Day 1 Kuching – Nanga Sumpa (L/D)
The Red Ape Trail is a challenging and rewarding 3-day trek that passes through orangutan habitat deep in the heart of the Sarawak rainforest. The remote trail passes through forested hills on the fringes of the Batang Ai National Park. You will spend time trekking and looking for orangutans and their nests. Whilst on the Red Ape Trail you will camp out in the rainforest with your guide and local Iban trackers.
0800 hours pick up from hotel in Kuching and drive to Batang Ai reservoir. Along the way stop at Lachau Bazaar. Stroll around the shops and the small native market and have an early lunch in a local coffee shop. Then continue your journey, arriving at Batang Ai Lake around 1330-1400 hours. Board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa, arriving at approx. 1530 hours, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. Settle in at Borneo Adventure’s lodge and have dinner. After dinner visit Nanga Sumpa longhouse. Relax on the ruai (common verandah) and spend time with the Iban people. Interact with the community; learn about their culture and enjoy some local rice wine. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa lodge.
Day 2 Nanga Sumpa – Mawang Rainforest Camp – Red Ape Trail (B/L/D)
0800 hours – breakfast in Nanga Sumpa Lodge. Approx. 0900 hours, depart Nanga Sumpa and trek for 2-3 hours to Mawang Rainforest Camp. While the orangutans are only occasionally seen, their nests can usually be observed. Upon arrival, settle in and have lunch at Mawang Camp. After lunch go trekking on one of the trails to search for orangutans and their nests. Return to camp and have dinner. Overnight at Mawang Rainforest Camp.
Day 3 Mawang Rainforest Camp – Red Ape Trail (B/L/D)
Approx. 0700 hours, have breakfast in the camp. Then depart on a trek on one of the trails near the camp to search for orangutans. Return to camp for lunch. Late afternoon go on another trek to search for orangutans and their nests. Return to camp before dusk and have dinner. Overnight at Mawang Rainforest Camp.
Day 4 Red Ape Trail – Nanga Sumpa (B/L/D)
Breakfast in camp. Then trek from Sungai Mawang to Nanga Sumpa (about 2-3 hours). Search for wild orangutans and other wildlife before arriving at Nanga Sumpa on the Delok River. Settle in at Borneo Adventure’s lodge and have lunch. Afternoon go on a circular trek in the Nanga Sumpa area through primary and secondary forest that is known orangutan habitat. Alternatively take a boat upriver to Enseluai Waterfall for a swim. Return to lodge for dinner. After dinner proceed to the longhouse across the river. Spend some time “berandau” (talking) with the longhouse people before retiring for the night. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa Lodge.
Day 5 Nanga Sumpa – Kuching (B/L)
Breakfast in the lodge. 0900 hours travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, arriving around 1030-1100 hours. Then travel overland back to Kuching with lunch enroute. Arrive in Kuching approx. 1630 hours and be dropped off at your hotel.
(Leeches are found in the forest along the Red Ape Trail. Insect repellent is effective against leeches.)
Please take note that this trek requires a reasonable level of fitness. For more details on the fitness level required to complete this trek please contact us.
Tour & transfer, 2 nights stay at Borneo Adventure's Nanga Sumpa Lodge, 2 nights stay at basic jungle camp, meals (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), English speaking guide.
Juices, Carbonated & Alcoholic Beverages.
2 adults per order
First night based on a room in the Ruai wing of Nanga Sumpa Lodge. A limited number of Forest View rooms with ensuite bathroom are available. Please email for further details and to check availability. Additional charges may apply.
We operate fixed departure, small group tours on the Red Ape Trail once per month. We can arrange private tours on any day. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour on dates not shown in the booking engine.
The Red Ape trail involves trekking in hilly terrain and is therefore not suitable for young children. The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old.
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