Guided walks, trekking and rafting

For all activities, the minimum is 2 persons.

Prices

All prices are per person and in Euro.

Prices for all guided trekking and activities within Gunung Leuser National Park are fixed by the Indonesian Guides Association. Our prices are set in accordance with the official rates.

Half day trek Gunung Leuser National Park (3 hours)

Includes visit to Orangutan Feeding Platform

Orangutan feeding platform

15€ per person (minimum 2 pax)

Location: Bukit Lawang

Includes:

  • 3 hours of guided trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park including a visit to the Orangutan Feeding Platform
  • Morning / Afternoon Tea
  • Entry permit

Description

This is a good option for people who have very limited time in Bukit Lawang and want to see the orangutan. It will also suit those of lower fitness levels, or families with younger children, who don’t want to do any strenuous hiking or overnight treks.

The trip starts in Bukit Lawang, with a short boat ride across the Borohok River to the entrance to the Gunung Leuser National Park. After a short uphill walk (30 minutes) you will arrive at the Orangutan Feeding Platform where you will see park rangers feeding semi-wild orangutan.

This is followed by morning tea and around 2 hours further trekking through the National Park where you will see plenty of indigenous flora and fauna, and usually some more orangutan.

At the end of the trek you will cross back over into the village of Bukit Lawang, and walk back to your starting point through the local markets.

Full day trek Gunung Leuser National Park (Full day)

Includes visit to Orangutan Feeding Platform

Gunung  Leuser trek

25€ per person (minimum 2 pax)

Location: Bukit Lawang

Includes:

  • A full day of guided trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park including a visit to the Orangutan Feeding Platform
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Entry permit

Description

This is a great choice for nature enthusiasts and people who come to Bukit Lawang to see the orangutan in their natural habitat. A reasonable level of fitness is required as some trekking will involve steep inclines, but the benefits are really worthwhile.

You will have a greater opportunity to observe the animals in the wild, across varying habitats.

The trip starts at 8.00am in Bukit Lawang, with a short boat ride across the Borohok River to the entrance to the Gunung Leuser National Park. You will visit the Orangutan Information Centre. After a short uphill walk (30 minutes) you will then arrive at the Orangutan Feeding Platform where you will see park rangers feeding semi-wild orangutan.

We will stop for morning tea and lunch throughout the day, and as you walk your guide will teach you about the orangutan and other endangered animals which inhabit the Gunung Leuser. You will learn about the history of the National Park and some of the conservation issues which the area faces. Our guide will also share some of his extensive knowledge of the traditional and medicinal uses of various jungle plants.

At the end of your trek you will arrive back in the village of Bukit Lawang and walk back to your starting point through the local markets.

Two day trek Gunung Leuser (2 days)

Includes visit to Orangutan Feeding Platform and overnight camping in Gunung Leuser

Two day trek Gunung Leuser

50€ per person (minimum 2 pax)

Additional 10€ per person to add tube rafting

Location: Bukit Lawang

Includes:

  • Two full days of guided trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park including a visit to the Orangutan Feeding Platform
  • All required camping equipment
  • All meals (day one: morning/afternoon tea, lunch and dinner/day two: breakfast, morning tea and lunch)
  • Entry permit
  • Option: traditional tube rafting on day 2 – additional 10€ per person

Description:

This is the ultimate jungle trek experience for people with more time in Bukit Lawang. The opportunity to spend the night in the jungle is an experience which will never be forgotten.

Our guides are able to adjust the pace to suit various fitness levels, although a reasonable level of fitness is required for a two day trek. It involves longer days and some steep inclines, but the benefits are really worthwhile. You will have a real opportunity to observe the orangutan and other animals in the wild, across different habitats.

Most people who make the effort to do a 2-day trek say it’s an experience they will never forget and really worth the hard work.

The trip starts at 8.00am in Bukit Lawang, with a short boat ride across the Borohok River to the entrance to the Gunung Leuser National Park. You will visit the Orangutan Information Centre. After a short uphill walk (30 minutes) you will arrive at the Orangutan Feeding Platform where you will observe park rangers feeding semi-wild orangutan.

