Hi Trippers, in this episode I wanna share about my trip escort special guests from aboard. They are Joceline, Philippines who working in Singapore, and her partner, Mikhail, Russian which apparently stay in Germany, but come together with Joceline. October 3, around four o’clock in the morning, Butartrip went to Kualanamu International Airport. Butartrip team consist of me, Doan, Liber (Guide), Hendra (Driver), and Jaya (Driver).
We arrived in Kualanamu Airport around nine o’clock, and no longer after we arrived, Joceline and Mikhail show up. After take some pictures in Kualanamu, we heading to Medan.
We take our lunch in Medan before proceed our trip to Berastagi. It takes approximately two hour from Medan to Berastagi. Before proceed to Homestay, we are stop by in Panatapan for a while, enjoy the view of Lake Toba and roasted corns.
We arrived in Homestay around four in the afternoon, and relaxing till evening. We enjoy the evening. Its culinary time and so many choices.
We tried grilled fish, satay, and noodles. After full, we back to homestay because in the early morning, we have main agenda, trekking to Sibayak’s Mountain.
Early morning, around 04:00 AM, we prepared. A half hour later, we on the way to the basecamp, parked the car and start our journey.
We accompanied by a local potter, which make us seven people who trekking to Sibayak. For the record, apparently Mikhail currently studying and take research about Volcano, so it takes longer time from the schedule because we takes so many pictures for him.
And I must admit his totality for his research, because Mikhail is so focus and detail on his research. Once time, he tried to put his hand to a hole, where we hear about boiling water flow, and his hand barely scald. Fortunately, he scream so loud and pull his hand off.
During in Sibayak Trekking, Mikhail often observe so many small stones, and he also prepare for that, because he bring a set of his research equipment like small hammer, lup, and he bring some stones in to his bag, for further study in Lab. They enjoy and admire the beautiful of Mount Sibayak.
After trekking to Sibayak, we back to Homestay and also stop by in traditional market of fruit. They bought several fruits, for snacks during trip to Toba. When we arrived in homestay, we take breakfast for a while and pack our self. We checked from homestay out around 12.30 and directly proceed to Sipiso-piso’s waterfall. We never make down there, only one-four of trek, because we are so tired after trekking. But, it doesn’t happen Mikhail, who have so many curiosity in his mind. Mikhail climb the waterfall down and he told us, it’s a usual things for him. Because he ever attend study in Canada, and her campus near Niagara waterfalls. Mikhail, the man who born in Rusia, attend college in Canada, and advance his education in Germany. What a man! Amazing.
After enjoy Sipiso-piso, we continue our trip to Parapat, via Simarjarunjung road. We stop by in the coffee shop which is good view point to see lake toba.
At 19:00, we arrived in Parapat and cross the Lake using Fery, to Tomok. In Tomok, we directly proceed to homestay and get rest.
In the third day, we have a good time in Sibolazie beach, stop by at hot spring of Pangururan, and then on the way to Balige through Tele. Along the way, Mikhail several asked us to stop for a while, so he can observe or take a picture of the stone which we found around the road. We arrived in Balige around ten in the night and we rest in homestay near Bulbul beach.
Next day, in the morning, we swam in the lake and walking around Pantai Bulbul, Balige.
Then we gave them city tour by using motorcycle. And, this is Mikhail show again. He wanna try to ride the motorcycle even he never ride it before. I really admire this man so much. In the beginning, he’s a bit inelegant, and I also afraid he will struck something. But, in the end, everthing is okay and under control. We’re relaxing for a while after take lunch, and plan go to Sampuran waterfall in the afternoon.
We arrived in Sampuran at the evening. A little bit late, obviously and it’s rainy. It’s quite challenging because we must climb the hill and bring our camp equipment.
We spent night in the hill. Everything become complete because it so cool, but we have bonfire, jungle juice, grilled fishes and roasted chicken.
In the fifth day, the last day, at the six o’clock in the morning, we heading downhill. About 1 hour we arrived in basecamp and preparing going to Bul Bul Homestay. At eight, we proceed to escort Joceline and Mikhail to Kualana Namu International Airport. Thank you for Joceline and Mikhail, which gave Butartrip chance escort both of you, travelling in lake toba. 🙂