Orangutan Eco Jungle Trekking | From BUKIT LAWANG, INDONESIA

  • Make unforgettable memories on an eco-jungle trek to see the Sumatran Orangutan in the wild! 
  • Visit the Gunung Leuser National Park with a sustainable company.
  • Different length treks available. 
  • Spot rare and beautiful wildlife in its natural habitat!
  • All guides follow ethical jungle guidelines set by the Indonesian Tourist Guides Association.

From $60.00

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Half-day Trekking Itinerary (3-4 hours)

Easy/Moderate Trek

This trek is a great option for travellers who are tight on time. Although we never guarantee wildlife sightings, during this four-hour trek through Gunung Leuser National Park you have the opportunity to see both wild and semi-wild Sumatran orangutans, water monitor lizards, Thomas leaf monkeys, long and short-tailed macaques, Sumatran peacocks, different species of gibbon and silvery lutungs.

Your transport will leave Bukit Lawang at around 8.30 am.​ After arriving at the National Park, you will have the opportunity to trek a few kilometres through the jungle, all the time keeping your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife. There will be a stop where you can enjoy a fresh fruit platter

At around 12.30 pm, you will return to Bukit Lawang. There is an option to raft back to the start point for an additional fee of $11 USD. 

Full-day Trekking Itinerary (6 hours)

Easy/Moderate Trek

This full-day trekking experience is a good choice if you want to explore the jungle but have no desire to camp there. During your trek, you have the chance of seeing wild and semi-wild Sumatran orangutans, the Sumatran peacock, Thomas leaf monkeys, long and short-tailed macaques, different species of gibbon, water monitor lizards and the silvery lutung

Lunch is provided and there will also be a platter of fresh fruit for guests to enjoy. There is the option to raft back to the starting point of the trek for an additional $11USD per person. 

2-Day Trekking Itinerary

Easy/Moderate Trek + Rafting included

Day 1

​A two-day trek is a popular option for backpackers who are looking to have an unforgettable experience exploring the jungle. 

You will spend the day trekking through the Gunung Leuser National Park, where there will be the opportunity to spot Sumatran wild and semi-wild orangutans, kingfisher birds (not the same as you get in the UK!), water monitor lizards, Thomas leaf monkeys, slow loris’, wild boars, long and short macaques, hornbills, different gibbon species and silvery lutungs

After the day’s trekking, you will stop to camp close to a small river. Here you will spend the evening relaxing with your peers and guide and also enjoy a local meal prepared by your camp chef. There will be the opportunity to learn traditional games and sing songs before you fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle around you. 

Day 2

The following morning you will be provided with a delicious breakfast and coffee or tea. There will be a chance to visit a beautiful waterfall before making the exhilarating raft ride back to the start point of the trek. 

3-Day Trekking Itinerary

Easy/Moderate Trek + Rafting included

The three-day trek offers a high chance of wildlife spotting. Animals you could see include: Sumatran orangutans (both wild and semi-wild), different types of gibbon, hornbills, Kingfishers, wild boars, the Sunda slow loris, monitor lizards, Long and short-tailed macaques, Asiatic soft-shell turtle, Water monitor lizard, Sumatran Peacock, Thomas leaf monkey, Silvery lutung and the giant red flying squirrel. 

Day 1

​You will leave your accommodation in Bukit Lawang at around 8.30 am with your guide. Throughout the day there will be a good chance of spotting both wild and semi-wild orangutans. Your trekking route will take you deeper into the jungle and your guide will teach you about the landscape. You will also have the opportunity to learn about Sumatra’s traditional medicinal plants

Your first campsite is next to a beautiful river and you should expect to arrive there at some point during the afternoon. The evening meal will be provided by the camp chef who will cook a variety of local dishes for you to sample. Evening entertainment is mostly up to you, but there is the option to learn traditional games and sing songs

The night’s accommodation will be in a tent with an inflatable mattress, bedding and mosquito net. Be prepared for an unforgettable night as the jungle sings you to sleep. 

