Gunung Leuser National Park expedition

Trip Highlights

  • Orangutan
  • Bukit Lawang
  • Tangkahan
  • Flora and Fauna at Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Landak River
  • Aras Pinang


The Leuser Ecosystem lists over 382 species of birds, 105 species of mammals, 103 species of reptiles and 35 species of amphibians. The flora contains some 3500 plant species, and in one hectare you can find 130 different tree species.

It is believed to contain around 300 elephants, 60 tigers and 40 rhinos but the chances of seeing one of these is slim. There are also around 5000 orangutan as well as gibbons, the white breasted Thomas leaf monkey, the long and pig tailed macaques, the white handed gibbon and the cuddly black Siamang. Also living in the park are clouded leopards, marbled cat, crocodile and sun bears and over 300 bird species including the rhinoceros hornbill and the helmeted hornbill. The Rafflesia Arnoldi, largest flower in the world, can also be found within the park.

Those venture above we will discover in 10 days of expedition trip with the local expert.


Trip Itinerary

Brief Itinerary – at a Glance

Upon arrival at Polonia airport pick up by our tour guide and then transfer to hotel, the rest of the day free at own leisure.

DAY 2: MEDAN – BUKIT LAWANG ( Echolodge/ Rindu Alam) B
After breakfast drive to Bukit Lawang, it will take about 3,5 hours driving, on the way stop at several plantation for rubber and palm oil, visiting traditional village at Kuala and arriving at Bukit Lawang check in to hotel. After a short rest at the hotel walking trough the bank of the river and then crossing the river by traditional canoe and walking up to the jungle to reach the feeding place of Orang Utan, after visiting Orang Utan on their afternoon feeding time, where you can see how is the ranger call the Orang Utan down from the trees and feed them with fruit and milk. After feeding time of Orang Utan return to hotel.

After early breakfast at hotel, prepare for your jungle expedition from Bukit Lawang to Tangkahan, the trekking will starting by visiting Orang Utan at their feeding place during morning feeding time, after feeding time of Orang Utan start tracking deeper in the jungle, during the tracking you will be accompanied by ranger and local guide. During the tracking the possibility to see several kind of flora and fauna at Leuser National park, such as several varieties of birds, monkeys, wild pigs, wild orchids and a lot kind plants and big trees. The tracking will take about 6 hours. During the tracking will provide picnic lunch box and dinner will cooked by our tour guide and ranger. Arrival at Landak River, your guide and ranger will prepare the tent for overnight. In the evening there is a possibility to hear the sound of night animal.

After enjoying breakfast prepared by our tour guide and ranger, prepare to continue the exploration, this second day will take approximately 6 hours walking in the jungle and crossing several small river, where the opportunity to see and observe several kind of animal such as reptiles and other kind of animal and varieties of flora of tropical rain forest. Afternoon arrival at Aras Pinang prepare for camping on the bank of the river. Lunch and dinner will provide by tour guide.

After breakfast prepared by tour guide continue tracking. This day the tracking will also take about 6 hours, where the tracking will take to the direction of Kerapu river. During the tracking the opportunity to see more wild monkeys, birds and wild Orang Utan. The tracking will also take about 6 hours. Arrival at Kerapu river overnight at Tent or temporary shelter. Lunch and dinner provided by tour guide.

After breakfast prepared by our tour guide continue tracking to Musam river, the route will take trough the forest and feel more adventures. The tracking will take about 6 hours and afternoon will arrive at temporary camp built near Musam river, overnight at temporary camp or tent.

After breakfast continue walking to Tangkahan, the route will take trough the jungle and then going out from the jungle and passing several plantations and villages. The opportunities to get contact with local people and to experience the daily life of local people. The tracking will take about 6 hours. Arrival at Tangkahan check in to Mega In / Bamboe river guest house. In the evening enjoying and interested farewell dinner with tracking team crew. Special traditional food menu will provided.

DAY 8: EXPLORE TANGKAHAN – (Mega Inn/Bamboe river ) B,L,D
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 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. After lunch we will have the opportunity to visit a local school and meet the

Transfer to the Gunung Leseur National Park Rainforest Rehabilitation project. We will spend the day here witnessing the rehabilitation program that your fundraising has helped to fund. In the afternoon transfer back to the Orangutan Information Centre in Medan for an information session on the project. Being our last night in Sumatra, tonight we can enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner.

After breakfast we transfer to Medan International Airport. (B)

What to Carry During The Trekking
  • Backpack /day backpack
  • Rain clothes
  • Long pants, shorts
  • T-shirts, shirts
  • Underwear, socks
  • Comfortable trekking boots, good socks for the trekking.
  • Sunscreen, hat to protect from the sun
  • Personal medicine
  • Swimsuit
  • Passport
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • A good head lamp or torch
  • Enough plastic bags where you should pack all your clothes to protect them from the water / rain
    Water bottle
  • Additional clothing you may want
  • Sleeping bag & Sleeping mat (Since we can only provide simple mat in the tent, if you want to use sleeping
    bag or sleeping mat, you have to provide it by your own).
What’s Included
  • Accommodation / based on twin sharing room
  • Air condition tourist coach for :
    Transfer Airport to Hotel in Medan
    Transfer Medan + Bukit Lawang
    Transfer + tour Tangkahan + Medan
    Transfer Hotel to Airport / Medan
  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 X Lunch + 7 X Dinner ( As stated on above program)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Camping equipment (Tent & mattress)
  • Local guide for tracking + Cook + Porter to carry camping equipment
  • Elephant riding at Tangkahan ( 01 hour)
  • Walking / tracking in the jungle of Tangkahan
  • Tubing at Tangkahan
  • Permit for National park
  • Entrance fee

What’s not Included

  • Air fare, airport taxes, insurance, donations,
  • Meals before and after Expedition
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Visa fee
  • Departure Taxes
  • Tips and Gratitude
  • Lunch and dinner not mentioned on above itinerary
  • Porter to carry customer personal stuff (Back pack etc)