We will stop for morning tea and lunch throughout the day, and as you walk your guide will teach you about the orangutan and other endangered animals which inhabit the Gunung Leuser. You will learn about the history of the National Park and some of the conservation issues which the area faces. Our guide will also share some of his extensive knowledge of the traditional and medicinal uses of various jungle plants.

In the late afternoon of the first day, you will set up camp and enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars.

On the second day you will spend about 6 hours trekking, stopping for morning tea and lunch, before returning back to Bukit Lawang along the river.

Tube rafting on the Borohok River(3-4 hours)

Tube rafting on the Borohok River

15€ per person (minimum 2 pax)

Additional 5€ per person to add BBQ lunch

Location: Bukit Lawang

Includes:

  • All rafting equipment
  • Two guides to steer raft
  • 2 hours of rafting/tubing down the Bohorok River from Bukit Lawang to the village of Timbang Lawan
  • Option: traditional BBQ at Timbang Lawan on completion of rafting – additional 5€

Description

This is a brilliant trip and should not be missed for any first time visitor to Bukit Lawang. The trip commences at the entrance to the Gunung Leuser National Park in Bukit Lawang. It involves rafting downriver, through the rapids, to the neighbouring village of Timbang Lawan.

You will see village life passing you by on the sides of the river – children swimming and playing, locals fishing and farming and going about their daily lives. You will discover how central the river is to village life – it’s a hive of activity.

For an extra 5€ you can experience a traditional BBQ lunch in Timbang Lawan.

Trekking and Tube Rafting package(full day)

Includes visit to Orangutan Feeding Platform

Trekking and Tube Rafting package

25€ per person (minimum 2 pax)

Location: Bukit Lawang

Includes:

  • A half day (3 hour) guided trek in Gunung Leuser National Park, including a visit to the Orangutan Feeding Platform
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  •  A traditional tube rafting trip back to Bukit Lawang at the completion of your trek, along the Bohorok River
  • Entry Permits

Description

This is a fantastic option for those who only have a short stay in Bukit Lawang and wish to combine trekking, rafting and a visit to the Orangutan Feeding Platform in one day.

It may also suit those who want to spend a full day in the National Park and surrounding areas, but do not wish to spend all of it walking!

The trip starts at 8.00am in Bukit Lawang, with a short boat ride across the Borohok River to the entrance to the Gunung Leuser National Park.

After a short uphill walk (30 minutes) you will arrive at the Orangutan Feeding Platform where you will observe park rangers feeding semi-wild orangutan.

This is followed by morning tea and about 2 hours trekking through the National Park observing the pristine flora and fauna.

We will stop for lunch by the river at around 1.00pm, and the walk for about 1 hour more.

You will then travel back down the river to Bukit Lawang, through the rapids, by traditional tube rafting.

Back to Nature two day guided walk and rafting trip2 days

back to nature

60€ per person (minimum 2 pax)

Location: Bukit Lawang

Includes:

  • Half day guided walk along the Borohok River
  • Flying fox ride
  • Swimming in the river
  • Overnight accommodation at the remote Back to Nature guesthouse
  • 3-hour guided trek in Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Rafting / tubing along the Borohok River back to Bukit Lawang
  • All meals (day one: lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, day two: breakfast, morning tea and lunch)
  • Entry permit

Description

This is a 2-day trip which takes you upriver along the Borohok, heading away from the village of Bukit Lawang and into an area where both sides of the river are completely unpopulated and pristine.

The walk along the river is an easier grade than any of the trekking in Gunung Leuser, so this is a great option for people who want a 2-day experience, with a lower grade of difficulty and a slightly more relaxed pace.

This trip is also good for people who just want to get away from it all and relax, or families with younger children who would like the experience of spending overnight in the wilderness, but without all the work of camping!

You will set off at 10.00am from Bukit Lawang, and follow the trail along the Borohok for around 1 hour, and then cross the river by flying fox.

Walking a little further up the river, you will stop for morning tea, and then continue on for about 1 hour to the Back to Nature guesthouse, where you can leave your bags.

You will have lunch by the river and then be free for the afternoon and evening to swim in this absolutely pristine stretch of river, take walks along the neighbouring trails, and enjoy the peaceful natural surrounds.

