Visa

To stay of 30 days maximum, no visa is required. Indonesia offers a free 30-day visa for almost 169 countries (you can check the list of countries on the internet) this visa is not renewable.But if you want to stay more than 30 days without leaving the country, you can ask for the paid visa at the airport ($ 35) and this visa is renewable for an additional 30 days. This visa you can be requested also at the embassy of your country before your departure or at an embassy abroad (recommended in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Malaysia, and Singapore).If you are not able to obtain a 60-day visa directly, please contact the Indonesian embassy of your country. There is also another option it is called the Social – Budaya Visa if you wish to stay in Indonesia for several months (6 months) and it’s extendable 4 times max. For this possibility imperatively to ask at the embassy of your country or an Indonesia embassy abroad (Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Singapore).Make sure your passport is still valid 6 months after your date of entry into Indonesian territory.

Climate

Since the Sumatra area is covered with rainforest and located right on the equator, Sumatra knows only two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. it has a tropical climate, the weather is hot and humid all year round. The driest season normally starts from May to September, although there are sporadic rains and may occur during this period. Rains are abundant between November and January. The average temperature is 30 °C degree in Siberut island. Be ready for hot, humid, and hasty conditions.The climate can vary from one island to another, but the seasons remain relatively similar. Indonesia enjoys an ideal climate, with an average annual temperature of 27 °C.Please bear in mind Equatorial climate also means proximity to the sun, make sure to bring your total sunscreen protection for your trip to Sumatra, one hour is enough to make you burn!

A. Trekking Equipment, Visa, Money, Weather, Health & Safety

Trekking in the Sumatran jungle is absolutely amazing and should be on your bucket list. Trekking in a tropical environment is a hot, humid and wet endeavour that challenges to the traveller. So we put all together the most important tips for our clients as a guide to ensure you set off with everything you need for a pleasant, safety Sumatra trip!

B. Tips Jungle trek and packing list
  • 1). Clothes – bring light, bright, quick drying and breathable: The high temperatures and the humidity of tropical climates make you feel like walking around in swimming costumes. The rainforest also is home to poisonous plants and numerous insects. So it is advisable to wear light but long trousers in bright colours. Please consider wearing long socks to avoid bare skin between shoes and trousers.
  • 2). Trekking Shoes – comfortable with a rough profile: Light, comfortable hiking boots. The massive amount of tropical rain often causes the ground to be muddy, so a rough- profiled sole is recommended. Our advice for safe jungle trekking is to choose shoes that are supportive and slightly above the ankle joint.
C. Mentawai and Sumatra travel tips : Health & Safety
  • 1). Our main Sumatra travel tip is that you should take out comprehensive insurance with good medical cover in advance. Please note that travel insurance is within the personal responsibility of each traveler and should cover accidents, emergency evacuation and injury or loss of personal property!
  • 2). Please consult with your doctor in advance and discuss about your individual medication and health condition (Tetanus and Hepatitis vaccination, anti-rabies inoculation…) and get his advice on malaria prophylaxis. Basically you should use an insect repellent all day whilst in the jungle (Deet > 40%) and wear long sleeves/trousers during sunset when the mosquitoes are at their most active. Indeed there are mosquitoes in Mentawai and Remote jungle but we have had no reports on malaria infection in recent years – but you never know…mosquitos can be dangerous in all Southeast Asia!
  • 3). You should inform our team about your personal health conditions like high blood pressure, allergies, operations, in advance! In order to keep you as safe as possible you have to abide by the rules and instructions given to you our team at all times. Please note that the tour operator is not liable for any damages or injuries suffered in consequence of anything, however caused, in connection with services carried out by third parties and for death or personal injury
  • D. Customs and Tradition

    To respect the culture of every local community, for example, local wisdom, their law order, their way of living, the way they dress up, to respect and not offend the local community, especially in remote villages, it is recommended to wear trouser below knee length and T-shirt to cover shoulders. Applies to both men and women. do not wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, shirts showing cleavage, and skirts above the knee. Also mind that looser clothes help fight the heat, compared to tight clothes. In Indonesia there are 6 religions recognized by the State of coexisting Islam as the majority with more than 80% of the population then Christianity with Protestants and Catholics (around 10% of the population) for the rest there is 'Hinduism ( especially today present on the island of Bali), Buddhism and Confucianism, and animism ( officially recognized recently since 2107 ) and in Sumatra Islam is in the majority.


