Lake Lau Kawar is a lake beneath the recently erupting Mount Sinabung. The 2-square-kilometer (0.8 sq mi) lake is at Kutagugung village, Naman Teran sub-district (formerly Simpang Empat district), Karo. It is about 4 hours from Medan. To see it on the map, click here.
The lake is currently empty because people are afraid to approach the mountain. But when everything returns to normal, the lake offers panoramic views comparable to those of Lake Toba. Availability of children playgrounds and camping grounds make it suitable for family trips. Hire a guide, and he or she will tell you a folktale about two brothers who kept fighting. Their names were Sinabung and Sibayak. Their quarrel made their mother so sad that her tears made up the lake.
What to Expect
A night trip from Medan is an excellent choice to avoid the heat of the sun during the day trip.
Especially during weekends, you will see couples and nature lovers walk around or stand for talks in the camping ground area, near the lips of the lake. A surcharge of Rp 2,500 ($0.25) for a person and a rental fee of Rp 5,000 ($0.50) per tent apply. There are also bamboo rafts that visitors can use to fish in the lake. It is okay to bath inside the lake, too.
During the evening, if possible, rent a motorboat to get around the lake. The rate is approximately Rp 10 thousand (about $1) for a person.