Overnight in Jungle
Popular Orangutan Trek (2-Day Trek)
The most popular 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 our overnight trek for sportive travellers who want to hike 2 days in fantastic tropical nature and experience the nocturnal life of the jungle.
DAY 1: At 09:00 am our English-speaking guide will pick you up at your guesthouse to start trekking overnight in jungle trek. After a short walk, you will cross the Bohorok River, then you go up the hill and pas 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-day trek, you will go deeper into the jungle and your guide will point out a variety of animals and plant species to you while explaining the rainforest and its biodiversity. If you are lucky, many gibbons, Thomas’s 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, clear water before 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. 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 (sometimes) our team will prepare an unforgettable “jungle buffet” with a wide range of local food. After dinner you have the opportunity to play games, sing by the fire or just gaze at the stars and review 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 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. Just relax at an amazing waterfall next to the campsite. After a light lunch, it’s time for you to return to Bukit Lawang. by Local traditional rafting (“jungle taxi”) down the River takes you back to the guesthouse
Intensity level: average/medium
Tour price: 2.000.000 IDR – 120€ per PERSON
Group size: minimum 2 people, maximum 6 people
permit to enter the national park / person certified English speaking guide, porter, fresh fruits, lunch 2x, dinner, breakfast, drinking water, tent, mattress, sleeping bag, mosquito net, cook, rafting skipper, Local traditional Rafting (jungle taxi) (safety jacket for kids)
What to bring
Comfortable hiking shoes or good sports shoes, 25-30 litre backpack, long trousers & T-shirt, long socks, one change of clothes, long sleeved sweater, swimwear, raincoat, flip flops or sandals, towel, torch, mosquito repellent, sun lotion, and toilet paper.