Welcome to Gunung Leuser National Park

Unesco-listed Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the world’s most important and biologically diverse conservation areas. It is often described as a complete ecosystem laboratory because of the range of forest and species types.

Within the park’s boundaries live some of the planet’s most endangered and exotic species: tigers, rhinoceros, elephants and orang-utans. Although the likelihood of seeing most of these celebrity animals is remote, you have a good chance of seeing orang-utans, and you can be sure of encountering plenty of other primates.

Top experiences in Gunung Leuser National Park

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Gunung Leuser National Park activities

$866.41 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 Day North Sumatra Highlights - Jungles Orangutans Lakes and Volcanoes

Bukit Lawang, Berestagi and Lake Toba  – Sumatra Orangutans Lakes Volcanoes DAY 1. Pick up from Medan accommodation at 9am. 5 hour drive in private car to Samosir Island on Lake Toba.  Accommodation at Lake Toba (standard accommodation) DAY 2. Today visit local Batak king’s residence (Raja Siallagan). Choose what you would like to do for the rest of the day (at your cost) walk around the local village or lake, hire a bicycle, visit museum and markets or just chill out by the lake. Car & driver available for your use. Optional activities include traditional dancing and Tomok markets. Accommodation at Lake Toba (standard accommodation) DAY 3. In the morning to drive to Berestagi in morning stopping at the magnificent Sipiso Piso waterfall and a traditional Batak house and village on the way (Raja Kerajaan Purba). Visit to the Berestagi fruit and flower markets Gundaling Lookout and hotsprings when you arrive at Berestagi if there is enough time. Accommodation Berestagi Hotel. (standard accommodation). DAY 4. Optional visit to Buddhist temple in morning. Drive by private car to Bukit Lawang (slow drive, some roads with potholes 7 hours). Bukit  Lawang Guesthouse (standard option). DAY 5. In the morning head off on half day (3 hour) orangutan jungle trek in Gunung Leuser National Park via rubber plantation for wildlife & orangutan spotting. Return via On the Rocks to buy a cool drink and lunch if you like. Come back through the village to have a look at the shops and souvenirs, Day 6. Leave today  to drive to Medan airport or your Medan Hotel (5 hours drive. Medan hotel at your cost). Visit Grand Mosque and Summer Palace on the way if enough time.

$345.84 Outdoor Activities

4 Day Jungle Adventure including 2 day trek

This trek combines the best of nature and  wildlife  Day 1. Private car pickup from airport or Medan accommodation (accommodation at your cost) today. Drive to 4 -5 hours  to Bukit Lawang. Settle into your guest house. Rest of the day at your leisure to explore the local village, river and national park information centre if you like. Bukit Lawang guest house accommodation. Day 2. Trek to Camp 1  Adi Black (approx 5-6hrs trekking) Head off on your Orangutan jungle trek to do some animal spotting. Look out for orangutans, monkeys, gibbons and more…. After lunch head deeper into the jungle leaving the tourists behind.  The terrain you will be trekking on will be extremely steep in parts, but the views spectacular, with plenty of stops to help you to acclimatize and adjust to the local conditions. Gunung Leuser National Park is mostly mountainous, covering a million hectares, straddling the borders of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces. You will have time to relax and bathe in the Landak River before your evening dinner. You will be amazed at the delicious food your guides are able to cook up in the middle of the jungle! Your tent for the night will be a simple bamboo frame, covered with a plastic tarp. (lunch and dinner included) Adi Black jungle camp. Day 3. Trek to Batu Kapal. This morning after a hearty jungle breakfast pack up camp and  continue your trek to Batu Kapal through the national park and along the Landak River. Today you will be walking through this shallow river, traversing the river a number of times, so please make sure you have  your river sandals handy. Arrive mid afternoon at Batu Kapal to settle into your guest house. Time to relax or explore the local surrounds and swim in the river. At dusk option to go on a nature walk and participate in the Batu Kapal Conservation wildlife monitoring program, animal and bird spotting and record your findings. Batu Kapal guesthouse  accommodation (breakast) Day 4. Early rise this morning for a dawn walk along the river to see what animals and birds you can spot in this jungle paradise before  transferring to your Medan accommodation (accommodation at your cost)  or flight.

$137 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Orangutan Explorer

After an early breakfast, meet with your guide and start your day by driving on the Sumatra Highway. The first stop will be at Binjai, a small town known for its Dutch-built train station. The drive continues through vast rubber and oil palm plantations until you reach Bukit Lawang, one of the main access points to the Gunung Leuser National Park, famous for its orangutan care centre. Upon arrival at Bukit Lawang, have lunch and then trek into the nearby jungle. The trail runs under the shade of the rainforest trees, and provides rewarding views across the National Park. In the afternoon drive back to Medan.

