Sipiso-Piso Waterfall

Sipiso-piso waterfall

Sipiso-Piso Waterfall is one of the tallest waterfalls in Indonesia, located about 4 miles from Tongging, Karo. It is on a hill at an altitude of about 800 meters (0.5 mi) above sea level. It takes 2.5 hours to get there from the town of Parapat. To see it on the map, click here.

What’s Special

It is tall, heavy, and colorful. The large stream of water penetrates underground then drops as high as 120 meters (40 ft) from the lip of the spring. It looks like a knife (Sipiso-Piso means ‘like a knife’) that pierces the forest. The sparks and splashes that occur throughout the day and night have formed an eternal rainbow in the fountain below. Since it is a jungle area, there is also the possibility that you will find apes hanging on trees and watching you from a distance.

What to Enjoy

Watch the charm of Sipiso-Piso Waterfall up close. Then, walk down the paved ladder to the fountain. It takes about 1 hour to get to the pond. You can take a shower or swim there. If you are fit and healthy, make sure you get to the water. It is not just for the fun of swimming, but for the view and sensation of a thundering waterfall. It’s worth it.

On your way back, pay a visit to the viewing post located at the top of the hill. There, you will see the expanse of the beauty of Karo highlands and Samosir island.

What to Expect

The ladder down to the fountain is steep. So, be careful. In particular, be mindful of your steps. There are food stalls just before you descend. Grab some food and drink to prepare for your stamina. Accommodations, restaurants, souvenir shops are available at Simalem and Tongging.

What Visitors Say

“One the most famous waterfall in Lake Toba area. Easy to access, but you need to trek for an hour to reach the bottom of the waterfall.” Gunardy Putra (Source)

“Best waterfall. There is a steady stream of rivers with rocks. To reach the bottom of the waterfall, we have to descend the stairs, maybe 1000 stairs. You will not regret it because it will get a beautiful view. You can enjoy the river. The air is so fresh. It will take about 15 minutes to get the bottom of the waterfall. Beside that, we can enjoy the Toba lake view, green forest and the view along the path to waterfall. There are souvenir shops, culinary. They give rational price. But you can still bargain to be cheaper.” Melisart Studio (Source)

“The highest waterfall in Indonesia, yeah of course. I think we need 1 hour to reach the waterfall.” Arifman (Source)

“if you don’t mind, you can go down the stairs and a small trail to the pool below but be reminded you will have to climb up again later.” mrkumai (Source)

Alamak paten kali!!! That’s how you feel when you first set foot in Tongging Village, the village where Sipiso-piso Waterfall is located. By visiting Tongging Village, you will enjoy beautiful views such as the tourist area in the nearby Tao Silalahi Village.” Valent Huba (Source)

Next point of interest:

Tahura National Park

See other attractions in Karo.