Four Day Mini Survival Trek

Highlights

See the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan in its natural habitat, you will earn memories to last a lifetime - walking, sleeping, living in the vast tropical rainforest jungle.

Spend three nights at three different jungle camps, enjoying meals expertly prepared by our guides.

Learn jungle survival techniques as you find a prepare your food in the jungle.

Get hot and sweaty walking up narrow jungle trails - and then wash it all off in a cool mountain stream..

Enjoy the thrills of our jungle raft down the river on your return to your guesthouse.

The four-day trek allows you to go deeper into the jungle, and explore more points within it.

At Bukit Lawang there are two main rivers - the Bohorok, which runs through the village, and the Landak which runs a few kilometres south (the Landak is a tributary of the Bohorok, feeding into it around 5km downstream, on the road towards Medan; the Bohorok in turn merges into the Wampu river, just passed the town of Bohorok a further 5 or 6km towards Medan). The Jamur Batu stream is between them, running into the Landak.

Most of the treks run in the jungle south of the Bohorok, and then return to the village by tubing down the river.

For the four day trek we might camp on the Jamur Batu, at Adi Black camp on the first night, for the second night at Ekor, on the Bohorok river, and for the third night on Namoreh, further up the Bohorok. On the fourth day we walk up stream, to where the Alor stream feeds into the Bohorok, and there we will tube down.

Our expert guides will guide you in a group of no more than six people (unless your own group is larger than this size, in which case we can go larger) to maximise the quality of your wildlife encounter. They will point out some of the many species of animal, bird and medicinal plants that you will see in the forest. They will cook your meals while you are in the jungle, and hold your hand if you are finding it tough going on the slippery hill trails that make up the lowland rainforest (reaching up to 1000 metres above sea level) at Bukit Lawang. Their motto is to 'keep smiling, because orangutans don't like sad faces'. Maybe this is true, or maybe not, but either way they will ensure your trip is a memorable experience of a lifetime.

On our third day you will help us, spend time fishing, looking for jungle fruits and vegetables, which we will cook for you for dinner.

On our fourth day we will be back Bukit Lawang by later afternoon, having returned either by 'jungle raft' (walking also possible).

Some major species commonly seen:

* Sumatran orangutan
* Thomas's langur (Thomas leaf monkey) - unique to northern Sumatra
* Wreathed hornbill
* Crab-eating macaque (long-tailed macaque)
* Southern pig-tailed macaque
* Water monitor
* Reticulated python
* Wagler's pit viper
* Asiatic softshell turtle
* Malayan giant squirrel

Less common:
* Great argus (Sumatran peacock)
* Dhole (wild dog)
* Silvery lutung (silver leaf monkey)
* Sumatran lar gibbon (white-handed gibbon)
* Siamang (black gibbon)
* Wild boar (banded pig)
* Lesser mouse-deer
* Red giant flying squirrel
* Deer

Other species present, but rare to see:

* Sunda slow loris
* Sumatran tiger
* Sumatran rhinoceros
* Sumatran elephant
* Malayan sun bear
* Clouded leopard
Note: itinerary is indicative only, variations are possible due to weather conditions (in the rainy season we will try to reach camp earlier, as it normally rains in later afternoon) and the characteristics of the group (e.g., we can make the trek longer or shorter according to your physical condition).

Day 1:
9am: Your guide will meet you at your guesthouse, and you will join with the other guests joining the trek (if applicable, and there won't be more than six people in your group).

9:15am (approximate): Walk to the entrance to the national park, near the Ecolodge guesthouse.

9:30am (approximate): Enter into the national park, trek through the jungle, keeping an eye out for wildlife including of course orangutans.

Noon: break for lunch. Typically fried rice, which we bring from the village, plus a variety of tropical fruit (depending on the season), such as pineapple, passion fruit, bananas, rambutan and tangerines.

1pm: trek to our overnight camp, keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way.