$425.94 Outdoor Activities

Private Tour : 6 Days Amazing Lake Toba and Bukit Lawang Adventure Tour

Day 01 : Arrival Kuala Namu Airport – Lake Toba via plantation route – Parapat – Samosir island. 2 overnight stays on Samosir island at Tabo Cottages or Toledo Inn.  Day 02: Samosir island excursions to Tomok Village to see the ancient tomb of king Sidabutar, then visit Ambarita village to see the famous stone chairs & execution place of King Siallagan. Then Simanindo to enjoy the Bataks traditional ritual dances of the Bataks Tribe. Day 03: Samosir island – Brastagi the Karo Highland. Enroute stop at Sipiso-Piso waterfall - the ancient King’s Palace of Batak Simalungun / Rumah Bolon - Brastagi the mountain resort -  Gundaling hill to see the two active volcanoes Sibayak (2.172 m) & Sinabung - visit fruits market which has many fruit, vegetables and flowers. Stay in Brastagi at Mikie Holiday Resort or Sinabung Hill. Day 04: Brastagi – Bukit Lawang the conservation of the Orangutans located in Gunung Leuser National Park through by landscape with vast view of palm oil and rubber plantation. 2 overnight stay in Eco Lodge Bukit Lawang CottagesDay 05: Jungle Trekking in National Park of Gunung Leuser for 6 hours incl. LunchAfter breakfast, start for a 6 hours jungle trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park to see the wildlife.  This involves a walk through the jungle to explore the park. In this tropical primary rainforest, you can see the varieties of birds, butterflies, Siamang (long arm apes), different kinds of reptiles. Day 06: Bukit Lawang – Medan airportTour IncludedTransportation in comfortable air conditioned car incl. fuel as mentioned in the program5 overnights accommodation in above good medium class hotels based on TWN/DBLDaily breakfastDriver, his meals and accommodation costsEntrance and parking fees as per programFerry from Parapat to Samosir island vice versaPermit to enter the National Park of Gunung Leuser6 hours jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang with professional local guide incl. LunchDaily Mineral Water                                                    Tour Not includedPersonal expenses such as: Lunch (except 1x lunch on jungle trekking), Dinner, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, minibar, etc.Air tickets & airport taxDonations and tipping driver: US$ 8.00 / day or depends on your satisfactionInsuranceAny optional programAdditional info :Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availabilityChild rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adultsA minimum of 2 people per booking is required

$108.85 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Half Day Tour Bukit Lawang & Orang Utan Jungle Trekking

Pick up from hotel in Medan at 08.00 in the morning.Drive to Bukit Lawang for 3 – 3,5 hours drive passing by landscape with vast view of oil palm and rubber plantation to Bukit Lawang, En-route it’s possible to stop at rubber, oil palm and cacao plantations with some countryside landscape (optional). Bukit Lawang, the Orang Utan rehabilitation centre located in Gunung Leuser Park. This is one of the largest national parks in the world containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest. Arrive in Bukit Lawang, you will be welcomed by professional local guide for starting 3 hours jungle trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park to see the wildlife.  This involves a walk through the jungle to explore the park. Steep, slopes and dense vegetation will bring you the excitement of the rainforest. In this tropical primary rainforest, you can see Orang utans, Siamang (long arm apes), Thomas Leave Monkeys, long tail Macaque, Gibbon, different kinds of reptiles and varieties of birds. After jungle trekking, you return to Medan and drop you off at your hotel. Day tour ends. Included in Tour1 day transportation in comfortable air-conditioned car incl. fuel as mentioned in the programPrivate tourDriver and his mealsEntrance and parking fees as per programPermit to enter the National Park of Gunung Leuser3 hours jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang with professional local guideMineral Water                                                            Not included in TourPersonal expenses such as: Lunch, Dinner, soft drinks, buy souvenir etc.Donations and tipping driver/tour guideTravel InsuranceCamera fee in Bukit LawangAny optional program

$1039.20 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Highlights of Sumatra

If the only thing you think of when you hear “Sumatra” is “coffee,” then we need to have a chat. If you’re looking to plunge right into a nature-filled adventure with the chance to see orangutans, here’s where you’ll want to be. Enjoy two weeks of city touring, hiking, and having a great time bonding with your fellow travellers. We’re pretty sure you’ll agree that everything is a highlight in Sumatra.

Gunung Leuser National Park in detail