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Eco - Treks

Our Eco-treks are sustainable and eco-friendly. Our Eco-treks support local people and help to protect the forest from deforestation.

Overview
Our Eco-treks start from Landak River which is located 4km South from the main touristic area of Bukit Lawang. The river is clean and slow flowing and borders the national park.
 
Landak river is lined with a mosaic of environments; rubber and oil palm plantations, agro-forests, agricultural land and forest patches. These forest patches are mostly hidden within and on huge limestone rock formations, typical of a Karst forest. Batu Kelinci (rabbit rock) is hidden behind the ridge of a rubber plantation. When you arrive, you are welcomed with towering and over-hanging rocks which have retained their forest.
 
Further along the river, sits Batu Kapal (ship rock).  Here, the rocks  are steep and mostly inaccessible but again still retains much of its forest and big trees.
 
Although these karst forest patches are fragmented, and many of the large canopy trees have been cleared between them, it does not mean that there is no wildlife. This unique environment, with towering rocks, cave systems and different water conditions create a diverse environment which is rich in biodiversity.
 
A small population of wild Orangutans live in this environment along with several monkey species; Thomas-leaf monkey, Long and Short-tailed macaque and the less seen Silver leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus cristatus). Many species of birds, insects and butterflies can be found and 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. 
These environments have their own temperature and generally free of mosquitoes! It is peaceful and allows for a real wild experience without any established trails like the jungle in Bukit Lawang. It is scarce of tourist and with a small population of wild orangutans, they can been seen in peace.
 
These forests are a delicately balanced ecosystem which we want to preserve. Our Eco-treks were formed to provide income for local people that live in the area by using them as guides. We also only take between 2-3 people maxium on these Eco-treks so not to disturb the environment.
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1/2 Day Eco -Trek

A 3 - 4 hour trek in the hidden forests at Batu Kelinci. Suitable for anyone wishing to explore something a little different and see wild Orangutans and Silver leaf monkeys. It is also a great option to follow after having done a trek in the Gunung Leuser National Park in Bukit Lawang.

 

You have the choice to walk (about 40 minutes) or take a motobike ride to Landak River. This will take you through small scale agricultural land, rubber and oil palm plantations, which your guide will be happy to tell you about.

 

Arriving at Landak River, you will see the mountains of National Park and the beautiful and alluring river. The trek will start with a small hike through a rubber plantation before entering the hidden towering rocks and forests. Your search for wild orangutans * will begin. You will explore the rock formations. During this short trek you are likely to see Thomas-leaf monkeys and long-tailed Macaques, as well as many interesting plants and insects.

 

Your trek will finish by cooling off and relaxing at Landak River.

Additional Options:

Combine this trek with a 1/2 day trek in the jungle (morning or afternoon) and get 5% off!

  

Combine 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 350,000 per person (motorbike ride extra idr 20,000

Duration:  3 - 4 hours

 Start Times: This half day trek can start in the morning from 7am or 4pm

Included:  1 Guide, fresh seasonal fruit

Group Size: 1 - 3 people

Fitness Level: Low

What to bring:    rucksack with large bottle of water, comfortable trainers/ walking boots,

camera, suncream, insect repellent, any personal meditation, clothes for swimming

Animals likey to see:

wild orangutan, thomas-leaf monkey, Silver-leaf monkey, long & short tailed macaque, many birds, butterflies

* if there are 2 or 3 persons joining this trek and want to take motorbike ride, they have to pay extra for the motobike ride. The cost for return motorbike ride is idr 75,000 p/p

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.

Additional Options:

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:

Yoga Class

Bat Cave

Eco-Farm Tour

Eco-walking Village Tour

Trek Highlights

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.

Please Note:

The orangutans that live in these forests and around this area are wild. They are generally used to the local people who take the rubber or fruits from their land, because the majority of the local people in this area ignore them. The orangutans are not fed by humans, but they do come onto local's land to feed on the wild fruits. 

Although we regularly check and monitor the area for Orangutans, it is not 100% that guests will see them. They are sometimes resting in the trees sitting on top of the rocks, so it hard to see them. However, if an orangutan is spotted then we ask guests to be quiet and not stand underneath where the orangutan is, as they are known to break branches and throw them to the floor. If guests watch and sit quietly, then the Orangutans do tend to settle.

Thank You :)

We look forward to taking you to explore and see the wild orangutans!!