Orangutan Trek (2-Day Tour)
The easiest and fastest way to experience the real Sumatran tropical rainforest is an adventurous overnight stay in the Gunung Leuser National Park. On a peaceful campsite along a river bank your sweet dreams will be accompanied by the natural melodies of the jungle. In the morning you will wake up to the sounds of monkeys, birds, insects and the Bohorok River. We recommend this 2-day trek for sportive travellers who want to hike in fantastic tropical nature and experience the nocturnal life of the jungle.
Duration: two days
Intensity level: average/medium
Tour price: 82 EUR per person
Group size: minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people
Start: at 08:30 am – Tuesdays and Saturdays only
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 you go uphill and pass 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 to a small creek where you will rest by its clear waters. Then you will hike up again and walk for about an hour, passing unforgettable scenic viewpoints overlooking the whole valley of the Bohorok River. During this 2-days trek you will go deeper into the jungle and your guide will point out a variety of animals and plant species to you while giving lots of explanation about the rainforest and its biodiversity. If you are lucky many gibbons, Thomas leaf monkeys, pigtail macaques, flying squirrels, Sumatran peacocks, hornbills and even wild orangutans might cross your way.
By noon you will stop at an amazing hidden waterfall in the jungle, where you can swim in the fresh and clear water before you are enjoying your local lunch. In the afternoon you will trek for another hour and explore the magical rainforest uphill to a fantastic view point with a lot of wild orchids around. After a short break you continue trekking upstream to the Bohorok River while looking out for more wildlife, more species of plants and trees. Around 3:30 pm you will arrive at the campsite near the river where you will stay overnight. There is time to relax with a cup of coffee or tea, to go for a swim and rest while your dinner is prepared. Over an open campfire our team will prepare an unforgettable “jungle buffet” with a wide range of local food. After dinner you have the opportunity of playing games, singing by the fire or just looking at the stars and reviewing the first day of your trek. Being in the jungle at night time is a completely different experience; there are different animals, different sounds and of course a mesmerizing sky full or stars. Tents, mattress, pillows and sleeping bags will make your jungle sleep comfortable
DAY 2: The following morning you will wake up to the sounds of the jungle. You have a big chance to observe the Sumatran monitor lizards, tortoises and colourful river-butterflies around the campsite. After breakfast you have the opportunity to trek again for about 3 hours or just relax at an amazing waterfall next to the campsite. After a light lunch it’s time for you to return to Bukit Lawang. And there is another hour full of fun, when your “jungle taxi” takes you back by traditional tube-rafting down the Bohorok River.