Five Day Mount Uning watering hole expedition


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.

Climb up Mount Uning (small mountain - 908 metres) and spot many wild animals at the salt lick.

Camp at four different jungle camps, in different areas of the jungle.

Enjoy the thrills of our jungle raft down the river on your return to your guesthouse.
Cost: £270.00
Duration: Five days (4 nights)
Start Time: 09:00
End Time: 16:00
Suitable for children: Yes
Suitable with mobility issues: No

The Uning trek heads down the course of the Landak river for two days, which the more southerly of the two rivers in Bukit Lawang, and then up to Mount Uning, where we will camp on the third night at a mineral deposit (salt lick) where many wild animals can be found. On the fourth day we trek to the Perak stream, which feeds into the Bohorok river. Here we will camp before on the fifth day taking an 'extended length' tube trip down the Bohorok river to get back to the guesthouse.

Our camps:

Day 1 - Adi Black, on the Jamur Batu stream (between the Bohorok and Landak rivers)
Day 2 - Batu Gajah, on the Landak river
Day 3 - at Mount Uning
Day 4 - Perak stream

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.

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 at Jamur Batu. 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 towards our second camp

Noon: lunch - fruit, noodles

1pm: continue walking

4pm: reach our second camp, on Batu Gajah on the Landak river

Day 3:
9am: We eat breakfast together

10am: trek towards Mount Uning

Noon: lunch - fruit, noodles

1pm: continue our trek

4pm: Camp at Mount Uning. By night we might see nocturnal animals at this location, which is busy with many animals

Day 4:
9am: We eat breakfast together

10am: trek north, towards the Perak (silver) stream)

Noon: lunch - we will hunt for food in the jungle

1pm: continue our trek

4pm: Camp at Perak stream.

Day 5:

9am: We eat breakfast together

10am: trek north towards the Bohorok river

Noon: lunch

1pm: continue our trek

3pm: Reach our tubing point on the Bohorok river, we will tube all the way down stream until we reach the village - around 2 hours in total

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.


The trip requires an above average level of fitness. 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.

You will be away from civilization for five days, and at some points at least two days walk from any settlement. You must be able to walk for five days in succession to complete the trip.

The trip is not recommended for children, unless they are older, and are capable of five days walking in the jungle.


You have a choice for your return down the river to go by our jungle raft, or by walking.


National Park admission fee/all permits

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, dinner.

Day 5: 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


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

Day 5: Dinner