6-Day Orangutan and Meditation Retreat Itinerary
Day 1: Stay at Sumatra Orangutan Discovery Villa in Bukit Lawang. Your accommodation will be a garden villa.
Day 2: Embark on your ethical jungle trek with your knowledgeable local guide. Hopefully, you’ll spot lots of interesting wild animals, although as with any kind of sustainable wildlife spotting, sightings are never guaranteed. After you have completed your trek in the late afternoon, you’ll get your adrenaline pumping with a fun-filled raft ride back to Bukit Lawang where you’ll stay another night in Sumatra Orangutan Discovery Villa.
Day 3: Start the day with a hearty breakfast and then pull on your boots and prepare to embark on your hike to the remote meditation retreat. Located on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park, this hike provides another opportunity to spot wildlife. You have the afternoon free to relax, swim or use the meditation hall for self-guided yoga or meditation practice. You will stay overnight in the meditation retreat. There is a choice of three accommodation options for the retreat: shared dorm, private hut or private cottage room.
Day 4: Get ready for a full day of meditation activities, led by a local English-speaking instructor. Activities include the following:
- Body scan: Typically involves laying flat or seated. Under instruction from your guide, you focus on different parts of the body and hone in on various bodily sensations.
- Walking meditation: A mindfulness activity where you bring your focus to the ground beneath your feet. In this meditation, you will use walking as a way to focus your mind and relax.
- Eating meditation: A sensory meditation that allows you to focus on the differing textures, feelings and tastes while you eat. This aims to encourage a greater connection to food.
Day 5: You will have the morning to relax at the meditation retreat. After lunch, you’ll set off on the guided hike back to the garden bungalow at Sumatra Orangutan Discovery Villa in Bukit Lawang. En route, you’ll stop at a bat cave.
Day 6: Depart Bukit Lawang.
4-Day Orangutan and Meditation Retreat Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Bukit Lawang and stay overnight at Sumatra Orangutan Discovery Villa.
Day 2: You’ll head into the jungle with your local guide for your ethical trek to the meditation retreat. Keep your eyes peeled for a range of wildlife including Thomas leaf monkeys, water monitor lizards, short-tailed macaques and orangutans! When you arrive at the meditation retreat, you will stay in whichever room you have booked. There are three accommodation options: shared dorm, private hut or private cottage room.
Day 3: You’ll enjoy half a day of meditation activities led by a local English-speaking instructor. After lunch, you’ll head into the jungle once more to trek back to Bukit Lawang. Upon arrival, you’ll sleep at Sumatra Orangutan Discovery Villa in the garden bungalow.
Day 4: Depart Bukit Lawang.
Additional return transport to Medan is $104USD extra per group (the car can hold 4 people). Please inform us if this is something you’re interested in when you book.
Sumatra Orangutan Discovery – Responsible wildlife jungle treks
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Why we chose Sumatra Orangutan Discovery
Sumatra Orangutan Discovery is built on a Welsh-Indonesian partnership. The team are passionate about giving travellers an unforgettable experience exploring Northern Sumatra and the Gunung Leuser National Park.
Through their responsible and sustainable ethos, they provide jobs for local people through partnerships with local guides, artists and farmers. All of the guides adhere to the jungle guidelines set by the Indonesia Tourist Guides Association and practice only ethical trekking which does not harm the environment or the wildlife that live there.
As well as offering bucket list experiences, all of their profits are spent in Bukit Lawang and are also used to help the local community. This is a company with a conscience (not to mention a huge passion)!
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