Berastagi highland is one of the tourism sites in North Sumatra. Situated in Karo District with Kabanjahe as the capital city, Berastagi has two active small stratovolcanoes which have been tourist attraction since colonial times; Mount Sibayak (2,212 m) and Mount Sinabung (2460 m).
Mt. Sibayak and Mt. Sinabung hike up for sunrise. Each mountain can be climbed in one day, it is relatively easy to climb, but a guide is needed when you hike up for sunrise. Mt. Sinabung has erupted several times lately and sent its volcanic ashes even to Medan, but no casualty. So people now mostly go for Mt. Sibayak's hike up. Modest inn to 5-star hotels are available.
How To Get There
Take a flight to Medan/Kuala Namu Airport (KNO), continue with 4 hour car drive to Berastagi.
From medan airport take 'Binjai direction' bus and ask the driver to stop you in Simpang Pos (1 hour trip). From here there are quite many buses going to Berastagi. In Berastagi bus station you can take pedicab/motorcycle taxi to take you to your accommodation.
From Medan, go to 'Simpang Pos', here take a bus to Berastagi (2-3 hour trip).
From Lake Toba, go to the nearest bus station and take a bus to Siantar (2-3 hour trip). In Siantar take a bus to 'Amplas' bus station in Medan (2-3 hour trip). In Amplas continue with a minivan to 'Simpang Pos' (2 hour trip), and here take another bus to Berastagi (2-3 hour trip).
From Bukit Lawang/Tangkahan, take a bus to 'Pinang Baris' bus station in Medan, continue with a minivan to 'Simpang Pos' (1 hour trip) and here take a bus to Berastagi (2-3 hour trip).
You can have your hotel/tour operator arrange you a shared/private taxi from Medan airport/hotel, Lake Toba, Tangkahan, Bukit Lawang to Berastagi, or find them yourself at the airport/around your hotel.
Wide selection of accommodation, like hotel and guesthouse, is available.
The native people inhabit Berastagi are Karonese. They are quiet calm & introvert but still friendly and love to chat & laugh. The religion of Karo people are mostly Christian. Karonese mostly inhabit Berastagi high land and Kabanjahe the capital city.
Karo is one of the main tribe in North Sumatra. They have their own language, called Karo language, traditional dance, ceremony and clothing dominated by red and black, and gold. One of their (extreme) traditional food is 'Terites' - digested grass from the rumen of a ruminant of a goat, cow or water buffalo cooked with spices and either coconut milk and tapioca leaves or with meat as a clear soup. Berastagi is also famous for its vegetable farming and fruits, like oranges and passion fruit.
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