Bukit Lawang Day Tours
1. Mountain Bike Tour: Explore Local Life! (1/2-day tour):
Do you want to find out where your food comes from and how it is made? EcoTravel is proud to present its first mountain bike adventure in the area of Gunung Leuser National Park. This 1/2-day tour (this trip can get also organized by traditional Tuk-Tuk-taxi if required) will take you along green rice fields, rubber plantations and through unique villages surrounding Bukit Lawang. This area has been hardly touched by tourism and has retained much of its rural magic. Your guide takes you through rice paddy panoramas to see the marvelous irrigation system at work and observe the timeless routine of planting and harvesting rice. On this unique Sumatra EcoTravel tour you will explore everyday life and see how people live in Kampung Bukit and how they produce brown sugar, tofu and rubber or how they weave bamboo for their houses. Many Indonesian children will be calling their "hellos" along the way. And through guided talks with the villagers you will deeply immerse in Indonesian culture only half an hour away from Bukit Lawang. The unforgettable taste of brown sugar and young coconut, offered by the villagers, is something to take home with you. The last stopover on this tour will be at Simpang Mursal Timbangjaya for a typical local lunch together with the villagers.
Price per person: 35 Euro / price includes: mountain bike & equipment (or becak, petrol, driver), guide, fruits, local lunch, donation to the villagers. Note: min 2 persons!
2. Tube Rafting down the Bohorok river (1/2-day tour):
Have fun and enjoy the scenic views and the class of 2/3 rapids while rafting 2.5 hours down the Bohorok River followed by a delicious picnic. You will pass memorable a landscape, green rice fields, rubber plantations, buffaloes, flying eagles and local people next to you who are swimming or washing clothes. In the midway you will stop for a simple lunch and a little rest for your captain, until the journey will end in the village Bohorok. While this 10 kilometer raft you will feel the soul of the magic Bohorok River. After this fun adventure you will be returned to Bukit Lawang by local public bus service.
Price per person: 30 Euro / price includes: experienced guide service, equipment (tubes, safety jacket & helmets for children), rafting skipper, picnic lunch and refreshments, local bus fare. Note: min 2 persons!
3. Batcave Walk (1/2-Day Tour)
This Sumatra EcoTravel tour is a slow 3 kilometer walk from Bukit Lawang to the famous bat cave. There are three "rooms" inside, which are full of stalagmites and stalactites, many bats on the roof and swallow birds at the wall. You will explore this impressive cave system by flashlight led by our guide.
Price per person: 20 Euro / price includes: guide, fruits, entrance fee. Note: min 2 persons!
4. Bat Cave & Landak River Walk (1-day tour):
This Sumatra EcoTravel tour starts by a slow 3 kilometer walk from Bukit Lawang to the Bat Cave. There are three "rooms" inside, which are full of stalagmites and stalactites, many bats on the roof and swallow birds at the wall. You will explore this impressive cave system by flashlight led by our guide. Afterwards you walk around one hour to the beautiful Landak River where you have your lunch, can swim or just relax. On the way, if its season, you can taste durian fruits, pineapple or coconuts from the villagers. Many Thomas leaf monkeys, silver tail macaques, camouflaged lizards and beautiful butterflies are part of the scenery of your walk. On the way back you can stop, if you like, at a place where you can safely see the wonder of our Sumatran snakes like the cobra or green mamba.
Price per person: 30 Euro / price includes: guide, entrance fee, picnic lunch. Note: min 2 persons!
5. White Water Rafting Adventure (1-day tour)
With our partner team Sumatra Savages we offer an exhilarating white water rafting adventure through Gunung Leuser National Park, a journey down the spectacular and great fun filled rapids Wampu River. An exciting outdoor-experience into the beautiful wild and unspoiled North Sumatran rainforest with lowering gorges and a magnificent waterfall. You start in Bukit Lawang in the morning at 9:00 am and go by private transportation to the village Simolap Marike, the starting point of your 6-hour white water rafting journey. On the way you’ll experience the wonderful countryside, farmers with their various plants and commodity they grow for their income. You stop at a point to pump up our boats as instructors explain how to raft well with maximum good fun. While rafting then you will stop at hot springs along the way for swimming and relaxing. After a local lunch picnic at a waterfall you continue rafting down the Wampu River. Your journey ends in Bohorok from where you will be picked up and taken back to your accommodation in Bukit Lawang.
