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Sumatra Ketambe Jungle Trekking – Safar [3D2N]

Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
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Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people


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Explore the wilderness of this Sumatra Ketambe Jungle Trekking and Alas River on this 3-day jungle walking adventure. Immerse yourself in the heart of the Gunung Leuser National Park being recorded as the largest wilderness area in Southeast Asia, where ancient forests and diverse fauna await you.

Discover the thrill of watching truly wild orangutans as they go about their daily lives high in the treetops while camping in the middle of the jungle. Moreover immerse yourself in the magical hot springs next to the camping and visit the waterfalls of the river. This adventure offers a unique opportunity to witness the wonders of the jungle in its natural habitat.

We offer you a 3-day, 2-night Wildlife Adventure tour that includes transfers and activities, accommodation and all meals as indicated below, park entrance, local guide service, cook and porters team.

Experience the best of wildlife and nature with designed tour. Get ready for an exciting adventure and reconnect with your inner animal in this Sumatra Ketambe Jungle Trekking. Book now for a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll cherish forever!

If you are looking for an adventure off the beaten path, moreover an experience that takes you on an unforgettable exploration of the wild Sumatra jungle away from tourists, then we have the ideal trip for you. Our fascinating 3-day jungle trekking adventure will take you through the dense and winding forests near Ketambe village, following the banks of the Gurah River. The Gurah river connects to Alas river later, but the trek will not meet the Alas river unless you also want to include tubing or river rafting, which can be expensive for groups less than 4 people so probably want to skip if small group.

During the hikes you may come across orangutans, other monkey species, various insects, snakes like king cobra, the infamous corpse flower, crazy trees and a beautiful waterfalls you immerse yourself in the natural rhythms of the jungle, the routes sometimes can be challenging but that’s also part of the adventure!

Every step of the way, our local guide Safar will guide you consequently through the most remote and picturesque places, and introduce you to the exotic flora and fauna of the region.

Our guide

Safar was born and raised in this region also he is a great connoisseur of the jungle, his excellent eye will help you detect everything you find in your path, from a beautiful small butterfly to monkeys, small insects and curiosities of the jungle. He knows this jungle and loves to share everything he has to offer with the groups that visit him, always taking great care of you and your safety.

Hence this Sumatra Ketambe Jungle Trekking is more than just a hike, it is an opportunity to connect with nature and embark on the trip of a lifetime.


Gunung Leuser National Park

This is true delight for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. This spectacular protected area spans across a vast landscape of 7,927 square kilometers in the pristine northern region of Sumatra, Indonesia, straddling the border of the North Sumatra and Aceh provinces.

The park has a significant historical legacy, having been established in 1980 and is currently managed by the competent Ministry of Environment and Forestry. What makes this spot an unmissable destination is its awe-inspiring biodiversity, which boasts a stunning array of flora and fauna. 

Sumatra Ketambe Jungle Trekking

The critically endangered Sumatran orangutan inhabits this green sanctuary. In addition to the views of this animal, you can participate in captivating activities and observing the rest of the animals, which makes this park a perfect way to experience the beauty of Sumatra’s natural landscape.

Ultimately trekking routes are available that lead you to explore the park’s lush forests and witness the exquisitely diverse wildlife dwelling in this area. The park is a major contributor to the preservation of Sumatra’s unique ecosystems, making it an unparalleled conservation haven.

Gunung Leuser National Park

In the Ketambe region of Sumatra, Indonesia, you have the opportunity to encounter a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. Some of the animals you might be fortunate to see during your jungle adventure in Ketambe include:

Sumatra Orangutans, White Handed Gibbons, Southern Pig-tailed Macaque, Langur Monkeys, Long-tailed Macaque, Slow Loris, Sunda Clouded Leopard, Hornbills, Exotic Butterflies, Reptiles, Amphibians and Bird divetrsity.

Vegetation and birds

Through ancient and untouched rainforests with towering trees, dense undergrowth, and vibrant flora, including towering dipterocarp trees, lush ferns, and exotic orchids. If you love birdlife, you can look and listen for the calls of hornbills, eagles, kingfishers and many other avian species that inhabit the canopy. The region’s rich birdlife provides a delightful symphony of sounds as you explore the jungle.

On the other hand it’s important to remember that wildlife observation in its natural habitat is unpredictable, and the presence of these animals can vary depending on the season and luck. An experienced guide will be essential in helping you spot and observe the local fauna safely and responsibly.

In this wild adventure you will stay in a campsite located next to the river in the middle of the rainforest, where you can enjoy a pleasant temperature that is less humid than in the rest of the jungle. You will also enjoy a unique and relaxing nature, immersing yourself in the river that has a very pleasant temperature thanks to the nearby hot springs, you will be able to live a magical moment that will make you feel the experience of a natural spa.

