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Leuser National Park Trek Expedition: Explore Orangutan Sumatra, Elephant and Jungle Camping.

Gunung Leuser National Park is a national park covering 7,927 km² in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, straddling the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces. The national park, named after 3,381 m height of Mount Leuser, protects a wide range of ecosystems. An orangutan sanctuary of Bukit Lawang is located inside the park. Together with Bukit Barisan Selatan and Kerinci Seblat national parks it forms a World Heritage Site, Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra.

Gunung Leuser National Park is 150 km long, over 100 km wide and is mostly mountainous. 40% of the park, which is mainly in the north, is steep, and over 1,500 m. 12% of the Park only, in the lower southern half, is below 600 meters but for 25 km runs down the coast. 11 peaks are over 2,700 m and the highest point is Gunung Leuser, which 3 466 m high.

Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the two remaining habitats for Sumatran Orangutans (Pongo abelii).3 In 1971, Herman Rijksen established the Ketambe research station, a specially designated research area for the orangutan. Other mammals found in the park are the Sumatran Elephant, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros, Siamang, Mainland Serow, Sambar deer, and Leopard Cat.

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08 Days / 07 Nights.
Leuser National Park Trek Expedition.
Start/Finish: Kuala Namu Medan Airport.
Tour Code: KNLR-LNPTE-8D.
Grade: Strenuous.
Departure: you may arrange your own date.

Arrival at Medan airport, met and then depart Medan for 4 hours drive to Bukit Lawang, check in to lodge, and rest time. About 14.00 hrs, walk to the feeding site, watch the local ranger at work, calling the orangutan, feed them with fruits and offer some milk. The feeding time is usually at 15.00 – 16.00 hrs.

Meals: No meals provided.
Accommodation: Stay at Eco Lodge Bukit Lawang Cottages

We walk from Bukit Lawang to Tangkahan. The walk today will be about 6 hours of moderate walk passing through the riverbank and thick jungle. Our camp today called Jamur Batu Bawah. The campsite lies near Sungai Landak River, a river joining the great Bahorok River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Campsite

After the breakfast near the river, together with our team walk to Aras Pinang. We will be pasting some small ravines, small rivers, and riverbank while observing the animals the floral life. Normally, we can reach the campsite after 6 hours walk. The campsite today lies on Bahorok riverside.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Campsite

Gunung Leuser National Park holds an important role for water cycle in both in Aceh and North Sumatra province. On North Sumatra side, there is Sungai Wampu, Bahorok River, Sungai Kerapu, and other small rivers originally come from Gunung Leuser. Today we move from Aras Pinang to Sungai Kerapu, around 6 hours walk. Sungai Kerapu is a bigger river than Sungai Landak. It joins Sungai Wampu, which flows to Medan and northern coast of Sumatra. We may swim, or walk, or even try our luck to fish in the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: stay overnight at the temporary shelter on Sungai Kerapu riverside

Breakfast at the campsite, today is the last moderate grade walk we have. We walk from Sungai Kerapu to Sungai Musam. The walk today is about 4 - 5 hours. Some of the trails we walk through today are close to the local peoples oil-palm plantation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Stay at the temporary camp built near Sungai Musam.

Last walk, last day to stay in the jungle. In the appropriate time, walk to Tangkahan. We will be walking under the shade of oil-palm plantation in about 4 - 5 hours. You have a great chance to see the local workers at work. There are also some local settlements. Around midday, we arrive at Tangkahan. Rest time after days in the jungle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Lodges Mega Inn – basic accommodation

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 (60 minutes) 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. Rest time in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lodges Mega Inn – basic accommodation.

NOTE: There is no elephant ride every Monday and Thursday at Tangkahan.

Final drive for about 6 hours from Tangkahan to Medan airport. We will be passing through local village, oil-palm and rubber plantation. The road is quite bumpy. Upon arrival in Medan drop at the airport and fly to your next destination. End of trip in Sumatra.

Meals: Breakfast

  • Accommodation based in tent or shelter (based on twin sharing room at Eco Lodge and Mega Inn).
  • Daily breakfast, 5x lunch and 4x dinner or as indicated on above itinerary.
  • Private AC transport/transfer from Medan to Bahorok and from Tangkahan to Medan Airport.
  • Camping equipment (tent and mattress).
  • Local guide for trekking + Cook + Porter to carry camping equipment.
  • Walking/tracking in the jungle in Tangkahan.
  • Tubing in Tangkahan river.
  • One hour elephant ride in Tangkahan.
  • Entrance permit to the Gunung Leuser National Park.
  • Provision of English speaking tour guide.
  • Air fares, airport taxes.
  • Insurances, donations, tipping.
  • Other meals are not mentioned on above itinerary.
  • Porter to carry customer’s personal stuff (back pack, etc).
  • All personal gratuities.
  • personal assistance from a porter.

For further informations, details trip itinerary 10 days program, please email us at info@korindo-network.com by mentioning the tour code: KNLR-LNPTE-8D.

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