Hike for Hope Sumatra 2025

Trek through Sumatra's lush landscapes, supporting Pets Of The Homeless on our 10th Anniversary. Join the adventure and raise vital funds to help keep vulnerable people and their pets together.

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14 - 23 July 2025

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$390 $240

Registration Fee

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$2,999

Trip Cost

Paid upfront or in instalments

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4/5

Challenge Grade

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$3,000

Fundraising Target

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Early bird offer: sign up before 06/08/2024 and save $150 on your registration fee!

The Difference You'll Make

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Pets Of The Homeless is dedicated to keeping vulnerable people and their beloved pets together by alleviating the burden of providing essential pet care during times of hardship.

Join our Founder, Yvonne Hong, on a transformative 10-day Hike for Hope expedition through Sumatra's picturesque Gunung Leuser National Park, to mark our 10th birthday! Trek amidst stunning landscapes, camp beneath starlit skies, and immerse yourself in the region's vibrant culture. Celebrate a decade of impact by raising crucial funds and awareness for our cause, creating unforgettable memories while supporting people and their pets when they need it most.

Whether you're an avid adventurer or simply passionate about our mission, seize this opportunity to make a tangible difference. Along the journey, encounter exotic wildlife, visit rescued orangutans, and gain insights into efforts to prevent the extinction of the Sumatran orangutan. Explore the city of Medan on a guided tour, enriching your understanding of Sumatra's diverse heritage.

Join us as we hike for hope, compassion, and the enduring bond between humans and their animal companions.

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How it works

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FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS

Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).
For more details, see our FAQs.
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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to a worthwhile cause.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.

Teamwork

Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1: Monday, 14th July 2025 Arrive in Medan

Day 1: Arrive Medan

Selamat datang! Welcome to Sumatra, Indonesia. The adventure-of-a-lifetime begins today. On arrival in Medan, you will make your own way to the hotel to be greeted by your local guide. You’ll meet your teammates and have a welcome briefing and dinner tonight.

Accommodation: 5-star hotel

Meals: D

Day 2: Tuesday, 15th July 2025 Orangutan Haven

Day 2: Orangutan Haven

After breakfast, we’ll make our way to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) in Medan to learn more about their work preventing the extinction of the Sumatran orangutan. Afterwards, we’ll head to the Orangutans Haven, located an hour and a half from Medan. Here we’ll be able to see the rescued orangutans and enjoy an outdoor atmosphere surrounded by forest. From here, we’ll have the opportunity to relax at an Eco Farm, where we can sample some healthy farm to table food while learning about sustainable agriculture. We’ll then head back to Medan to our hotel to rest for tomorrow. 

Accommodation: 5-star hotel

Meals: B L D

Day 3: Wednesday, 16th July 2025 Medan to Bukit Lawang

Day 3: Medan to Bukit Lawang

This morning we visit the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) in Medan to learn more about their work preventing the extinction of the Sumatran orangutan. We then take a private vehicle transfer to Bukit Lawang, part of Gunung Leuser National Park—the last sanctuary of the Sumatran orangutan. In the afternoon, we will take a short walk along the riverbank, then cross the river. There will be ample time to savour this unique and humbling moment before heading back to Bukit Lawang and our hotel.

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Trekking Time: 1 hour 

Transfer Time: 5-6 hours 

Meals: B L D

Day 4: Thursday, 17th July 2025 Bukit Lawang to Adi Black

Day 4: Bukit Lawang to Adi Black

Today we leave the comforts of our hotel behind and begin our trek. We start with a steep ascent through the mountainous Gunung Leuser National Park, enjoying the spectacular views en route. Throughout the day we will learn about jungle life, from the medicinal qualities of plants to gathering food, from our guides. Upon arrival at our first campsite, we are provided with afternoon tea and we have time to settle in for our first night in the jungle. Tonight we camp under the stars, enveloped by dense vegetation, listening to the eerie sounds of the night jungle.

Accommodation: Campsite

Trekking time: 6 hours

Meals: B L D

Day 5: Friday, 18th July 2025 Adi Black to Jamur Batu Atas

Day 5: Adi Black to Jamur Batu Atas

Waking to the sounds of the jungle coming to life, we enjoy breakfast at camp before beginning our trek. Following well-defined paths, we trek across steady terrain, through lush jungle and between towering trees. Be sure to keep an eye out for orangutans, gibbons and hornbills. You may even spot some of the shier wildlife, including the Sumatran striped rabbit and a variety of birds and butterflies. In the afternoon, we continue trekking to our campsite which is located next to a river where we might like to take a refreshing dip. Tonight, we once again camp under the stars, surrounded by exquisite jungle. 

