Berastagi Town and Karo highlands
pictures of volcanoes, maps, bus from Medan, Tahura national park and Sipiso piso waterfall
Batak roof, Berastagi Tahura national park

Berastagi's two active volcanoes are its main attractions. Sibayak, probably the most accessible of Indonesia's volcanoes, is 2,100 meters high and relatively easy to climb (but people have died while climbing). It takes about 3 hours to climb and the hot springs at its base are very relaxing after climbing down. Sinabung, the other volcano, at 2,400 meters is higher, steeper and much harder work. More information and safety advice on the climbs is provided by local guesthouses.

Berastagi's altitude of 1,300 meters gives it a cool and comfortable climate. The countryside around Berastagi is the main fruit, vegetable and flower growing area for northern Sumatra and is famous for its passion fruit. Berastagi has a colorful fruit market, but the presence of so many tourists means that you are unlikely to get a good deal.

Public bus between Berastagi and Medan. Sibayak

To the south of Berastagi is lake Toba and the impressive Sipiso-piso waterfall. Villages around Berastagi contain some fine examples of traditional Karo Batak architecture. Just ten minutes, by bus, from Berastagi is Tahura National Park, a small but pleasant area of jungle. Guides also offer treks through plantations and jungle to Bukit Lawang. Such treks normally take three days, unless your guide becomes lost.

Photos of Berastagi, lake Toba and Sipiso piso waterfall, click to enlarge.
All photos © Imtiaz Dharssi
Sinabung volcano Sibayak volcano
Berastagi Sipisopiso waterfall
lake Toba

Travel information for Berastagi

Good Points about Berastagi

Bad Points about Berastagi

hill stations: Darjeeling [] Naini Tal
Indonesian travels: Bukit Lawang [] Lake Toba [] Pulau Weh

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