• Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesien
  • Aug 20 - 28, 2016
  • Trip Size: 6 - 16 people


Deposit: $300


After the IFIL trip 2014 through Java (, we will organize our second trip in Indonesia, this time on Sumatra. This is Indonesia’s biggest island and next to Borneo the only place in the world where orangutans still live in their natural habitat. However, their existence is endangered because of the ongoing deforestation due to palm oil plantations. In cooperation with PanEco ( and their local partner YEL (, we will get a unique insight into wildlife conservation efforts and travel 8 days by private bus through a unique landscape. We will do a variety of activities from orangutan trekking to volcano climbing. Furthermore, we will give you a lot of background information about Indonesia. 

What's Included

The price of CHF 875 (around $ 890, € 775) includes transportation by private minibus, accommodation in double rooms in budget and midrange hotels including breakfast, all activities & meetings, guiding by us, CHF 50 support to the orangutan project. For those who have been on the site earlier: yes, we could reduce the price thanks to exact cost numbers :)

Not Included

Everything not mentioned above: flights to/from Medan, airport transfer, meals (generally very cheap), visa (not needed for most nationalities), insurance

read more under "Before You Go" and check the itinerary below

Before You Go

Our tour starts in Medan on 20 August (evening) and ends again in Medan on 28 August (evening). The exact itinerary is in planning. The following places we plan to visit (changes possible): Medan (city-tour, NGO meeting concerning palm oil/deforestation), Bukit Lawang (orangutan trekking), Tangkahan (elephant experience), Batu M’Belin (orangutan haven & quarantine station), Berastagi (variety of activities, e.g. volcano hike, waterfall), Danau Toba (giant lake occupying the caldera of a supervolcano) Find more infos about the destinations here

The trip will be intense but is with 8 days not too long. If you have the chance, we strongly recommend you to stay a bit longer to relax at one of Indonesia’s wonderful beaches or discover other parts of this huge archipelago country. An optional add-on program to visit Banda Aceh and relax in Pulau Weh will be offered by Kevin (29 August – 2 September).

About us
We are Kevin & Sekar, a Swiss-Indonesian couple living in Switzerland. Kevin studied international affairs and works now for a think-tank and Sekar is studying banking and part-time working. In 2014, we have organized a tour through Java for, while Sumatra and the protection of orangutans played a role in our pre-program. Now, we want to offer a tour to this destination. Kevin is an enthusiastic traveler and loves organizing tours. Sekar has lived in Indonesia, was active in AIESEC and her local knowledge is an indispensable asset for a smooth tour. 

Booking & general conditions
1. Anybody with a young spirit and in solid physical condition is welcomed.
2. You can join the trip by booking ("book now") and paying the deposit of CHF 300. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer (recommended for European to avoid credit card fees), write us an email. The deposit is not refundable except if we do not confirm the tour (deadline 30 June).
3. The residual amount is due as soon as the tour is confirmed (minimum 6 bookings). We will then provide you with a more detailed program and background information. In case we cannot confirm the trip, we will refund the deposit
4. When running a trip in an emerging country like Indonesia, there is an elevated chance of unplanned incidents (from simple delays or schedule changes to natural desasters). We will do our best to organize and run an excellent trip and cope with any situation. However, no refunds will be given in case of such an incident. 

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