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6 Day North Sumatra Jungles Orangutans Overnight trek and Hot Springs

6 Day North Sumatra Jungles Orangutans Overnight trek and Hot Springs

By Sumatra Adventure Holidays
Our 6 Day North Sumatra Jungles, Orangutans, Overnight trek, Hot Springs Tour explores the best of North Sumatra, visiting  Bukit Lawang, Batu Kapal, Batu Rongring. This tour takes you off the beaten tourist track. Perfect for those that want to experience the real Sumatra! Highlights include an overnight orangutan jungle trek, wildlife spotting, a day trip to the hot springs and waterfall, visiting a cave and a  traditional medicine class. You will be amazed when you see the largest  recorded tree in Sumatra with  a 27 meter circumference!
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Duration: 6 days
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Live guide: English

  • Twin share standard guesthouse accommodation, toilet, cold water shower or traditional bucket/scoop
  • National Park fees
  • Driver
  • Local guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • 5 nights accommodation twin share
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

  • Medan, Medan, North Sumatra, Sumatra
Pickup details
  • Location Name: Centrally located Medan Accommodation or Bukit Lawang accommodation at 9am Return Location: To your Medan accommodation or Medan airport
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 35963P4

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required twin share
    • A maximum of 8 people per booking twin share
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 35963P4

