Indonesia Jungle Adventure (Sumatra)

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1. In Brief

Experience this exhilarating 9-day expedition through the lush expanses of the Sumatran rainforest, where you will learn vital jungle survival skills, track the wild Orangutans through their stunning natural habitat, experience and learn more about ecotourism and the vital role it plays in the preservation of these precious natural resources, all the while making new friends for life!

Whilst on the trek you will be on the lookout for an incredible range of species including elephants, tapir, Sun Bears, and of course the beautiful Orangutans, the main focus of the expedition. You may even be lucky enough to spot the rare and elusive Sumatran Tiger moving silently through the tangled depths of the undergrowth.

Your trek will take place in the dramatic territory that makes up the Gunung Leuser National Park, and there will also be the chance to add extra activities such as riding elephants or white water rafting at the end of your adventure. Join this project for a once in a lifetime visit to one of the most beautiful and diverse locations on Earth!



  • Explore Sumatra's jungles
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Spot the rare & captivating Orangutan
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!


  • Early booking recommended
  • Participants must be over the age of 18


Location Sumatra, Indonesia
Activities Trekking
Learning about eco-tourism & sustainable practices
Learning expedition skills
River "tube" journey
Transport Transport to & from the airport via bus
Accommodation Tarpaulins


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Airport pick-up & drop-off via bus
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project


Indonesia is the site for an absolutely vast store of biodiversity which makes up a significant proportion of the precious rainforest reserve left in the world. Within the forest a complex network of ecosystems support a huge number of species which exist in a delicate balance. However, it is also arguably subject to the highest levels of deforestation, partially due to the introduction of biofuels as an alternative to fossil fuels, which has in fact simply led to the continuation of further habitat destruction, threatening thousands of species and removing the protection that the forest provides for the planet.

Expedition projects such as these are vital as they support the introduction and growth of high quality, sustainable ecotourism – a type of tourism that aims to sustain conservation efforts whilst benefiting and aiding local communities, providing long term and effective strategies for preserving the natural environment. If any long term solutions are to be reached, organisations that are promoting ecotourism in vulnerable areas must be maintained.

This project is an incredible chance to enjoy a life changing experience in a stunning environment where you will learn valuable skills, whilst also supporting responsible and ethical tourism that has a very important role in protecting this undeniably invaluable natural resource.


Your journey will start with a night spent in a hotel in Bukit Lawang, enabling you to adjust to the humidity and to relax and prepare for the journey ahead. Following this, a short introductory trek is included in the expedition cost, involving travelling out to a feeding platform to spot partially rehabilitated Orangutans, giving you the chance to practise identifying these appealing primates in the dense undergrowth. Next your trek begins – six days and nights of travelling through the forest, constantly learning and practising expedition skills ranging from catching fish for your dinner, building your own fire for cooking and even finding and preparing jungle medicine! You will also be on the lookout for a multitude of species, particularly Orangutans, and enjoying the extraordinary levels of biodiversity that are found here – of the 10,000 plant species found in the West Indo Malayan region, it is estimated that 45% are found in this national park. Throughout your journey, you will be learning about ecotourism from your expert leaders, and will fully appreciate how important these sustainable measures are. Once the trek is over, you will have an adrenaline fuelled river "tube" journey (rafting) back to Bukit Lawang, where you will end on a high with an evening BBQ and party. This really is a truly unique expedition and will provide an absolutely unforgettable experience!

3. What to expect


Airport pickup will be provided from Kuala Namu International airport. Once collected you will be escorted to your accommodation via bus and briefed on the days ahead.  Please aim to arrive before midday to ensure you have enough time to make the three hour journey to the project site by public transport.


During your first and last days you will be accommodated in a comfortable guesthouse/hotel. During the trek itself you will be sleeping under tarpaulins in your sleeping bag, drifting off to the sounds of the jungle and waking to a symphony of exotic bird calls.


Basic, filling meals of rice and vegetables for most days, you will have a great opportunity to learn how to cook in the jungle! When out of the rainforest you can try and sample other Indonesian delicacies cooked with coconut milk, served alongside noodle soups and tantalising chicken.

4. The reviews

An amazing month in Asia  | 11 Oct 2012
I just got back home from an amazing month in Asia. I wanted to let you know that my experience i...

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Outstanding Jungle Trip  | 13 Aug 2012
  Just wanted to let you know how much we our enjoyed our trip. Edy was a fantastic head...

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Jungle Adventures  | 18 Jul 2011
  I went out to the jungle all on my own and not knowing what to expect, however, i...

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A really good experience!  | 21 Jun 2011
I really enjoyed my trip to Sumatra, Indonesia and feel like it was an experience that I will nev...

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Daniel's Watering Hole Encounter  | 10 Jan 2010
Let’s start from the second I landed - Medan Airport is very small in comparison to many of...

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Day 3 of Trek  | 14 Oct 2009
I just had the best night sleep because yesterday was the most physically challenged I think I ha...

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The last supper but not the last jungle trek  | 1 Aug 2009
Me and Dana would like to thank you and your collegues for everything regarding our stay in Bukit...

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Sumatra Jungle Adventure  | 27 May 2009
We had the most amazing time in the Sumatra Rain Forest! It pushed our physical, emotional and me...

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6. Extras

7. Dates and Costs


Project fee $695

Registration fee $95


Please arrive before midday on your project start date and ensure departing flight is after 3pm on the final day of the itinerary.

2016 Start Dates

16th December - 24th December 2016

2017 Starts Dates

20th Jan - 28th January
17th Feb -  25th Feb
24th Mar - 1st Apr
21st Apr - 29th Apr
19th May - 27th May
9th Jun - 17th Jun
21st Jul - 29th Jul
18th Aug - 26th Aug
22nd Sep - 30th Sep
20th Oct - 28th Oct
17th Nov - 25th Nov
15th Dec - 23rd Dec


9 days


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Medan (MES)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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