Jungle Observation I
4-Day Trek In The Sumatran Jungle
This 4-day jungle observation trek gives you a unique opportunity to experience real life in the dense tropical rainforest. You will go rather deep into the jungle, staying overnight in different camps in the Gunung Leuser National Park at the Jambur Batu and the Bohorok River. While hiking up and down the hills and crossing small rivers you will have a great chance to spot a huge variety of wildlife – animals such as wild orangutans, gibbons, Thomas leaf monkeys, Sumatran Great Argus, pigtail macaques, flying squirrels and hornbills. And if you lucky you will see Sumatran elephants or even foot prints of Sumatran tigers. You will also acquire traditional jungle survival techniques. For this tour you need to be really fit and healthy to trek in hot and humid climate for several hours each day.
Duration: four days
Intensity level: high
Tour price: 160 EUR per person
Group size: minimum 3 people, maximum 7 people
Start: at 08:30 am – Wednesdays only
Availability: April (fully booked), 3/4/5/6 May (1 place left), 14/15/16/17 June (4 places left); July (fully booked); Aug (fully booked), Sep (open), Oct (fully booked), Nov/Dec (no observation treks, raining season)
DAY 1: In the morning at 8:30 am our English speaking guide will pick you up at your guesthouse. After a short walk you will cross the Bohorok River, then go uphill and enter the national park directly via the old orangutan feeding area which is still highly popular with a lot of semi-wild orangutans. You will continue your trek through the rainforest going deeper into the jungle while having a bigger chance to see wildlife there. While hiking up and down the hills heading to the west of the national park your guide will point out different creatures and plant species while giving lots of explanation about the rainforest and its biodiversity. In the afternoon around 3:30 pm you will arrive at the charming Jambur Batu River next to a big waterfall where you will stay overnight at your campsite. Now you can swim and relax and enjoy afternoon coffee and tea. Our team will prepare your jungle dinner of local Indonesian food over an open campfire. Then why not play some games or sing along by the fire or just marvel at the stars after the first day of your trek. Tents, mosquito nets, air-mattress, pillows and sleeping bags will make your jungle sleep comfortable.
DAY 2: The following morning after breakfast you will start a jungle observation of about 6 hours. While roaming deeper into the rainforest your chances of encountering wildlife will increase. The terrain will be steep, but the views will be spectacular. At noon your guides will prepare a simple jungle lunch on the top of a hill. Fantastic scenery along the way through the national park will be a memorable experience. The campsite of the second night will be next to the Bohorok River where our team will serve a delicious Indonesian dinner. Enjoy the evening at your jungle camp by playing cards or just sing by the campfire with your guides.
DAY 3: In the morning you will wake up again to the sounds of the jungle. If you are lucky you can observe Sumatran monitor lizards, tortoises and river butterflies around the campsite. After a good breakfast you will discover the deeper jungle while hiking close to the Bohorok River upstream for about 6 hours. On this tour you might also be able to see wild Sumatran elephants! While the trek progresses you will become more used to building up the camp, preparing a real jungle dinner and working together as a team. The third night you will spend in your campsite on the Bohorok River. Being in the jungle at night is a completely contrasting experience; there are different animals, different sounds and of course a sky full of stars.
DAY 4: The start of a lazy day with waking up late, having breakfast, swimming, sunbathing or just relaxing around the camp. Then it’s time to return to Bukit Lawang with 1,5 hours full of fun! Because your “jungle taxi” will bring you back to your guesthouse by traditional tube-rafting down Bohorok River – a very special and exciting way to finish your trekking adventure through the Sumatran jungle.
Includes: certified English speaking guide, porter, fresh fruits, lunch 4x, dinner 3x, breakfast 3x, drinking water, tent, air-mattress, sleeping bag, mosquito net, cook, rafting skipper, tubes, safety jackets, helmets for children
Excludes: permit to enter the national park 150.000 IDR / person
What to bring: comfortable hiking shoes, 40 litre backpack, long trousers & T-shirt in bright colours, long socks, three change of clothes, long sleeved sweater, raincoat, water shoes, flip flops, towel, torch, mosquito repellent, sun lotion, swim wear and toilet paper
Package options: Our Jungle Observation I cannot be joined in combination with one of our well selected packages. We start these treks by special request only once a month and because of safety issues they are not offered in the raining season. A minimum number of 3 people is required to run our observation treks. We run this tour from Wednesdays to Saturdays only.