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Gunung Leuser National Park Expedition

Duration: 8 Days

Overview

Unesco-listed Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the world’s most important and biologically diverse conservation areas. It is often described as a complete ecosystem laboratory because of the range of forest and species types. Within the park’s boundaries live some of the planet’s most endangered and exotic species: tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants and orang-utans. Although the likelihood of seeing most of these celebrity animals is remote, you have a good chance of seeing orang-utans, and you can be sure of encountering plenty of other primates.

The Aceh section of Gunung Leuser National Park has slipped under the tourist radar for years, seeing only a trickle of visitors while the masses head to the more hyped Bukit Lawang. Its jungle is basically the same, minus the well-worn paths and tourists clambering about trying to spot semi-wild orang-utans. This is the place for a real jungle experience.

Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We will be passing some small ravines, small rivers, and riverbank while observing the animals the floral life.
  • 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.
  • Explore 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.
  • 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.
  • Learning about the natural wonders of Sumatra, today we aim to learn and understand how the wildlife and local villages live side by side
  • 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.
  • Take tubing trip down river and see the jungle from an entirely different aspect, the river.

Itinerary

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.

More Information

  • Return transfer and tours program as indicated in the itinerary
  • 7 Night stay with daily breakfast in simple accommodation, Meals as specified in tour price, Applicable entrance fees, national park permit
  • Porter to carry customer’s personal stuff (back pack, etc)
  • Camera permit at National park
  • All personal gratuities.

Domestic flight , Other meals than those mentioned in tour price, Tips and donations, Camera/video charge in Gunung Leuser National park, Personal travel insurance & Other personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, minibar, room service, High & Peak season surcharge, When clients need personal assistance from a porter, the cost for porter : USD 25,00 / person / day

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