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Overview

Despite Indonesia’s growth in popularity as a tourist destination, much of the country retains its remote appeal. Kicking off from the base of the highest volcano in Indonesia, get on an exciting journey by bike and pass through remote villages and mesmerising lakes. Take the challenge of biking the ‘Kelok 9’ route the hardest part of the annual professional bikers tournament Tour De Singkarak. 

Trip Highlights

West Sumatra Cycling Adventure

Ride to Ngarai Sianok

Take up the challenge and break a sweat on this uphill ride to the most beautiful canyon in Indonesia. 

Ride through Kelok 9

Experience one of the routes that annual professional cyclists covered in Tour De Singakarak.  

Minangkabau culture

Pedal through rural villages and scenic landscapes of one of the oldest ethnic groups in Indonesia.

Itinerary

1

Arrival Padang

Transfer Minangkabau Airport – Hotel (24 km): 45 minutes

After arriving at Minangkabau International Airport, be greeted by your guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Freshen up and relax before a briefing with the guide. Assemble the mountain bike and be prepared for an exciting mountain bike ride.

Recommended flights:

International : Garuda Airline from Singapore to Padang via Jakarta  GA827 arriving Jakarta at 12.25 and connecting by GA164 departing at 14.00 and arriving Padang at 15.50

Domestic : Garuda Airline from Jakarta to Padang  GA164 arriving Jakarta at 15.50

(airfares not included and quoted separately). Schedules are subject to notice without prior notice.

Dinner at hotel

Overnight in Padang

2

Padang – Lubuk Basung – Maninjau

Transfer Padang – Lubuk Basung (104 km) : 2 hours 30 minutes Cycling distance : 45 km Shuttle available anytime with a support private A/C vehicle Difficulty : medium

Breakfast at hotel before starting the cycling adventure at Lubuk Basung Village.

Peddle through rice fields, river and hills before arriving at the famous Lake of Maninjau. This caldera lake was formed by a volcanic eruption that occurred some 52,000 years ago.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Check-in to the hotel near the lake and relax.

Dinner at hotel.

Overnight in Maninjau.

3

Maninjau – Koto Gadang – Sianok Canyon – Bukittinggi

Cycling distance : 38 km Shuttle available anytime with a support private A/C vehicle Dificculty : hard

Breakfast at hotel.

Beginning at the lake, today’s route is a famous one that professional riders take during the annual Tour De Singakarak.

Be prepared for a challenging 44-curved ride with the most beautiful views of Sumatra. Ride pass local villages such as the Matur Village and Koto Gadang Village.

Continue the ride to explore Ngarai Sianok (Sianok Canyon). Be mesmerised by nature’s creation of two vertically steep walls meeting at the bottom where a river meanders through lush ricefields. This gorge separates the towns of Bukittinggi and Kota Gadang. Look out for monkeys playing around the canyon.

Lunch at local restaurant

Note: This ride contains challenging one uphill

Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Bukittinggi.

4

Bukittinggi – Payakumbuh – Kelok 9 – Harau Valley – Bukittinggi

Transfer Bukittingi - Payakumbuh (35 km) : 1 hour Cycling distance : 41 km Shuttle available anytime with a support private A/C vehicle Difficulty : hard

Breakfast at the hotel before being transferred by car to the starting point of Payakumbuh Town.

Today, you will ride to the most fascinating flyover in West Sumatra called Kelok 9. Translated to mean ‘Nine Sharp Bends,’ Kelok 9 is a quiet but challenging route with a historical connection to the Dutch Colonial era.

Continue riding to Kota Limapuluh. This is where the inspiring Harau Valley is located. A lush green valley surrounded by stunning rock cliffs nested in the Bukit Barisan Mountain Range. Aside from the Harau Valley, the area offers an array of natural wonders including the Burai Waterfall, Sarasah Tanggo Waterfall, Aia Sonsang Lake, and the picturesque Tapuang Hill.

Lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner at hotel.

Overnight in Bukittinggi.

5

Bukittingi – Padang Panjang – Pagaruyung – Batusangkar

Transfer Bukittingi – Padang Panjang (19 km) : 30 minutes Cycling distance: 34 km Shuttle available anytime with a support private A/C vehicle Difficulty : easy

Breakfast at the hotel.

Cycle to the countryside and pass the villages of Padang Panjang offering some of the best rice paddy views in Padang topped off with a panoramic view of Singkarak Lake.

The ride ends at Pagaruyung Palace where it houses the grandest and most distinctive Rumah Gadang (the Padang’s local house). The palace is named ‘Istana Basa Pagaruyung’, and draws towards the great Pagaruyung Kingdom that once ruled central Sumatra and the surroundings.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Check in to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing dinner.

Overnight in Batusangkar.

6

Batusangkar – Rambatan – Singkarak Lake – Saning Bakar – Padang

Transfer Saning Bakar – Padang (60 km): 1 hour 30 minutes Cycling distance: 46km Shuttle available anytime with a support private A/C vehicle Difficulty: medium

Breakfast at hotel. Today is yet another bike ride that is a highlight of the annual professional bike race, Tour De Singkarak.

Beginning at Rambatan Village, peddle around the Ombilin River and admire the picturesque Singkarak Lake. It is an enormous crater lake nestled within dramatic volcanic landscape. Covering two districts; Solok and Tanah Datar, the lake is a massive 1000 hectares. Singkarak Lake is the widest lake in Sumatra and the second biggest lake on the island, after Lake Toba. Embrace the calming natural beauty unique to Indonesia.

Lunch at a local restaurant

This cycling tour ends at Saning Bakar Village. Be transferred to the hotel and relax over a farewell dinner.

Overnight in Padang

7

Padang – Departure

Transfer Hotel - Minangkabau Airport (24 km): 45 minutes

After breakfast, spend the day at leisure and be transferred to the airport for onward travel arrangements.

Recommended flights:

International : Garuda Airline from Padang to Singapore via Jakarta GA149 arriving Jakarta at 13.50  and connecting by GA838 departing at 16.30  and arriving Singapore at 19.20

Domestic : Garuda Airline from Padang to Jakarta  GA149 arriving Jakarta at 13.50

(airfares not included and quoted separately). Schedules are subject to notice without prior notice.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Luggage transfer
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • 1 ExoAdventure Certified English Speaking Guide
  • 1 assistant guide for 11-15 cyclist, 2 assistant guides for 16+ cyclists
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatoraid, Powerbars, Gue, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides

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