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Jungle Expedition Of Gunung Leuser National Park (10D/9N)

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Tour Code: C2I-SUMATRA14

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Welcome to an amazing jungle expedition in Sumatra!

Filled with active volcanoes and covered by a dense and radiant rain forest, Sumatra is one of the last two places in the world where you can see wild orangutans at large in the wild. About 100 km northwest of the capital, Bukit Lawang is a riverside town on the edge of Mount Leuser National Park. In the past, this village was a kind of sanctuary for orangutans and although no longer exists, it is still a good basis for watching our red-haired cousins. Mount Leuser National Park is listed by UNESCO as one of the most biodiversity areas of the planet and will be the chosen destination for our jungle expedition in Sumatra.

In addition to primates, the park is home to hundreds of species of other mammals and birds, most of them rare or endangered. A private guide is essential during the visit, both to help us locate the orangutans in the jungle dens and to protect the delicate ecosystem.

During the jungle expedition in Sumatra, we will make numerous walking routes inside the jungle and have the opportunity to experience how it feels to spending several nights camping in the middle of nature. This is a great opportunity to learn all the jungle survival techniques from our experienced guide. We will learn the medicinal qualities of native jungle plants, used for centuries by local people, as well as the harvesting of edible indigenous plants.

During our route, we will visit several plantations, we will bathe in incredible waterfalls and freshwater rivers, we will cross ravines and we will go into various traditional towns to soak up the local culture. Finally, we will finish our jungle expedition in Sumatra by doing an incredible rafting in a unique and fascinating location such as the Wampu river.

  • 10 Nights
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Pickup: Kualanamu International Airport, Medan (KNO)
Itinerary Jungle Expedition in Sumatra

DAY 1: ARRIVAL – MEDAN       ▼

Upon arrival at Kuala Namu International Airport you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the hotel. You will have some time to freshen up, before joining the group for a trip briefing. We will then enjoy a delicious welcome dinner, introducing you to Indonesian cuisine and the Orangutan Adventure Trekking team.

Meals: 

Accommodation: Emerald Garden/Le Polonia Hotel

DAY 2:MEDAN – BUKIT LAWANG       ▼

After breakfast we will drive 3.5 hours to Bukit Lawang. On the way we will have the opportunity to stop at several rubber and palm oil plantations to witness firsthand the impact these plantations have on the natural landscapes. We will also visit a traditional Sumatran village at Kuala before arriving at Bukit Lawang and checking into our hotel.  After a short rest at the hotel, start a jungle trekking to explore the nature of Gunung Leuser National Park with their flora and fauna, the possibility to see Orangutan in their own habitat and other kind of animal such as Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail macaque, gibbon, black gibbon and other kind of flora and fauna of tropical rain forest. This trekking will take about 3 hours, after trekking return to hotel. Afternoon free at own leisure to enjoy the nature of Bukit Lawang where you can also walk to the village around the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Ecolodge Bukit Lawang Cottages by the Bahorok River / or at similar

DAY 3:BUKIT LAWANG – LANDAK RIVER       ▼

After an early breakfast we prepare for our jungle expedition from Bukit Lawang to Tangkahan. We begin the trek via the gate of Leuser National Park, about 10 minutes walking from the hotel until arrive at the gate of Leuser National Park. We start trekking deeper into the jungle accompanied by local guide. During the trek there is the possibility to see an incredible variety of local flora and fauna including several varieties of birds, monkeys, wild pigs, and wild orchids.  Today’s trek will be a challenging 6 hours on undulating terrain in hot and humid conditions. In the evening we will arrive at the Landak River where our guides will prepare the tent for the night and prepare a delicious campfire dinner. In the evening we may hear the sound of the local night animals.

 

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 4:LANDAK RIVER – ARAS PINANG     ▼

After enjoying breakfast prepared by our local guide, we press on deeper into the jungle, crossing several small rivers. Today is another tough 6-hour trek but will be rewarded with the incredible scenery of the North Sumatran jungle. In the afternoon we arrive at Aras Pinang and set up camp on the bank of the river.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 5:ARAS PINANG – KERAPU RIVER     ▼

After a jungle breakfast prepared by our guide, we begin another day of trekking around 6 hours in the direction of Kerapu River. Today’s trek will be challenging as we climb and descend several hills but we may have the opportunity to spot more wild monkeys, birds and if we are lucky, we might see a wild Orangutan. We arrive at Kerapu River and spend the night in a tent or temporary shelter.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 6:KERAPU RIVER – MUSAM RIVER     ▼

After breakfast we continue trekking to Musam River on an adventurous route through the heart of the jungle.  After approximately 6 hours of tough trekking, we will arrive at our temporary camp built near Musam River. Overnight at temporary camp or tent.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent or temporary shelter

