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Jungle Day  Treks

Suitable for anyone with limited time or is a first-timer in the jungle. These treks are suited to families with young children and anyone that is not physically fit for longer treks

Trekking in the Gunung Leuser National Park in Bukit Lawang

Overview

The terrain in the National Park and  around Bukit lawang is mountainous. Trekking involves some uphill & downhill hikes, but don't worry there are many rest points along the way. Your guides will stop to allow you to drink and eat some seasonal ripe fruits…....You will never go hungry in the jungle! 

 

The main trekking trials close to Bukit Lawang are already well established and are easy to follow. Visitors just have to watch out for stumbling on tree roots. Most visitors (locals and westeners) come to view the ex-captive Orangutans in their natural habitat, as well as catch a glimpse of the fast swinging White-handed Gibbons or a black Siamang Gibbon. 

 

The ex-captive Orangutans and local wild population are already used to human presence in the jungle so chances of seeing them is quite high, as well as other wildlife, such as, Thomas-Leaf monkeys, Long-tailed Macaques, Short-tailed Macaques, Squirrels and maybe even a Hornbill.

 

Last year, the GLNP authority finished building the new canopy trail. The canopy walkway rises 30-40m above the ground allowing visitors to view the surrounding tree canopy and feel what it’s like to be in the trees. More recently, a tree house locally known as ‘rumah pohon’ has been built, sitting 20m high in the trees, so visitors can view the surrounding landscape and wildlife.

 

Our concern is that these new attractions might attract more local visitors and during high season, trails can already be busy, with many groups surrounding one orangutan. However, as we offer Eco -treks and trekking in other areasour guests can avoid these crowds.

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1/2 day trek - beginners jungle trek 

An introduction into the Gunung Leuser National Park, highlighting the main animals, plants and trees in the jungle.

 

It is designed for anyone short on time or first time experiencing the jungle. It is also suitable for families with young children or for anyone who does not feel as though they have the physical capabilities of a full day trek.

 

Although this trek is only roughly 3 hours chances of seeing an ex-captive Orangutan, Thomas-leaf monkey and Macaque monkeys is high as they are used to human presence. Other animals you might see are White-handed Gibbon, Siamang, Great Argus and monitor lizard.

 

During the trek guests will be shown any medicinal plants growing and shown any trees, plants and insects of interest. Don't hesitate to ask question along the way.... our guides are always happy to answer!

Additional Options:

Think you will be tired after trekking? For an extra 10 euros, enjoy the thrill of river tube rafting back.

Combine this trek with another activity in the afternoon and get 10% off:

Yoga Class

Bat Cave

Eco-Farm Tour

Eco-walking Village Tour

Trek Highlights

Cost:   IDR 578,000 p/p (minimum 3 persons*) or option Tube Rafting back extra €10 *see below

Duration:      3 - 4 hours

 Start Times: This half day trek can start in the morning from 7am up to 2pm

Included:    Guides, permit and registration fee, fresh seasonl fruit

Group Size:   2 - 6 people

Fitness Level: Low

What to bring:

rucksack with large bottle of water, comfortable trainers/ walking boots, camera, suncream, insect repellent, any personal meditation 

 

Animals likely to see:

semi-wild orangutans, wild orangutans, thomas-leaf monkey, long & short-tailed macaque, great argus, if lucky Gibbons 

1 day trek - welcome to the jungle 

A full day trek in the Gunung Leuser National Park exploring the jungle. Guests will get a impression of what a rainforest is like and the plants and animals living within it. 

 

It is a bit more challenging with more up and down hill tracks, but there are plenty of rest points. Guests will have more of a chance to seeing Orangutans and many of the other common animals like, Thonas-leaf monkeys, Short-tailed and long-tailed Macaque monkeys. Guests may even encounter the fast swinging White-handed gibbons or the largest gibbon, the Siamang or even the Great Argus, Sumatrans pheasant.

Whilst walking through the jungle, your guide will point out interesting trees and tropical plants and will explain about many things in the jungle. During this 6 hour trek, there will be plenty of time to rest and take in the jungle surroundings or even walk across the canopy walkway.

 

At lunchtime, your guides will find a suitable spot at the top of the mountain to sit, rest and eat the simple delicious local lunch. After lunch you will start the slow decent down the mountain to the river whilst still looking for wildlife. At the river, your 'jungle taxi', a rubber tube raft (if chosen option) will be waiting to take you down the river to your guesthouse. A great way to cool down and relax after your trek!

Additional Options:

Think you will be tired after trekking? For an extra 10 euros, enjoy the thrill of river tube rafting back.

Combine this with an a full day eco-trek and get 5% off. You can also buy a tree and plant it during your trek.

Ex-captive-orangutan-ratna-jungle

Trek Highlight

Cost:           IDR 743,000 p/p (or option Tube Rafting back extra €10 *see below

Duration:          6 - 7 hours

Start Times:      7am - 9am

Included:      Certified Guides, permit and registration fee, fresh seasonl fruit, lunch

Group Size:       2 - 6 people

Fitness Level:   Average/ Good

What to bring:  rucksack with large bottle of water, backpack,comfortable trainers/walking boots, camera, suncream, insect repellent, swimming clothes, any personal meditation

Animals likely to see:

semi-wild orangutan, thomas-leaf monkey, short & long tailed macaque, great argus, hornbill, tortoise, monitor lizard

Tube Rafting - 'Jungle Taxi'

Feeling hot and tired after your jungle trek?......
For just an extra 10 euros per person, why not enjoy the traditional 'Jungle Taxi' back to your guesthouse. Tube rafting is a great way to cool off and relax whilst your Guide steers the tube raft through the river and rapids.
You get to sit back and enjoy the scenery!

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