// Sumatera Utara

The provincial capital of North Sumatra is Medan. Polonia International Airport is located close to the centre of Medan.

Two hours from Medan is Brastagi, a mountain town close to Sibayak and Sinabung. The province includes Lake Toba which was formed after the world’s biggest ever eruption 74,000 years ago. In the middle of Lake Toba is Pulau Samosir, and two mountains, Pangulubao and Sibuatan, offer views of the lake from the ‘mainland’ and have rare plant species on their slopes. Further south near the border with West Sumatra is an interesting volcano called Sorikmarapi.

A Selection of Photos of North Sumatra’s Ribus

The summit area of Tapal Kuda peak on Sibayak (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)The summit area of Tapal Kuda peak on Sibayak (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)
The summit area of Tapal Kuda peak on Sibayak (Daniel Quinn, August 2011)
A view of Pangulubao before disappearing into the forest (Andy Dean, February 2010)A view of Pangulubao before disappearing into the forest (Andy Dean, February 2010)
A view of Pangulubao before disappearing into the forest (Andy Dean, February 2010)
Lake Toba and Samosir island seen from an aircraft (Dan Quinn, September 2013)Lake Toba and Samosir island seen from an aircraft (Dan Quinn, September 2013)
Lake Toba and Samosir island seen from an aircraft (Dan Quinn, September 2013)
Gunung Sinabung (unknown photographer, 1920-1940) Courtesy TropenMuseum ArchiveGunung Sinabung (unknown photographer, 1920-1940) Courtesy TropenMuseum Archive
Gunung Sinabung (unknown photographer, 1920-1940) Courtesy TropenMuseum Archive

Map of North Sumatra’s Ribus


Download these peaks as a kml file.

Statistics and Links to North Sumatra’s Ribus

Name Elevation Prominence Ribu Category Island Bagging Info
Sibuatan 2,457 m 1,800 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Sumatra Yes
Sinabung 2,450 m 1,133 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Sumatra Yes
Sibayak (Pintau) 2,212 m 762 m Google MarkerSpesial Sumatra Yes
Malea 2,199 m 1,422 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Sumatra
Pangulubao 2,199 m 1,015 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Sumatra Yes
Sorikmarapi 2,145 m 1,368 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Sumatra Yes
Pusuk Buhit 1,982 m 810 m Google MarkerSpesial Sumatra
Lubuk Raya 1,880 m 874 m Google MarkerSpesial Sumatra
Samosir 1,713 m 806 m Google MarkerSpesial Sumatra Yes
Dolok Gongonan 1,440 m 1,051 m Google MarkerKurang Tinggi Sumatra
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