Bukit Lawang orangutan day trip from Medan


See orangutans in just one day from your Medan hotel - including transportation to and from your hotel.

See the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan in its natural habitat.

Enjoy a stop for an Indonesian packed lunch in the jungle

Get hot and sweaty walking up narrow jungle trails - and then wash it all off on our thrilling jungle raft down the river (Option to return on foot instead) on your return to the car for your trip back to Medan.
Cost: £80.00
Duration: One day
Start Time: 06:00
End Time: 20:00
Suitable for children: Yes
Suitable with mobility issues: No

The one-day trek is designed to maximise your orangutan and wildlife spotting opportunities, and time spent in the jungle, for people who either don't want to sleep in the jungle, or who don't have more than one day to spare.

Our expert guides will guide you in a group of no more than six people (unless your own group is larger than this size) 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.

Some major species commonly seen:

* Sumatran orangutan
* Thomas's langur (Thomas leaf monkey) - unique to northern Sumatra
* Silvery lutung (silver leaf monkey)
* Wreathed hornbill
* Siamang (black gibbon)
* Sumatran lar gibbon (white-handed gibbon)
* Crab-eating macaque (long-tailed macaque)
* Southern pig-tailed macaque
* Sunda slow loris
* Wild boar (banded pig)
* Water monitor
* Great argus (Sumatran peacock)
* Reticulated python
* Wagler's pit viper
* Asiatic softshell turtle
* Red giant flying squirrel
* Malayan giant squirrel
* Lesser mouse-deer

Other species present, but rare to see:

* Sumatran tiger
* Sumatran rhinoceros
* Sumatran elephant
* Malayan sun bear
* Clouded leopard

Our route ventures into the jungle for around 5 or 6 kilometres.
Note: itinerary is indicative only, variations are possible due to weather and traffic conditions and the characteristics of the group (e.g., we can make the trek longer or shorter according to your physical condition).

6am: Your driver will meet you at your hotel/other point in Medan, and you will drive to Bukit Lawang.

9am: Arrive in Bukit Lawang. You may join with other guests on the trek staying locally, there won't be more than six people in your group, and we won't delay them for you, so if you arrive later, you will trek on your own.

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.

10:30am - Stop for variety of tropical fruit (depending on the season), such as pineapple, passion fruit, bananas, rambutan and tangerines.

11am - Continue walking

Noon: break for lunch. Typically fried rice, which we bring from the village.

12:30pm: continue trekking, watching for orangutans and other wildlife.

3pm: 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.

4pm: end of trek

5pm: drive back to Medan

8pm: arrive at your Medan hotel

What to bring

You need to bring a small backpack containing swimsuit (if you are returning by rafting), mosquito repellent, sun block, and camera.

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%.

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 average to 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 and your fitness to travel.

Children of any age are permitted, but please consider if your own child will be happy to spend several hours in the jungle. You will normally trek as part of a private group, so we can normally provide assistance with children, however we remind you that responsibility for their safety is with you as parents/guardians.


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

We can drive you back any part of Medan, including the airport, if your flight is later than 8pm.

Upgrades to drive onwards to Lake Toba (you will spend the night on the shoreside and reach Samosir island in the morning), or Berastagi are available.


Packed lunch, national park entrance fee, drive to and from a Medan hotel, guide(s) and their assistant(s).


Drinking water, breakfast, dinner, your personal items.