8 DAYS GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK EXPEDITION (Jungle Walk from Bukit Lawang to Tangkahan)


Day 1 : Arrival Medan
Today you arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. Followed by a city tour of Medan visiting the Maimun palace built by the Sultan of Deli in 1888, Grand Mosque AlMashum built in 1906 in Moroccan style and colorful Buddhist temple Vihara Gunung Timur. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel and relax. Accomodation at Tiara or Soechi Hotel

Day 2 : Medan – Bukit Lawang
Medan city tour visiting Maimun palace built by the sultan of Deli in 1888, grand mosque AlMashum built in 1906 in Moroccan style and colorful Buddhist temple vihara Gunung Timur. Afterwards, departure to Bukit Lawang, the orang utan rehabilitation centre located in Gunung Leuser National Park. This is one of the largest national park in the world containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest. You will pass by landscape with vast view of oilpalm and rubber plantation. Upon arrival, check-in hotel and short relax. Accomodation at Eco Lodge, simple accommodation but nicely located by the river side on the outskirts of the park. The rooms comes up with traditional Indonesia shower with only cold water.

Day 3 : Jungle Walk, Sleep in Tent
First you’ll visit the feeding platform where the orang utans are fed and trained to live in the wild. It is a marvelous sight to see the orang utans coming out of the forest to the platform by swinging from branch to branch. In the fruit season the orang utans may not come out as they may get enough foods from the forest but it happens rarely. After the visit, walk deeper in the park to explore more tropical flora and fauna. You’ll walk about 6 hours through narrow, often muddy and hilly paths. Good physical fitness is required. You’ll probably see wild orang utans, macaques, hornbills and many kind of tropical plants. Walk ends by the side of Aras Pinang river at where you set up a basic campsite. Tents are bamboo shells covered with tarpaulins stretched over a branch. The front and back of tent are so open, but offering adequate protection against the rain. A real jungle camp!
Camera/video charge: those bringing camera/video in the orang utan site will be charged Rp 50,000 for camera and 150,000 for video.

Day 4 : Continue walk, Sleep in Tent
Continuing walk to the next camp for signs of wildlife in the surrounding areas, whilst also collecting jungle vegetables for dinner and useful jungle medical remedies. You still can enjoy the sights, smell and sounds of rainforest. Walk ends near the banks of Kerapu river with clear water to swim in. Dinner served by local guide, simple but tasty.

Day 5 : Continue walk, Sleep in Tent
Breakfast served by the guide. Continue another 6 hours walk to the next camp still following jungle trails. You’ll probably encounter some tropical wildlifes. Packed lunch on trails. Like days before, you also set up tent by the river side, at the bank of Musam river. Final night in the jungle.

Day 6 : Continue walk, Arrive in Tangkahan
Final walk of your rainforest adventure. You will walk till Tangkahan, a perfect place to to get off the beaten track located at the other side of Gunung Leuser park. Some hours you’ll walk over oilpalm plantation tracks. Upon arrival, check-in hotel and relax. Accomodation at Mega Inn or Jungle Lodge, basic accommodation built with simple materials. Each room has own bathroom but comes up with traditional Indonesia shower with cold water only. Electricity run by own generator and not available after 22:00 pm.

Day 7 : Tangkahan Free Day
There are plenty of options. Elephant ride patrolling the forest or to see/to help mahout for the elephant bathing in the river, raft tube down the river, visiting jungle waterfall and hotsprings. All costs incurred for these options will be at personal account.
Notice: the elephant ride is available daily except Monday and Thursday. Booking is only possible to be made on site, not possible in advance. 

Day 8 : Tangkahan – Medan airport
Leaving for Medan in 4 hours drive. On the first 2 hours, driving over bumpy plantation tracks. Followed by normal road till you reach Medan. Upon arrival direct transfer to airport. End of services


        - Private airco car

        - Room with daily breakfast

        - English-speaking guide

        - Applicable entrance fees

        - National Park permit

        - Basic camping equipment & crews

        - Lunch & dinner during trekking/camping only


        - In this expedition, you will walk via small often muddy
          and hilly paths (seldom flat walking).

        - An average to high level physical fitness is required.

        - Conditions can be hote and at times exhausting in a tropical,
          rainforest climate.


Shoes with good profile, Long sleeves (trousers & shirt), Sock protectors, Rain coat (poncho) & Rain cover for backpack, Insects repellent and other needs, Torch, Sleeping bag if needed, First aid kit, Sport sandal/slipper (for river crossing), Dry bag (for wallet, mobile phone, camera etc).