Eco - Treks
Our Eco-treks are sustainable and eco-friendly. Our Eco-treks support local people and help to protect the forest from deforestation.
Sustainable Eco Treks
Join an eco trek and discover the hiddens fragmented forests around Landak River.
Located just 4km from the main touristc area of Bukit Lawang and surrounded by the mountains of the Gunung Leuser National Park, it offers a different trekking experience. Be enticed by the clean, slow flowing river and mosaic of environments.
The agro-forests and fragmented forest patches are hidden within huge limestone rock formations, typical of a Karst forest. This unique environment, with geological features of towering limestone rocks, cave systems and streams create a diverse environment which is rich in biodiversity.
Explore these forests patches with us to help conserve the delicately balanced ecosystem.
Why are these forest patches important?
These extrordinary forest patches are hidden and have unique features which create an enviroment for diversity. The steep, often inaccessable limestone rocks have retained much of their tree cover, even though the surrounding areas have lost the large tree canopy.
A small population of wild sumatran orangutans live amongst these forest patches, along with several other animals: Thomas-leaf monkey (Presbytis thomasi), Long and Short-tailed Macaques, which can often be seen, and the less seen Silver leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus cristatus). There is evidence of porcupine, civet cats, wild pig, deer, leopard cat, and even slow loris.
There are many species of birds, insects and butterflies. Inside the cave systems bats fly about.
All the animals here are wild and behave naturally, so Eco-treks here are about sitting quietly, observing at a distance and enjoying the environment.
Before Your Trip
Why you'll love these eco treks
No established trails,only small animal trails to follow giving a truely wild experience
Observe wild orangutans in the trees showing natural behaviour
There are Silver-leaf monkeys, which can often see seen sitting in the rubber plantations. These are generally not seen in the national park.
To protect the environment and not scare the animals, we only take 1 - 3 people in a group
We employ the local landowners to be the guides, along with our certified guides to show you these extrodinary forests patches
You are supporting sustainable ecotourism development in the Landak River area, which helps to preserve the area and its wildlife
These limestone rocks and forest patches have their own heat and moisture conditions, meaning they are genrally free of mosquitoes
Wild orchids grown on the forest forest, and many other flowers and medicinal plants can be found growing
Is this trek suitable for you?
A reasonable level of fitness is essential, as the trek involves some short uphill climbs, walking across rocks and scrambling through cave systems
Suitable solo travellers, couples or friends looking for a different experience
For people that want to experience a real trek in different environments, to take it the natural environment and observe animals with natural behaviour. This is not for selfies, feeding animals or large groups. There are wild animals, which need to be observed from a distance and respected
There are prickly plants and poisonous stinging plants in the jungle, but by wearing long leaves top and long trousers will help to prevent getting scratched or pricked
Half Day Eco -Trek
A 3 - 4 hour trek in the hidden forests at Batu Kelinci. It is also a great option to follow after having done a trek in the Gunung Leuser National Park in Bukit Lawang.
Choice to walk (40 minutes) or take a motobike ride to Landak River. This will take you through small scale agricultural land, rubber and oil palm plantations
Arrive at Landak River. Small hike up a small ridge and through a rubber plantation
Descend down into the towering limestone rocks and forest
Trek through the forest,through cave systems and scrambling over rocks
Look at footprints in the mud, search for wild orangutans, learn about the local flowers and medicanl plants
The trek will finish with an option to swim in the river and relax before returning to Bukit Lawang
Certified Guide or local guide
Motorbike ride with helmet
1 Day Eco-Trek
A full day exploring the hidden karst forests at Batu Kelinci and Batu Kapal. Suitable for anyone who want to experience something different and see amazing geological formations.
Decide whether to walk (40 minutes) or go by motobike to Landak River where views of the slow flowing peaceful river and the mountains of the Leuser National Park can be seen.
The trek will begin with a short uphill trek through a rubber plantation to the hidden rocks and forests behind. Your trek will take you down into the hidden forest, where you will be struck by the towering rocks and massive over-hanging rock.
Your guides will take you along the rocks and through the them in search of a wild orangutans and other wildlife. It can be quite strenuous but the guides will take good care off you and help you to clamber across. Huge straggling fig roots cling to the sides of the rocks. There will plenty of chance to rest and take in the sounds of the forest and singing birds.
The trek will bring you back up along the ridge where its likely to see Thomas-leaf monkeys and Long-tailed macaques. Depending on the time, lunch will be eaten under the cool over-hanging rock or you will head to the river,where to can relax and swim.
After lunch, the trek will take you through rubber plantations and agro-forest until you reach Batu Kapal (ship rock). You will continue to look for orangutans as well as other animals. Your trek will finish by walking to landak river for with a swim and relax before returning to Bukit Lawang.
Combine this trek with a 1/2 day or full day trek in the jungle and get 10% off!
Another option to enjoy both jungle trek and eco-trek is our unique Combo 2 day discover eco-trek.
Combine with another eco-activity the following day and get 10% off:
Cost: IDR 600,000 per person (with motorbike extra idr 25,000)
Duration: 6 - 7 hours
Start Times: 7 am
Included: Guide, local guide, seasonal fruit snack, lunch
Group Size: 1 - 3 people (minimum 2 persons)*
Fitness Level: Low
What to bring: rucksack with large bottle of water, comfortable trainers/walking boots, camera, suncream, insect repellent, any personal meditation, sarong, clothes for swimming
Animals likey to see:
wild orangutan, thomas-leaf monkey, Silver-leaf monkey, long & short tailed macaque, many birds, butterflies
* If a solo person want to take this 1 day eco-trek they need to pay half the price of a second person, so idr 250,000. If there are 3 people joining this trek and all want to go motobike, the third person will need to pay for the motorbike ride. Return motorbike ride idr 75,000.
2 Day Eco-Trek
This is coming soon.
We are still in the process of finding new routes and training porters to cook in this new place