Sumatra Highlights (7D/6N)

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Sumatra Highlights (7-Day Tour)

All the highlights of Northern Sumatra in just one week! This unique EcoTravel package combines a memorable overnight trek in the Gunung Leuser National Park with tube-rafting on the Bohorok River and a visit at the famous Bat Cave in Bukit Lawang with the experience of traditional Batak culture at Lake Toba, the world’s greatest crater lake. En route you will stop at beautiful spots in the Karo Highlands – among them are the fruit market in Berastagi, a traditional Batak Karo village and the water falls of Sipiso-Piso.

Package details

  • DAY 01: Air-con transfer (car or minibus) from your Medan hotel (3 hours) or from Kuala Namu Airport (5 hours) to Bukit Lawang: including driver, petrol & porter service for your luggage. Check in to your hotel in Bukit Lawang: EcoTravel Cottages, Jungle View Room, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, minibar, balcony with jungle/river view, breakfast
  • DAY 02/03: “Orangutan Trek” (2-day tour): 2-day trek in the Gunung Leuser National Park, 1 night on a campsite in the jungle, stop at the old orangutan feeding platform area & traditional tube rafting down the Bohorok River back to Bukit Lawang after trekking: includes English speaking guides, porter, rafting skipper, cook, all food and drinking water while trekking, all equipment (tent, mattress, sleeping bag, mosquito net, tubes, safety jackets), luggage storage. Starts at 08:30 am. After trekking stay another night in Bukit Lawang: EcoTravel Cottages, Jungle View Room, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, minibar, balcony with jungle/river view, breakfast
  • DAY 04: “Bat Cave Walk” (3-hours tour): Walk to the famous Bat Cave in Bukit Lawang & explore this impressive cave system: includes English speaking guide, entrance fee, lunch picnic, fruits, drinking water. Starts at 09:00 am. Stay another night in Bukit Lawang: EcoTravel Cottages, Jungle View Room, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, minibar, balcony with jungle/river view, breakfast
  • DAY 05: Air-con transfer (car or minibus) from Bukit Lawang to Lake Toba (1-day tour / 8 hours): Along the way you stop at several places in the Karo Highlands: the famous fruit market in Berastagi, a traditional Batak Karo village and the Sipiso-Piso waterfall: includes driver, petrol, all entrance fees on the way, take-away snacks & drinks, boat tickets (one way!) from Parapat harbour to Samosir Island. Starts at 07:00 am. Check in to your hotel on Samosir IslandTabo Cottages, Junior Suite, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, balcony with lake view, breakfast
  • DAY 06: Spend your day winding down on Samosir Island swimming, relaxing and just enjoying the beautiful scenery or why not try and explore the island? Don’t miss a traditional Batak dance at the cultural center in Simanindo and the historic Batak king’s residence at Ambarita. Our partner Tabo Cottages will love to organize tours around Lake Toba, if required. You can also rent a motorbike and travel around by yourself. Stay one more night on Samosir Island: Tabo Cottages, Junior Suite, bathroom with western toilet and hot water shower, fan, balcony with garden/lake view, breakfast
  • DAY 07: Air-con transfer from Parapat harbour to your Medan hotel (5 hours) or Kuala Namu Airport (5 hours): including driver, petrol & highway toll. Starts at 13:30 pm (flight departure not before 20:00 pm!)
Package does Not include: entrance permit to the Gunung Leuser National Park/camera tax (150.000 IDR/pax/ payable to the national park office); lunch, dinner and drinks while staying in Bukit Lawang & Samosir Island; boat tickets from Samosir Island back to Parapat (15.000 IDR/pax/payable on the boat), flights, visas, insurance
Price per person / min 2 pax. 
Superior Option314 Euro
Deluxe Option349 Euro
Standard Option294 Euro
Budget Option221 Euro
Our Sumatra Highlights package starts on Mondays only! We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements with additional nights at the Lake Toba - subject to availability!
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EcoTravel packages are offered in different prices ranges – deluxe, superior, standard and budget. What exactly is the difference?

Only the superior package is listed in detail on our website. The higher price of the deluxe option results from a better room type in Bukit Lawang (Jungle View Suite / EcoTravel Cottages) and at Lake Toba (Toba Suite / Tabo Cottages). The standard option includes a less expensive room type at our partner accommodation Ecolodge Bukit Lawang (Orangutan Room) and at Lake Toba (Batak Villa / Tabo Cottages). The budget option includes the least expensive room type in the jungle and on Lake Toba (Batak Room, EcoTravel Cottages / Deluxe Room, Tabo Cottages). The budget package does not include transfers to/from Medan.

Your website lists fixed starting dates for your packages. We arrive in Medan one day later, could we shift the start of our tour?

Unfortunately this is not possible. We run our tours on fixed days, arrival/departure at EcoTravel Cottages is on Mondays/Fridays only, suiting our packages. Some packages also start on Saturdays. But you could add, skip or change some tours in your chosen package frame, if required. It is also possible to extend your stay at our partners on Lake Toba, in Medan or on Pulau Weh – subject to availability. And if all this still doesn’t suit you, why not join our tours only and book your accommodation individually somewhere else?

What’s the latest we should arrive in Bukit Lawang on the day before our trek will start?

We recommend not to arrive any later than 18:00 pm in Bukit Lawang! There is also a meeting with your guide team at our EcoTravel Cottages between 16:00 pm – 19:00 pm, where you will be given essential information and an introduction to your trek starting the next morning. But if a pickup service with our EcoTravel team from Medan airport to the jungle is required in the late afternoon we are also pleased to organize this for you. Please just remember that from Medan Airport, the transfer to Bukit Lawang takes about 4,5 hrs, so the later you arrive the later you will get to Bukit Lawang. And if your jungle trek starts the next day you will have to get up early …

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