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Fri 04 Sep - Sun 13 Sep 2015


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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Fri 04 Sep 2015

International departure from London

The countdown is over and it’s finally time to meet the rest of the team and a Charity Challenge representative for the flight out to Indonesia.


Day 2, Sat 05 Sep 2015

Arrive Medan and transfer to Bukit Lawang

A Charity Challenge representative will meet the group at Kuala Namu Airport for the transfer (approximately 4-5 hours drive) to Bukit Lawang, which literally translates as ‘door to the hills’. Once there, we can enjoy the rest of the day acclimatising and relaxing before our evening dinner and a full challenge briefing from the group guide. Overnight in the Ecolodge.


Day 3, Sun 06 Sep 2015

Warm up trek to orangutan feeding platform (approximately 4-5 hours)

It’s an early start to for the trek to the orangutan feeding station in the Gunung Leuser National Park, where former captive orangutans learn to adapt to the wild. The free-living apes are normally fed twice a day on a deliberately monotonous diet to encourage them to forage. This also enables the rangers to monitor how well they are coping in the wild. Overnight in the Ecolodge.


Day 4, Mon 07 Sep 2015

Trek to Camp 1, Adi Black (approximately 5-6 hours)

The team will divide into groups for this morning’s jungle trek experience. Over the next five days we will experience steep climbs and ascents with the aid of ropes and local guides who will teach us rainforest survival skills. There are plenty of stops along the way to acclimatise and appreciate the spectacular. We will spend our first night in a jungle camp at Adi Black.


Day 5, Tue 08 Sep 2015

Trek to Jamur Batu Atas waterfall (approximately 5-6 hours)

As we trek deeper into the jungle, the environment becomes more and more secluded. Listen to the sound of the gibbons in the morning or the hornbills overhead. Be prepared for steep climbs and descents on this full day trekking to the impressive Jamur Batu Atas waterfall. Now more attune to our surroundings, we will be on the lookout for wildlife as we camp here the night.


Day 6, Wed 09 Sep 2015

Trek to Camp 3, Tapak Begu (approximately 5-6 hours)

It’s time to test those all-important tracking skills, so keep your eyes peeled for orangutans! Begin to explore the jungle like a native as the guides point out the variety of wildlife and plant species along the way. Follow their lead and you may be in luck, though obviously sightings are never guaranteed. The trekking route ultimately heads for our jungle camp at Tapak Begu.


Day 7, Thu 10 Sep 2015

Trek to Limau Hantu (approximately 5-6 hours)

This is the final full day in the Sumatran jungle and we are heading for the Landak River. Be sure to take every opportunity to spot interesting sights along the way, as we make our way to our final jungle camp at Limau Hantu. Tonight the guides will prepare a special traditional event, while we catch up on the ups and downs of the trip so far.


Day 8, Fri 11 Sep 2015

Jamur Batu Atas waterfall to tree replanting project (approximately 4-5 hours)

Rise and shine early for the last day of trekking, starting with a short walk upstream to the tree replanting project along the Landak River. The group will assist in clearing the land to make space for new saplings, as well as carrying out maintenance gardening around existing saplings. There’s time for a refreshing swim before we head for back to the ecolodge, where we dine and overnight.


Day 9, Sat 12 Sep 2015

Return transfer to Medan for international departure

There’s time for one last team breakfast before we pack up. The group will then be driven to Medan, from where we board our international flight home.


Day 10, Sun 13 Sep 2015

Arrive in UK

Be sure to swap contact with new-found friends and trekking partners before we touchdown early in the UK.


Important information

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the strength of the group, and so on. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that may occur. In all such circumstances, your challenge leader will have the final say.

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