North Sumatra 2020


(similar exploration to discover the rich and unique biodiversity of North Sumatra can be tailor-made for you when travel is open again)

Discover the Extraordinary Nature of North Sumatra with Naturalist Expert

Sumatra is one of the Sunda Islands of western Indonesia. It is the largest island that is located entirely in Indonesia, and the sixth-largest island in the world. Despite widespread destruction of its rainforests, the island is still home to a high number of unique flora and fauna. North Sumatra, especially, is the only place on earth that orangutans, elephants, tigers, clouded leopards, and Sumatran rhinos coexist!

Also exist in the area are the tallest and largest flowers in the world: Amorphophallus titanum and Rafflesia arnoldii. The timing of bloom are unpredictable for these species, and extremely short: less than a day for the Amorphophallus, and 3-4 days for the Rafflesia. In view of this, we have deliberately set the dates of this expedition to coincide with the known blooming peaks of these two flowers.

This trip will be led by Chung-Wei, a celebrity herpetologist and seasoned eco-tour leader from Taiwan, and will be conducted predominantly in (Taiwanese) Mandarin.

Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum)
Trip details

  • Dates: 13-18 June 2020
  • Group size: Min. 5 to go
  • Fitness level: Easy
  • Trip cost: USD $2400
  • Deposit: USD $1200
  • Start/End point:  Kualanamu International Airport, Medan
  • Includes: All accommodation, all meals and drinking water (except for beverages), in-country transport, park entrance fees, local guide fees, and interpretation.
  • Not included: Airfare, visa fee, insurance, beverages, personal tips & expenses (e.g. laundry & souvenirs), special camera fees.

Join our expedition to discover the rich and unique biodiversity of North Sumatra:

Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum)
Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelli)
Sumatran lar gibbon (Hylobates lar vestitus)
Thomas’s langur (Presbytis thomasi)
Great argus (Argusianus argus)
Black-and-yellow broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus)
Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

(Original program & all photos by You Chung-Wei, translated & edited by M.S. Khoo, unless otherwise stated)