At the campsite we offer you high quality camping set with a large tent, inflatable mattresses and light sleeping bags that are really comfortable, even if it rains at night you will stay completely safe and fully protected.

In the evening, you can relax at the campsite while listening to the soft rustling of leaves and the mesmerizing rapids of the river.

The camp is indeed an unforgettable experience that is set to make everlasting memories for you. Get ready to be exposed to the natural wonders that surround you, and be prepared to be mesmerized by the breathtaking views. Our campsite offers you the perfect mixture of nature, adventure and relaxation.

Safar and his team create the tastiest and most delicious meals you will ever have the pleasure of trying. Moreover, they serve quantities of food that will leave you completely satisfied. Many travelers have attested that Safar’s dishes are the best they have ever tasted on their trips to Indonesia, which can be attributed as the result of the place’s exceptional atmosphere that only enhances the experience.

Enjoy the delicious Peranakan dish of Medan rice cake and vegetable curry soup and the Sate Padan, a barbecue chicken skewers with peanut sauce.

To make the most of your Sumatra Ketambe jungle Trekking, consider the following tips:

  1. Comfortable Clothes: Wear comfortable clothes and neutral colors to blend in with the environment and avoid attracting the attention of the animals. Don’t forget a light sweater for cool nights.
  2. Binoculars and Camera: Bring good binoculars and a camera with enough memory card space and battery to capture every moment.
  3. Sun Protection: The sun of Borneo can be intense, so pack broad-spectrum sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat.
  4. Hydration and Snacks: Stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle and drinking plenty of fluids during the tour.
  5. Local Guide: Listen carefully to your local guide, they are experts in the fauna and flora of the region and will provide you with valuable information.
  6. Book in Advance: Accommodations and park permits can sell out, so book your safari early to ensure you’re all set.
  7. Engage the local communities: Support their sustainable initiatives, such as purchasing locally made souvenirs or participating in community-led activities.
  8. Live in the Moment: Enjoy every moment. See how the animals interact in their natural habitat and appreciate the beauty of the African wilderness.
  9. Travel insurance: to keep you safe during all the adventure.

By following these tips, you will be ready for an unforgettable Sumatra Ketambe jungle Trekking, where you will connect with wildlife and the magic of nature in its purest form!

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  • Visit the heart of the Taman Nasional Gunung Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra
  • Identify a variety of primates, mammals, birds, insects, snakes and more, always seems to know where to look for particular animals
  • Adaptation of the trips to his guests, keeping to their pace, searching for the particular animals they want to see
  • Relax at the hotsprings and enjoy some down time
  • Visit amazing places such as the river, natural hot springs, the waterfall, the mother tree and the hollow tree


The day before your trek begins you will be brought by private car from Medan airport to Ketambe, stopping for lunch along the way. This will allow you to have a well-rested night before embarking on your adventure. On your first day of trekking, enjoy breakfast at your guesthouse around 8 am. Travel light with a small backpack, leaving the bulk of your luggage in a secure room at Safar's house. Safar will meet you at the guesthouse and provide you with leech socks to put on. This is also a great time to ask any final questions. Everyone should be ready to depart by 9 am. Safar will be your guide, leading you to the National Park entrance and into the jungle, navigating through a network of trails. You'll spend several hours trekking and keeping an eye out for orangutans and other wildlife before reaching a camp by the river for lunch. After lunch and a brief break, venture back into the forest with just your camera and water bottle to explore and spot more animals in the afternoon. If you have a special desire to witness a particular animal or a unique view of the jungle, feel free to share with your Safar or his team. Their trained eyes and deep connection to this habitat make them skilled trackers, ready to fulfill your wildlife aspirations. In the evenings, you can take a refreshing swim and wash in the river. Meanwhile, Safar and the team will prepare dinner and boil water for drinking. Later, you can engage in activities like playing cards, reading, chatting, or simply relaxing and immersing yourself in the ambiance of the jungle.


After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we will resume another exciting jungle adventure. We will begin the trek by entering the jungle to discover all the hidden treasures it has to offer, including fascinating waterfalls, ancient and majestic trees that have stood the test of time while you will have the opportunity to observe more animals as we pass, including orangutans among others. many more. The hike to meet the orangutans, nature's acrobats, can last from 2 to 8 hours, depending on where they are in their daily activities. Equipped with essentials such as drinking water, sturdy shoes, a jacket, and a walking stick, you'll set out in search of these majestic creatures. Immerse yourself in its revitalizing river waters and allow yourself to completely relax while enjoying the peaceful and tranquil natural beauty that surrounds you in the hot springs. As the day draws to a close, we warmly welcome you to our camp. Here you can enjoy another night in the heart of the jungle and savor the unique experience of being completely immersed in this vibrant and thriving nature.


