Sipiso-Piso waterfall is located in the North of the undiscovered island of Sumatra. Boasting to be the tallest waterfall in Indonesia, and probably one of the most fierce in SE Asia, it is a prodigious event that is not to be missed. Water plunges down from the opening of a rock face at a whopping height of 120m, causing a fierce splashback at the depths below. Those who dare climb the 1000 steps to the bottom, can expect to get extremely wet – even from a distance.
To climb down to the bottom of the waterfall is relatively easy, with only a few steep or unsteady steps to contend with, however, the climb back up is quite the challenge – even to the most athletic of individuals. There are however places to stop & grab a drink, should you need to take a break.
We were in awe of the spectacular views that encompass Sipiso-Piso. Here you can spot Lake Toba across a backdrop of the rugged green landscape.
Entrance Fee: 4000RP/pax
HOW TO GET TO SIPISO PISO WATERFALL
From Samosir Island, you should take the ferry from Tuk Tuk to Parapat. And then at Parapat organise a private taxi with the tour office there.
From Berastagi, the waterfall is located around 50kms away and can be reached by private taxi or scooter. To rent a scooter go to RAYMONDS CAFE where they are available for 100,000 RP per day.
*TIP – The waterfall is quite touristy among Indonesians, therefore go early to avoid the crowds.
SIPISO-PISO WATERFALL MAP LOCATION
WHAT TO BRING TO SIPISO-PISO WATERFALL
Unsure of what you might need to pack for your adventures in Sumatra? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Check out our backpacker essentials, for a packing list of items that we carry with us on every adventure.
Here are some items that we recommend taking to make your visit to the waterfalls more comfortable:
- Comfortable shoes for the hike down
- Water shoes to wear in the water – We Recommend: 2 in 1 Water/Hiking Shoes.
- Waterproof Bag to protect valuables – We Recommend: Waterproof Dry Bag-10L/20L/30L
- Bathing suit & towel for the obvious – We Recommend: Microfiber Travel Towel
It should go without saying; however, when enjoying the waterfall, it’s important to be mindful of the environment. It is no secret that some of our planets fragile ecosystems are at risk of extinction. There are many small steps you can take to becoming a responsible traveller, check out our Eco-Travel essentials here. It is our duty as travellers, to reduce our footprint where we can, here are some tips:
1. Do not leave any rubbish on the ground: You would think this would go without saying; however, there are some questionable humans who think it’s ok to throw trash on the ground.
2. Carry a Steripen or iodine tablets to sterilise water: This not only limits your usage of single-use plastic but also saves you money too!
3. Respect the local culture: Be courteous of the local culture and act in such a way that leaves a good impression. Learn a little of the local language (hello and thank you is the minimum), greet the locals in a polite manner, and respect dress codes & traditions.
Well, that concludes our Our guide to Sipiso-Piso waterfall, for more information on North Sumatra, check out our ultimate guide. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below.
Stay Adventurous & Happy Travels,
Charlotte & Natalie x
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