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Fri 06 Sep - Sun 15 Sep 2024


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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Fri 06 Sep 2024

International departure from London

The countdown is over and it’s finally time to wave farewell to family and friends and board your flight to Medan. Embrace the nerves, it's time to go!


Day 2, Sat 07 Sep 2024

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 08 Sep 2024

Practice trek (approximately 3-4 hours)

This morning post breakfast you will take on a Practice trek to find your jungle feet and to acclimatise to the hot and humid environment. If you are lucky this will also be your first sightings of the Sumatran Orangutan in their natural habitat, as your trek takes you close by the old feeding platform area. Today is a good opportunity to adjust to the terrain and the climate and get used to your kit.

After lunch you will have the afternoon free to explore Bukit Lawang, pick up any extra kit and spend time packing your kit for your upcoming jungle trek. 

Overnight in the Ecolodge.


Day 4, Mon 09 Sep 2024

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

If necessary your team will split into groups for the jungle trek. Over the next five days, experience steep climbs and ascents with the aid of ropes and local guides who will teach you about the rainforest and its secrets. There are plenty of stops along the way to acclimatise and wipe the sweat from your brow. Tonight spend the night in a jungle camp at Adi Black, the first taste of wild camping.


Day 5, Tue 10 Sep 2024

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

As you trek deeper into the jungle the forest becomes denser and overgrown, a little more off the beaten track. Todays trek will require walking along a tributary where scarmbling over tree roots and rocks will be required.  Listen to the sound of the gibbons in the morning or the hornbills overhead, and prepare for steep climbs and descents, including a 30m climb to the top of the jungle ridge where you will trek along before descending back down to the river. Now more attune to the surroundings, keep a lookout for wildlife as at camp overnight.


Day 6, Wed 11 Sep 2024

Trek to Camp 3, Batu Gajah (approximately 5-6 hours)

It’s time to test those all-important tracking skills, keep eyes peeled for wildlife as you trek up river. Explore the jungle like a natural as the guides point out the variety of wildlife and plant species along the way. Take on several more ascents and descents, today reaching a high point of 485m. From the summit drop back into camp with the aid of ropes. 

The trekking route ultimately heads for our jungle camp at Batu Gajah


Day 7, Thu 12 Sep 2024

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.


Day 8, Fri 13 Sep 2024

Limau Hantu to a local project (approximately 4-5 hours)

Post Breakfast, get your river shoes ready for a 1 hour walk upstream (it is essential that you have river shoes with a covered toe, as the walk upstream will be ankle deep with some large rocks under foot). Continue your trek out of the jungle and back to Bukit Lawang to cross your fininshing line. You will move directly to your short project visit before celebrating your successes back at the lodge. 

Overnight Eco Lodge 


Day 9, Sat 14 Sep 2024

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 15 Sep 2024

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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