Sumatran Orangutan and Lake Toba
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Duration : 5D/4N | ASITA North Sumatera
Upon arrival at Medan’s Kualanamu International Airport, you will meet our guide to proceed to Medan city. Arriving in the city, we will start with a short city tour. There is plenty of time to cruise this busy, regional trading powerhouse of a city, and enjoy some of its highlights.
Day 1: Medan - Bukit Lawang (L,D)
Upon arrival at Medan’s Kualanamu International Airport, you will meet our guide to proceed to Medan city. Arriving in the city, we will start with a short city tour. There is plenty of time to cruise this busy, regional trading powerhouse of a city, and enjoy some of its highlights. We will stop at the Sultan’s Palace, which is now a museum that tells about its former days when feudal lords ruled the ancient kingdoms of Indonesia. A bit further down the same road there is Masjid Raya Medan, one of the largest mosques in Sumatra. The mosque, which was built with an elegant pre-war Moroccan style, overlooks one of the busiest intersections in the city. Numerous Chinese temples alluded to the prominent Chinese-Indonesians, the driving force behind is mostly the city’s commerce. There are a few fine examples of our pre-independence colonial architecture, bordering the wide lanes of Medan Merdeka, the city square right in the heart of town. While the city hall, the railway station, and the post office, all were built during the Dutch times, are still in excellent condition. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Day 2: 3-Hour Bukit Lawang Trekking - Brastagi (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, we then start exploring the jungle for about 3 hours, trekking the nature of Gunung Leuser National Park deeper, stumbling upon the lush wildlife. There is a possibility to observe orangutans in their own natural habitat, as well as other kinds of animals such as Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail macaques, gibbons, black gibbons and other kinds of the tropical rainforest wildlife. After trekking, we will return to the hotel and prepare for the check-out.
Then the rip will lead you through the Karo-Batak Highlands of Brastagi. These highlands are a volcanic plateau, stretching around 5.000 square kilometers from the northern rim of Lake Toba. It is also a home for 200 Karo-Batak tribe, with Brastagi and Kabanjahe are the most important ones. You will visit one of these traditional villages on the route. Karo-Batak people are famous for re-burying their deceased ones. They used to live in remarkable longhouses, a traditional house that are now rare and preserved.
Day 3: Brastagi - Samosir/Toba (L,D)
The road from Brastagi to Parapat offers some exceptionally beautiful landscapes with plenty of natural landmarks. We will stop at Sipiso piso, a narrow stream of waterfall with continuous thundering sounds falling into a 120-meter deep gorge. You will be surrounded by lush green rice fields, against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Toba, containing the shimmering grey-blue contours of Samosir Island. Afterwards, you will visit Pematang Purba, where you will be able to observe the inside of a Batak longhouse, which was formerly a dwelling for the Batak Simalungun Kings and their descendants some two centuries ago. You will also have stop at Simarjarunjung Hill to view the superb panorama of the lake while enjoying your lunch.
Day 4: Boat Excursion on Lake Toba (B,L,D)
Today will be pleasantly spent by cruising Lake Toba, in which you will visit several places of interest on Samosir Island.
- We will travel to the village of Ambarita, which has a rather curious collection of stone chairs. Neither the meaning nor the true history of these stones are clear, but locals believe that these stones were a part of an old justice court, passing violent punishments to those who were convicted.
- The village of Simanindo, which has some well-kept traditional houses. Dances performances take place routinely and can be enjoyed daily.
- The village of Tomok, which has an ancient sarcophagus that covers the remains of Raja Sidabutar, the leader of the first Batak immigrants settling at Samosir. A mythological beast named ‘Singa’ is carved into one end, half-elephant, half-buffalo, as an important symbol for the Batak people. Once, carved sarcophagi were dotted all over Samosir.
Day 5: Transfer to Silangit Airport (B)
After breakfast, we will go back to Parapat by boat and head South for Silangit Airport, which will take about 1 hour. Upon arrival at the airport, you can proceed with your return flight.