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Sumatra Orangutan Tour | Trekk & Rafting

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Tour Code: C2I-SUMATRA15

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Welcome to Sumatra Orangutan Tour! Visiting Sumatra is synonymous with endless action as it has unique activities for the most adventurous travelers. 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. 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 our Sumatra Orangutan Tour, we will do several walking routes through the interior of the jungle and we will have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to spend a night camping on the banks of a river in the middle of nature. We will visit several waterfalls and continue our adventure by doing an incredible rafting in a unique and fascinating location such as the Wampu river.

Finally, we will finish our trip with a guided tour of the city of Medan, where we will discover the authentic urban Indonesia, including the ruined Dutch colonial buildings, the Sultan’s Palace and the street food stalls that come to life as the Sun.

  • 5 Nights
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Pickup: Kualanamu International Airport, Medan (KNO)
Itinerary Sumatra Orangutan Tour | Trekk & Rafting

DAY 1: AIRPORT MEDAN - BUKIT LAWANG      ▼

Arrival at the new Kuala Namu International Airport, Medan. Upon your arrival our guide will be waiting for you. Then in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle we will go to Bukit Lawang. On the way to Bukit Lawang you will have a stop at the rubber and palm oil plantations and a crocodile farm.

Bukit Lawang is a very interesting destination to visit, where we can relax on the banks of the impressive rivers, go hiking in the jungle of the Gunung Leuser National Park and cruise the river streams.

Arrival in Bukit Lawang, check-in at the hotel

Meals: 

Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cottage or similar

DAY 2:TREKKING IN THE GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK      ▼

Today after breakfast, we will start our Sumatra Orangutan Tour doing a trekking to the jungle to explore the nature of Gunung Leuser National Park and see the orangutans in the wild. We will be in the place that houses more quantity of tropical Flora and Fauna than in any other place in Indonesia, like; Thomas leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, gibbons, black gibbons, and other rainforest flora and fauna.

We will begin the true trekking inside the Gungung Leuser National Park. A beautiful and hard experience with flora and fauna that we found during our walk, listen to the singing of great birds like the Horn bill and apes like the Siamang or Black Gibbon, Orangutans and Macaques.

We will look for an area next to a river to camp and spend the night, prepare the fire and prepare dinner

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Camping in the jungle

DAY 3:CONTINUE THE TREKKING AND RETURN TO BUKIT LAWANG       ▼

Breakfast in the jungle, then after clearing up the entire camping site, we will continue the walk. The Gunung Leuser jungle is all uphill and downhill in the middle of a condensed rainforest, great views of greenery in all directions. A great variety of Flora, Fauna, Insects of all sizes and shapes await us, non-stop. In the afternoon arrival at Bukit Lawang and rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cottage or similar

DAY 4:RAFTING     ▼

After our breakfast, we head to the Wampu river by mini bus to start our adventure. It is a unique experience in which you will have excellent opportunities to see the birds, listen to their singing while they fly over the river, with luck we can get to see other land fauna, even elephants come to drink water from the river. We will enjoy rafting. Arriving at the waterfall on the bank of the Wampu river, there we take the opportunity to have lunch and bathe.

In the afternoon, you will have coffee before returning to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Bukit Lawang Cotagge or similar

DAY 5:BUKIT LAWANG - MEDAN     ▼

After breakfast, free morning to enjoy Bukit Lawang. Then we will drive towards Medan, the 3rd largest city in Indonesia. We can visit the Grand Mosque, the Sultan’s Palace, the Chinese temple, etc.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Le Polonia Hotel or similar

DAY 6:MEDAN - AIRPORT     ▼

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the next destination. End of our service in this unforgettable Sumatra Orangutan Tour. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

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Price Includes

  • All accommodation in double room
  • All transfers by AC car
  • Camping equipment (tent and mattress)
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • English or Spanish guide according to availability (During the trekking or rafting there will be English guides only)
  • National Park fees
  • Ticket and entrance fees of the places to visit
  • Rafting Equipment

Price Excludes

  • Flights (If you want, we can organize them)
  • Photo / Video Camera Rates
  • Visa & 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
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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.

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