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Indonesian trip - Berastagi market

Break in Berastagi

Route: Samosir Island - Berastagi - Medan

The comfortable cool hill town of Berastagi was once a popular destination for the colonial Dutch, and is still a refreshing break in your trip through northern Sumatra. Because of its altitude at 1400m the climate is almost European. You don’t really come here for the busy town Berastagi, but rather for the beautiful countryside. The town is surrounded by the lush green fields of the Karo highlands, with two volcanoes dominating the skyline. This Indonesian trip is actually a stopover on the way to Medan but if you’re feeling adventurous and want to climb to the summit of Sibaya volcano, we can book an additional night in Berastagi for you and you can do some real Indonesia volcano climbing.

If you'd like to start building your Indonesian trip, take a look at our range of bite-sized Sumatra tours. Alternatively, if you'd rather leave the planning to us, you can take your pick from our selection of suggested Itineraries in Indonesia. Curious? Speak to one of our Indonesia travel specialists on 01273 322052 for more information.

Please note that you are only able to travel to Sumatra during the months of April to October due to the monsoon rains.
Duration 2 days / 1 night (or with 1 extra night)


Simple - hotel with pool - category 2
(see our accommodation page for category details)


£95 per person based on 2 people sharing a private trip


Accommodation with breakfast, transport by private air-conditioned car with driver


Private vehicle


Entrance fees, other meals, climbing Gunung Sibayak (You will need to stay an extra night for this)

Day 1: Arrival in Berastagi

Today you'll continue your Indonesian trip from Samosir to Berastagi, or Brastagi as it's also known. Most travellers to Sumatra travel via Bukit Lawang, Samosir and Berastagi back to Medan, as this route covers all the major highlights of the island. After our Samosir trip to Indonesia, you’ll take the ferry back to Parapat where your driver will be waiting to take you to your next destination: Berastagi. The first part of the trip follows the banks of Lake Toba so you can enjoy some final views across this immense lake before heading inland into the hills, arriving in Berastagi in the afternoon.

In the afternoon you'll continue your Indonesian trip as you visit the local market in the town centre. Berastagi has a famous fruit market but besides fruit you’ll also find fish, vegetables and other odds and ends, all filling the market with exotic and often very strong smells. The market is popular with tourists, but the market further down the main street is more authentic.

Your comfortable hotel has lovely views across the green farmland and 100 yards away there’s a viewpoint from which you can see the mountains Sibayak and Sinabung. After dinner, you can take a dip in the pool, just what you need after a long day of travelling.
Indonesian trip - Meet the locals
Indonesian trip - Trekking the Sibayak trail

Day 2: Back to Medan or climb Sibayak volcano?

It's the second day of this Indonesian trip and after breakfast, your driver will take you back to Medan airport, which will take about 4 hours for you to continue on with your Indonesia adventure or to take your flight back to the UK.

Alternatively, you could choose to extend your stay so you can to climb Sibayak volcano. Climbing a volcano in Indonesia is thrilling, though rather strenuous, so you will need a good level of fitness and be used to trekking. You'll also need good walking boots for the climb for the necessary grip and a day sack/ bag to carry water, snacks and a warm layer of clothing and light rain coat with you on the trek.

If you choose to add in this climb you'll be picked up at your hotel for a 15-minute drive to the starting point of the volcano trek, passing local houses with beautiful gardens and through the green countryside. 
After a short drive, your volcano climbing experience begins along a paved road, which soon begins to rise steeply as the fields of crops make way for jungle. Following a steep narrow path along the slopes of the volcano you finally emerge from the green jungle into a cold, barren and foggy landscape. After a 2-hour volcano climb you'll reach the crater edge. If you're lucky and the volcano isn't covered in mist and clouds, you'll be rewarded with a fantastic view at 2370m across the area of Berastagi- a real highlight of this Indonesian trip.

Along the way you will have the chance to have a dip in the hot springs, so make sure you pack your swim suit. You will have about an hour at the springs which will give you the chance to grab some lunch (to be paid locally.)

Then it's time to head back down the volcano. The steep path across rocks and stones makes the descent quite tricky and in wet weather the steps can be very slippery, so we don't recommend doing this trek in poor weather. On the next day of your Indonesian trip, after another good night's sleep in the same hotel, you'll make your way to Medan.

From there we can arrange a domestic flight to Jakarta or Denpasar where you can continue your Indonesian trip with one of our Java travel packages or Bali tours.
Indonesian trip - A rewarding experience

A peek at our Standard Accomodation (click to enlarge)

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