North Sumatra : Orangutans & Local Culture

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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 6-75 yrs
  • guiding method Partially guided
  • Tour Code BM-40450
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts/Ends Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Discover Samosir island and meet Batak People
  • Search for orangutans in Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Hike to Sibayak volcano
  • Enjoy Sumatra's natural beauty
Sumatra, the seventh largest island in the world, is a haven for travelers. It is steeped in history and is inhabited by people with astonishing customs, such as the Batak and the Minangkabau. It is also covered with tropical forests that are home to many endemic species of fauna and flora.

Your journey starts from Medan, the largest city on the island, before reaching Gunung Leuser National Park, famous for its orangutans. Look out for these mythical animals during a two-day trek through the middle of the jungle accompanied by park rangers.

Climb to the top of the Sibayak Volcano and admire the views of the Berastagi Valley before reaching the Island of Samosir, on Lake Toba, in the heart of the Batak country. This trip is perfect for those who wish to discover the beauty and culture of northern Sumatra.
  • Day 1: Arrive in Medan
  • Day 2: Medan to Bukit Lawang
  • Day 3: Bukit Lawang to Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Day 4: Second day in Gunung Leuser
  • Day 5: Bukit Lawang to Brastagi
  • Day 6: Ascend Sibayak Volcano
  • Day 7: Brastagi to Samosir Island/Lake Toba
  • Day 8: Samosir Island and Batak culture
  • Day 9: Samosir to Medan & departure
  • 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 1 Dinner
  • 8 nights in guest houses or hotels as per the itinerary
  • An English-speaking driver for the whole trip
  • Local guides during the hikes (if needed)
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to the highlights as per the itinerary
  • Ferry from/to Samosir island
  • Mineral water
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks other than mineral water
  • Expenses that are personal in nature
  • Tips (we advise USD3 to USD5 per person, per day)
  • Travel insurance
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.


  • How many days should you spend in Indonesia?

    We recommend 5-7 days on each island that you plan to visit, and at least two weeks overall, but you can find out more in our guide on how many days to spend in Indonesia.

  • How much is the cost for a trip to Indonesia?

    Depending on your travel style and accommodation, the average price of a trip to Indonesia for a solo US traveler for a week is around USD 1000-2500 including international flights. This equates to roughly USD 45 a day, but your activities, accommodations, and excursions may make this as high as USD 200 a day.

  • What is the best time to go to Indonesia?

    Depending on where you’re visiting, the best time to visit Indonesia may be different, but it tends to stretch from May to September. Juggling the wet and dry seasons alongside peak travel prices can be tricky.

  • Is Indonesia safe for tourists?

    Realistically, like everywhere, you will need to be careful on the streets of Indonesia, especially at night or in tourist hotspots. Petty theft is pretty common. Additionally, due to the location and amount of volcanic activity, the country is prone to natural disasters.

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