When your last day in the jungle dawns, you will wake up to the sounds of nature, a melody that sums up the essence of Ketambe's wild heart. With a hearty breakfast to fuel your day, you'll bid farewell to the embrace of the jungle, knowing that your incredible journey is slowly coming to an end. As you begin your return journey, the jungle continues to reveal its enchanting secrets. Your guide will make sure you savor every last moment of this extraordinary adventure. The road back to civilization promises more impressive encounters. Whether it's the majestic river, the invigorating natural hot springs, the waterfall, the venerable mother tree or the enigmatic hollow tree, your guide will ensure that you don't miss a single one of these captivating natural wonders. There will be a mark on your soul of memories that reflect the nature of Ketambe and the fascinating number of creatures that call it home. Once you arrive at the town of Ketambe, transportation will be waiting for you to take you to the airport or your next destination while you longingly remember the wonderful moments experienced on this adventure.

  • Transfer from and to the airport 8 hours by private car
  • Experienced knowledgeable trekking guide, well-versed in the jungle's diverse flora and fauna
  • Profesional team with porters, skilled cooks, and helpful assistants (tailored to your group size)
  • All basic camping and cooking equipment carried in and set up for you
  • Top-quality trekking and camping gear, including a plush air mattress and a cozy sleeping bag
  • Leech socks to borrow for the duration of the trip
  • Porters and guides who are committed to leaving no trace behind
  • Delectable freshly cooked meals in the heart of the jungle
  • Unlimited tea, coffee, snacks, and refreshing fruit
  • Constant supply of boiled drinking water throughout the trek, so all you need to bring is a large bottle, 1 to 2 liters in size
  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcohol beverages (can bring your own)
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs
  • Additional activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • It is important to carefully read the tour details and inclusions/exclusions to ensure that you are aware of what is and is not included in the tour price

What is Sumatra Ketambe Jungle Trekking?

Sumatra Ketambe Jungle Trekking is a thrilling adventure in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, offering unique opportunities to explore pristine nature and witness diverse wildlife.

How long is the typical jungle trek?

Jungle treks in Ketambe can vary from 1 to 5 days, depending on your preference and schedule.

What animals can I expect to see during the trek?

You can expect to encounter a diverse range of wildlife, lush vegetation, and vibrant bird species. Some of the notable highlights include animals such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys, gibbons, macaque monkeys, monitor lizards, frogs, and toads. Vegetation through ancient and untouched rainforests with towering trees, dense undergrowth, and vibrant flora, including towering dipterocarp trees, lush ferns, and exotic orchids. If you love birdlife, you can look and listen for the calls of hornbills, eagles, kingfishers, parrots, and many other avian species that inhabit the canopy. The region's rich birdlife provides a delightful symphony of sounds as you explore the jungle.

Is Sumatra Ketambe Jungle Trekking suitable for children?

Yes, the jungle trek is suitable for children who enjoy outdoor adventures and have a moderate level of physical fitness.

How do I get to Ketambe?

To reach Ketambe, you can fly into Kuala Namu International Airport (KNO) in Medan, Indonesia. From there, you can take a bus or hire a private vehicle for a scenic drive to Ketambe, which takes approximately 8 hours.

Are experienced guides provided for the jungle treks?

Yes, experienced local guides familiar with the jungle and its inhabitants will accompany you throughout the trek, this guides has been born and raised in the area ensuring your safety and enhancing your wildlife-watching experience.

What type of accommodation is available in Ketambe?

Ketambe primarily offers camping with tents for jungle trekkings. This allows you to immerse yourself in nature's beauty, with the sounds of the jungle as your backdrop, creating an unforgettable adventure in Sumatra.

What should I pack for the jungle trek?

Essentials include comfortable trekking clothes, sturdy footwear, a jacket, a hat, insect repellent, a water bottle, and a camera. Your guide will provide further guidance.

Do I need special permits to visit the jungle?

You may need permits to enter certain areas of the jungle. Your guide will manage all the necessary permits included in the tour price.

Is there a maximum group size for the jungle treks?

Group sizes may vary, but it's typically advisable to keep groups small in size of 8 as much, for a more intimate jungle experience.

What kind of meals are provided during the trek?

Delicious traditional dishes using fresh, local ingredients are prepared. You'll savor a variety of flavors, including Indonesian specialties.

Are there opportunities to engage with local communities?

Yes, you can support local sustainable initiatives, purchase locally made souvenirs, and participate in community-led activities to connect with the indigenous culture of Ketambe.


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