Gunung Leuser National Park is part of the 2.6 million hectre Leuser Ecosystem, considered to be one of the last strongholds for the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, an amazing habitat. Read More

    Whether you are an experienced adventure traveller or a first time visitor to Sumatra, we can help you explore and learn about local wildlife, culture, and lifestyle! Read More

    GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK Straddling the border of the province of North Sumatra, and covering 1,094,692 hectares lies the famous Gunung Leuser National Park. Read More

    An exquisite tour viewing the charismatic Sumatran orangutan, then taking a tour through the village. Read More

    Fancy seeing wildlife, spending time with the locals? Trek begins, Bukit Lawang's famous orangutan feeding in the Gunung Leuser National Park. Read More
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This specially tailor-made tour has been designed to combine two of the most enigmatic Sumatran mammals, the Sumatran orangutan, and the beautiful Sumatran elephant. Not only do you visit the popular town of Bukit Lawang, you also get to go on an exhilarating 2.5 hour motorbike ride to the beautiful village of Tangkahan. Described as a hidden paradise, Tangkahan is home to 7 Sumatran elephants, used to protect and patrol the forest against illegal loggers, keeping this area a true paradise.

Tangkahan is a small village, situated alongside the Kualsa Buluh river. It was established as a tourist retreat in 2001, making it a perfect escape from the busier areas. Previously, the area was illegally logged and animals were in danger of poachers that worked the area. The villagers came together and worked hard to protect their forest, and, with the help of FFI (Flora and Fauna International) these practices have seized, and the area developed into a functional, self-sustaining tourist industry. Therefore, not only do you get to see this magical place, you are helping to support the local people to protect and conserve their forests and animals.

The elephants at Tangkahan job is not just for tourist rides; the ride also functions as a patrol, keeping illegal loggers away, working in collaboration with the National Park authorities, and local and international NGO's. Money gained from the trek are used for community development, social programmes and nature conservation.

The elephants originate from areas where human encroachment on elephant land has caused conflicts, causing the wild elephants to lose their habitats and forcing the authorities to relocate them. These elelphants are the few that have been trained to carry people, helping to protect their last remaining natural habitats on earth.
Tentative Tangkahan and Bukit Lawang Trek Itinerary

Day 1 One day trek in the forests of Bukit Lawang which includes a visit to the orangutan feeding platform in the Gunung Leuser National Park. Then spend the rest of your day relaxing either in Bukit Lawang or exploring the local villages surrounding Wanda's Homestay.

Day 2 We set off on an off road motorbike advernture to Tangkahan (approx. 2.5 hours). Along the way we will stop off to see the worlds largest flower, the 'Rafflesia' (may or may not be flowering, please check prior to arrival). Arrive in Tangkahan early afternoon, settle into hotel and free afternoon to explore the local area, swim in the river and visit the hot springs and waterfall.

Day 3 The day begins with a visit to the elephants where you will take them into the river to swim and wash them. Then you will depart on a 1-hour elephant trek through the jungle to see the flora and fauna from a completely different perspective. Back to hotel for lunch and the return motorbike trip back to Wanda's Homestay.


One nights accommodation in Wanda's Homestay
One nights accommodation in a hotel in Tangkahan
Permit to the Gunung Leuser National Park and the Orangutan feeding platform
Permit to the Tangkahan National Park
Licensed English-speaking Guide to escort you for the whole trip
Return off-road motorbike transport to/from Tangkahan
(alternative transport to Tangkahan is available at an additional cost)
Elephant Trek and Washing

Minimum 1 person



Private transport upon arrival in the area of Bukit Lawang is not included. You may choose to rent a private motorbike (petrol not included) for your use during your time in Bukit Lawang (must be paid for prior to your arrival in Bukit Lawang) or you can use public transportation to explore the surrounding area and villages of Bukit Lawang.



Jungle Trekking
Jungle Survival
Village Tour
Lazy Trek
Elephant Trek
Tube Rafting
Bamboo Rafting
Indonesian Cookery Class

You pick from the above activities, tell us the number of days and nights for each activity, and we will price your dream backpackers vacation for you.