Sipiso Piso Waterfall

Sipiso-Piso Waterfall in Sumatra – What you Need to Know!

Sipiso-Piso waterfall in North Sumatra is one of the most incredible sights in all of Asia. In this guide, I share everything you need to know ahead of visiting.

Alongside the orangutang trek in Bukit Lawang, visiting the Sipiso-Piso waterfall is one of the highlights of our time backpacking in Sumatra.

Water plunges 120 metres from an opening in the rock face, making it one of Asia’s tallest and most powerful waterfalls.

We thought we’d seen it all after the impressive waterfalls near Ubud in Bali; however, Sipiso Piso is up there with the best of them.

I’ll share all the important information you’ll need ahead of visiting in this article, including how to get there, entrance fees, what to expect and more.

Important Stuff About Sipiso Piso

Getting to Sipiso Piso

Sipiso Piso is located within the highlands of Sumatra in a small village called Tonggiang.

Most tourists visit the waterfall on a day trip, either from Samosir Island on Lake Toba or Berastagi. Most hotels will help you organise transport or a tour.

We hired a scooter in Berastagi from Raymond’s Cafe and drove around 40km to the falls. The roads were in good condition for the most part; however, I wouldn’t advise it unless you are a confident driver.

If you’re coming 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.

Sipiso Piso Map

Entrance Fee

Hold on to your hats as it’s a whopping 5000 IDR entrance fee for Sipiso Piso waterfall. And if you’re driving, it’s around the same price to park your vehicle.

Just another one of the perks of Sumatra being off the typical-tourist trail – everything is super cheap!

Best Time to Visit

When you compare it to Bali, Sumatra doesn’t see too many tourists. We loved this about it, as we got to really immerse ourselves in the local culture.

It also means that popular attractions like Sipiso Piso waterfall are usually pretty quiet. Even during peak times, you needn’t expect huge crowds as you would at the popular Bali waterfalls.

If you want to have the waterfall all to yourself, my advice would be to visit early in the morning and avoid weekends.

Sipiso-Piso Waterfall Essentials

Here are some items that we recommend taking to make your visit to the waterfall more comfortable:

  • Comfortable shoes for the hike down – we like these water shoes as they are quick-drying and comfortable enough for hikes.
  • Waterproof Bag to protect your valuables – You get some serious spray at the bottom and everything will get soaked!
  • A decent camera or go pro.
  • Water and Snacks!
  • Cash for entrance fees and refreshments.

What to Expect at Sipiso Piso Waterfall

If you enjoy adventures, hiking, and majestic natural wonders, you will love visiting the Sipiso Piso waterfall.

Formed by an underground river, the magnificent falls crash down from 120 metres, plunging its way toward Lake Toba.

It’s safe to say that you can hear the falls before you can see them. But it’s impossible not to be in awe of its beauty and power when you do.

Various viewing points of the waterfall lay just a short walk from the car park. All of them offer a great photo opportunity.

We noticed that many visitors took advantage of the views above and didn’t venture the 1000 steps to the bottom. However, the hike down was my favourite thing about visiting.

If you can, I highly recommend hiking to the bottom, where you can experience the power of the falls up close and personal.

Hiking to Sipiso Piso Waterfall

If you can, I highly recommend hiking to the bottom, where you can experience the power of the falls up close and personal.

Although there are around 1000 steps to contend with, the hike to Sipiso Piso is relatively easy.

Naturally, the most challenging part about it is the climb back up. However, there are some small warungs along the trail where you can stop for a breather.

We loved the hike down as you could see the falls from various vantage points. You also experience spectacular views across Lake Toba and the surrounding rugged landscape.

In terms of the terrain, it’s pretty much paved steps the entire way. As you reach the bottom, it starts to get a bit slippery, but you’ll be fine as long as you take it slow and have suitable footwear.

Enjoy Sipiso Piso Waterfall!

Well, that concludes our guide to Sipiso Piso Waterfall. I hope you’ve found it helpful and that you have a great time.

If you have any questions or feel that we’ve missed anything, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can drop us a message or leave us a comment in the comment section.

Planning a trip to Sumatra? Check out our other articles to help plan your trip.

Stay Adventurous & Happy Travels,

Charlotte & Natalie x

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