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“Amazing adventure!”
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Expedition Jungle
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Owner description: Expedition Jungle guarantees a professional, safe, eco friendly adventure tour to those looking to experience the wilds of Gunung Leuser National park and the natural beauty of North Sumatra. We are a fully registered, insured and licensed Indonesian and UK tour operator. We have a proven track record for providing trips to families, honeymooners and budget travellers looking for an alternative to the beach holiday. We only use licensed, local, English speaking guides with a profound knowledge of the park and the flora and fauna within. Contact us for a no obligation offer for your trip to North Sumatra. Join one of our fixed date, group tours or let us create a tailormade itinerary to fit your schedule.
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Dartmoor, Australia
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Amazing adventure!”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

I went on the 6 day jungle trek which would be one of the best things I've ever done!
Our guide Edy was amazing with his jungle knowledge, humour and incredible stories!
The trek itself was beautiful and we saw monkeys, gibbons, Orangutans, snapping turtles, tortoises, tree snakes, chameleons and so much more.
The camps are beautiful by the river and the food everyday was incredible!

Visited January 2014
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“Jungletrek Jungletrek in bukit Lawang! See the monkeys see the birds see urang utang! HEY!”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

We went on the 9 days tiger-trek with this organisation.
Our guides Selemat and Bendi were really helpful and skillful during our trek.
The food they cook up in the jungle was simply AMAZING! Also: "Is for eating not for looking!"
We spotted: a peacock, Black and white gibbons, makaks, thomasleaf monkeys, a giant lizard, And of course we saw Orang Utangs we saw a lone adolescent male , and a mother with a realy cute baby. she came so close we could almost touch her.
This was sincerely one of the best experience in my life. The Sumatran Jungle is astounding in all its glory. I recommend Selemat and Bendi as guides they are really skillful in spotting animals and making camp!
Be prepared tho if you go for the 9 day tigertrek make sure your condition is good and bring sturdy shoes.

Visited July 2013
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Ballarat, Australia
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15 reviews
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“Nature at its finest!”
Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

We did the 5 day bukit lawang and tangkahan trip. The 2 day jungle trek was amazing. Exceeded my expectations. Beautiful location, incredible opportunity to watch the orangutans and so many other monkeys, apes, birds even turtles! Camping out in the jungle and dinner by the fire was lots of fun. So relaxed and peaceful. The guides were all lovely and enthusiastic. Happy to answer any questions. The food in the guesthouses was delicious. Food on the trek was pretty good too! Definitely put this on your to do list. You won't regret it!!

Visited December 2013
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Australia
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13 reviews
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“Fantastic Adventure”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

What a fantastic adventure!
We booked well in advance and I cannot praise Claire enough, she was informative and prompt with emails.
There were a total of 7 people in our group.

Many locals were surprised when we said we were doing the 6 day Jungle Trek! To get the true jungle experience you have to go the long haul! It is not an easy trek, with up and down hills, but they are not huge mountains, probably what makes it difficult is the humidity.

The day after we arrived in Bukit Lawang we had a "practice" trek day - up the hill to the feeding platform and then taking the long way back to the village. This day is a good indication of what each day will be like on the trek (minus running into so many other tourists). This is the day that you will decide if you can carry your back pack - something they don't tell you is that you can hire a porter. As we were trekking for 6 days we opted for a porter so that we could enjoy the experience more, and I have to say I am so glad we did!

Each day of trekking ranges from about 5-6 hours with breaks.

Most of the trekking is up and down hills, some of them quite steep and slippery in places. Shoes with good traction are a must. When you get to the top of a hill and stop to rest be sure to check in your boots (between your toes) for leeches. The leeches are much more considerate than the ones in Australia – they are smaller and they don’t seem to itch as much after they have feasted! Mosquitoes were not a problem, there are more where I live in Australia! Having said that, a good repellent that contains DEET is highly recommended.
There is one day of river trekking, the water may well come up to your upper thighs, so quick drying shorts are best. In some places the current can be strong so it is advisable to wear water shoes that don’t slip off easily. If you are frightened you might fall in the water take some zip lock bags for anything that shouldn't get wet.

You are trekking in a National Park so there are no facilities. Be prepared to rough it!
Camping is very basic. Some of the crew will arrive before your group and have erected the makeshift sleeping quarters. These comprise of a flat bit of ground, with bamboo poles erected and covered with plastic. There is plastic on the ground, and they supply a very thin yoga mat. For the longer treks it is a great idea to buy a self-inflating sleeping mat.

There are NO toilets. You will have to walk into the jungle and find somewhere out of view to relieve yourself (hoping that you haven’t accidentally stepped where someone has previously been …. ). A couple of girls in our group had a product called a Shewee – basically it is a urine funnel! Google it and see if it will work for you!

Each camp site is next to a small river (more like a creek) and you can wash and freshen up each afternoon when you arrive at your camp. Baby wipes are also handy – a shower in a packet!

The food prepared by the crew on the trek is absolutely amazing! It is mostly vegetarian, unless you catch some fish which is highly likely. You will be amazed with the gastronomical creations you are dished up for every meal! You can take snacks with you but it is not necessary.
Carry a camel pack that holds at least 1 litre of water – the crew will boil water each day to fill your drinking vessels. The water can taste a little smoky but you get used to it after a day! You could flavour it with electrolyte powder or berocca.

Most days you will arrive at your camp around 2pm. Take cards, a book, or a game of some kind. There are a few hours of down-time while the crew set up camp and prepare the evening meal. We always travel with a mini Rummikub and this game was a hit with everyone including one of our guides who would come running if he heard the tiles rattle!

On the last day you will tube down the river back to Bukit Lawang. After 5 days trekking in the jungle it was joyous to see the crew all enjoying themselves, laughing and splashing water as they guided the tubes down the river. Apply sunscreen on this day – otherwise you will get sunburnt!

Be sure to get to know the local people guiding you through the jungle. Each and everyone one of them contributes something amazing to make your holiday as enjoyable and pleasurable as possible. Although they will tell you they don’t speak English they understand more than they admit and they will appreciate your efforts in communicating with them.

I highly recommend Expedition Jungle and unquestionably loved my experience trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Visited June 2013
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Queenscliff, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Well worth the cost”
Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Was a bit concerned wirh the cost compared with other companies but I was hugely impressed with the whole trip.
From the start Claire was prompt and honest in her replays to my many questions and changes in schedual. Thanks
Great guide Iwan he's so in touch with the environment and has a deep respect for the Ourangutans and all other jungle life.
Amazing food at every stop, great to have coffee in the jungle too..
Transport was good, accommodation awesome we stayed a Sams amazing hospitality
Went to the remote elephant tours and loved the remoteness and contact with the locals.
I will happliy say how impressed I was with the entire operation
Great job

Visited July 2013
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