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    • Sumatra Adventure Holidays
      Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
      Joined in June 2014
    • X6750GNphill
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A true Adventure Holiday in Sumatra
      I was one of a group of ten on a private group tour who spent 14 days on a tour/trek managed by Jaka. (Jaka has one of the best offices on the planet). I have the highest regard for Jaka and his team. His organisational skill to pull people into the comprehensive itinerary of our trip was fantastic and he was very flexible when circumstances determined that changes had to be made. Safe and appropriate transport was provided from Medan to Medan with highly skilled drivers. Accommodation standards in the jungle areas vary, so best to ask for a package that suits your budget. Jaka's ambition is to see as many of his fellow Indonesians involved in eco tourism as possible and as such he employs the use of indigenous resources wherever he possibly can. We had elements of adventure, of awe and of fabulous fun packed into our itinerary. We hiked up volcanoes, swam and walked along and in pristine jungle rivers. We saw orangutans in their habitat. We fed elephants in their own jungle setting. We had cultural experiences with local people. We visited their places of worship. Were shown through local villages riding on becaks. Jaka and Eddie delivered beyond my expectations.
      Written April 2, 2024
    • Navigator14784912418
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sumartra adventure holidays
      The tour was well organised, everything promised was delivered. The guides go the extra to ensure everything is right and are very friendly but still professional. Would certainly recommend the tour and the company. The tour was one which will always remain a special and unique experience for us thank you
      Written October 23, 2023
    • Keirbw
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A jungle trip of a lifetime.
      I cannot praise Eddie and his team enough. The whole experience was absolutely fantastic. My family (including a 17, 14 and an 11 year old) had an adventure of a life time. From the jungle treks, elephant experience, orangotan spotting, caves, off road motorbike ride and river tubing everything was organised really well and we always felt safe and well cared for. It was inspirational to see how Eddie is inspiring a new generation to care for their wildlife and change the engrained attitudes of the past. I would strongly recommend this trip and particularly Sumatra Adventure Holidays for a family experience that you will never forget!
      Written September 1, 2023
    • nico c
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An experience that i wont forget
      We did 5D/4N trek with This company, and its amazing. My first time seeing orang utan and others monkeys, the sceneries were really beautiful. The people were amazing and they treated u like family. Thank u so much for the experience team
      Written July 11, 2022
    • sharkiegirl
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      What an amazing adventure
      We have just come back from an amazing adventure. We booked in for the 8 day northern Sumatra adventure and we were not disappointed. It started off with them picking us up at our hotel in Medan, my friend who i was travelling with has an accident and injured her knee on the flight over, the guys went above and beyond to make her feel comfortable.. even stopping so she could buy some crutches before we headed to our first stop Bukit Lawang. Our drive was full of some informative information, good laughs and some terrible singing (on our behalf... Jaka was fantastic). Once we arrived at Bukit Lawang..our accomation for the next 3 days. We were made very welcome. The rooms are basic, but with a fan, beds are comfortable and mozzie nets. To be honest i did not expect anything else.. after all you are in the jungle. People are very friendly, the food is amazing, and the beers are chilled (they must of known a few aussies were coming as extra beer arrived just after us 🤣) our afternoon was free so we soaked up the atmosphere, had a swim in the river with the locals and had once again a fablous meal. The following day was a half day trek to look for the orangutans. With my friends knee still out of action it was just Jaka (our guide) and myself. Once again he was amazing.. pointing out and explain the rubber plants as we past by them.. we also saw quite a few monkeys on the trek up. Now i am not the fittest person, but Jaka was happy to go at my pace. Within about a hour we came across a family of orangutans ( a male, 2 females and a baby).. it is apparently unusal to see the male with the females. When we arrived there were about 40 other people there enjoying this breathtaking sight. After about 20 mins, Jaka asked if i wished to move on to look for others.. i told him i was happy to stay here and enjoy the moment.. once again Jaka was happy to go with the flow.. within half an hour everyone else had gone and we were rewarded with the orangutans coming down closer. I can not describe how i felt, having these amazing animals within meters of me.. (see photos). After this experience it was a short trek back to our hotel (they are not always in the same spot so you may need to trek a little further). I will admit the trek was a little breath taking at times,but the experience was rewarding. The following day we went out in a tut-tut. We were shown some rice patties, how they make palm sugar, tofu and on the way back i mentioned i wanted to taste some duran fruit.... it smells aweful, but tastes not as offesive.. i dont think i would have it again, but it is something to try. Our afternoon was free.. so we were back to the river.The following day we were heading to Tangkahn... ok the roads were a little "bumpy", but sit back and embrace the "sumatran massage", trust me once you are there it is worth it. This place is amazing.. we had a room with a view of the river, once again the food was amazing, you also get the chance to try the famous kopi lawak (poop coffee).. oh and we had live music(in the middle of the jungle) on the night. Our afternoon was spent washing the elephants or you could visit the hot springs.. we took the elephants.. after washing them, they repaid us with a shower. The following day was a long drive, but we were advised of that before we booked was a day of sight seeing.. having lunch while admiring a volcano..,and bad karako again.the day was finished with a smooth cruise across to Lake Toba. Wow this accomadation is stunning... breaktaking veiws (omg the sunsets).. the bed is comfortable... and for the first time in a few days.. hot water. We were spoilt here.. our guide (eino) and driver (tair)... sorry if they are spelt wrong. Were such gentlemen and the best hosts... we even woke up to freshly picked mangos.nothing was to much trouble... (i left my phone where we had lunch, and the boys were happy to get it for me). Learning the history of the area was very intresting (and suprising) i wont ruin it for you. Over the 8 days, we learnt alot about the people and the enviroment that makes up Sumatra. i felt we became more friends than tour guide and client. Once again i can not recommend these guys enough. I will however advise you to make sure you pack some toilet paper... as not every where you go has some, also the bed only have a fitted sheet, if you like to sleep with a flat sheet take one.. remember you are visiting anither country so be ooen Nd embrace their way of life and i am sure you will also have a ball...
