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Welcome to Sumatra! Our guide will meet us at Medan Kuala Namu Airport (KNO) and transfer us to our hotel.
Today we will spend exploring the lively city of Medan. We will visit the Sultan's palace with its intricate Asian architecture and domed roofs, as well as the Tjong a Fie Mansion; a beautiful art deco museum dedicated to the life of the famed philanthropist and leader, Tjong a Fie. We will sample local cuisine and bask in the chaotic harmony of North Sumatra's capital before hopping into our vehicle and driving away from the bustle of the city, to the peaceful charm of Bukit Lawang, nestled on the edge of the Gunung Leuser Park.
This morning we depart on the first of two trekking days in search of the Orangutans inhabiting the Gunung Leuser Park. Currently there are around 6,000 individuals living in this protected area of rainforest. Accompanied by a park ranger, with an eye accustomed to spotting the traces of these incredible primates, we make our way through the dense jungle. On route we have the opportunity to see other animals native to this forest; White and Black Gibbons, Hornbills and Monitor Lizards are just some of the incredible wildlife that live here. At the end of our days trek we return to our hotel, where we spent the night.
This morning, we once again continue our search for Orangutans ("men of the forest" in Indonesian), while also discovering the extensive local flora and fauna that blanket the floor and canopy around us. The rich, vibrance of colour is reflected in the hundreds of species endemic to this region. At the end of our hike, our vehicle will take us back to our hotel in Medan ready for an early flight to Bali tomorrow morning.
This morning we catch an early morning flight from Medan to Denpasar on Bali. We then transfer to our beachfront hotel and have time to relax by the hotel pool or on the beach.
We will spend today on Kuta beach, either early in the morning or in the afternoon we enjoy a private surfing lesson, depending upon tides. Then head north to the Kintamani volcanic region ready for our sunrise hike tomorrow morning.
Very early start today (around 4am), we transfer to the starting point of our hike to Mount Batur. The climb can be tough and steep. We reach the crater rim in time for sunrise, perched 1717m above sea level. An unforgettable experience. This summit offers a 180 degree panorama of Bali as well as Mount Rinjani in Lombok when the weather is clear. After descending we have some time to relax in natural hot springs at the base of the volcano before returning to our hotel for a relaxed afternoon.
After breakfast we transfer by minibus to Batur Volcano. We enjoy the spectacular scenery of the volcano and its lake before strapping on helmets and backpacks and setting off for 35km of amazing, easy-going, downhill mountain biking all the way to Ubud. We cross bamboo forest and paddy fields on single tracks, and small paved lanes and back roads through the local villages. Back in Ubud by mid afternoon, we can enjoy some free time to discover the cultural capital of Bali.
This morning we follow a culturally infused trail through the rice paddies of Tampaskring, meeting the local people who farm this land, witnessing the intricate process of crafting traditional Balinese cakes, visit the elaborate Gunung Kawi temple and the ancient spiritual sanctuary, Bukit Gundul. Along the way we will sample a traditional Jamu juice drink, learn to make offerings and be taught to dance like a true Indonesian! We will return to our hotel in the late afternoon to give us time to pack ready for our next island.
After breakfast at our hotel in Ubud, we head to Padangbai Harbor to take a speedboat over to the island of Lombok. It's recommended to bring some snacks for the journey as there won't be food available on the boat (ginger biscuits are always a good shout if you're sea legs aren't the best!) On arrival at Bangsal harbor, our driver takes us to Senaru waterfall from where we start an easy hike up to the falls. In the afternoon we reach our hostel in Senaru village and rest up for our 3 day ascent of Rinjani. Tomorrow will be the most demanding day of our trip so get plenty of sleep.
Our first port of call today is the Rinjani National Park office. We check in with the park authorities, grab some breakfast and have a pre-trek breifing with our guide and support crew. From there, a short transfer takes us to our start point at Sembalun Village.
The trek from Sembalun starts with a gentle ascent through the village and surrounding farmland before entering open grassland used as cattle grazing by local people. There are beautiful views of the hills of Sembalun and Rinjani itself as we walk. Please be aware it is essential you have a sunhat and plenty of sun cream for this section. There is very little shade in the grasslands and the sun can be intense.
After two hours, we reach our first stop at Pemantauan rest area (1300m). From here a steep climb takes us to our lunch spot at Tengengean (1500m). We pause for lunch while taking in the magnificent views. A tough afternoon awaits as we continue our ascent past Padabalong (1800m) and through pine forests to Pelawangan (2639m). This is our campsite on the crater rim of Sembalun and we can finally relax with a tea or coffee and watch the sunset from this spectacular location.
After dinner, get to bed early because our push to summit of Rinjani will start at 2am!
We set off at 2am to complete the final 1000m of ascent to the summit of Rinjani. The climb should take us roughly 4 hours as although not too far in distance, it is very soft underfoot which makes for slow progress. At the summit at 3726m, the temperatures may be between 3-5 degrees, so an extra warm layer may come in handy! We watch in awe as the sun rises over Bali, Sumbawa and Mt Agung. The views are simply incredible and the sense of achievement enormous. We spend around an hour at the top before descending back down to camp for breakfast.
We continue our descent to Segara Anak Lake where we have awesome views of Mt Sangkareang far off in the western side of Rinjani National park. Once we reach the lake, our porters begin preparing lunch while we take a short walk to the hot springs to soak aching muscles. The hot springs here are said to have healing powers.
After lunch we continue for another 2-3 hours to reach our next campsite on the crater rim of Senaru.
