Mount Leuser National Park
Covering both resilient Nangroe Aceh Darussalam and antique North Sumatra Province, most parts of the national park rest in the lush South East Aceh region, blessed with tropical fruits like mango, rambutan, durian, avocado, orange, papaya, and guava. The other parts are situated in the east Aceh, south Aceh, and Langkat of North Sumatra, known to produce world-class coffee and tobacco. Most visitors normally start their adventures in the national park through Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, where you can always find the gentle giants of the jungle, the orangutans. Discover the gentleness of these sociable primates as your discovery of Sumatra begins right here.
Mount Leuser National Park, named after its highest peak, Mount Leuser (3,381 m), is one of the largest and the most diverse national parks in Indonesia, covering an area of 7,927 square kilometer in the northern tip of Sumatera, Indonesia. Embracing various ecosystems, the national park is in fact a cluster of various nature reserves and forests: Gunung Leuser Nature Reserve, Kappi Nature Reserve, Kluet Nature Reserve, Sikundur-Langkat Wildlife Reserve, Ketambe Research Station, Singkil Barat, and Dolok Sembilin.
The park is so extensive, it covers mangroves, beach and swamp forest, lowland rainforest, moss forest, and up to subalpine forest. When traversing its extraordinary landscape, enthusiastic adventurer like you will not be disappointed.
The Mount Leuser National Park, which is Taman Nasional Gunung Leuser in Bahasa, encompasses more than 100 kilometers of the Bukit Barisan Mountains, known for its steep, almost inaccessible mountainous terrains. The altitude ranges from beach area in Kluet (South Aceh), to 3,381 meter on top of the Gunung Leuser (Southeast Aceh). The breathtaking Alas River cuts the park into an eastern and western half, where your tropical thirst for adrenaline will be captivatingly fulfilled.
Around 130 species are identified in this park only. The mysterious Sumatran tigers, elephants, rhinos, Siamang monkeys, macaques, clouded leopards, reptiles, fish, and around 325 species of birds are among the endemic wildlife known to inhibit the park. Surely the trek to the inner park is more than just a great adventure to the last zoo you visited. Come and take in the experience living in a small friendly village, Ketambe, where the locals are naturally knowledgeable and ecologically hospitable.
Explore the multi-path jungle trek when you go to this park. Seeing the reclusive orangutan in the wild is one of the best experiences you will have in your life. So, prepare your gears to learn more than a swing in Bohorok-Bukit Lawang Orangutan Rehabilitation Station that detects more than 5,000 orangutans living in the sanctuary.
Collectively protects the diverse wildlife with Bukit Barisan Selatan and Kerinci Seblat National Park, they form a World’s Heritage Site. It is the only place on earth where four of the world’s spectacular animals namely the orangutans, rhinoceros, elephants, and tigers are found altogether.
Take a breath during your break while watching the dynamic Thomas leaf monkey. They are superb creatures that leap into air, as they move from tree to tree. Their Mohawk hairstyles and faces make these tree-hopping actors a delightful interruption in your expedition.
The village of Ketambe offers a childhood interlude activity in the Alas River. They love going tubing. Here, one uses an inner tube to float down the river. Tubes can be rented at various stalls along the village.
Other activities you might want to consider are visiting bat cave, hiking along the rice fields and rubber plantations, visiting social projects like free English school, Children’s home and clinics, and the joyful Friday market. If you are curious enough, just hang out with some of the locals and enjoy the relax-paced atmosphere around local warongs.
For a more challenging trip, you may consider hiking to the peak of Mount Leuser, which takes about 10-14 days. The small village of Angasan is a common and suitable starting point.
It is highly recommended to always go into the jungle with some assistance from your local guide. There are sufficiently good and reliable guides around for a great adventure. All reliable guides have to be licensed, and hence, ask to see their permit to make sure of someone’s expertise and service excellence. Not only will you have a safe expedition, as the chance to sightings of the orangutan and other wildlife can be much favorable.