      Written August 23, 2019
    • SusannahLW
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Trip of a lifetime!
      My family spent 6 wonderful days in North Sumatra and enjoyed 3 different adventures with Sumatra Adventure Holiday, all wonderful. Trip #1 was a 6 hour trek with Amin and Eddy. We saw 7 or 8 orangutans, including babies,moms, and one adult male. Our guides were fantastic and we will always remember it. Trip ended with tubing down the river back to town. So much fun! When we drifted into town tons of little kids jumped up on our tubes eager to practice their English. So cute! All of the guides were incredibly knowledgeable, joyful, and we felt very safe the entire time. We also had a wonderful lunch. If you choose to do this trek, bring plenty of water and bug spray. Be prepared to sweat a lot. It is worth it! Trip#2 was white water rafting with Dede (spell?), an extremely talented boatsman who is also a very educated and sophisticated person with excellent English. The trip to the launch point includes some very rough roads, so you need to be prepared for that, but rafting was so fun and worth the bumpy ride to get there. There was enough water to be exciting, but not scary. We did not see one other tourist on this entire trip. Again, fantastic lunch and very safe and well trained guides. Trip#3 was a walk along the river and then straight up to a waterfall. Got to hang with Eddy again as the apprentice guide and were led by Kevri. Kevri’s english is excellent and we had a great time. The river walk was easy and fun, lots of swimming opportunities and monkeys, the waterfall walk was straight up, so bring hiking shoes. Again, did not see one tourist the entire time and we had the waterfall all to ourselves. I’m a 47-year-old woman who is relatively fit, but between the heat and the incline I was wiped out. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, tevas for river, hiking shoes for trek up to waterfall. You can combine this trip with visit to the jungle school. Everything about Sumatra adventure holiday was excellent. Sue is very knowledgeable and good at listening to your group’s particular needs. To enjoy this, you need to be OK with the heat and be someone who is willing to walk a lot and open to change, things don’t always go exactly the way you expect, and you need to be OK with that.
      Written August 19, 2019
    • ronny694
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Tour!
      Upon arrival we were met at the airport by Amin and the driver seamlessly and set off on our tour. The driving in Sumatra is questionable however our driver was very safe and not once did we feel in danger on the roads. The whole trip was very well organised and there was never a time when we weren’t sure of what we were doing. Amin was great at introducing us to local foods and spots, and we never felt pressured to buy anything. Overall the accommodation was a higher standard than we were expecting after opting for the ‘budget’ tour. There is a lot of travelling with this tour, but we found that we could sleep for a lot of it. It was was also very flexible and we could stop anywhere if we wanted to take pictures, buy food, or simply to stretch our legs. None of the activities felt rushed or dragged out, and if extra time was available Amin always had a suggestion to make the most of our trip. Amin and Rio’s knowledge and experience in the jungle was excellent and they took us away from the crowds into more challenging and rewarding parts of the jungle. As a result we were very fortunate to have a long and memorable encounter with one of the orangutans and her baby. If you chose to stay a night in the jungle then take something extra  to sleep on (the ground is very hard). Amin introduced us to many local trees and plants and what they are used for in Indonesia. The food provided in the jungle was excellent – far better than anything we had eaten in Indonesia this far (though the scenery had its part to play in that). Whilst in Bukit Lawang, Amin invited us to join play football with his friends which was great fun (despite the heat). Amin was an excellent guide, lots of fun, very knowledgeable, and as he would say, made us feel like a brother .
      Written July 28, 2019
    • aaronzisterer
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome jungle experience
      Our tour guide Ibo and his assistant Edi where such a great Team. The had a lot of knowledge, even a better eye to show us the animals and could answer us all our questions. We also did a stop where we got some fruits and a nice talk. For any question to plan this trip I can also recommend the guy behind everything, who helped me a lot and was easy to talk over what's app. Thanks for the great day to the hole Team. Aaron
      Written July 27, 2019
    • KathyR1308
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      14 day trip
      When I left Australia, the trip was planned with several options. Arrived at Medan only to find my luggage was still in KL. When finally an official accompanied me out of the luggage area, the driver and another guest were waiting and the issue of where to deliver the luggage quickly solved. So we headed off to Bukit Lawang and overnighting there before the motorbike transfer to the forest retreat. Having visited during construction I was amazed at the changes. Construction finished landscaping and the pool done! Room was delightful as was the food. Food bought fresh daily and prepared by staff who have all had Safe Food Handling Training. No Bali Belly here! All staff were helpful and understanding of lack of language skills and keen to speak English and share their knowledge. On the last morning I woke to see a mum and young orangutan outside the window. Watched them for 30min before they moved on. A real buzz Over the rest of the time we did some of the "set" activities eg the very large tree that involved a wonderful forest walk, and some options that had arisen in the previous 3 weeks. We were given information and asked of we would like to do. And that spontaneity added to the experience. Generally we could go at our own pace and saw many interesting and unexpected things eg invite to a Karonese wedding and a stay at a Catholic nun retreat. This was my third trip with this organisation and each has been different and better than the last. I am now planning a return trip in 2020 with my 8yo granddaughter. I know that both of us will be well looked after and have a great time.
      Written April 8, 2019
    • Henners54
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not value for money