4-5pm: arrive at the camp. Our guides will prepare a fire, and cook your dinner of curry, rice, and other local foods, with tea, coffee, and fresh water. After dinner you can relax, chat, join a camp fire singalong, or play games such as cards or dominoes.

Bedtime: sleep under our 'jungle tent', a large wooden frame covered with a plastic sheet.

Day 2:
9am: We eat breakfast together

10am: trek from the day 1 campsite towards our second camp

Noon: lunch - fruit, noodles

1pm: continue walking

4pm: reach our second camp. This will be beside a river so you have the opportunity to swim and relax while our guides prepare your meal.

Day 3:
9am: We eat breakfast together

10am: Gather wild food in the jungle, ferns, fish, fruit.

1pm: Lunch - from the food you gathered

2pm: Walk upstream towards our final camp

4pm: Reach camp, prepare dinner

Day 4:

9am: We eat breakfast together

10am: trek from the campsite towards the Bohorok river (assuming returning by tubing).

Noon: lunch - fruit, noodles

2pm: Board the jungle raft down the Bohorok river back to the village - around 1 hour (option: walk back instead). We exit the river next to Wisma Sibayak guesthouse.

3pm: end of trek

What to bring

You need to bring a small backpack containing changes of clothes, swimsuit, mosquito repellent, sun block, and camera. We recommend that you keep your packing 'to the point' - many travellers have been defeated by their own pack. You do not need to bring more than your own personal items, but on the other hand lightweight items such as light t-shirts do not weigh too much and a change of clothes each day will make your trip much more pleasant.

You also need to bring at least one large (1.5l) bottle of water, for each person, this you can buy locally for around $0.50.

Jungle clothing choices are flexible. You can wear either long or short clothing, longer clothing will keep the sun and mosquitoes away, but it needs to be lightweight as the weather is hot (around 30C) and humidity is near 100%. At night the temperatures will go down to around 22C, so it's neither hot nor cold for sleeping.

Footwear is quite important - never wear new shoes on a trip, please 'break them in', by wearing them first for a week or two, so that they don't cause blisters. You can be sure that your shoes will get wet in the jungle. For this reason avoid 'Gore-Tex' waterproof shoes, as these are designed to keep water out, which means that once they get wet (which they will), they will never dry get dry. Lightweight walking shoes or walking sandals (not flip-flops) are a good choice. Boots might be too hot for our conditions. If you are wearing sandals, please ensure that they are not slippery between your feet and the shoe when wet, as you can expect to walk through streams, etc., in them and they will get wet, and if they are slippery it makes it impossible to walk up any hill.

Orangutans and other wildlife are susceptible to human illnesses. Please do not feed them, or touch them.

Restrictions

The trip requires an above average level of fitness. You will be away from civilization for several days, in a hot and humid jungle. Pror experience of these conditions is recommended.

Paths can be steep and/or slippery. Our assistants will try to help you if you need a hand, but you are responsible for your own personal safety. Compared to the three-day trek you will be away from civilization an extra day; the walking on the last day only a little, but just the extra day away from civilization will drain you more.

Extras

As a general rule you return by tubing. Please let us know if you would prefer to walk.

Included

Day 1: Packed lunch, fresh-cooked dinner inclusive of purified water (please specify if you have special dietary requirements), everything you need to sleep in the jungle - mat, sleeping bag and tent

Day 2: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4: Breakfast, lunch. Jungle inner tube raft with river captain, and your life jackets, plastic dry bag to keep your equipment dry.

Throughout: Expert guide and assistants

Excluded

National Park entrance fee (150,000 IDR/person for non-Indonesians only).

Day 1: Breakfast, your initial drinking water supply (you can refill at dinner time, around 4pm)

Day 4: Dinner
Cost: £150.00
Duration: Four days (3 nights)
Start Time: 09:00
End Time: 16:00
Suitable for children: Yes
Suitable with mobility issues: No