Expedition Jungle
Expedition Jungle
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Expedition Jungle is one of the longest established trekking and tour operators in Bukit Lawang. We guarantee a professional, safe, eco friendly adventure tour to those looking to experience the wilds of Gunung Leuser National park and the natural beauty of North Sumatra. We are a fully registered, insured and licensed Indonesian and UK tour operator. We have a proven track record for providing trips to families, honeymooners and budget travellers looking for an alternative to the beach holiday. We only use licensed, local, English speaking guides with a profound knowledge of the park and the flora and fauna within. Contact us for a no obligation offer for your trip to North Sumatra. Join one of our fixed date, group tours or let us create a private tailor made itinerary to fit your schedule.
Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
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hawkowl
Sanibel Island, FL1,110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This trek was the highlight of my trip to Indonesia, and one of the best wildlife experiences I have ever had, thanks to our amazing guide Tirta. We had fantastic looks at a family of Orangutans, as well as monkeys, bats, birds, and some beautiful jungle scenery. Tirta even managed to show me a Great Argus pheasant, a bird I have dreamed of seeing for years. I had a great picnic lunch and learned so much about the forest, the wildlife, and the history and culture of the area. I can’t wait to return to spend more time exploring this beautiful part of Sumatra.
Written 15 April 2020
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Sean H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Loved the tour, people, food, and location. The people here went above and beyond to ensure we had a great 5 day trek. Clare planned an amazing trip for us and answered all our questions before. Our guide, Eddy, was the great too! I’d highly recommend this company
Written 3 December 2019
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Daniel H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
4 days in the jungle, thanks to Tirta (our guide), Colok (Tirtas father, very experience jungle guide) and the rest of the crew, Aji and Leng for making us survive in the jungle.
Was such a amazing time even though i got really ill the first night and throw Up every 3 nights but Tirta and the rest of the crew took good care of me!
Fantastic tour with so nice people!
Daniel Hannesbo
Written 21 November 2019
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Kathy
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I decided last year that I wanted to do something different & special to mark my big 5.0, so in September we travelled as a family with two teenage girls on the Jungle expidition to Bukit Lawang & Tangkahan with two nights in the actual jungle. And adventure it was!
As a company, Clare gathered her team & communicated with me all the way, helping with any questions, concerns I had. From the moment we were picked up at the hotel to returning to the airport we were looked after.
Our guide was very patient & incredibly fit! I underestimated the humitity & endless hills/slopes in the jungle, but he helped me in particular, in every way he could. The cook was amazing for what he could whip up with very limited cooking pans & tools, & I quickly came to realize that I shouldn't have lugged extra food with me thinking that it might just be fish to eat.
Another lovely suprise was that we didnt have to carry sleeping bags etc but that and nets were set up for us on arrival at each camp.
We were privelliged to see a young orangatan interacting with a guide within our first 2hrs of trekking, many monkeys, & the most beautiful scenery up so close. (Spotting orangutans isn't guaranteed as they move around in the jungle!)
In the village we didnt realize that it was a 15 minute trek along a windy path to the guesthouse, but where given the option of luggage being carried for equivalet of 5 Aust dollars, which was very humbling & appreciated.
The guesthoue owners owned a resturant & they were a very sincere & gentle couple. I think when you travel to such remote, different places as this you have to go with the mindset that if you order any Western food it will probably not come close to what you meant, but experiencing the local food is a treat & part of the adventure. As a Westerner, I realized that we take so much for granted in our pampered world. The lengths that these simple living people have gone to make us comfortable is to be commended, a shower, a wetern toilet, netting,
I think one of the highlights for me was travelling to Tangkahan & washing the elephants. I had some reservations because I had read some reviews about elephants not fairing so well in these countries. After this trip we went into Singapore & visited the zoo. I've no doubt that in the zoo environment elephants would get everything medically that'd ever need, but after seeing them in Tangkahan, I think they are so much happier in their own enviroment on the edge of the jungle & in, with their herd, & with supervised, limited access to people. I have never knelt down & talked to an elephant before, felt his skin & touched his eyelashes as he lazily lay in the river. My teenage daughter got a 'back rub' by one as we posed for photos with pumpkin juice all down her back! It was wonderful & clear to see how much the mahouts cared for them & the way they are attempting to continue this work. There was no rushing or pushing & with the limited group visiting, there was enough for everyone to spend time with the elephants & I commend the way the handlers ran it. So glad we took the 2 hour off road ride there.
As far as immunisations, malaria tablets etc we took every precaution ` but have to admit, there was really very little mozzies etc at the time we travelled. In regard to rain, at the end of Sept early Oct we experienced mainly dry days, high humidity, & some spectacular storms at night. And the most useful thing I brought was a sarong!
Our family joke was how many uses does a sarong really have! My answer many! Very little travellers at that time of year too.
Watch out for the monkeys, they are very bold! The one time we left a window open in the guesthouse they came in and ransacked my chocolate stash & biscuits.
All in all, we had an amazing time & a once in a lifetime adventure!
Written 3 November 2019
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Robert and Juley
Adelaide, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
My wife and I did the 6 day jungle trek (and 3 days in Bukit Lawang) in September 2019. We had a truly wonderful time and will never forget our time there.