      Northern Sumatra is a rare and beautiful place with lots to see and do, the people are welcoming and kind, the food delicious and you have the opportunity to see and learn so much in a short time. We have just completed this tour and there were some serious highs; unfortunately there were also some serious lows. First the positives: The tour took us to most of the places we wished to visit and thanks to our wonderful guide Ebo we were able to get within metres of orangutans in the jungle. The hotels were of a good standard and our driver Tial was a safe driver although his car is very old and barely roadworthy. The negatives: Tial speaks very little English so there were real problems organising things with him; it also meant that he could not tell us what to expect when we arrived anywhere which lead to some serious problems. He could not provide a commentary of what we were seeing during the many hours we spent on the road. We were promised English speaking guides at each place we visited and had to contact the company to get one although he was with us for only one day. For the rest of the time we were left with Tial with the exception of the jungle trek with Ebo. So two of the reasons we paid a premium to this company ~ the provision of an experienced English speaking guide and above standard hotels were not delivered. Naturally we fed this back to the company at the time and we received a patronising reply that as we were in a 3rd world country we should 'go with the flow.' We are active just retired folk who have many years experience travelling in the 3rd world however we want a level of comfort and we want to learn as much as we can about where we visit and we are prepared to pay for the privilege. This company promised to meet those requirements however did not do so. We also saw other visitors and guides from other companies on the trip who were receiving far more information and much better organisation than we were, so we suggest that if you are looking for a complete and well managed experience in Sumatra you look elsewhere as we can not recommend Sumatra Adventures.
      Written January 18, 2019
    • terry p
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Four day Trek was Awesome
      What an adventure!! We were picked up from our hotel by our tour guide Ivan and drove in style to Bukit Lawang about 4 hours drive. We stayed the first night in a great Guesthouse and had the whole day to explore. The next day our guides Ivan and Tony picked us up and we started the adventure, both guides were brilliant and really helped us both knowledgeable and knew the jungle very well within hours we had located a couple of orangutans. That night we stayed in a tent by the river and were provided a banquet in the jungle for dinner. The next day we made our way to the conservation building at Batu Kapal where we stayed over night with the option to go in the morning for more nature spotting ( we opted not to but wish we had as they spotted two more orangutans, we managed to see them only as we were leaving) we opted for the river route as it was a lot quicker. All in all one of the best ( and exhausting) thing Ive ever done and couldn’t be happier I did it. The guides were professional and fun throughout. Two things to point you in the best direction 1. Get picked up straight from the airport don’t bother staying in Medan it is not a nice place and the tour will arrange direct pick up for you 2. If you get the time spend it at Bukit Lawang or Batu Kapel after your adventure you won’t regret it, both places are amazing, relaxed and the people are great.
      Written January 15, 2019
    • office608
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Face to face
      We did a 3 days trip with Jouri, a really nice guy from He and his team cared us a lot. Sweating was forgotten completely when they found the big orange in the mountains. So great! Unique impressions just 5 feet away from the male orang. Meals and everything were typically indonesian and right enough. Very informed and explaining guides! The camp could be a little bit more comfortable but there is nothing to complain. Who wants a real dschungle adventure - do this! Thanks to the guys, whose do a lot of hard work to satisfy their guests!
      Written August 6, 2018
    • annawoolman
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      It will be hard to top this holiday!
      From start to finish of our 10 day trek/tour it was absolutely phenomenal. In the run up, Sue was really accommodating and quick to answer any questions/requests we had in terms of adjustments to the tour to fit everything we wanted to do in. Me and my boyfriend had a private tour with our guide Jaka and a driver for the whole time. We’ve never met nicer people than those we met in Sumatra and especially Bukit Lawang. So welcoming and kind. The tour itself was amazing and felt so personal. The eco lodge we stayed in at the end of our trip was exactly the tranquility we needed and it was great to have a cooking lesson with Mutha who managed the lodge with her husband. Overall the whole holiday was the perfect combination of action, adventure, delicious food and peacefulness just went you needed it. We’ll never forget our experience with Sumatra Adventure Holidays and Jaka and his friends. It was also a pleasure to meet Sue who along with Jaka is such an inspiration. We’re itching to come back ASAP and couldn’t recommend this company or Sumatra enough. The only thing I would mention is that if you are wanting a more secluded trek experience I’d advise going trekking for a longer trek. Ours was only one day of real trekking which didn’t take us too far from Bukit Lawang and there was lots of other tourists around despite us being there out of season! However we did see orangutans pretty much straight away. Next time we go we will look to go trekking for a longer period to get a more ‘authentic’ trek experience.
      Written June 28, 2018
    • asfrank
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      On of the best experiences of my life. Jaka is the best guide cause he knows all the secret spots in the jungle (which he knows like the back of his hand). It was my birthday on the treck and Jaka and the other guides made me a huge fruit platter wih decorations. It was beautiful. This was the coolest experience of my life. Thanks Jaka and jimmy you rock!
      Written June 27, 2018
    • Matt M
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      One of the best experiences of my life!
      I can not recommend this trip enough through Sumatra adventure holidays. Sue organised everything for us, including pick up from the airport ( a very friendly driver was waiting for us). As soon as we arrived in Bukit Lawang we were made to feel welcome by Jakka and some of the other residents of the village. Everyone had a smile on theire face. The village was breathtaking and felt as if we were in the jungle already. We were greatful to be able to jump straight in the river after playing some football with the locals. We did a trek and overnight stay in the jungle. I have done a few treks in the past but have never seen as much biodiversity as I came across on this occasion. We saw orangutangs, macaques and other types of monkey, massive monitor lizards, a tortoise and a green pit viper amoungst other creatures. Once we arrived at the camp we had a quick swim and wash in the river. Then I was blown away by how good the food was. There was a buffet laid out for us of curries and other Indonesian dishes. My friend who came with us is vegan so there were loads of tasty Tempe and tofu dishes as well. We felt safe and well looked after throughout the entire trip. Great for couples/families or friends. Would highly reccomend. Matt/Ellie/Joe
      Written May 16, 2018
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles2 reviews
    Very good

