The volcanoes of Berastagi and the spectacular Lake Toba are not to be missed on a visit to North Sumatra. This tour is an ideal way to relax and explore after trekking or perfect for those wanting to see the highlights of North Sumatra without pulling on the walking boots.

•  Day One

Travel by private transportation from Bukit Lawang or Medan to Berastagi. Lunch followed by a stroll around local fruit and flower markets or exploration of the local Batak Karo villages.

•  Day Two

Early morning climb up Sibayak or Sinabung 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 to Lake Toba, stopping at the magnificent Sipiso Piso waterfall en route. Arrive at Parapat and take the ferry to Samosir Island. Settle into hotel accommodation on the edge of the Lake.

•  Day Three-Five

Lake Toba is a perfect place to kick back and relax. Spend as many days as you like taking full advantage of the revitalising and invigorating scenery of the lake. Enjoy evenings being entertained by traditional Batak Karo musicians and day times exploring the island. We can organise tours and trekking around the lake, if required.


Situated in the Karo highlands Berastagi has a pleasantly cool climate.

If you are feeling active our guide will accompany you on a 3 hour trek to the top of Sibayak volcano from where you can take in stunning views of the surrounding countryside. After a 2 hour trek to the base you can relax in the soothing hot springs.

We recommend a day to spend looking around the famous local fruit and flower markets The local markets are swarming with activity and scenes from traditional Karo life. You could also enjoy a horse ride or explore the local Batak Karo villages and traditional houses.

Lake Toba

Lake Toba is one of Sumatra main attractions and among the most idyllic spots in Southeast Asia.

The lake is among the deepest crater lakes in the world. It rests in the crater of one of Sumatra 's many volcanoes. The 650 square mile lake is almost 1500 feet deep. Beaches are lined with pine trees. The climate is cool and dry and steep, scenic mountain slopes surround the lake.

Samosir Island is the lake's real attraction. Samosir Island is the ancestral home of Sumatra's Toba Batak people. Batak culture, arts and crafts in themselves are an attraction for the region. Samosir Island also provides some excellent trails and paths for trekking and day hikes or you can take a relaxing boat trip around the island.

Swimming is another popular option.