Gunung Leuser National Park Expedition

Arrival at Kuala Namu Int airport, meet and then depart Medan for 4 hours drive to Bukit Lawang, check in to lodge, and rest time. About 14.00 hrs, start a jungle tracking to explore the nature of Leuser National park with their flora and fauna, the possibility to see Orang Utan on their own habitat and other kind of animal such as Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail macaque, gibbon, black gibbon and other kind of flora and fauna of tropical rain forest. This tracking will take about 03 hours, after tracking return to hotel. Afternoon free at own leisure to enjoy the nature of Bukit Lawang where you can also walking  to the village around the hotel . Stay at Eco Lodge Bukit Lawang Cottages

We walk from Bukit Lawang to Tangkahan. The walk today will be about 6 hours of moderate walk passing through the riverbank and thick jungle. Our camp today called Jamur Batu Bawah. The campsite lies near Sungai Landak River, a river joining the great Bahorok River.

After the breakfast near the river, together with our team walk to Aras Pinang. We will be pasting some small ravines, small rivers, and riverbank while observing the animals the floral life. Normally, we can reach the campsite after 6 hours walk. The campsite today lies on Bahorok riverside.

Gunung Leuser National Park holds an important role for water cycle in both in Aceh and North Sumatra province. On North Sumatra side, there is Sungai Wampu, Bahorok River, Sungai Kerapu, and other small rivers originally come from Gunung Leuser. Today we move from Aras Pinang to Sungai Kerapu, around 6 hours walk. Sungai Kerapu is a bigger river than Sungai Landak. It joins Sungai Wampu, which flows to Medan and northern coast of Sumatra. We may swim, or walk, or even try our luck to fish in the river. Stay overnight at the temporary shelter on Sungai Kerapu riverside.

Breakfast at the campsite, today is the last moderate grade walk we have. We walk from Sungai Kerapu to Sungai Musam. The walk today is about 4 – 5 hours. Some of the trails we walk through today are close to the local peoples oil-palm plantation. Stay at the temporary camp built near Sungai Musam.

Last walk, last day to stay in the jungle. In the appropriate time, walk to Tangkahan. We will be walking under the shade of oil-palm plantation in about 4 – 5 hours. You have a great chance to see the local workers at work. There are also some local settlements. Around midday, we arrive at Tangkahan. Rest time after days in the jungle. Stay at Lodges Mega Inn – basic accommodation.

After spending extended time learning about the natural wonders of Sumatra, today we aim to learn and understand how the wildlife and local villages live side by side. We will enjoy an elephant ride (60 minutes) along and often through the river and see how valuable these gentle animals are in so many aspects of life in the jungle and around huge river systems. We will then enjoy a tubing trip down river and see the jungle from an entirely different aspect, the river. After walking for a few days it is nice to be pulled along in the gentle currents of the river. Rest time in the afternoon. Stay at Lodges Mega Inn – basic accommodation.
NOTE: There is no elephant ride every Monday and Thursday at Tangkahan.

Final drive for about 6 hours from Tangkahan to Medan airport. We will be passing through local village, oil-palm and rubber plantation. The road is quite bumpy. Upon arrival in Medan drop at the airport and fly to your next destination. End of trip in Sumatra.

Exploring Sumatra’s Kerinci Seblat National Park

Upon arrival at Minangkabau Internationl Airport Padang, pick up by our guide and then drive to Bukittinggi by passing Anai Valley, on the way stop at Kiambang and Pandai Sikat Village to see traditional hand carving and weaving, arrival at Bukittinggi check in to Hotel.

After breakfast drive to Kersik Tuo via Muara labuh, on the way stop at Lake Diatas and Lake Dibawah and passing several MinangKabau Village. Visiting Telun Berasap Waterfall and passing tea plantation at Kayu Aro and arrival at Sei Penuh , the area of Kerinci Seblat National Park check in to simple guest house.

After breakfast, transfer by bus to Lake Mount seven National Park for about 1 hours. Lake Danau Tujuh is a huge-mysterious lake on 1.995 m above sea level and surrounded by primary rainforest and 7 hills. Lunch will be served on the side of the lake. The pristine area around the lake is known as the habitat of Sumatran Tigers, Sumatran Elephants, Primates, endemic birds of Sumatra as well as research area for the “small man” who live in the jungle around the lake. Most of the day is spent by trekking and explore the surrounding in search for animals, birds and exotic plants.

After breakfast visiting Semurup Hot Spring, Old Historical Mosque with its Giant Drum and Lake Kerinci, then drive to Bangko on the way passing rain tropical forest with its flora and fauna. Stop will be made at several interesting places and arrival at Bangko check in to hotel.