DAY 7:MUSAM RIVER – TANGKAHAN     ▼

Today we begin the final leg of our trek towards Tangkahan, The trekking will start by passing jungle and emerge from the jungle and pass through several plantations and villages, after about two hours walking we will be picked up by jeep (4 wheels drive at Seroja Plantation and then drive to Tangkahan by 4 wheels drive. On arrival at Tangkahan, we will check into our hotel for a much earned shower and rest after completing the trek. In the evening we will have the opportunity to join our local trekking crew for a farewell dinner with special traditional cuisine to thank them for the incredible support offered throughout the trek.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner 

Accommodation: Mega Inn / Bamboo River Guest House

DAY 8: EXPLORE TANGKAHAN     ▼

After spending the past 5 days exploring the incredible natural environment of Sumatra, today we will experience how the Sumatran wildlife and local villagers live side by side. We will have the opportunity to experience on washing and feed the elephant and see how valuable these animals are in so many aspects of life in the jungle and around huge river systems.

We will then jump in a tube for a tubing trip down the river to see the jungle from an entirely different view. After trekking for so many days it is nice to be pulled along in the gentle currents of the river. After lunch we will have the opportunity to visit a local school and meet the kids.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch 

Accommodation: Mega Inn / Bamboo River Guest House

DAY 9: VISIT RAIN FOREST RESCUE REHABILITATION PROJECT     ▼

After an early start, we will transfer by bus to the Gunung Leseur National Park Rainforest Rehabilitation project. We will spend a few hours here witnessing the rehabilitation program that your fundraising has helped to fund. You will also have the opportunity to plant a tree and personally contribute towards the regeneration of Sumatra’s rainforest, and the Orangutan’s natural habitat. In the afternoon we transfer back to the Orangutan Information Centre in Medan for an information session on the project you have just visited. Being our last night in Sumatra, tonight we will enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Emerald Garden/Polonia Hotel

DAY 10: DEPARTURE     ▼

Today you will have a free morning to spend a few final hours exploring Medan before transferring to Medan International Airport for your flight to the next destination.  Thank you for having this unforgettable journey with Come2Indonesia!

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation:

Photos Jungle Expedition in Sumatra

Price Includes

  • Accommodation/based on twin sharing room
  • Transfers as Itinerary
  • Camping equipment (tent and mattress)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Local guide for trekking + cook + porter to carry camping equipment
  • Elephant washing + elephant feeding at Tangkahan
  • Entrance permit to the Gunung Leuser National Park and Entrance fees to places visited
  • Tubing at Tangkahan
  • Jeep/4 wheels drive from Seroja Plantation to Tangkahan

Price Excludes

  • Flights (If you want, we can organize them)
  • Photo / Video Camera Rates
  • Travel insurance
  • Tip, Donations and personal expenses
  • Other meals are not mentioned on above itinerary
  • Extra expenses caused by anything beyond our control: flight delays, cancellations, natural disaster, etc.
  • Porter to carry customer’s personal stuff (back pack, etc)
  • Anything not mentioned in the include
Map Jungle Expedition in Sumatra

FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months. In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic.       If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

Here below are the information during jungle trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park, it is necessary to bring as follow :

  • Backpack/day backpack
  • Rain-poncho
  • Long pants, shorts
  • T-shirts, shirts
  • Underwear, socks
  • Comfortable trekking boots, good socks for the trekking
  • Sunscreen, hat to protect from the sun
  • Personal medicine
  • Swimsuit
  • Passport + Copy passport
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Camera, binoculars if any
  • A good head lamp or torch
  • Enough plastic bags where you should pack all your clothes to protect them from the water / rain

For camping mat, we provide you with simple thin mat, and for mosquito spray or lotion you can buy anywhere in the village before start the trekking, it is easily to find the mosquito spray. For camping mat if you want more comfortable mat, we suggest to bring the inflatable one,

  • If you want to bring your own sleeping bag, we suggest to bring Mummy shaped sleeping bag, because this kind of sleeping are tapered at the bottom to help keep warm air inside and close to your body, without circulating and cooling down. So far, our local guide in Bukit Lawang told that usually during night time it is warm in the jungle and that the sleeping bag is not so required.

For your own preparation:

  • Be ready to get wet
  • You will not get access to electricity all the time in the jungle
  • Sometimes, communication signal is not very friendly

How Do I Get to Medan?

The city of Medan will welcome you who travel by air at the Kualanamu International Airport (KNO). Located in the Deli Serdang Regency, about 2 hours drive from Medan. The new Airport was opened in 2013 to replace the 85 years old Polonia Airport, that was getting too close to the city.

You can also get to Medan by sea from Penang (Malaysia). Passenger ships also operate between Medan and Jakarta.

How Hard is Our Tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

What if I need personal assistance from a porter?

Cost of Porter :

  • When clients need personal assistance from a porter, the cost for porter is : IDR.350.000 / porter/day.

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