North Sumatra : orang utan, elephants and local culture

This program is a perfect fit for those who want to discover the main points of interest in the North of Sumatra. It's especially made for the animal lovers, with the unique possibility to experience an encountes with the famous Orang utan. You will also enjoy othe fun activities such as Elephant safaris, and River tubbing, and discover the very rich culture of Batak people.


  • Day 1 Medan

    Arrival at Medan airport. Pick up by our tour guide and then Transfer to your hotel, free time.

  • Day 2 Medan - Tangkahan

    After breakfast, pick up by our tour guide and then transfer to town for a city tour. You will visit the Sultan Palace, Great Mosque, Chinese Temple. After this you will drive to Tangkahan via Binjai and Batang Serangan. Night in guest house

  • Day 3 Tangkahan – Elephant Safari and River Safari

    After breakfast you will have a short walk to the starting point for Elephant riding, where you may join with the Mahout during washing the Elephant, after washing the Elephant you can ride the Elephant trough the river and jungle, the elephant riding will take about one hour. After riding the elephant you will enjoy tubing through the river with a stop at Buluh where you will enjoy the waterfall and take a swim. Afternoon arrival at the village where you can get in touch with local people, see the daily activities of villagers. Night in guest house

  • Day 4 Tangkahan – Bukit Lawang

    You will leave Tangkahan for Bukit Lawang by Jeep and see plantations on the way,. You will have several stops in places such as school, palm oil factory (from its outside only) and for enjoying the panorama and witness the activities of the local people. Arrival in Bukit Lawang and check in in your hotel.

  • Day 5 Bukit Lawang – Gunung Leuser National Park

    Jungle trekking in the morning to explore the nature of Gunung Leuser National park and its amazing flora and fauna. Accompanied by a ranger you will try to find Orang Utan living in their natural habitat, but also Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail macaques, black gibbons living in the rain forest. The total time for trekking ill be around three hours,In the afternoon, you will have free time to enjoy the nature surrounding the area and you can also take a walk in the village to meet local people.

  • Day 6 Bukit Lawang – Brastagi

    After breakfast, you will drive to Brastagi , you will stop fo a while at Sembahe River. When you arrive at Brastagi, you will visit Lhumbini Park and its pagoda, you will also visit the fruit market, and Gundaling Hill. Afternoon check in to hotel.

  • Day 7 Brastagi – Samosir Island/Lake Toba

    After breakfast drive to Samosir , on the way you will visit Batak Karo traditional village at “Dokan”, stop at Sipiso-piso waterfall, and visit “Rumah Bolon” (Long House) the old Palace of Batak Simalungun Kings. You will also enjoy a fantastic view of Lake Toba from Simarjarunjung. You will cross by ferry from Parapat to Samosir Island in the afternoon and check-in to yourhotel

  • Day 8 Samosir Island

    This day is dedicated to the discovery of Samosir Island, its traditional villages such as Ambarita, famous for hosting the meetings between the Sialagan kings, or also Simanindo, Pangururan and Tomok to discover traditional dances and a museum. Drive back to the same hotel and free time.

  • Day 9 Samosir – Medan – Airport

    Transfer back to Medan, (around 5h drive) with a few stops to enjoy the plantations of the area. Flight back.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Price :  625 per person (min 4, surcharge for 2 and 3 basis)

Price includes :

- 8 nights in guest houses or hotels + breakfast
- English speaking guide for the whole trip
- Activities described
- Entrance fees
- Private transport

Price doesn't include :

- All meals except for breakfast
- Drinks
- Tips

Practical info


My local agent

  • Living in Bali since 2012
  • Director of Altai Indonesia
Request a quote
Outside the box
9 days
From €625
North Sumatra : orang utan, elephants and local culture Request a quote