After breakfast drive around 2 hours to the village near the jungle then walking to the jungle to explore where the nomadic Kubu people live and witness their daily activity and its traditional and culture, picnic lunch box provide and afternoon return back to hotel.

DAY 06: BANGKO – PADANG (Pangeran Beach Hotel / similar) (B)
After breakfast drive to Padangi via Trans Sumatra highway ant with stop at Muara Bungo, Singkarak Lake and passing several interesting places, arrival in Padang directly check in to hotel.

After breakfats free at own leisure until time transfer to airport. Tour End

After breakfats free at own leisure until time transfer to airport. Tour End

Papua Expedition Baliem Valley Korowai Tribe Tree House

Arrive at Sentani airport of Jayapura met by the guide for Papua expedition and then within 35 minutes by Trigana IL 271 flight to WAMENA, arrive at WAMENA airport short transfer to hotel, after check in drive to the north to enjoy the Dani Pig feast and dance, after that see the Mummy of Himotok Mabel, then with the some women hike up to Mili mountain to see how they make salt in traditional way, then hike the same way down and visit some other villages on the way. Then on the way back to hotel drop by at Jibama local market to see people selling their garden products, afterwards drive to hotel.

After breakfast at hotel transfer in 45minutes by car to Sogokmo (Yetni river), from Yetni we start the circle Baliem valley trekking to Kurima area then visit villages on the way. We will pass 2 hanging bridges one in Sogokmo and another one in Kurima Trek will be about 5-6 hours, afternoon back to Sogokmo area then by car back to Wamena.

After breakfast at hotel then transfer to airport then by Trigana IL221 flight within 30 minutes to Dekai, arrive in Dekai airport by car to hotel, the rest of the day is free Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. We stay here tonight because the rest of the day we need to prepare for the trip such as shopping our foods for trekking in Korowai.

After breakfast, by car to Logpond (harbor) then by boat go down river to Muara Siretj village then up river until Mabul. Arrive in Mabul late afternoon then check in to local people house for dinner and overnight stay. Approximately 8-9 hours in the boat.This is the best to do according to our experiences.

Day 5: Mabul – Korowai Village (Ngguari) (B,L,D)
In the morning prepared all the needs like porters etc., we begin our 4 hours trek passing through the swamps, sometimes walk over the log or fallen tree and crossing the river with or without bridge. This is the tropical rain forest in the vast-green lowland of South Papua, there are many exotic things to be discovered and experienced but with a great deal with mosquito, swamp, heat and high humidity (85 – 100%). Our trek in the forest will support by our local porters who carry our bags or gears and will love to help you to do some difficult section of the trip when you need. Korowai is a nomad people who always move from one place to another at least once every 3 years. They are not live in large group, that at every location of the tree house we only see 2-4 tree houses built side by side.

The Korowai also a great hunter who hunted pigs, Cus-Cus, birds most of their time in life. After we met the Korowai and family on their tree house, we may interact with them help by our guide and experience their life. Overnight at our tent or at shelter we build near the tree house soon after we arrive. During the time with Korowai we can follow their daily activities: hunting, setting trap of wild pigs, gathering Sago flour, fishing in traditional way and also may have opportunity to see the tribe building their own house about 25-30 above the ground.

After breakfast we continue to another Korowai village name Lemaha in about 4hours, after lunch we will see people setting animal and fish trap and looking for sago worm to eat.

All the way will be muddy and we recommend you to bring rubber booth, the accommodation we will set tents for you under the bevak (roofed long house) please bring your air mattresses and sheets for sleeping, the sleeping bag is not necessary. As the wheater in Korowai in warm.

Whole morning we will see the locals process Sago as their main food, we will see them from the beginning to the end after lunch we will enjoy the locals arrow’s dance there might be 20 orang Korowai dancing with the arrow in the hands. We don’t move to other korowai village because we will have no time to see the activities if we move everyday.

We will trek back from Lemaha to MABUL in about 6hours arrive in Mabul we say good bye to our porters you may tip them and then within 1.5 hours by our motorized canoe back to SEPANAP village,we sleep in tents inside the building.

After breakfast, by our charter motorized canoe back to LogPond about 7-8 hours, then by car within 40minutes transfer to hotel in Dekai, upon arrival check in to hotel. The rest of the day is free dinner and overnight at hotel.

After breakfast at hotel drop by car to airport, then by Trigana IL222 flight to Jayapura within 1hour, arrive in Jayapura immediately make sightseeing tour to visit Asei island on the lake, afterwards spend the day in Sentani lake festival, late afternoon drive to Yougwa restaurant for dinner afterwards drive to hotel in Jayapura.

In the morning transfer to airport for flight to next destination.