North to West Sumatra Tour

Sumatra North to West, 13D
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NORTH TO WEST SUMATRA TOUR


ITINERARY :


DAY 01: ARRIVAL MEDAN – BAHOROK.
Upon arrival in New Medan Airport (Kuala Namu Airport), meet your guide then directly depart for Bohorok, located at southern part of Gunung Leuser National Park). Drive for about 4 hours on bumpy road from Medan, capital of North Sumatra. En-route passing through several small towns followed by vast view of rubber and oil palm plantation and some countryside landscapes. Check in at local guest house for accommodation (Non-star hotel). Bukit Lawang Eco lodge or similar.


DAY 02: BAHOROK EXPLORING – TANGKAHAN.
After breakfast then walking through the bank of the river and crossing the river by traditional canoe, walking up the jungle to see the Orangutan on the their feeding time. After feeding the Orangutan trekking through the Leuser National Park. Walking around Leuser National Park is the time to experience many kind of flora and fauna as well enjoy the song of birds and Siamang "The Black Gibbon". At the appropriate time, by motorcycle or jeep to drive to Tangkahan (84 Km). *The directions given below are approximate. Road Conditions, Temporary Road diversions, Local on road events can affect directions! Due to the condition of the road is very bad we will need about 3 – 4 hrs more or less to reach Tangkahan. Upon arrival in Tangkahan then check in to the local lodge. Today we will enjoy the crystal clear water and water fall. Observe the nature wealth of this place, it's floral and faunal life. Back to the lodge and overnight at Hotel.


DAY 03: TREKKING AT TANGKAHAN JUNGLE.
After breakfast then start Enjoy a range of adventures to suit everybody, from the intrepid explorer to the arm chair adventures. Challenge yourself to trek through dense rainforest, over rugged terrain and across crystal clear rivers. Then have caving where the Skillful guides will lead the way and show you the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite, and take you to small river that runs on the bottom of the cave. Then enjoy Batang Serangan River by riding on inner tubes that have been modified to ensure safety. You will feel like you are dancing on the river swell using inner tube and a safety jacket as well as a helmet.

DAY 04: TANGKAHAN – BRASTAGI.
Today, we do 1 hour elephant ride and trekking through the patrolling zone of the park. At the appropriate time, travel from Tangkahan to Brastagi around 5 – 6 hours. Berastagi is a cool highland area, being the most important fruit and flower producer in North Sumatera. Along the way before Berastagi is the picturesque view of the local farmland planting catch-crops and other plants. Arrival in Brastagi then overnight at your hotel.


DAY 05: SIBAYAK VOLCANO TREKKING – BRASTAGI.
Early morning climb up Sibayak volcano. Descend to the volcano base and take the opportunity to relax in the hot springs. After lunch embark on the picturesque journey through pine forest, terraced plantations and verdant meadows. The fruit and vegetable market is a perfect mirror to observe the abundance amount of the highland farm product. In this place you possible to see the traditional houses.

DAY 06: BERASTAGI – PARAPAT – SAMOSIR.
Breakfast at hotel then drive to Paraapat. Stop at the magnificent Sipiso Piso waterfall and Rumah Bolon (Long House) the old Palace of Batak Simalungun King en route. Afternoon arrive in Parapat direct cruise on Lake Toba to the island for overnight stay in the quiet town of Tuk Tuk. On arrival direct check-in to local guest house.


DAY 07: SAMOSIR – EXCURSION.
After breakfast excursion by car then visiting several Batak Toba traditional village. Include into the visit today are Ambarita with the stone chairs and table, the execution place of Sialagan Kings. Then to Tomok with its old tomb of Sidabutar Kings. And finally to Simanindo, a place where we can enjoy the Batak Toba traditional dance ( Tor-Tor) and Museum. Afternoon return back to hotel.


DAY 08: SAMOSIR – PARAPAT – PADANG SIDEMPUAN.
After breakfast at hotel then check out. Take ferry return to Parapat then proceed the drive as the highway winds up into Bukit Barisan mountains with panoramic view and a more hospitable landscape of rice fields against a backdrop of a primary forest to Padang Sidempuan with en route stop at Lumban Garga to see a typical village of the Toba Batak tribe, market place in Balige, and Tarutung, a small town located in Silindung Valley, for lunch. Overnight at hotel in Padang Sidempuan.


DAY 09: PADANG SIDEMPUAN - BUKIT TINGGI.
Breakfast at hotel. Then continue driving on the same mountain range up to Bukit Tinggi; the cultural capital of the Minang realm and knows far and wide for the canny business sense, ubiquitous, spicy hot cuisine and matriarchal ways, where the eyes are soothed by more rice fields, dotted with neat little huts and bridges by the river. Stop will be made at Usortolang Village to see the remnant of the Mandailing Batak typical houses, Purba Village; being the center of a huge Islamic Koranic school with hundreds of tiny huts, and Bonjol Village where a monument marking the equator. Accommodation at hotel in Bukit Tinggi

DAY 10: BUKIT TINGGI – PADANG – CUBADAK.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the appropriate time, driving down to the Padang through deep ravines and dense forest across steep fern covered slopes that afford fantastic views of Anai Valley. Then transfer by boat to Cubadak Paradiso Village


DAY 11: CUBADAK PARADISO VILLAGE.
Free at your own leisure. Relax on the beach, swim or take free in house snorkeling. Or you could do optional activities at additional charge for canoeing, fun sailing, trekking or probably diving.


DAY 12: CUBADAK PARADISO VILLAGE.
Free at your own leisure. Relax on the beach, swim or take free in house snorkeling. Or you could do optional activities at additional charge for canoeing, fun sailing, trekking or probably diving.


DAY 13: CUBADAK PARADISO VILLAGE – PADANG - DEPARTURE.
In appropriate time, transfer to Padang Airport for your flight back home.