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On 21st October, me & 7 other friends went to Sumatera with the objective to photograph landscape from Mount Sibayak and the beauty around Lake Toba. We planned this few months before and we did not know that the date coincided with Pesta Danau Toba.
The visit was my 3rd time to Lake Toba, and the 2nd this year. Will that be my last? Maybe, unless I have extremely strong reason to go back. Sipiso-piso, Sidamanik, Parapat, Balige, Samosir (Tuk-tuk), Bakkara, Sosor Dolok, Silalahi, Tongging, Dolok Tolong, Hutaginjang, Berastagi & Tele are the places that I have been. New place that we went during the last visit was Tara Bunga. Tara Bunga is beautiful but we were unlucky as it was raining when we arrived.
If I were to come back again to Sumatera, I plan to visit Padang & Acheh. I still wish to climb Mount Sinabung and hope to photograph Lake Toba from its summit.
For this trip, the schedule was:
D1 – Medan – Berastagi – Tasik Lau Kawar
D2 – Mount Sibayak – Sipiso-piso – Parapat – Balige
D3 – Tara Bunga – Dolok Tolong – Parapat – Samosir – Pangururan
D4 – Tele – Medan
Few of my favorite shots from the trip:
#2 Sea of clouds
#3 Lake Toba from Sipiso-piso
#4 Sunset at Balige
#5 The fisherman at Balige
#6 Lake Toba from Tara Bunga
This is going to be my last entry for this great trip.
The second day was a very hectic day. We traveled from Balige to Dolok Tolong to Hutaginjang & to Bakkara (Desa Simamora) before going to Saulina Resort at Pangururan. We were indeed very tired.
I love all the scenery along the way to Pangururan.
That night, we got emergency call for one of our friend. We rushed him to Medan to take the earliest flight to Malaysia. Alhamdulillah, now everything is already OK. After shooting sunrise from Tele, I went to Medan with Doc Budie to send dR ALi home, so we missed Sipiso-piso but it is OK as I have been there once. The journey was pretty long & tiring. We reached Medan at about 1:30PM. Managed to get 3:30PM flight to KL. After settling few things, we drove back to Berastagi & met all the friends at Sibayak Mutinasional Guesthouse. We slept early because we plan to climb Mount Sibayak the next day.
The very next morning, we left hotel at about 5AM. Prayed Fajr before the ascend. I was first a bit worry because I didn’t prepare that much like my usual mountain hiking because someone told me it was only a 45 minutes walk. But the guide kept on telling us that he usually took 90 mins to reach the summit! So I walked fast. With Emran in front….we left all our friends behind. And to our surprise we reached the summit in only 30 mins.
And subhanallah…the sunrise was great!
After spending few hours shooting pictures & admiring the landscape….we descended, had a few hours rest & by 2PM we were already on our way to Medan. We had a quick chat with fellow Medan photographers & by 9PM, we were already checked-in & ready to board AirAsia home.
Overall, this is one great trip!
I had a lot of pictures & fun. Because of that we are planning to go there again this October!!
Never say that you have been to Danau Toba if you have not been to these wonderful places!
At Balige, we went straight to Bang Sebastian Hutabarat’s art gallery. He is a photo enthuthiast too. He served a delicious fried Nila fish with rice and andaliman source. Since we were hungry, we ate a lot! Thanks Bang Sebastian! Then we boarded a boat to Tiara Buanga hotel which is still in the mainland but not accesible by road.
We slept here, which was said as the place used to be visited by the country’s VVIP, including The President. It cost us IDR400,000 per room after a huge discount. The very next morning we went out & shoot sunrise. So unfortunate for me, I accidentally reformatted the whole CF card & then overwitten them with other pictures. Because of that I do not able to recover the files. Only few pictures left.
We had our breakfast & immediately boarded the boat again to Balige town & continued our journey to Dolok Tolong, Hutaginjang and Bakkara. That day was the most hectic day of our journey. I might have shot > 1000 pictures for that one day if not because of the formatted CF.
Basically we just went out shooting all the landscapes & human interest surrounding this great lake. And indeed there were so many beautiful sceneries. I simply love Lake Toba.
Dolok Tolong Series