Accommodation: Campsite

Trekking time: 6 hours

Meals: B L D

Day 6: Saturday, 19th July 2025 Jamur Batu Atas - Aras Pinang - Bukit Lawang

Day 6: Jamur Batu Atas - Aras Pinang - Bukit Lawang

On our last day of trekking, we rise early and pack up camp. We then begin our trek through steep, rugged terrain. Today’s route may be adjusted, subject to weather conditions, to maximise our exposure to this beautiful environment. As we trek, our guide will point out the telltale signs of orangutans and the other amazing animals that call this jungle home. Arriving in Aras Pinang at noon, we jump on a floating tube and go down the river back to Bukit Lawang. In the evening, we check-in to our accommodation for a well-deserved rest.

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Trekking time: 4 hours

Meals: B L D

Day 7: Sunday, 20th July 2025 Bukit Lawang to Tangkahan 

Day 7: Bukit Lawang to Tangkahan 

This morning is free to explore Bukit Lawang, before our afternoon transfer to Tangkahan. Passing through remote local villages and a school en route, we arrive in Tangkahan by the early afternoon. Part of Gunung Leuser National Park, Tangkahan is famous for its elephants and wild jungle. The afternoon is yours to enjoy—perhaps you could walk along the bank of the Buluh River. Tonight we stay in a simple lodge surrounded by jungle.

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Transfer time: 2.5 hours

Meals: B L D

Day 8: Monday, 21st July 2025 Tangkahan - Tree Planting

Day 8: Tangkahan - Tree Planting

Today after breakfast we have the special opportunity to plant trees in an area which was damaged from illegal logging 10 years ago. To help the young forest flourish, we will plant some local tropical trees such as Meranti, Damar, Mahang, Kruing and Mahonia. We will also plant trees on the bank of the river to protect it from erosion and landslides. In the afternoon, we visit the local villages of Tangkahan to meet local families before exploring the waterfall that feeds the Buluh River. In the evening, we return to our lodge for dinner.

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Meals: B L D

Day 9: Tuesday, 22nd July 2025 Tangkahan – Medan

Day 9: Tangkahan – Medan

This morning we transfer by private vehicle back to Medan, Sumatra’s major metropolis and Indonesia’s third largest city. Upon arrival, we immediately set off on a city tour beginning at Maimoon Palace. Built by Sultan Makmun Rasyid Perkasa Alamsyah between 1887 and 1891, the palace is popular not only for its historical heritage, but also for its unique interior design mixing the elements of Malay, Islam, Spanish, Indian and Italian architecture. After, we explore the Grand Mosque, Chinese temples and remaining Dutch colonial buildings. In the early afternoon we check in to our hotel and relax before our farewell dinner. 

Accommodation: 5-star hotel

Transfer time: 30 minutes

Meals: B L D

Day 10: Wednesday, 23rd July 2025 Depart Medan

Day 10: Depart Medan

Today, we bid farewell to Medan, Sumatra and our amazing jungle adventure. You are free to further explore Medan or relax until you make your way to the airport for your flight back home.

Meals: B

Includes: Twin share accommodation in a 5-star hotel, basic lodges and campsites• Meals as per the itinerary • English speaking guide and facilitator • Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time • Service charge and current government VAT tax • Camping equipment • Tree Planting in Tangkahan

Excludes: International airfares • Airport transfers • Visa • Visa stamp fee, to be paid at arrival airport • Travel Insurance (compulsory) • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks • Expenditure of a personal nature • Tips and gratuities

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Explore Gunung Leuser National Park's lush landscapes during a 10-day adventure.
  • Encounter exotic wildlife amidst breathtaking scenery on your trek.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the jungle region and explore Medan on a city tour.
  • Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Pets of the Homeless with like-minded people.
  • Make a tangible impact and create lasting memories during this unforgettable experience.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 4/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Sumatra trek is a physically demanding challenge, involving 4 days of jungle trekking. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy the experience. 

You'll be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You’re free to move at your own pace and we’ll take frequent breaks. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we’ll connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we’ll happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You'll be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

Pets of the Homeless has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $48 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Pets of the Homeless, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 5-star hotels, lodges and at comfortable campsites.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we’ll pair you together.

What to expect

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we’ll happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You’ll be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

Fundraising

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You'll have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we’ll also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we’re looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we’ll review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you'll each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for Pets of the Homeless are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $2,999 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for Pets Of The Homeless.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is required for international travel to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you'll need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

Do I need a visa to travel to Indonesia?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa on arrival for entry into Indonesia. 

Passports are required to be valid for at least six months after the date you return to your home country. You must have a valid passport before you can apply for a visa. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

Testimonial

“I loved my experience, challenging but an amazing adventure. I loved our stays in more remote areas, getting away from the bustle of cities and into nature. Thank you for providing an itinerary that allows for this.”

– Past participant, Edgar's Mission Sumatra 2023

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