Clare and her team organised everything so incredibly efficiently and well; from the initial booking arrangements to the wonderful Sumatran people who worked as guides, porters and cooks. They could never do enough for you and nothing was done with attitude or begrudgingly. We have never seen such an incredible work ethic and those of us with all the high tech gear and what we believed to be fitness were shown to be not much compared to these guys with very little materially yet abounding in incredible strength, stamina and fitness...all with a smile on the face. In 100% humidity they were hauling heavy, like really heavy, home made hessian 'back packs' up and down steep, overgrown and slippery jungle paths (did I mention the packs were heavy?). They are a credit to their people and will forever serve as a reminder to me of what we as humans are truly capable of with the right mindset.

The stay in Bukit Lawang and the trek itself was filled with great food and time with new friends; united by a love for what is different and for what is mostly still wilderness, requiring a step out of one's comfort zone with an opportunity to challenge oneself mentally and physically in an incredible location and to get a little taste of life as it was meant to be. It was an opportunity to have a fully immersive experience; being in that jungle and in that moment far outweighs any book or documentary and gives one a chance to reflect on how fortunate we are as humans to be designed to gain meaning and happiness from simply 'taking a walk in the park'!

Yes, as others have said, it is not an easy walk...the humidity, the thick jungle, the steep and muddy inclines and the ill defined path (not forgetting the day walking up the river for 6 hours) can make it potentially quite taxing, but you soon settle in to a rhythm and pace as it dawns on you how fortunate you are to be there.

The leeches make for some comedy and the daytime mosquitoes are a little pesky, but none compare to the morons who go into the jungle and talk at the top of their voices while you are trying to quietly watch a mother orangutan and her baby...fortunately once one gets in to day 2 and deeper in to the jungle, the chance of encountering these people diminishes.

One of the highlights is the final day tube ride back to Bukit Lawang; an exhilarating 2 or so hour trip that provides for a thrilling way to end a trip of a lifetime.
Written 19 October 2019
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JohnandBettyBangkok
Wirral, UK149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We were looking for something to push us out of our comfort zone but in a safe way, and we found it with this 6 day/5 night trip into the Gunung Leuser national park with Expedition Jungle. Clare was very helpful throughout the planning stage. Edy was our guide - excellent and particularly good at finding Orangutans and other apes in the jungle. He led the support team of 3 porters (for the 4 of us on the trip) plus 2 cooks. Edy and all the team were very safety conscious throughout and looked after us very well. Tongat was our porter and was an absolute star. Fully endorse the points mentioned by others on this forum:
- you need to be fit; the terrain is challenging
- You get soaked with sweat - I permanently looked like I'd just walked out of a shower - so only need one set of hiking clothes for the day and one dry set for the evening/night (perhaps 2 or 3 pairs of socks)
- Fruit every morning about 2 hours into the hike was delicious
- we saw lots of animals and quite a lot of birds:
- binoculars recommended
- quite dark under the canopy so photography can be tricky - I just used my phone which seemed to work fine.
- Food was good - especially given that the cooks had to carry everything with them for the 6 days - well done!
- we all struggled to get comfortable sitting on the ground - a lightweight seat would be worth having (perhaps hire a chair porter!)
- inflatable mattress and pillow worked reasonably well - although not the most comfortable of nights sleep on this trip!
- I slept in a silk sleeping bag liner and under a mosquito net and was warm enough
- Saw mossies during the day but nothing much at night (as Clare had mentioned)

We had a day before the trek and another day after the trek in Bukit Lawang - would recommend this

Highly recommended
Written 14 October 2019
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JMSherman
Birkenhead180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Expedition Jungle are a wonderful company and you should not hesitate if you are considering travelling with them. I have just completed my 3rd 6 day trek with them and am already planning my return next year. They use very experienced guides who are very safety conscious and very knowledgeable and have very good English.

Clare Rambe is a fabulous ambassador for the company and she will go out of her way to help with everything that you ask of her. Nothing seems too much trouble and she is always very quick replying to emails.

Read other trekkers reviews--their advice and recommendations are invaluable.

Fitness and flexibility are very helpful.
Paying for a porter makes the trek much more enjoyable.
A light weight lilo is a very good investment.
Water shoes are a must.

This year we saw many orang utan including 2 impressive males, black gibbon, white handed gibbon, Thomas leaf monkeys, pig tail macaque, pheasant, rhinoceros hornbill, water monitor lizards, turtles and a fleeting glimpse of a Binturong.

