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Sipiso-Piso Waterfall, Activities & Entrance Fee

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Sipiso-Piso Waterfall
Sipiso-piso Waterfall dramatic landscape. Img: JunWai Cheng

North Sumatra must be lucky with their wonderful nature. Known for its largest lake, Lake Toba, North Sumatra also have Sipiso-Piso Waterfall. As the highest waterfall in Indonesia. Sipiso-Piso is 120 meter in height. And the water drops from a plateau to an underground river.

Located at Tongging Village, Karo Regency, North Sumatra. Sipiso-Piso Waterfall is quite a distance from the big city and airport. In addition to its reputation as the tallest. Sipiso-Piso waterfall gets fame from its forming history. The waterfall is a result of Toba’s volcanic eruption hundreds thousand years ago.

The eruption caused a crack on Karo flatland and cuts the river. As a result, the water drop underground formed what’s now is Sipiso-Piso. The ruins of the caldera wall also formed a cave behind the waterfall. The water continues to flow and disembogues into the Lake Toba.

Mountain view from Sipiso-Piso
Amidst vast and green hill, there also a good spot to see Lake toba. Img: S.T

As one of the pride of North Sumatra. Locals love to visit the waterfall because it offers several breathtaking views at once. From its viewpoint, enjoy the expanse of Lake Toba and Samosir Island. Apart from the waterfall itself. Batak culinary is also one of the reasons why locals keep coming back to the fall. As seafood restaurants are abundant at nearby Tongging Village.

The Bottom Of Sipiso-Piso Waterfall

It’s not enough to see Sipiso-Piso waterfall from the observation deck only. For the best experience, head down toward the stair. Take a deep breath because the journey will be challenging. There are around 500 flights of stair to conquer. A 40 minutes climb or so going down. And even longer when going back up.

However, soon the journey will definitely worth it. At the bottom, one can see clearly a great force of water go down from 120 m high. The thunderous roar of its waterdrops. The green vast tree and bush surrounding the landscape. The pool at the bottom is murky. In the same way, shows how strong the water hits the ground.

Hundred of stair to the bottom of Sipiso-Piso Waterfall
Challenging track all the way down to get to the bottom of the Waterfall. Img: Joko Widodo

Prepare a raincoat or extra clothes. Do not hesitate to get wet though. Enjoy every drop of water that will wash the exhaustion away. Embrace being refreshed by this natural shower.

Sapo Juma Flower Garden

Located only 4 minutes from Sipiso-Piso Waterfall. Sapo Juma is a highland flower garden. Just like Sipiso-Piso, Sapo Juma also a great place to admire the beauty of Lake Toba.

In addition to the picturesque of the lake. Guests can admire the variety of flowers in this garden. Be it hydrangea, kana flower, cosmos, or bright marigold. Their vivid colors are such a feast to the eye – a fresh break among all the greens.

Sapo Juma Flower Garden
Sapo Juma Flower Garden has an observation deck to see Lake Toba. Img: Darwin Ong

Camping at Bukit Gundul

Imagine waking up in the morning at the land above the clouds. As the fog disappears, Lake Toba slowly unravels itself out of the mist. Visitors can have such experience by camping at Bukit Gundul. Also known as Bukit Sipiso-Piso, the hill is only a few minutes drive from the waterfall.

The climb takes 2 hours but tourists can also go by motorcycle or car to the top. Aside from camping, the hill is an even better broad landscape to admire Sipiso-Piso waterfall. Enjoy a clearer view of Karo highland, Mount Sibuatan and of course the lake Toba itself. Floating clouds is not a rare sight too. Wear warm clothing here as the temperature could drop all the sudden.

lake toba scenery
Lake Toba scenery from the observation deck. Img: A Pictures

Batak Delicacies

After all the hiking and outdoor activities. The thought of warm rice and grilled fish is enough to make stomach growl. Dine in the restaurant nearby and taste various dishes made from freshwater fish. Try Arsik, a fish grilled with a Batak spice called andaliman.

Andaliman pepper grows only at Batak highlands. And is, in fact, the specialty of this region. Complete the dishes with sambal tuktuk, a specialty of Tongging Village. It’s quite similar like any Indonesian chili sauce. However, andaliman in the ingredient, give additional distinct taste similar to Szechuan pepper.

Also, if one dares, try Batak’s extreme dishes such as Saksang. Pork cooked with spices and its own blood. Or another fish dish Naniuara. A sushi-like dish where fish served raw with only spices as a condiment.

batak cuisine
Batak Traditional Cuisine Arsik & Seafood dish. Img: Arwin Ng

Sipiso-Piso Waterfall Opening Hours

Sipiso-Piso Waterfall is accessible for 24 hours. However, it’s best to go during the daytime for safety. Sapo Juma flower garden opens daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Sipiso-Piso Waterfall Opening Hours
Sipiso-Piso WaterfallOpen 24 Hours
Sapo Juma Garden08:00 – 17:00

See: Lake Toba, Activities & Transportation Guide.

Sipiso-Piso Waterfall Entrance Fee

Prepare IDR 5k for entry and IDR 5k for vehicle parking. As for Sapo Juma garden nearby, entrance ticket cost IDR 10k per visitor.

Sipiso-Piso Waterfall Entrance Fee
WaterfallRp5.000
Sapo Juma GardenRp10.000

See: Samosir Island, Top Spot, Museum & Tips. 

Facilities

Facilities are decent at Sipiso-Piso. There are parking space and public toilets. Gift shops and restaurants are plenty around its entrance. The government has built several viewpoints to watch this waterfall and Lake Toba from a good angle. As well as huts in the middle of the stair to take a rest. As for accommodation, the closest is at Village Tongging below.

How To Get To Sipiso-Piso Waterfall

From Medan, travelers can head to Berastagi by public bus and stop at Kabanjahe Town. The fare is around IDR 40k. Tourists can find a bus that operates directly from Kualanamu International Airport. From Kabanjahe, continue to Sipiso-Piso by a minibus heading to Siantar.

If travelers come from Lake Toba’s town Parapat, the journey takes 2 hours and a half to Siposo-Piso. Tourists can rent a car with a fare around IDR 1 million for a 7-seated minivan. Renting a motorcycle is also an option. However, be prepared as the road condition is pretty bad in some spots. Renting a motorcycle costs from IDR 70k-100k a day.

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