Toba were definitely the highlights for me. Lily was also a brilliant tour leader who made sure the itinerary ran smoothly and everyone was well looked after. If you like hiking and nature then this is the trip for you!
Review submitted 21 May 2024

Claudia · Traveled May 2024
This trip was great! Seeing wild Orangutans was the highlight for me, as well as Seeing other wildlife. The trekking was good fun, but you do need to be moderately fit to do it. This was also a cultural trip, and it was nice to learn how the locals live
Review submitted 21 May 2024

Jacob · Traveled March 2024
Amazing way to see orang-utans and Sumatra
Review submitted 07 Apr 2024

Simone · Traveled March 2024
This trip gives insight to Sumatra and where one would want to stay longer.
Review submitted 06 Apr 2024

Mitchell · Traveled March 2024
Was a very enjoyable tour, the combination of a diverse itinerary, excellent local knowledge, interesting cultural and food experiences made for an amazing tour. Great team of people involved in the tour, team leader Dewi was excellent.
Review submitted 07 Apr 2024
Sumatra Adventure
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AUD $1,750