This three days jungle trek in Gunung Leuser National Park is a great option to discover and really experience the tropical rainforest of North Sumatra. During this three-day trek you will go deeper into the jungle, which gives you great chances of seeing orangutans up-close in their natural habitat. You will stay overnight in two different camps in the Gunung-Leuser National Park.
Around 9AM, your English speaking, licensed guide will pick you up from your guesthouse in Bukit Lawang. From there you will walk towards the border of the Gunung Leuser National Park. The walk towards the park towards the park is already a great experience. There is a chance to encounter some monkeys, you will pass a garden and a rubber plantation. Your guide will explain about the animals and how rubber is made. Another 10 minute walk will bring you to the entrance of the park. From here you will start your jungle adventure.
During this three-day trek you will have a great chance of observing a wide variety of wildlife, which your guide will point out to you. He will explain about all plant species and animals you will encounter in the rainforest. Animals such as orangutans, gibbons, Thomas leaf monkeys, Sumatran Great Argus, pigtail macaques, flying squirrels and hornbills. But you will also see beautiful species of trees and tropic plants.
The main goal of this trek is to spot orangutans in their natural habitat. You can watch them play, go from tree to tree and observe them doing everyday activities. This gives you many opportunities to take amazing photos and an experience of a lifetime. You will be explained how orangutans live and survive.
During the first day of this trek you will walk for about 6 hours. You will get many opportunities to catch your breath, to relax and enjoy the scenery surrounding you. During these breaks there will be fresh tropical fruit as a snack.
Half way your trek, your guide will bring you to have a fulfilling lunch in what we call ‘the jungle restaurant’, a place on higher ground which overlooks the jungle. After lunch you will continue your trek for around 3 hours more towards the campsite, while looking for more wildlife, more species of plants and trees. Around 4PM you will arrive at the campsite near a small stream where you will stay overnight. There is time to relax with a cup of coffee or tea, to go for a swim and rest while your dinner is prepared.
At night time you can enjoy a campfire cooked meal, consisting of several Indonesian dishes. After dinner there is time to play games, sit near the campfire and discuss your jungle experience. Being in the jungle at night time is a completely different experience; there are different animals, different sounds and of course a mesmerizing sky full or stars. You will spend the night in a tent made of bamboo and plastic sheets. Falling asleep and waking up to the sounds of monkeys, birds and insects is an incredible experience.
The following morning you will start after breakfast a trek over 5 hours. While going deeper into the rainforest your chances of encountering wildlife will increase. At noon your guides will prepare for you a simple jungle lunch on the top of a hill. Fantastic scenery along the way through the national park will be then a memorable experience for you. The campsite of the second night will be next to the big Bohorok River where our team will offer you an Indonesian dinner and refreshments. Enjoy the evening times at your jungle camp by playing cards or sitting and singing around the campfire with your guides.
The third day in the morning you will wake up again to the sounds of the jungle. If you are lucky you can observe the Sumatran monitor lizards, tortoises and colorful river butterflies around the campsite. After a good breakfast you will have the opportunity to walk again for 2 hours or just relax and swim at an amazing waterfall next to the campsite. After a light lunch it is time for you to return to Bukit Lawang. And that is around 1 hour full of fun! Because your “jungle taxi” with your personal captain will bring you back to your guesthouse by traditional tube-rafting down the Bohorok River (surcharge).
For this jungle trekking tour you need to be physically fit.
Duration: Three days
Included: certified English speaking guide, fresh fruit, lunch 3x, dinner 2x, breakfast 2x, tent, blanket, permit to enter the national park
Tour price: Starts from €110 per person (optional: tube rafting €10 extra)
Group size: Minimum 3 people
Intensity level: Average-High
What to bring: comfortable shoes, flip flops, one or two change of clothes, long sleeves sweater, towel, a large bottle of water, insect repellent, sun cream, swim wear, a torch and toilet paper
NOTE: If you want to do private trekking, you are required to pay for 3 people. If you are a solo traveler or a couple and do not want, or are not able to pay the price for 3 people, we can arrange for you to join with other groups.
OPTIONAL: TUBE RAFTING
On the third day of your jungle adventure it is possible to return to the village by what we call the ‘jungle taxi’. The river will bring you back while sitting on a big tube. Tube rafting is a fun and exciting way to finish your tour through the jungle. For tubing, there is a surcharge of €10.