Sumatran Jungle Trek - Soulful Concepts
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Sumatran Jungle Trek

Need to know

  • Best time to travel: April - October
  • Tour duration: 8 days (excluding travel time)
  • Group size: 8-20 pax
  • Challenge grade: 3.5/5
  • Twin-share at selected lodges and jungle camping
  • Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

Tour from AUD: Price available upon request

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    Trip at a glance

    Embark on a eight-day Sumatran Jungle Adventure that promises an unforgettable exploration of the untamed wilderness of Gunung Leuser National Park. Your journey begins with a thrilling trek through the Sumatran Jungle with the prospect of encountering wild orangutans. 

     

    The heart of the adventure involves challenging jungle treks, witnessing breathtaking vistas, and camping beneath the stars, all while learning about medicinal plants and spotting fascinating wildlife. Your journey continues in Tangkahan, where you'l explore the lush rainforest, and engage in local conservation efforts. Along the way, enjoy sightings of beautiful butterflies and venture into awe-inspiring caves.

     

    Your adventure includes a tree planting activity and a rendezvous with a local conservation unit. You'll then return to Medan for a well-deserved rest and a farewell dinner.

     

    Finally, bid farewell to Sumatra, leaving with cherished memories of a unique adventure filled with wildlife encounters, challenging treks, cultural immersion, and the untamed beauty of Sumatra's wilderness.

     

    Give back

    We know travel is better when you can give back as much as you get. That’s why we have designed our trips around contributing, supporting and participating in local projects and community initiatives that have a positive social and environmental impact.

     

    Each of our tours provide a unique way to get up close and personal with the destination and incorporate a fundraising target or donation into the travel costs, which enables travellers to connect, give back, and travel with purpose.

     

    If you are a charity, corporate or a private group interested in the Sumatran Jungle Adventure, please get in touch with amanda@soulfulconcepts.com.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival in Medan – Journey to Bukit Lawang
    Touch down at Medan Kuala Namu International Airport on an early morning flight. After smoothly clearing immigration and customs, our experienced guide and friendly driver will be eagerly waiting for you in the arrivals hall. From there, we'll whisk you away to Bukit Lawang, nestled within the pristine Gunung Leuser National Park. The drive lasts around 3-4 hours, taking you through picturesque landscapes dotted with plantations and villages. Depending on the season, you might even have the chance to stop at local homes that craft bamboo and traditional roofing or explore the locals' fruit and spice gardens, featuring delicacies like snake fruits, mangos, durian, ginger, lemongrass, peanuts, and galingale.

    Once you arrive in Bukit Lawang, check in at the Eco Lodge for an overnight stay.

    Accommodation: Bukit Lawang, Eco Lodge
    Meals: Dinner
    Transfer distance: 108km, 4 hours

    Day 2: Jungle Trek to Camp 1
    Bid adieu to the comfort of your hotel as you embark on your day's journey through the rugged terrain of the National Park. The day begins with a steep incline, but the breathtaking views along the way will make it all worthwhile. Rest stops are available upon request.

    During your trek, your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the jungle's medicinal plants, which have been used by the local people for centuries.

    Upon reaching the first night's campsite, you'll learn how to set up camp in the Sumatran jungle and help build a fire for a delicious dinner. The local guide is an expert in 'camp cooking,' ensuring a dinner under the stars amidst the symphony of jungle sounds.

    While the possibility of encountering wild or semi-wild orangutans is ever-present, remember to always heed the guide's instructions and avoid approaching these majestic creatures.

    Lunch will be enjoyed en route, and dinner will be savoured at the camp.

    Accommodation: Local jungle camp/shelter
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Trekking distance: 6 hours (challenging)

    Day 3: Trek to Camp 2
    As you become accustomed to the sights and sounds of the jungle, continue your journey deeper into the lush wilderness, learning from your guide how to identify the various animal sounds.

    Upon reaching the camp, you'll have the opportunity to learn traditional fishing methods (if river conditions permit) and try your hand at catching a fish for dinner. After a day of adventure, enjoy a peaceful night's sleep to prepare for the next day's challenges.

    Lunch will be served en route, and dinner will be a delightful affair at the camp.

    Accommodation: Local jungle camp/shelter
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Trekking distance: 6 hours (moderate)

    Day 4: Camp 2 – Return to Bukit Lawang via Wampu River
    As you become accustomed to the sights and sounds of the jungle, continue your journey deeper into the lush wilderness, learning from your guide how to identify the various animal sounds.

