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Of all the great national parks in the world, few offer such an experience as Gunung Leuser National Park. Located in Indonesia and home to the world’s most endangered species, this is a must-see park.

Enjoy stunning views, jungle adventures, and beachside relaxation at this park’s ecotourism spots. Admire and discover one of the few untouched wonders of the world.

Gunung Leuser National Park

Gunung Leuser lies along the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces. It is one of the last places on earth where a wide variety of endangered species can be found. Here you can spot elephants and orangutans and walk through the jungle where rhinos, tigers, siamangs, Thomas Elad monkeys, macaques, gibbons and too many species to name here live. This park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so when travelers visit, be sure to follow park rules to help protect its wonderful sights.

Spectacular destinations

Gunung Leuser National Park can be divided into distinct regions, each as spectacular as the next. From island escapes to home of elephants to high mountain vistas, Gunung Leuser National Park has a bit of everything.

Pulau Weh

Also known as Sabang by Indonesians, Palau Weh is a small tropical island 15 kilometers northwest of Sumatra belonging to the province of Aceh. It is home to an abundance of inspiring landscapes comprised of both jungle and brown beaches. For lovers of snorkeling and diving, this is an ideal place to do so. The island is still mostly undeveloped, leaving the environment pollution-free.


A small paradise hidden in Gunung Leuser National Park, Tangkahan is a region dedicated to ecotourism. It is located along the Kuala Buluh River and is full of dense tropical forests. It is the home of Sumatran elephants and it is also a growing place for their young. Ecotourists are welcome to join the tours that will take them to this place.

Karo Highlands

The Karo Highlands are home to Bukit Lawang and Lake Toba. Trips through this region offer visitors breathtaking views of the mountains as well as visits to traditional places like the Berastagi fruit market. This place is also full of native plants and visitors can learn coffee growing techniques from the locals.

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Sumatra Eco Tours

Eco-tours are the responsible way to travel through Gunung Leuser National Park. And as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, they’re the only way for travelers to do so. There are a variety of tours to choose from, ranging from one-day to two-week expeditions. They will take you through a variety of different areas of the park and all are slightly different. Travelers should go through them and make sure they choose the tour that suits them.

  • Hello Jungle Trek (4D/3N) – An overnight hike in the Sumatran jungle to discover wildlife such as orangutans.
  • Highlights of Sumatra (6D/5N) – A six-day Sumatra adventure that includes hiking with orangutans, rafting and cultural immersion.
  • Green weekend (1D) – A day trip from Medan that includes a jungle trek and a chance to see orangutans.
  • Leuser, volcano and lake (7D/6N) – Combining some of the most amazing places in Sumatra, this tour takes a volcano to see Lake Toba, see orangutans and learn about local life.
  • Orangutans and elephants (5D/4N) – A two-day orangutan trek, a visit to Sumatran elephants in Tangkahan and a trip to see Lake Toba.
  • Adventure for the Active (6D/5N) – For active travelers, see orangutans and other wildlife in Gunung Leuser National Park by mountain bike.
  • The jungle meets the beach (9D/8N) – A combination of jungle and island experience, two day trek before relaxing on Pulau Weh Island.
  • Sumatra XL Vacation (14D/13N) – Meet orangutans, explore local life, observe elephants in Tangkahan, climb a volcano in Berastagi, discover Lake Toba and relax on the island of Pulau Weh during this two-week adventure.
  • The Jungle Book (7D/6N) – Visit the villages around Bukit Lawang, orangutan trek in Gunung Leuser Park and white water rafting in Marike.
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Choose from three jungle-style accommodations that offer Western comforts to ensure any traveler will enjoy their experience here.

Jungle View Room

The two downstairs bedrooms have a living area of ​​45 square meters and are designed to accommodate two people. The bedroom has a comfortable queen-size double bed. Each room has a large patio, a hammock and a view of the gourmet garden and the Bohorok River.

  • Low season (October – June) – 34 EUR / Night
  • High season (July – September) – 40 EUR / Night
  • Breakfast (optional) – 4 EUR / Person, Free refill of drinking water throughout your stay!
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Jungle View Suite

This is a larger room option that consists of two floors with a panoramic view of the jungle and the Bohorok River from their balcony. The downstairs bedroom has a comfortable queen size double bed and the upstairs bedroom has an additional double bed which can be used by two more people,

  • Low season (October – June) – 48 EUR / Night
  • High season (July – September) – 64 EUR / Night
  • Breakfast (optional) – 4 EUR / Person, Free refill of drinking water throughout your stay!
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Batak Room

This is the perfect economy room option for single travelers or young couples. It has about 25 meters of living space, a private bathroom and a balcony with a side view of the jungle and the Bukit Lawang walking path.

  • Low season (October – June) – 16 EUR / Night
  • High season (July – September) – 20 EUR / Night
  • Breakfast (optional) – 4 EUR / Person, Free refill of drinking water throughout your stay!
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