Trek Sumatra


  • Hike through wild jungle and rainforest
  • Witness orangutans in their natural environment
  • Try your hand at traditional fishing methods
  • White water-rafting under waterfalls

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 tribes 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



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’s 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 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 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. (D)

Overnight in Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge or similar

Trekking distance: 1 hour 30 minutes

Difficulty : Easy

Day 2 – Trek to Camp 1 – Adi Blac

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 course of the trek, your guide will point out and explain the medicinal qualities of the jungle plants, used for centuries by the local tribespeople.

After arriving at the first night’s campsite, learn how to set up camp in the Sumatran jungle and assist with building a fire in order to cook a delicious dinner. The local guide is well versed in ‘camp cooking’; dine under the stars surrounded by a myriad of jungle sounds.

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.

Lunch will be had en route and dinner at the camp. (B,L,D)

Overnight at Camp at Adi Black or similar

Trekking distance: 6 hours

Difficulty: Hard

Day 3 – Trek to Camp 2 – Batu Gajah

Acclimatise to the sights and unusual sounds of the surroundings as you continue heading deeper into the jungle, learning (with your guide’s help) how to trace and recognise the different animal sounds.

Upon arrival at your next camp, learn some traditional fishing methods (if the river conditions allow) and put them to use to try and catch a fish for the evening’s dinner. Enjoy a restful night’s sleep in preparation for the following day’s adventure!

Lunch will be had en-route, dinner will be had at the camp in the evening. (B,L,D)

Overnight at Camp at Batu Gajah or similar

Trekking distance: 6 hours

Difficulty: Medium

Day 4 – Trek to Camp 3 – Jamur Batu Atas

This morning, wake to a chorus of wildlife such as shy gibbons or massive hornbills, scrambling around the treetops in search of fruit.

Today, venture deeper into the jungle to try and catch a glimpse of some endemic wildlife, such as the magnificent orangutan. With any luck, less commonly sighted species such as the Sumatran Striped Rabbit and a vast variety of birds and butterflies may also be spotted.

Today’s terrain is steady, traversing lush jungle running through towering trees and ferns. Enjoy a good night’s sleep after another strenuous day.

Lunch will be had en-route, dinner will be had at the camp in the evening. (B,L,D)

Overnight Camp at Jamur Batu Atas or similar

Trekking distance: 6 hours

Difficulty: Medium

Day 5 – Batu Rangring

Rise early for a hearty breakfast and pack up camp before embarking on the most challenging day of your adventure. The terrain is quite steep; the route on this day can be adjusted to maximise the enjoyment and wellbeing of the group.

Your guide will keep an eye out for tell-tail signs of orangutans while trekking through the dense jungle. Aside from orangutans, a plethora of birds and smaller jungle animals may be visible through the mottled backdrop of the jungle.

Trek to your camping spot at Batu Rangring.

Lunch will be had en-route, dinner will be had at the camp in the evening. (B,L,D)

Overnight at Camp at Batu Rangring or similar

Trekking distance: 6 hours

Difficulty: Hard

Day 6 – Trek to Bukit Lawang – Wampu River

Today marks the last day of your jungle experience with a short trek to Bukit Lawang. Meet at a local village for a transfer to the Wampu River, preparing for a thrilling rafting adventure.

After a two-hour drive, arrive at the starting point of the white-water rafting adventure. Following a safety briefing from the highly qualified and experienced staff, head into the waters. The route heads downstream navigating two sets of rapids. There will be brief pauses between rapids to observe the abundant birdlife and wildlife of the area.

A highlight of this course is rafting under a magnificent waterfall and enjoying a natural shower! After the refreshing waterfall experience, enjoy lunch on the river bank. Your rafting then continues downstream until reaching the finishing point. Enjoy a quick local coffee break before driving back to your hotel.

Reminisce on the experiences of the last few days with a well-earned farewell BBQ dinner. (B,L,D).

Overnight at Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge or similar Transfer from Bukit Lawang to Wampu River: 2 hour / one way

Trekking distance: 1 hour

Rafting duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Day 7 - Departure

After breakfast at your hotel, check out of the lodge in the morning and return to Medan.

Depending on the departure time of your flight, there may be time to take a short city tour of Medan, including a visit to Maimoon, the 19th century Sultan of Deli Palace. Continue your tour to the early 20th century Great Mosque before finishing off at a beautiful Chinese temple. You will then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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What’s included

  • Return airport transfers
  • Luggage transfer
  • English Speaking certified guide
  • Water for trekking days
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • Private air conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing tickets and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Trekking permit
  • Rafting at Wampu River (1 boat for 4 pax) , with 1 instructor & helmet and life jacket provided
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Support team of porters
  • Camping equipment provided (tent, thin mattress and flash light)
  • 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.