Sumatra Jungle Trek

Indonesia

Sumatra is a beautiful untouched paradise nestled in western Indonesia, making up part of the Sunda Islands.

Trip duration:
9 days

Challenge duration:
4 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
May to October

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 2 to 3-star hotels and camping

Hiking the Sumatran Jungle

Gifted with endless beauty, nature lovers will be captivated by Sumatra's extraordinary landscapes. From majestic inland mountains and volcanoes to deep valleys, lush rainforests and stunning rice field.

A true feast for the senses, there’s no shortage of experiences to be had in Sumatra. Whether you’re soaking up the sights, sounds and surrounds of Medan or Banda Aceh, journeying through Gunung Leuser National Park or witnessing the world’s rarest animals and plant species, adventure is found at every turn in this wild wonderland.

Sipiso Piso Waterfall in Sumatra

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Discover the majesty and mysticism of Sumatra’s last remaining tropical rainforest
  • Trek through dense jungle by day and camp under the stars at night
  • Spend a day at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme and learn how they are acting to prevent deforestation and habitat loss
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Sumatra

The adventure-of-a-lifetime begins today as we make our way to Indonesia. Selamat datang! Welcome to Sumatra, Indonesia. On arrival in Medan, you will make your way to your hotel where you will be greeted by your local guide. Take this time to rest and prepare for the adventure ahead, or to get to know your fellow trekkers. 

Meals: Nil

Day 2: 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. We spend tonight relaxing and preparing for the jungle trek ahead of us.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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

Trekking Time: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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 shy 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. 

Trekking Time: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 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 hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Trekking Time: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bukit Lawang – 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tangkahan

Today after breakfast we have the special opportunity to plant trees in an area which was damaged by 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Depart Medan

Today, we bid farewell to Medan, Sumatra and our amazing jungle adventure as we transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in Sumatra

The adventure-of-a-lifetime begins today as we make our way to Indonesia. Selamat datang! Welcome to Sumatra, Indonesia. On arrival in Medan, you will make your way to your hotel where you will be greeted by your local guide. Take this time to rest and prepare for the adventure ahead, or to get to know your fellow trekkers. 

Meals: Nil

Day 2: 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. We spend tonight relaxing and preparing for the jungle trek ahead of us.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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

Trekking Time: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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 shy 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. 

Trekking Time: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 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 hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Trekking Time: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bukit Lawang – 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tangkahan

Today after breakfast we have the special opportunity to plant trees in an area which was damaged by 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Depart Medan

Today, we bid farewell to Medan, Sumatra and our amazing jungle adventure as we transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

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 3/5. 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 physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will be well supported on the adventure by the expert guides and the wider team. You can move at your own pace and we take frequent rest breaks.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will 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.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

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

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3 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?

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

What to expect

What are the toilets like? 

Most hotels will have western-style toilets and clean amenities, with toilet paper provided. While trekking and camping, there will be two simple toilets with toilet paper provided. These simple style toilets will be two holes dug into the ground. They will be secluded and surrounded with a plastic tent. If nature calls during your trek, you will need to go in the bush.

Bathrooms in restaurants and other public places vary. We recommend that you always carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser with you in your daypack.

Are showers available? 

While camping, there will be no showers available, however participants are able to bathe in the river near the campsite.

What is the food like? 

Sumatran food is traditionally very spicy and known for its use of chilli, lemongrass, ginger, garlic and coriander. Below are some of Sumatra’s most popular dishes and drinks, and guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of tastebuds.

Sambal Tuktuk: A traditional hot and spicy condiment that is made with dried mackerel.

Arsik: A spicy stewed fish dish from Tapanuli in North Sumatra. Arsik is typically made with carp and seasoned with andaliman (Sichuan pepper), chives, lemon, garlic and torch ginger.

Anyang Pakis: A vegetable salad of fern leaves, bean sprout, roasted coconut, lime juice and mixed spices.

Ombus-Ombus Cake: A popular cake that is made from rice flour and sugar, and wrapped in banana leaf.

Dali ni Horbo: A natural cheese-like dish made from traditionally processed buffalo milk from Tapanuli.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. A special meal can always be prepared to meet individual needs specified in advance.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Internet access and Wi-Fi will be available at the hotel in Medan and in the lodges, however it will not be accessible while camping. Please note that coverage may not be as strong in lodges.

We recommend checking with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding

international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure.

Will I have access to electricity?

127V, 230V/50Hz. Indonesia uses outlet types C and F—two round or three flat pin power plugs.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Twin-share accommodation in 2 or 3-star hotels and camping
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned in private vehicle
  • Sightseeing fees and permits
  • Camping equipment
  • Tree planting supplies in Tangkahan

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow AU $25 (approximately 265,500 Rp) per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, tips, souvenirs and gifts, bottled water and any additional activities you wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget.

 

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is customary but not compulsory in Indonesia, and you are encouraged to tip

only an amount you find appropriate. Your Team Leader will give you advice on customary tipping amounts (usually about AUD $65, approximately 690,280 Rp, per person for the entire adventure) and will coordinate a tipping kitty to assist you and the team with the process.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures 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 will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Indonesia?