    Practical Information

    Things good to remember when you are traveling in Sumatra and Mentawai island !
    A. Terms and Condition !
    • 1). You have to accept living in the same conditions as the local community in the villages area, sleeping in a very rudimentary comfort style on the floor with mat (floor mat); this applies during our stay with the tribe.
    • 2). Given the conditions of poverty and isolated areas, families that accept us to live and spend time with them, the conditions of comfort and cleanliness are more than basic but far from being guaranteed for “Western standards“. In this case it’s very important and necessary to be able to tolerate this short inconvenience, to be able to enjoy your full stay and experience.
    • 3). Due to the fact that Sumatran area is covered with rainforest and located right on the equator, it has a tropical climate, the weather is hot and humid all year around. The driest season normally starts from May to September, although there are sporadic rains and may occur during this period. Rains are abundant between November and January. Average temperature is 30 °C degree in Siberut island. Be ready for hot, humid and hasty conditions.
    • 4). Please bare in mind there is no electricity in Mentawai jungle, charge your camera and phone and bring an extra battery.
    • 5). Respect the culture of every local community, for example local wisdom, their law order, their way of living, the way they dress (especially Mentawai) upbringing methods, different life perspectives and views of the world and local environment in the community, (for two villages in Minangkabau trip it is recommended to wear trouser below knee length and T-shirt to cover shoulders. Applies to both men and women. During immersion with local community, please do not wear shorts, sleeveless shirt, shirts showing cleavage, and skirts above the knee. Also mind that looser clothes actually helps fight the heat, compared to tight clothes. )
    B. Our Commitment !
    • 1). Promoting good practice to spread the idea of responsible travelling
    • 2). Working with expert local guides and partners to achieve sustainable goals and practices.
    • 3). Bringing benefit to local communities when it comes to their economic and social standard, teaching them about tourism industry, as well as helping local children with ongoing education.
    • 4). Conserving natural resource.
    C. Things to carry
    • 1). Small backpack (we can leave some stuff at the previous place we stayed in (hotel/hostel)
    • 2). Long trousers, long sleeves, t-shirt, fresh underwear (there will be sweating going on)
    • 3). Rain clothes (forget about umbrella).
    • 4). We recommend to bring a dry bag/pocket (waterproof) to protect your camera and any other important documents and equipment you need to take care of
    • 5). Trekking shoes willing to get muddy, a mosquito repellent, high protection sunscreen, a headlamp, toilet paper, a sun hat/cap, sunglasses, water bottle.
    • 6). First aid such as paracetamol, pain killers, anti diarrhea, disinfectant, all other medication you would usually take.

    Sumatra Facts

    • 1). Sumatra is an island in western Indonesia. It is the largest island in entire Indonesia and the sixth largest island in the world.
    • 2). West Sumatra is a province on the Sumatra island. Its capital is Padang, and Mentawai Islands is part of administrative of West Sumatra province
    • 3). The island includes more than 10 National Parks, including 3 which are listed as the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra World Heritage Site—Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Siberut National Park.
    • 4). The island is home to 201 mammal species and 580 bird species.
    • 5). Sumatra has a huge range of plant and animal species but has lost almost 50% of its tropical rainforest in the last 35 years and many species are Critically Endangered such as Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhino and Sumatran Orangutan.
    • 6). The people represent many different ethnic groups, speaking 52 different languages. Most of these groups, however, share many similar traditions and the different tongues are closely related.
    • 7). 87% of Sumatrans are thought to be Muslim with 10% Christian, 2% Buddhist and 1% Hindu