From our campsite we have 5 hours of descent ahead of us to reach the Rinjani Trekking Centre office in the village of Senaru. This is a steep descent through jungle terrain and our walking poles will be put to good use as the ground underfoot is quite slippery. We take our time along the way, pausing for photo opportunities and lunch as we descend nearly 2000m in height from the crater rim. Once we reach the road, our car is waiting to transport us to our beach front hotel in Senggigi.
Today we have a little free time in the morning to enjoy the beach at our hotel. Late morning we take a speedboat back to Bali and transfer to Kuta.
This morning we fly from Denpasar to Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo. Here we will transfer to our hotel. At this point we will meet up with the 'Komodo Kayaking' open group and have free time for the rest of the day to explore the fishing town of Labuan Bajo.
Today you will have free time to relax at your hotel after a very busy couple of weeks. Go snorkelling off the hotel beachfront, ready your book beside the tropical pool or take a wander around the harbour front of Labuan Bajo.
This morning is the start of our adventure out into the Komodo National Park. After a safety briefing at Puri Sari beach with our Guide, we will begin your first kayaking leg to Bidadari Island; with it's rocky outcrops and exotic white beaches it is the perfect place for a snorkel and a relaxing swim followed by some lunch aboard our traditional, wooden support boat. After lunch, the support boat will sail us to the spectacular site of Goa Rangko caves. This grotto shields clear, turquoise waters, seamed by stalactites and stalagmites. After some time exploring and swimming in the caves we will sail back to Seture Island for our first overnight camp beneath the stars and if time permits an evening sunset kayak, the perfect way to finish the day.
This morning, after a delicious breakfast on board the support boat, we’ll begin things with a relatively easy paddle, through the luscious mangroves, to a local pearl farm. Learn about the local pearl business in a beautiful location, before heading on to Menjerite, famous for its crystal clear water. Snorkel from the picturesque jetty surrounded by colourful coral reefs and majestic views. We then continue on our paddle to Pungu Island, where we camp in Safari style tents on idyllic, white, sandy beaches.
After waking, and an optional early morning swim, we board the support boat for breakfast before starting our first paddle to Gado, its woven web of mangroves yielding some amazing snorkelling. Our guides take us to a unique spot that boasts giant table corals, multicoloured fish and turtles drifting by on their way to find lunch. We marvel at these incredible surroundings before hopping back in our kayaks and heading to Rinca Village School where we indulge in a bit of local culture and experience a small part of island life. To end our day, we take in the sunset aboard our boat at Koaba, a small mangrove island which is inhabited by bats. We watch the spectacular sight as thousands of them fly into the night sky before spending the night in our cabins, anchored up at Toro Buaya.
This morning, we board the support boat to Komodo National Park, home to the formidable Komodo Dragons. These impressive beasts are a highlight of the trip, as we trace them in the natural environment they have roamed for thousands of years. We then again board our support boat and take a scenic ride to Manta Point where these gracious marine wonders will delight us with their presence as we float amongst them. After lunch, we will then start paddling towards Sebayur Kecil for our last beach camp of the expedition. Sebayur Kecil has a beautiful white sand beach with some great coral reefs and interesting fish so a spot of snorkelling in the late afternoon or early the next morning is certainly encouraged.
After enjoying our last breakfast in the beautiful islands and maybe a swim or snorkel just off the beach, we will then make our way, paddling through the tropical mangrove forests towards Kanawa for one last snorkel and swim. Fringed with coral reefs, Kanawa's blue-green waters make for the perfect place to finish on a high, before we hit the last open stretch of kayaking. It will then be time to say goodbye to the crew before we arrive back at the Puri Sari Beach by mid afternoon. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day to relax in the luxury of the hotel or take in some local culture in this quaint fishing town.
Our transfer will pick us up at our hotel and transfer to the airport for our flight.
If you have any questions about your suitability or how to prepare for this trip please have a look at our Indonesia Trip Guide and do not hesitate to contact us.
Indonesia food is delicious! Expect
plenty of meat with Sate Padang (beef satay), Ayam Bakar Taliwang (grilled chicken in spices) and Ikan
Bakar (grilled fish in Sambal sauce).
The cuisine is vibrant and colourful with intense flavours thanks to the vast
array of spices.
A typical meal will always include
steamed rice along with one or two main dishes of fish, meat or vegetables.
Vegetarians can enjoy Tempe Goreng (Indonesian tofu), Nasi Goreng Lotus (rice
with vegetables and egg cooked in a lotus leaf) or Gado Gado
(green vegetables with tofu and peanut sauce).
We will take our breakfasts and evening
meals either in our hotels or at local restaurants. Lunches will be picnics of
fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese and cold meats.
If you have special dietary requirements,
please let us know when booking your
Please be aware that tap water in
Indonesia is not drinkable. Mineral water can be purchased in most towns and
villages but we recommend you bring a water filter or purification tablets. You
will be provided with fresh water to fill your bottles each morning and
On this trip we will stay in comfortable
hotel accommodation for 15 nights. Rooms will be either double or twin with
private bathrooms. Every hotel we use has been carefully
selected for its high levels of comfort and cleanliness, great food, facilities
and location. A single supplement is available on
request and subject to availability.
The currency in Indonesia is the Indonisian Rupiah, Rp (IDR). You can withdraw Indonesian Rupiahs from in-country ATMs or exchange money at the airport/local currency exchange offices. ATMs can be found at the banks in Medan, Denpasar and Labuan Bajo.
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