    Hazel M
    Markham, Ont.106 contributions
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    Jun 2024 • Couples
    My husband and I have recently returned from a wonderful trip to Indonesia, spending 6 days in Sumartra.

    From the moment we were picked up at our hotel in Medan we were spoilt by the friendly and kind Jaka and the members of his teams at Sumartra Adventure Holidays.

    After staying overnight at the Happy Ria Homestay at Bukit Lawang, we set off for a six hour trek into the Gunung Leuser National Park. This is a strenuous trek in very hot, humid conditions. Here, we were lucky enough to see many orangutans and other monkeys. Our guide, Teddy and assistant guide, Eddie, were very attentive, helping me climb up and down hills in the jungle. We camped for the night in tents near a river and enjoyed fabulous food prepared by our guides.

    Our next stop was a villa on a conservation site where Santa, a very friendly and informative staff member, advised us about volunteers monitoring wild orangutans in the area After a fast motorbike ride back to Bukit Lawang, we were driven to Batu Rongring, where we hiked to view an enormous tree in the middle of the jungle. We stayed overnight in a guesthouse in Tangkahan, overlooking the river.

    In the morning, we hiked into the jungle again where we saw a mother elephant, her baby and another young female elephant. Our guide, Bim, gave us pineapple to feed to the elephants which was a special treat for us.

    After our hike, we were driven to our last stop at a glamping site, set high above the river. We were transported across the river on a bamboo raft, which was a neat experience. After another delicious meal in the evening, Jaka had arranged for a local musician to entertain us . What a special treat to finish off a fantastic time spent with wonderful guides and other members of Jaka’s staff.

    Our last fun experience was a trip down the river in an inner tube raft, before heading back to our hotel in Medan.

    We would like to thank Jaka for an unforgettable holiday with him and his fantastic teams. We do not hesitate to highly recommend him and his tour company.
    Written July 2, 2024
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    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2019
    We travelled to the Philippines and Flores before moving on to our adventure in Sumatra. We'd booked with Sumatra Adventure Holidays and Sue was absolutely fantastic with all of the communication. We had a 12 hour delay in Denpasar but were able to re-arrange the pick-up time with Amin (our brilliant guide) so as could get a few hours sleep! Amin was superb throughout and treated us as family.
    The trip was exactly what we wanted to do, trekking in the jungle (and overnight stay) away from the other tourists. Washing the elephants - which we thought may be a bit tacky, but was great fun. Other treks up a volcano - all was very professional. We finished up with 3 days R & R at Lake Toba which was very nice. Very very pleased we chose to book with this company - would highly recommend
    Written August 13, 2019
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