On what other adventure can you journey through Gunung Leuser National Park—the last sanctuary of the Sumatran Orang-utan? On this amazing adventure, over three days you will trek through dense, enveloping jungle on the lookout for reclusive orang-utans, gibbons and hornbills and other incredible creatures. Exploring this unique ecosystem, you’ll learn all about the native flora and fauna that inhabits this incredible jungle. And, to conclude your jungle adventure, you’ll tube down river rapids to Bukit Lawang. What more could you want out of an adventure?
Day 1, Medan – Bukit Lawang
Today we head to Bukit Lawang, part of Gunung Leuser National Park—the last sanctuary of the Sumatran orang-utan. We will walk along the riverbank and trek amidst dense jungle until we reach the viewing platforms where we can watch orang-utans feeding.
Trekking time: 1 hour
Day 2, Bukit Lawang – Adi Black
Today we begin our trek with a deep ascent through the mountainous Gunung Leuser National Park, enjoying the spectacular views en route. Throughout the day we will learn about jungle life, from the medicinal qualities of plants to gathering food. Tonight we camp under the stars, enveloped by dense vegetation, listening to the sounds of the night jungle.
Trekking time: 6 hours
Day 3, Adi Black – Jamur Batu Atas
Today we trek through dense jungle and between towering trees. The track can be uneven, so we will trek slowly, tackling the steep ascents and descents together. Be sure to keep an eye out for orang-utans, gibbons and hornbills. You may even spot some of the shier wildlife, including the Sumatran striped rabbit and a variety of birds and butterflies.
Trekking time: 6 hours
Day 4, Jamur Batu Atas – Aras Pinang – Bukit Lawang
On our last day of trekking, we rise early and pack up camp. As we trek, our guide will point out the telltale signs of orang-utans and the other amazing animals that call this jungle home. Arriving in Aras Pinang at noon, we jump on a floating tube and ride the river back to Bukit Lawang.
Trekking time: 4 hours
Day 5, Bukit Lawang – Tangkahan
This morning we explore Bukit Lawang, before transferring to Tangkahan. Part of Gunung Leuser National Park, Tangkahan is famous for its elephants and wild jungle. The afternoon is yours to enjoy.
Day 6, Tangkahan
Today we visit the villages of Tangkahan to meet local families before exploring the waterfall that feeds the Buluh River. In the evening, we return to our lodge for dinner.
Day 7, Tangkahan – Medan
This morning we head back to Medan, Sumatra’s major metropolis and Indonesia’s third largest city, where we partake in a city tour beginning at Maimoon Palace. Built by Sultan Makmun Rasyid Perkasa Alamsyah between 1887 and 1891, the palace is popular not only for its historical heritage, but also for its unique interior design mixing the elements of Malay, Islam, Spanish, Indian and Italian architecture. After, we explore the Grand Mosque, Chinese temples and remaining Dutch colonial buildings. Tonight we enjoy a final dinner as a group dinner to celebrate a successful adventure.
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