Day 2

The following morning, coffee or tea will be provided alongside breakfast before you set off for another 5-6 hour hike. You will head through the jungle towards the Bohorok River where it is possible to see black gibbons and wild orangutans. 

During the afternoon, you will arrive at your camp for the night which is located close to the river. You will have the evening to relax and another local meal will be provided. 

Day 3

On your final day, you will wake to a delicious breakfast with tea or coffee. There will also be the opportunity to hike to a stunning waterfall before enjoying a raft ride back to the starting point of the trek. The raft itself is built based on local tradition and is made from rubber tyres. Don’t worry though, your guide will steer you down the river! 

You will arrive back in Bukit Lawang any 2 pm. 

Please note All of these tours normally require a minimum of 3 people. If you are booking any of these treks as a solo traveller or in a pair, we will try to join you with an existing group, which may mean that we suggest an alternative date to you. If it is not possible to get a group of 3 together, the traveller(s) will need to pay the corresponding quantity to cover the costs as though 3 people were travelling. Ie. solo travellers will need to pay 3x the listed price. A pair of travellers will have to pay 1.5x the listed price per person.


Sumatra Orangutan Discovery – Responsible wildlife jungle treks

The South East Asia Backpacker Community have tried and tested adventures across the region and handpicked a selection of only the BEST companies to work with.

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)!

What's Included

  • All meals as stated
  • Fresh fruit platter
  • English speaking tour guide
  • National Park permit
  • Rafting – if stated in the tour description


Can you guarantee I will see orangutans on my trek?

Whilst wild orangutans are frequently spotted on our treks, we cannot guarantee that you will see them. Despite this, there are many semi-wild orangutans from a rehabilitation project and these are easy to see.

I am a vegetarian/vegan. Can you cater for me?

Yes, please let us know of any dietary requirements when you book.

What if my group does not have the minimum of three people?

If you book this trip as a solo traveller we will try to team you up with another group. If you would prefer to trek solo, you can do a private trek.The cost is 110USD for one day, or 198USD for two days or three days.

If you are a group of 2 people and you book a trek that has a minimum of 3 people needed, you would need to pay the extra cost (e.g. if you are a group of two, you will need to pay for three) or you can ask to be paired with an existing group if you don’t mind trekking with other people.

Is Bukit Lawang a malaria zone?

Bukit Lawang is not in a malaria zone but we still advise travellers to avoid getting bitten whenever possible. Mosquito repellant, long sleeved tops and long trousers are recommended when trekking in the jungle. For overnight treks we provide mosquito nets.

What should I wear to hike?

  • Hiking shoes
  • Spare pair of shoes (to get wet)
  • Long trousers
  • Quick dry t-shirt
  • Raincoat
  • Warm jacket or sweater

What should I bring?

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Change of clothes
  • Suncream
  • Swimming clothes
  • Camera
  • Personal medication
  • Towel
  • Toilet paper

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 72 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 72 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is more than 72 hours before the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link OR upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.

Why Book With Us?

Hi, I’m Nikki and I started South East Asia Backpacker in 2008 after my own first solo backpacking trip! My vision was to create a travel diary for everyone, a place for travellers to share their experiences from the road. After backpacking and writing about Southeast Asia for over 10 years, I saw the opportunity to provide backpackers with the kind of experiences that I’d treasured myself in the region!

Today, there is so much choice, but there are a lot of poor-quality tours and companies that offer mediocre experiences with little care for the environment. I wanted to create a selection of the best tours and activities to help backpackers avoid scams and dodgy tour companies.

Today, I run this website with my partner, Dave, from Spain, where we live with our energetic two-year-old daughter, Evie. All of the bookable activities that you will find on this website have been vetted by a member of our team and we have a friendly relationship with the operator. There are real humans behind South East Asia Backpacker and we are passionate about sustainable travel and development in Southeast Asia.

We are committed to helping travellers at every stage of the journey and understand that plans can change which is why we offer a full discount on the deposit up to 48 hours before the start of your trip, no questions asked. We offer advice on flights, visas, itineraries, hostels, backpacks, packing and more!

If you have any questions about our business or any of the tours that we provide, feel free to contact me on Whatsapp.

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