    Upon reaching the camp, you'll have the opportunity to learn traditional fishing methods (if river conditions permit) and try your hand at catching a fish for dinner. After a day of adventure, enjoy a peaceful night's sleep to prepare for the next day's challenges.

    Lunch will be served en route, and dinner will be a delightful affair at the camp.

    Accommodation: Local jungle camp/shelter
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Trekking distance: 6 hours (moderate)

    Day 5: From Bukit Lawang to Tangkahan
    Following breakfast, a local jeep will collect you for your journey to Tangkahan, the Elephant Lodge. The drive takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours and offers glimpses of stunning mountain landscapes and picturesque plantations along the way. You might even spot long-tailed macaques playing by the riverside. A stop on the route provides an opportunity to stretch your legs and savour a fresh coconut drink.

    Upon arriving in Tangkahan, you'll cross the Batang River via a suspension bridge and embark on a 15-minute walk to reach your lodge. 

    The rest of the day is free in Tangkahan. Stroll along the banks of Buluh River to witness thousands of enchanting butterflies fluttering by the riverside. You can also visit a small waterfall in the rainforest for another memorable experience.

    Accommodation: Jungle Lodge Tangkahan
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Transfer distance: 2.5 hours

    Day 6: Tangkahan Exploration
    Today, you'll delve further into the Leuser National Park, embarking on a relatively moderate trek with some inclines and exhilarating descents. With the guidance of our experts and porters, we'll venture deep into the forest, crossing rivers and streams, and observing the rich natural environment with its diverse flora, medicinal plants, butterflies, monkeys, and birds. After approximately 4 hours of trekking, you'll arrive at Kalong cave, where your local guide will lead you through stunning stalactites and stalagmites and introduce you to a small river that flows through the cave.

    Lunch will be served on the banks of the Batang River, where you can also indulge in some swimming and hot springs nearby. Return to your accommodation by tubing down the river, providing a unique perspective of the rainforest.

    Upon arrival at the lodge, take a well-deserved rest, followed by dinner.

    Accommodation: Jungle Lodge Tangkahan
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Trekking distance: 4 hours (moderate)

    Day 7: Tree Planting in Tangkahan - Return to Medan
    In the morning, seize the opportunity to partake in a tree planting activity. Starting from your lodge, you'll cross the river and embark on a short trek to an area that was damaged by illegal logging around 15 years ago. This young forest is in need of your help to grow rapidly, and you'll contribute by planting local tropical trees like Meranti, Damar, Mahang, Kruing, and Mahoni. Some trees will also be planted on the riverbank to prevent erosion and landslides. After the tree planting, you'll return to your lodge.

    Following lunch, you'll meet with the CRU (Conservation Response Unit) team, a local community-based conservation unit dedicated to protecting nature and elephants in Tangkahan.

    Prepare for checkout and return to Medan. Upon arrival, freshen up with a hot shower and enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate your unforgettable journey.

    Accommodation: Aryaduta Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 8: Departure Day
    Make the most of your final morning in Medan with some independent leisure time, savouring the last moments in this beautiful country. Today, we bid a fond farewell to Sumatra as we say our goodbyes to the local guides and bring our remarkable journey to a close. A private group transfer will take you back to the airport for your return flights.

    As you depart, carry with you the cherished memories of this soulful adventure, the breathtaking landscapes, and the incredible wildlife you encountered along the way. 

    Meals: Breakfast

    • What's included:
    • Luggage transfers
    • English Speaking certified Adventure Guide
    • Plenty of water per person per trekking day
    • Snacks and local fruits
    • Additional local guide for 11-15 pax, 2 assistant guides for 16+ pax
    • Private air conditioned vehicle during tour
    • Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees
    • Trekking permit
    • Rafting at Wampu River
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Twin-share accommodation as listed in itinerary
    • Camping equipment: tent, thin mattress and flashlight
    • What's not included:
    • Visa arrangements
    • International and domestic flights
    • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
    • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
    • Meals other than mentioned above
    • Tips
    • Personal travel Insurance
    • Personal expenditure
    • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion

    * Travellers are responsible for valid visas throughout the duration of the trip

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    Need to know

    • Best time to travel: April - October
    • Tour duration: 8 days (excluding travel time)
    • Group size: 8-20 pax
    • Challenge grade: 3.5/5
    • Twin-share at selected lodges and jungle camping
    • Minimum age: 18 (younger ages considered on application)

    Tour from AUD: Price available upon request

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