Traditional food will be served for dinner in the atmospheric candlelit surrounds of the guesthouse. You will sleep (comfortably) in your room enjoying the sounds of the jungle all around, and much of the atmosphere of camping, without the work!

On Day 2, you will cross the river with your guide into the Gunung Leuser National Park and do a 3-hour guided trek, observing the fauna and flora of the park, stopping along the way for morning tea.

You will then have lunch by the river, and travel back to Bukit Lawang by traditional rafting / tubing after lunch. The stretch of river between this area down to Bukit Lawang is particularly beautiful, with pristine wilderness of either side.

This trip is a wonderful, relaxing 2-day adventure, without too much hard work. You will get a real sense of having explored the Borohok and Gunung Leuser beyond the village of Bukit Lawang.

Timbang Lawan Community visit(half day)

Timbang Lawan Community visit

15€ per person (minimum 2 pax)

Location: Timbang Lawan

Includes:

  • Visit the local community school and observe and assist local teachers by speaking with classes in English, or practising conversational English with the children. We guarantee, this cultural “exchange” will be a highlight of their week, and also your trip!
  • Learn about local agricultural practices, village structure, local religious and cultural ceremonies and other aspects of village life.
  • Enjoy a Sumatran coffee and some traditional morning tea in a family home

Description

This is the real deal – the Sumatra that other travellers often miss in their haste to see the orangutan.

Timbang Lawan is not a tourist destination. It’s a small village adjacent to Bukit Lawang, separate from the more visited areas surrounding Gunung Leuser.

Harimau’s chief guide, Rahman, has extensive connections in this community, which span many generations, and is very involved in local initiatives and the community school. This gives you an opportunity to get a sense of village life in Sumatra and to get insight into the fascinating and complex local culture.

The school visit is an unforgettable experience for all involved – travellers and students! The opportunity to speak with locals and get a sense of how the community operates is also unique and memorable.

There’s no other operator in Bukit Lawang providing this sort of experience, and nobody better equipped than Rahman to be pioneering a true ecotourism initiative of this kind in this fascinating area.

Tangkahan elephant trekking and bathing + Buluh River traditional tube rafting (full day)

Includes visit to the LPT Tangkahan elephant conservation project

Tangkahan two-day Elephant Odyssey

80€ per person (no minimum)

Location: Tangkahan

Includes:

  • Visit the LPT Tangkahan elephant conservation project
  • Speak with the brilliant local mahouts – some of the most experienced elephant handlers in the world
  • Trek on the elephants for 1 hour along the stunning Buluh River
  • Help bathe the elephants in the river at the end of your trek – an absolutely unforgettable experience. There would be very few places in the world where you would be able to get so close to these magnificent creatures
  • Jump on a traditional tube raft and float back along the Buluh River with your guide, and enjoy a relaxing swim and guided walk to the thermal springs, beautiful waterfalls and the famous “butterfly beach” on the Batang Serangan River at Tangkahan

Have a look at this great 5 minute clip on the Tangkahan elephants, produced by the BBC’s Fast Track program:

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/fast_track/9507310.stm

We would recommend that persons booking this activity stay at least one night in Tangkahan. We can assist with bookings to Mega Inn.

Transport between Bukit Lawang and Tangkahan costs approximately 50 Euro (each way) in a private jeep (per vehicle). Harimau Sumatra can refer you to our recommended transport provider in Bukit Lawang to make a booking.

Gotong Royong Traditional Friday Market visit

market visit

15€ per person (minimum 2 pax)

Location: Bukit Lawang

Includes:

  • A guided walk through the traditional market in the small village of Gotong Royong

Description

Every Friday locals converge on the traditional markets at Gotong Royong to buy and sell fruit, vegetables, rubber, local produce – everything and anything in fact! It’s a must-see for anyone whose stay in Bukit Lawang includes a Friday.

Our guide will meet you in Bukit Lawang and take you on a guided walk through the markets, sharing his local knowledge and connections along the way.

There will be plenty of time to stop and chat to vendors, sample some of the fresh produce, and take plenty of pictures of this fascinating hub of local village activity.