Price per person: 95 Euro / price includes: equipment, return transport from Bukit Lawang, rafting instructor, lunch picnic. Note: min 2 persons!
6. Rafflesia Trek (1-day tour):
At this special trek northeast of Bukit Lawang you can see original village, wild orangutans and the biggest flower of the world, Rafflesia arnoldii. This 1-day Sumatra EcoTravel tour starts with a motorcycle ride (around 30 minutes) to Tualang Gepang, a basic traditional karonese and javanese village. The main income of this people is rubber and palm oil. Here we start walking down through rubber plantations to the Kerapu River and follow upstream of this river to the Gunung Leuser National Park. The area there is mostly wet and mossy, so you have to walk really careful up and down the hills. While trekking in the rainforest we are searching for the biggest and the highest flowers in the world, the Rafflesia arnoldii and the Amorphophallus titanum. During this trek we can also commonly see wild orangutans and many other monkeys like long tail macaques, pig tail macaques, gibbons or Thomas leaf monkeys. We will have lunch at a riverbank close to a clear waterfall, during a rest you can swim and relax there. On the way back to the village we will stop then at the bat cave Gua Luntir with great stalagmites. Around this cave next to rubber plantation fields from the villagers of Tualang Gepang you have also the chance to see pythons. Back to Bukit Lawang you will again go by motorbike in the afternoon. We offer this tour only when its blooming season, just ask.
Price per person: 45 Euro / price includes: experienced guide service, motorcycle, petrol, lunch, extra fruits, guide; price excludes: entrance permits in the Gunung Leuser National Park/camera tax (150.000 IDR/pax/day). Note: min 3 persons!
7. Tangkahan Off Road Adventure (1-day tour)
This Sumatra EcoTravel tour starts at 08:30 am with a pick up by air-con car and off road transfer on a 4-wheel drive to Tangkahan. On the way you pass villages and plantations and stop at several places for panoramic views. After a 2.5-hour ride on a bumpy road you will arrive in the jungle village Tangkahan. There you will have lunch in Mega Inn restaurant. Then get to decide individually how you would like to spend your time in this hidden paradise: Wash the elephants in the river and do a 1-hour elephant trek operated by our partner CRU/LPT Tangkahan to experience the jungle from a different perspective, relax or swim in the jungle river or walk around the village. The journey back to Bukit Lawang starts in Tangkahan in the afternoon at around 4:30 pm.
Price per person: 120 Euro / price includes: driver, petrol, guide, local lunch incl softdrink, local guide (CRU/LPT), 1 hour elephant riding and bathing, all permits for the national park, tickets for crossing the Buluh River. Note: min 2 persons!
Please note: Visitor numbers to this hidden jungle village have been increasing over the last few years. The activity of elephant riding is still limited to a maximum of 8 people but sadly the number of people joining the elephant bathing is unlimited. So we decided to remove this tour with „only bathing with the elephants“ from our website program. We do not have any influence on the elephant activities in Tangkahan as they are not run by our EcoTravel team. But although elephant riding is under worldwide criticism we are still supporting this ecotourism project in Tangkahan as it is unique for Indonesia. To remove the elephant riding from our program would weaken CRU/LPT and is not an alternative for the time being.
7. Local Friday Market (2-hours tour):
Every Friday a typical market with local products in the village Gotong Royong next to Bukit Lawang takes place. There villagers sell rubber, fruits and vegetable, chicken and fish and all daily basic necessities. Here you can feel the spirit of rural North Sumatra, a colourful place to get in touch with the Indonesian culture and the local life. Your guide will answer all your questions about the local products and help you with whatever you like. Please, use your right hand while paying, because only this is the polite Indonesian way!
Price per person: 20 Euro / price includes: guide, becak or mountain bike.
Note: min 2 persons!