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Jungle Expedition Of Gunung Leuser National Park

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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: MEDAN - BUKIT LAWANG      ▼

Welcome to Medan! We will pick you up by private transportation from Medan Airport or your hotel in Medan (if you already there) and then begin a journey for 3 hours to Bukit Lawang, the gateway to Gunung Leuser National Park. Overnight accommodation by the Bohorok River. A chance to relax after a long journey and spot the resident wildlife from a fantastic vantage point.

Meals: 

Accommodation: Ecolodge Bukit Lawang Cottages by the Bahorok River

DAY 2:BUKIT LAWANG      ▼

Early start for a soft 3 hours trekking (it has been several years that there is no more feeding platform in Bukit Lawang) in Leuser National Park with the head guide. A time to acclimatize to the humidity in preparation for the jungle trekking the following day.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

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

TREKKING GUNUNG LEUSER       ▼

Start of a 6-day trekking expedition into wild orangutan territory. 5 or 6 hours trekking through the jungle and crossing rivers to reach the first night’s camp. Learn some jungle skills with the guides; making fires; building camps and cooking jungle food. Pack up camp in the morning and begin the day’s trekking. Take the chance to spot wildlife such as orangutans, gibbons, hornbills, siamangs and thousands of different insects, plants and trees. The biodiversity of Gunung Leuser National Park is breathtaking with approximately 700 different species of animals (320 birds, 176 mammals and 194 reptiles and amphibians) living in this region.

DAY 3:TREKKING IN LEUSER NATIONAL PARK     ▼

After breakfast, accompanied by your local guide, start for your trekking in the jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park, a mountainous national park with a steep incline rewarded with spectacular views. During the course of your trekking there is opportunity to see orangutans in their own natural habitat.

You will also learn the medicinal qualities of the jungle plants – known for centuries to the local people as well as gathering local plants for your jungle lunches and dinners. Learn about setting up camp in the Sumatran jungle on arrival to your first night’s campsite and assist in building a fire to cook your dinner. Your local guide is well versed in ‘camp cooking’ – dine under the stars surrounded by the eerie sounds of the jungle.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 4:TREKKING IN LEUSER NATIONAL PARK     ▼

Leaving the comforts behind, your trekking adventure starts the mountainous National Park with a steep incline, rewarded with spectacular views and stops as required. During the course of your trekking you will learn the medicinal qualities of the jungle plants – known for centuries to the local people.

During this trek, if we are lucky, there will be chances to encounter orangutans in wild and other wildlife. Learn about setting up camp in the Sumatran jungle on arrival to your first night campsite and assist in building a fire to cook your dinner.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 5:TREKKING - HEAD FOR JAMUR BATU BAWAH     ▼

We walk this morning in the jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park. The walk today will be about 6 hours of moderate walk passing through the riverbank and thick jungle. During this trek there will be chances to encounter orangutans in wild on their own natural habitat and other kind of animals such as Thomas-leaf monkeys, long tail maccaque, gibbon, black gibbon and other kind of flora and fauna of this tropical rain-forest.

Our camp today called Jamur Batu Bawah, the campsite lies near Sungai Landak River, a river joining the great Bahorok River.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 6:TREKKING – HEAD FOR ARAS PINANG     ▼

After the breakfast prepared by our guide, together with our team walk to Aras Pinang. We will be passing some small ravines, small rivers, and riverbank while observing the animals and the floral life. Normally, we can reach the campsite after 6 hours walk.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 7: TREKKING – HEAD FOR KERAPU     ▼

Gunung Leuser National Park holds an important role for water cycle in both in Aceh and North Sumatra province. On North Sumatra side, there is Sungai Wampu, Bohorok River, Sungai Kerapu, and other small rivers originally come from Gunung Leuser. Today for our about 6 hours trekking we move to Sungai Kerapu. Sungai Kerapu is a bigger river than Sungai Landak. It joins Sungai Wampu, which flows to Medan and northern coast of Sumatra. We can swim, or walk, or even try our luck to fish in the river. Stay overnight at the temporary shelter on Sungai Kerapu riverside.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 8: TREKKING – HEAD FOR MUSAM AREA     ▼

Breakfast at the campsite, today is the moderate grade walk we have. We walk from Sungai Kerapu head for Sungai Musam. The walk today is about 5 hours. Stay at the temporary camp built near Sungai Musam.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 9: TREKKING – TUBING TO BUKIT LAWANG     ▼

Last walk, last day to stay in the jungle. In the appropriate time, go down to the river and start Tubing from Alur Perak to Bukit Lawang takes approximately 2 hours. Arrivng in Bukit Lawang, rest time after days in the jungle.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

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

DAY 10:RAFTING ON WHITE WATER WAMPU RIVER     ▼

Early start and travel by private transportation to Marike and the start of the 6-hour white water rafting journey. Stop en route at hot springs for swimming and enjoy a jungle picnic at a stunning waterfall.

The journey ends in Bohorok, only 15 mins from the accommodation alongside the Bohorok River. Enjoy some local singing and guitar playing for the final evening in the jungle.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

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

DAY 11: BUKIT LAWANG - MEDAN AIRPORT     ▼

Today is the day that most travelers hated. Have your breakfast in hotel. It is one of those days where they have to leave Paradise and back to reality. Sampai Jumpa, See you soon on your next Come2Indonesia experiences. We wish you have a nice trip home or to next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Photos Jungle Expedition in Sumatra

Price Includes

  • Accommodation based in tent or shelter (based on twin sharing room at Ecolodge Bukit Lawang Cottages)
  • Private airconditioned transport/transfer from Medan to Bukit Lawang vice-versa
  • Camping equipment (tent and mattress)
  • Local guide for trekking + Cook + Porter to carry tent equipment
  • Fullboard meals during the trekking in Leuser NP
  • Tubing from Alur Perak to Bukit Lawang
  • Entrance permit to the Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Provision of English-speaking tour guide

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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