32 days in Kathmandu & Sumatra Itinerary

32 days in Kathmandu & Sumatra Itinerary

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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 13 nights
Fly to Kualanamu International Airport, Drive to Bukit Lawang
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Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Medan, Indonesia
— 3 nights
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Tanjung Pandan, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Padang, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Bukittinggi, Indonesia
— 3 nights
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Pekanbaru, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kathmandu: Uma Maheshwor Temple (in Kirtipur), Bhaktapur (Til Mahadev Narayan Mandir & Vatsala Durga Temple) and Kulekhani Dam (in Kulekhani). And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stop by Thamel.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu online travel route planner.

Helsinki, Finland to Kathmandu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Nepal Time (NPT) is 3.8 hours. When traveling from Helsinki in May, plan for much warmer days in Kathmandu, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Classes

Side Trips

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Bukit Lawang, Indonesia

Tucked away in Northern Sumatra, the small charming village of Bukit Lawang is best known for its World Heritage-listed Sumatran orangutan sanctuary, and also serves as a convenient base for accessing the surrounding jungle and national park.
Bukit Lawang is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Bukit Lawang Jungle, head outdoors with Bukit Lawang Holiday, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bukit Lawang road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kathmandu to Bukit Lawang. You'll lose 1.2 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Bukit Lawang due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kathmandu in May, with highs in Bukit Lawang at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Medan.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Medan, Indonesia

The capital of North Sumatra, Medan earned the nickname "Paris of Sumatra" during Dutch colonial times due to its marked resemblance to the French city.
Medan is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Tjong A Fie's Mansion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Marian Shrine of Annai Velangkanni, browse the different shops at Sun Plaza, and take an in-depth tour of Tjong Yong Hian Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Medan trip app.

Drive from Bukit Lawang to Medan in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Medan can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tanjung Pandan.

Things to do in Medan

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

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Tanjung Pandan, Indonesia

Tanjung Pandan is known for beaches, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Tanjung Tinggi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lengkuas Beach, don't miss a visit to Kepayang Island, and head off the coast to Lengkuas Island.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tanjung Pandan trip itinerary builder website.

Explore your travel options from Medan to Tanjung Pandan with the Route module. In May in Tanjung Pandan, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Padang.

Things to do in Tanjung Pandan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Padang, Indonesia

Porch of Medina

The largest city on the western coast of Sumatra, Padang enjoys a reputation as one of Indonesia's cleanest and greenest cities despite its hub of residential and commercial activity.
Padang is known for nature, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Grand Mosque of West Sumatra, head outdoors with Lubuk Nyarai, step off the mainland to explore Mandeh Island, and take in the dramatic scenery at Sarasah Gadut Waterfall.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Padang trip itinerary maker app.

Explore your travel options from Tanjung Pandan to Padang with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in Padang are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Bukittinggi.

Things to do in Padang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Bukittinggi, Indonesia

London of Sumatra

With a population of over 117,000 spread out over an area of 25 sq km (9.7 sq mi), Bukittinggi represents one of the largest cities in Western Sumatra.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bukittinggi: Batang Palupuh Nature Conservation Center (Rafflesia Park) (in Palupuh) and Padang Mengatas (in Payakumbuh). There's much more to do: walk around Kerinci Seblat National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museum Perjuangan Tri Daya Eka Dharma, appreciate the history behind Jam Gadang Bukittinggi, and explore the stunning scenery at Sianok canyon.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Bukittinggi fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Padang to Bukittinggi in 3 hours. May in Bukittinggi sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pekanbaru.

Things to do in Bukittinggi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Pekanbaru, Indonesia

City of Good Fortune

Known as one of the cleanest cities in Indonesia, Pekanbaru boasts unique Malay architecture and a thriving economy based on exports of crude oil, palm oil, and paper.
On the 31st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at An-Nur Grand Mosque, indulge your taste buds at Tangor Market, and then explore the striking landscape of Minas Elephant Training Centre.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Pekanbaru driving holiday website.

You can drive from Bukittinggi to Pekanbaru in 6 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pekanbaru

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Sumatra travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Sumatra, the largest island wholly in Indonesia, embraces wildness to the point that the region is steeped in myths and legends. Jungles here teem with orangutans, tigers, rhinos, and elephants, while smoldering volcanoes create an otherworldly environment. In the towns, cultural landmarks of religious and historical importance sit alongside new feats of impressive engineering, entertainment attractions, and tourist-focused shopping districts.