A unique coast to coast crossing of Sumatra by bike, foot, raft and canoe. The expedition will take us from the Strait of Malacca to the Indian Ocean, travelling through jungle, rivers and swamps, and scaling Mount Sinabung, one of Sumatra’s many active volcanoes.
The expedition will have two specific aims:
1. To cross Sumatra coast to coast by un-powered transport, on bike, foot, raft and dugout canoe.
2. To climb Mount Sinabung, a recently active volcano.
This is going to be an epic adventure, crossing Sumatra by bike, foot, raft and canoe. We will experience the many different faces of Sumatra’s dramatic geography, from towering volcanoes to dense jungle, raging rivers to murky swamps and idyllic beaches.
Starting out from a small fishing town on the Strait of Malacca we will cycle west towards the central mountain range through small villages and rice fields to reach Lake Kawar at the foot of Mount Sinabung.
We will take a day to climb Sinabung – trekking up an old lava flow to reach the summit and taking a moment to enjoy the stunning views. The next leg will see us taking to the Biang river in rafts, camping wild in the forest wherever we can, seeing bamboo forests, waterfalls and caves.
Next we will cross the jungle on foot through the mountainous Gunung Leuser National Park to reach Kutacane. This will be a very demanding four day hike but we’ll be rewarded for our efforts with beautiful jungle scenery, refreshing streams, and a good chance to see wild primates, and many exotic bird species. In Kutacane we’ll have a well earned rest day before taking to the rafts once again on the Alas River.
As if that isn’t enough adventure for one trip the final leg will see us swap the rafts for canoes to navigate the Singkil Swamps, hacking our way through an old path to the coast long since overgrown. There will be a very good chance to see wild orangutans here, as well as crocodiles, pythons and many other animals. We will emerge from the swamp to finish our epic adventure on the beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Download the full expedition dossier above for more details. There are only 10 places available on this one-off expedition so get in touch to secure a place!
- Raft the Alas and Biang rivers
- Climb Sinabung volcano which erupted in 2010
- Canoe through the Singkil swamps spotting orangutans, crocodiles and pythons
- Trek through Gunung Leuser National Park
- Spectacular wild jungle camping
- Cycle through picturesque villages and rice fields
A three star hotel is arranged in Medan for the first night and a five star hotel for the return journey. For the remainder of the trip we will be camping in tents and basic guest houses.
A professional cook will accompany us to prepare meals when camping, in towns we will eat in local Indonesian restaurants.
The trip will involve a total of five days cycling, five days rafting and five days trekking, with a return to Medan by minibus.
SUITABLE TEAM MEMBERS
Team members should be willing to be part of a team working together to achieve the goal of the expedition. They should have an adventurous and robust spirit. They should be very fit and healthy as this will be physically demanding expedition with a single rest day. No technical ability is required.