Indonesia Sumatran Wild Orangutan Expedition EA01

9 Days From £0 (500 USD)

Join us for our trekking adventure through the wild Orangutan territory of Gunung Leuser National Park as we discover the Sumatran wildlife, birds, butterflies and 10,000 plant species.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Medan, Indonesia
End Location: Medan, Indonesia
Accommodation: Hotel & Camping
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Average to High Fitness

About The Operator

Accreditations: Responsible Tourism
Years In Business: 3

Join us for a 6 day overnight trekking adventure through the wild Orangutan territory of Gunung Leuser National Park. Inclusive of 3 nights hotel accommodation in Bukit Lawang to relax before and after the trek and a short practice trek to visit the semi wild rehabilitated Orangutans at the Bukit Lawang feeding platform.

Whist trekking learn key jungle skills such as building fires and camps, finding and cooking jungle vegetables, fishing for dinner and finding and preparing jungle medicine.

The Sumatran rain forest is host to a multitude of species, including Sumatran Orangutan, Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sumatran Elephant, Sumatran Striped Rabbit, Malayan Tapir, Malayan Sun Bear, Bornean Clouded Leopard and many birds and butterflies. Of the 10,000 plant species recorded in the West Indo-Malayan region, it is estimated that 45% are found in the Gunung Leuser ecosystem. It is also home to Sumatran Pine, Rafflesia arnoldii (world's largest individual flower), Titan arum (world's tallest and largest inflorescence flower)

This expedition lasts for 9 days, but we can offer more activities such as Elephant Riding in Tangakhan, Whitewater rafting and overland tours to Berastagi volacano and Lake Toba if you have more time to experience the many highlights Sumatra has to offer.

This expedition is ideal for single travellers looking for like minded people to share experiences with. Please see below for 2008-2009 group dates. Alternatively we can arrange for you to do the trek alone with our guides, at a date fitting into your travel schedule.


Itinerary below is a typical itinerary and may may vary according to weather conditions.


- Private return transportation from Medan to Bukit Lawang and the starting point of the expedition.
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Bukit Lawang before and after 6 day trek.
- Highly experienced and licensed guides.
- National Park permits.
- All food and water provided during trekking.

Important Note

An average to high level of physical fitness is required for this expedition. Conditions can be hot and at times exhausting in a tropical, rainforest climate.

Necessary Equipment

- Sturdy walking boots or shoes
- Sports sandals or flip flops for river walking
- Sheet or light weight sleeping bag
- Optional ground/inflatable mat. One will be provided if necessary
- Insect repellent
- Trousers (not jeans) and if possible long sleeved top(s)
- Night time / camp clothing for relaxing in
- Head torch

N.B : This is just a general guide. We will advise you further on the necessary equipment during the orientation. You may also be able to borrow some items from us.

Day 01. Early afternoon pick up from Medan and private transportation to hotel accommodation in Bukit Lawang. Orientation and dinner with head guide.
Day 02. Breakfast followed by short practice trek to orangutan feeding platform and the surrounding jungle area.
Day 03. Breakfast and set off on 6 day trekking adventure. Overnight camping and dinner.
Day 04. Continuing trek to next camp looking for signs of wild orangutan nests and other wildlife tracks. Instruction in making a jungle camp followed by late afternoon fishing by the river and instruction in preparing a jungle dinner.
Day 05. Day spent looking for signs or wildlife in the surrounding area, whilst also collecting jungle vegetables for dinner and useful jungle medical remedies. Instruction in how to prepare the jungle vegetables and demonstration in preparation of jungle medicine and its uses.
Day 06. Continue trekking and observing wildlife. Opportunity for guests to help with setting up the jungle camp and preparation of dinner.
Day 07. Further trekking and tracking of wildlife. Final night of camping in the jungle. Guests can help to set up camp and prepare jungle dinner. (not obligatory!)
Day 08. Trek to tubing pick up point for exhilarating river tubing back to Bukit Lawang and accommodation. Evening barbeque and party.
Day 09. Private transportation back to Medan.