Trek Sumatra – Private Departures Only

Highlights

  • Hike through wild jungles and rainforest
  • Witness orangutans in their natural environment
  • Sumatran Jungle Camp Adventure

Trek into the wild and experience Sumatra’s natural beauty.

Take a challenging five-day hike through Gunung Leuser National Park traversing Sumatra’s wild jungles, lush rainforests, rugged mountains and pristine rivers as you search for orangutans in the heart of Sumatra.

Trek the dense jungle as you learn of traditional bush medicines used by the local tribe’s people. Camp under the stars with the jungle canopy blanketing you with the incredible sounds of wildlife. Your guides will teach you how to track wildlife and understand their calls. Fish in the traditional way in the jungle streams for your dinner and enjoy a rafting experience through one of the most pristine regions of Sumatra

Journey map

Fitness level

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Moderate
Challenging
Tough

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrival Medan – Buking Lawang

Welcome to Medan, Sumatra! After clearing immigration and customs, your guide and driver will be waiting at the arrival hall. From the airport, transport will be provided to Bukit Lawang, in Gunung Leuser National Park. The journey will take approximately 3-4 hrs from Medan, passing Binjai town along the way. Stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant en route or upon arrival to Bukit Lawang (not included). Arrive at Bukit Lawang around 12:00.

After settling in, embark on an afternoon walking excursion along the riverbank before crossing over in a traditional canoe. Your hike continues, traversing the thick exterior jungle, which eventually emerges at wooden platforms tucked inside the rich, verdant flora. This is the site where orangutans used to be fed twice a day. Nowadays, the feeding station is closed following the success of the Bukit Lawang conservation supply which now provides enough food in the jungle for the orangutans to be self-sufficient.

Delve further into the jungle where you will have your first chance to view the orangutans in their natural environment. You will likely hear them rustling in the branches before you see them. After your walk, return to the hotel in Bukit Lawang.

Meals

Dinner

Accommodations

Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge or similar

Services

Airport Transfer

Distances and journey time

Transfer Medan Airport  to Bukit Lawang:  4hrs drive 108 km Trekking distance: 1 hour 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Day 2 - Bukit Lawang – Jamur Batu Atas

Leaving the comfort of your hotel behind, the day’s trek through the mountainous National Park begins with a steep incline, which is rewarded with spectacular views. Breaks will be taken along the way. During the trek, your guide will point out and explain the medicinal qualities of the jungle plants, used for centuries by the local tribespeople.

Upon arrival at your campsite, learn how to set up camp in the Sumatran jungle and assist with building a fire to cook a delicious dinner. Savour a delicious dinner cooked over the open flames, surrounded by the enchanting sounds of the jungle. While there’s always the possibility of sighting a wild or semi-wild orangutan during these days, be mindful to never approach an orangutan and always pay attention to the guide’s instructions.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Overnight at a local camp/Shelter

Services

English speaking guide

Distance and journey time

Trekking distance: 6 hours

Difficulty: Medium

Day 3 – Jamur Batu Atas – Aras Pinang - Bukit Lawang

After breakfast, pack up camp before embarking on what is perhaps the most challenging day of the adventure.  The terrain ahead is steep, and your guide will carefully assess everyone’s abilities to prioritise the safety of the group. Depending on conditions, the route for the day can be adjusted to ensure the enjoyment and well-being of all participants. Your guide will keep an eye out for tell-tail signs of Orangutans while trekking through the dense jungle. Aside from Orangutans the plethora of birds and smaller jungle animals may be visible through the mottled backdrop of the jungle. Arrive at Aras Pinang at noon, and prepare tubes for a relaxing river journey back to Bukit Lawang.

Then, in the evening, gather for a well-deserved farewell BBQ dinner with the local guide team, sharing stories and memories from the adventure.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Eco-Lodge in Bukit Lawang or similar

Services

English speaking guide

Distance and journey time

Trekking distance: 4 hours

Tubing: 1 hour

Difficulty: Medium

Day 4 – Bukit Lawang – Medan - Departure

This morning after breakfast, check out of the lodge in Bukit Lawang and begin your journey back to Medan.

City tour of Medan (optional)

If the Flight schedule permits, take a short city tour of Medan including a visit to Maimoon, the Sultan’s Deli Palace built in 1888. In former times the Palace was considered as the centre of the town administrative before the city of Medan developed.

Next, explore the impressive Great Mosque, built in 1906 by the first sultan and renowned as one of the country’s most beautiful mosques. Finally, conclude the day’s sightseeing with a visit to a captivating Chinese temple, offering a cultural finale to your exploration of Medan.

Afterwards, you will then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals

Breakfast

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What’s included

  • Return airport transfers
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • All transportation by air-conditioned private vehicle for all included sightseeing
  • All entrance fees during touring
  • Services of local English-speaking guides
  • Meals as per itinerary
Exclusions
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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