No, Australian and New Zealand passport holders are not required to have a valid visa to enter Indonesia. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.

About Indonesia

Is it safe to travel in Indonesia?

While in Indonesia, we advise you to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always maintain eye contact or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night.

Caution should be adopted in larger cities, where incidents of petty theft and bag snatching are common. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in the safe. While trekking, it is important that you listen to the advice of your team leader and local guides regarding responsible and safe behaviour.

What weather can I expect?

Given its proximity to the equator, Sumatra’s climate is predominately tropical with warm

temperatures averaging around 24°C - 31°C throughout the year. However, as with all tropical climates, Sumatra does have wet weather, so be sure to pack wet weather gear and expect a bit of rain. We recommend checking local weather forecasts closer to departure for more up-to-date information.

Can I drink the water in Indonesia?

Do not drink the tap water. Tap water is safe to drink only after boiled. Purified bottled water is available everywhere in major cities, and is generally quite cheap.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. 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 physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will be well supported on the adventure by the expert guides and the wider team. You can move at your own pace and we take frequent rest breaks.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will 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.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

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

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3 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?

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

What to expect

What are the toilets like? 

Most hotels will have western-style toilets and clean amenities, with toilet paper provided. While trekking and camping, there will be two simple toilets with toilet paper provided. These simple style toilets will be two holes dug into the ground. They will be secluded and surrounded with a plastic tent. If nature calls during your trek, you will need to go in the bush.

Bathrooms in restaurants and other public places vary. We recommend that you always carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser with you in your daypack.

Are showers available? 

While camping, there will be no showers available, however participants are able to bathe in the river near the campsite.

What is the food like? 

Sumatran food is traditionally very spicy and known for its use of chilli, lemongrass, ginger, garlic and coriander. Below are some of Sumatra’s most popular dishes and drinks, and guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of tastebuds.

Sambal Tuktuk: A traditional hot and spicy condiment that is made with dried mackerel.

Arsik: A spicy stewed fish dish from Tapanuli in North Sumatra. Arsik is typically made with carp and seasoned with andaliman (Sichuan pepper), chives, lemon, garlic and torch ginger.

Anyang Pakis: A vegetable salad of fern leaves, bean sprout, roasted coconut, lime juice and mixed spices.

Ombus-Ombus Cake: A popular cake that is made from rice flour and sugar, and wrapped in banana leaf.

Dali ni Horbo: A natural cheese-like dish made from traditionally processed buffalo milk from Tapanuli.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. A special meal can always be prepared to meet individual needs specified in advance.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Internet access and Wi-Fi will be available at the hotel in Medan and in the lodges, however it will not be accessible while camping. Please note that coverage may not be as strong in lodges.

We recommend checking with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding

international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure.

Will I have access to electricity?

127V, 230V/50Hz. Indonesia uses outlet types C and F—two round or three flat pin power plugs.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Twin-share accommodation in 2 or 3-star hotels and camping
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned in private vehicle
  • Sightseeing fees and permits
  • Camping equipment
  • Tree planting supplies in Tangkahan

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow AU $25 (approximately 265,500 Rp) per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, tips, souvenirs and gifts, bottled water and any additional activities you wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is customary but not compulsory in Indonesia, and you are encouraged to tip

only an amount you find appropriate. Your Team Leader will give you advice on customary tipping amounts (usually about AUD $65, approximately 690,280 Rp, per person for the entire adventure) and will coordinate a tipping kitty to assist you and the team with the process.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures 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 will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Indonesia?

No, Australian and New Zealand passport holders are not required to have a valid visa to enter Indonesia. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.

About Indonesia

Is it safe to travel in Indonesia?

While in Indonesia, we advise you to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always maintain eye contact or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night.

Caution should be adopted in larger cities, where incidents of petty theft and bag snatching are common. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in the safe. While trekking, it is important that you listen to the advice of your team leader and local guides regarding responsible and safe behaviour.

What weather can I expect?

Given its proximity to the equator, Sumatra’s climate is predominately tropical with warm

temperatures averaging around 24°C - 31°C throughout the year. However, as with all tropical climates, Sumatra does have wet weather, so be sure to pack wet weather gear and expect a bit of rain. We recommend checking local weather forecasts closer to departure for more up-to-date information.

Can I drink the water in Indonesia?

Do not drink the tap water. Tap water is safe to drink only after boiled. Purified bottled water is available everywhere in major cities, and is generally quite cheap.

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

Reviews

Past adventurers rated their overall experience on the Sumatran Jungle trek as 4.53 out of 5

★★★★★


“The cultural experience was awesome.”

Lorraine Firth

BCNA’s Jungle Trek: Sumatra 2019

★★★★★


"The highlight was definitely seeing Katherine, the orangutan.”

Edgar's Mission Trek for Kindness: Sumatra 2018

★★★★★


“The best trip I have ever been on. I have learnt so much and feel so privileged to have met the locals.”

Sally Massos

World Animal Protections Sumatra Trek 2017
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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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