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Bukit Lawang Tours Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What time do the Tours start and finish in Medan?

  2. How difficult is the jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang? How fit do I need it be?

  3. What do we need to bring to do the jungle trekking?

  4. Will we see Orang-utan during the jungle trekking?

  5. What other animals can I see on the jungle trek?

  6. Can we hold the Orang-utan?

  7. Can we see Tigers on the jungle trek?

  8. Can the car transfer take us to other places other than back to Medan?

  9. Do I need to make a deposit to book the tour?

  10. Does the Elephant and Orangutan tour include trekking on the elephants?

  11. What food is included on the tour?

  12. Can you provide vegetarian food?

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       1. What time do the tours start and finish in Medan?

These tours are private tours so the start and finish time is entirely up to you. We can pick you up from Medan airport and take you directly to Bukit Lawang at anytime. The last flights into Medan is usually around 9pm and we can pick you for the last flights. Remember it will take around 2.5 hours to get from Medan to Bukit Lawang so the later your flight the later you will get to Bukit Lawang. And if your jungle trek starts the next day you will have to get up early.

If you decide to spend the night in Medan after you arrive on your flight we can arrive pick up from your hotel. We can pick you up anytime. We suggest you get picked up around 8am so you get to Bukit Lawang late morning. We can pick up earlier or later. Up to you.

The return journey back to Medan is also up to you. We can get you back to Medan anytime and the car and driver are dedicated to you. Again remember when booking flights out there is the 2.5 hour drive from Bukit Lawang to Medan so an early morning flight we mean you have to get up very early to get there in time.

           2. How difficult is the jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang? How fit do I need it be?

The jungle trekking is not that easy. The Gunung Leuser National Park is made up of many hills and mountain so expect to walk up and down hills for most of the time you are trekking. Our jungle trekking guides do go at your pace and they stop many times for breaks and rest periods. The breaks are not just to have a rest but is the best way to see the wildlife. When you are walking in a small group you are making lots of noise which scares away the animals. Sitting quietly gives you the opportunity to have the animals pass by you.

As for fitness, If you can walk up 4 Ė 5 flights of stairs without needing a lay down then you will manage the trekking.

 

2.      3. What do we need to bring to do the jungle trekking?

The most important thing you will need to bring is good walking shoes or hiking boots. As there is lots of walking up and down hills you will need to have good shoes to protect your feet and prevent blisters.

You will also need a small carry backpack to carry a change of clothes and your own water during the jungle trek. Any other luggage is locked away in Bukit Lawang while you are in the jungle.

You will need to bring mosquito repellent though this is mainly for during the trek while in the jungle. The camp site is located next to the river and the fast flowing water reduces the number of mosquitos at the campsite.

You DO NOT need to bring sleeping bags. There is a small shelter which has a mattress on the ground and sheets and blankets can be provided.

 

         4. Will we see Orang-utan during the jungle trekking?

There is no guarantee you will see orang-utan during jungle trekking. These animals live wild in the jungle and itís hard to determine where they will be at any point of the day. Orangutan make a new nest every night in the trees so they never sleep in the same tree and they move around looking for food in different areas each day.

There is a high chance of seeing them while trekking and most times you will see some.

Our jungle treks leave Bukit Lawang at 8.30am and go via the orang-utan feeding platform where you will have the best chance of seeing the orang-utan up close though again this is not guaranteed.

 

2.       5. What other animals can I see on the jungle trek?

The most common animal you will see are the macaque monkey, Thomas Leaf monkeys and black gibbons. There are also a number of birds you may seeing especially in the mornings at the camp site next to the river. Often you will see Hornbill birds flying high in the sky first thing in the morning.

      6 . Can we hold the Orang-utan?

NO! The Orangutan close to Bukit Lawang are semi-wild. They have been re-introduced to the jungle and may have been used to people in the past but they are now living a life in the jungle. Orangutan are susceptible to most illnesses that humans suffer, colds, flu and other viruses. Direct contact with the Orangutan is avoided.

 

4.       7. Can we see Tigers on the jungle trek?

Probably not. The tigers live in remote parts of Gunung Leuser National Park, many days trekking from Bukit Lawang. Even if you were to enter their territory their keen sense of smell would alert them of human prescience and they would move away before you even came close. Itís estimated that there are only a few hundred Sumatran Tigers left in Gunung Leuser National Park.

 

5.       8. Can the car transfer take us to other places other than back to Medan?

Yes. The car transfer can take you on to other places in North Sumatra including Tangkahan, Berastagi and Lake Toba. There is additional costs to these transfers. Please enquire for the destination you would like to go to.

 

6.       9. Do I need to make a deposit to book the tour?

No deposit is required. We need confirmation of your flight number and arrival time or the hotel you are booked into in Medan.

Payment by credit card is required the week before you travel. We send a Paypal money request so you can pay by credit card. We do not have credit card facilities in Bukit Lawang so this needs to be arranged via the Internet before your arrival

3.       10. Does the Elephant and Orangutan tour include trekking on the elephants?

 No. We are unable to arrange trekking on the elephants before you arrive. When you get to Tangkahan you can arrange a 1 hour trek on the Elephants at the visitors centre. Cost is 650,000Rp per person for the 1 hour trek. They used to do longer treks though now they increased the price and limit the trek to 1 hour.

 Our tour does include visiting the elephant camp and helping with washing the elephants.

11. What food is included on the tour?

Only the food during the jungle trekking is included. The day trek includes lunch and snacks. The overnight trek includes snacks, lunch, dinner and breakfast prepared by our trekking guides. There are plenty of restaurants in Bukit Lawang at each of the hotels which serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at reasonable prices. Average meals costs is around 20,000Rp

12. Can you provide vegetarian food?

 Sure can. Indonesia and Sumatra have lots of tasty vegetarian food including nasi goring (fried rice) mee goring (friend noodles) or gado gado which is steamed vegetable served with a spicy peanut sauce. Please let us know if you would like vegetarian meals on the jungle trek.

 

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