Edy our guide was excellent. Our porters Iwan, Anto and especially Tongat, were wonderful. And the chefs Paw and Lucan produced amazing meals every day and Lucan also seemed to be in charge of the tubing. A massive thank you to all of you and see you next year!!
Written 6 October 2019
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Cath B
Manchester, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Great visit with our excellent guide...Adi.
The volcano walk is great...bit steep in parts but well worth it.
Lake Tabo is beautiful and very serene....we stayed at Lake Tabo Cottages and they were delightful.
Written 3 October 2019
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TravelQueenMelb
Melbourne, Australia68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
My husband and I just completed 6 day trek through the jungle.

IT SUCCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS!

All I can say is AMAZINGLY AWESOME from Clare answering all my questions via email so promptly.

Firman our brilliant guide who picked us up in Medan and looked after us for the next 9 days. His big smile every day and ensuring our safety and that we enjoyed every aspect of our trek plus all his knowledge of jungle life that he passed on at every opportunity. Your kindness and lovable personality made this trek!

Our 3 porters Rendi, Dino and Amsor (who we hired in addition @ $100AUD per porter for 6 days) who couldn't do enough for us along the trek from offering a helping hand in the tough terrain, fanning us to keep us cool while we sweated from the up hill climbs, preparing our morning teas and lunches while out trekking, to building our camp shelters and places to sit by the river and drop toilets. But just their happy nature and wonderful personalities. (In addition showing us their local night life back in Bukit Lawang on the night we returned and partied with us until 1.30am).

Our 4 cooks who cooked amazing food with so much care and thought. NOTHING was too much trouble. The variety of food that you all gathered, caught, prepared and cooked was delicious.

Highly recommend Expedition Jungle.
Thanks again.
Written 30 September 2019
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mirkokianu
Pistoia, Italy4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
My wife and I were looking for a true jungle experience, and after checking online we decided that Expedition Jungle was the perfect choice for us; now that I'm back from the trip I can definitely say that we were right! We had an amazing time in the jungle of Sumatra, we enjoyed our time there a lot and everything was perfectly organized.

During the planning process, Clare was amazing, extremely kind, she gave us lots of information and she was always ready to reply to our questions. Communication was great, and during our staying in the jungle we had the confirmation that everything she said that she would have told to our guide, she actually did! We did a 5 days trek and we stayed at Jungle Tribe guesthouse during the first and the last night of our trip, spending 4 nights camping in the jungle. This is one of the best experience I've ever had!

The jungle is truly amazing, the landscape and the views are stunning, it's the perfect place to disconnect from the civilization and connect with nature. As a wildlife lover and photographer, I asked Clare to focus our trip on wildlife, and she did everything to make this happen. Our guide Edy was amazing, extremely nice and kind; he has a great knowledge of the jungle and he is very experienced. Unlike other guides that we saw there, he was always walking silently and carefully looking around and listening to every little sound to maximize our wildlife sightings, he really cared about that and I'm very grateful about this. After the first day where you spend your time among other tourists as you pass through the crowded part of the rainforest, we ventured into the deeper part of the jungle where we were finally alone with no one else around. We spotted orangutans, thomas leaf monkeys, peacock, gibbons, other monkeys, lizards, and we also had a rare sight: we spotted a binturong, a bear cat! That was great!

Keep in mind that you're in a rainforest, so you will sweat a lot as soon as you start to walk and your clothes will never dry! But after the day trek you reach the camp site and there's nothing better than a fresh bath in the river after a long walk. That is part of the experience! Every night you camp in a different place but the scenery and the environment are amazing everytime. Falling asleep with the powerful sound of the jungle at night is truly an unforgettable experience. Food is delicious, we ate a lot everyday, with abundant and tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also during the trek we had some breaks with fresh fruits like pineapple and watermelon: definitely the best fruit I tried so far! The trek is suitable for everybody but everyday there's a lot of climbing, sometimes very steep and you'll need to use your hands to hold some lianas or roots of the trees to help yourself, especially while going down, so pack as light as you can. Again, our guide Edy was very nice and helpful and he carried my wife's backpack in the hardest part of the climbing. In my opinion, a reasonable level of fitness is required since you will walk for 5-6 hours everyday, but you have also time to relax in the evening. The last day you go back to Bukit Lawang with river tubing, and this is the perfect conclusion for the trip, a very funny experience. At the beginning I was not sure because I was afraid that my camera and gear would get wet, but I'm glad I changed my mind and I did it. I brought a waterproof bag with me and Edy secured everything with other two bags, making me feel totally safe about that!

In conclusion, we had the best experience we could ever had and definitely beated our expectations. I highly recommend Expedition Jungle for a true jungle experience in the beautiful rainforest of Sumatra. Thanks to Clare, Edy, and all the staff that made this possible!
Written 25 August 2019
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