The Red Ape Trail is a challenging but rewarding three-day trek that passes through orangutan habitat deep in the heart of Sarawak’s rainforest. You will cover between five and six kilometers a day, and the chances of seeing other people is slim to none. Spend your days looking for orangutans, and your nights in Iban longhouses. Take in the fascinating local culture, and immerse yourself in the wonders of the rainforest .
• Nanga Sumpa Lodge
Forest Wing – 3 new rooms built in 2014. Rooms are basic with ensuite bathroom and communal verandah. Each room can accommodate up to 4pax and great for families or group of friends wanting more privacy than previously offered.
Ruai Wing – 5 rooms with communal shower and toilet block, and a shared multi-use space.
• Genting Tunu Jungle Camp & Mawang Jungle Camp
A small hut – simple accommodation and basic toilet facilities with a manual flush system using a bucket of water
Local foods prepared at the lodge and camps in communal setting. Vegetarians and special diets catered for.
The Nanga Sumpa Lodge currently consists of an older main building containing the dining area, kitchen and staff rooms, plus two new accommodation Forest & Ruai Wings built in 2014. A generator supplies electricity from 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM to power the main lights and fans. Solar powered nightlights illuminate the public areas, walkways and bathrooms.
The Genting Tunu Jungle Camp is located at an elevation of 400 meters while Mawang Jungle Camp is located nearby the river banks.
You will be accompanied by a nature guide in a small group throughout all your activities at Nanga Sumpa Lodge, Genting Tunu & Mawang Jungle Camps.
We can also accommodate private guide upon request.
Pick up from hotel at 8:00 AM 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 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM. Board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa, arriving at approximately 3:30 PM, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa Lodge.
After breakfast, depart Nanga Sumpa Lodge and trek for about 4 hours through orangutan habitat to Genting Tunu Jungle Camp. This camp is located at an elevation of 400 meters. Spend time looking for wild orangutans and other wildlife like the pig-tailed macaques, giant squirrels and a variety of birds. While the orangutans are only occasionally seen, their nests can usually be observed. Upon arrival, set up camp and have lunch. At about 3:30 PM, go for a walk near the camp to search for orangutans and their nests. Return to camp and prepare for an evening meal. Overnight at Genting Tunu Jungle Camp.
After breakfast, leave Genting Tunu Jungle Camp and begin the 5 hours trek to Mawang Jungle Camp, searching for orangutans, orangutan nests and other wildlife along the way. Arrive at Mawang and set up camp. The camp is located at an elevation of 195 metres. Lunch in the camp. Relax, or if you wish, help the guides gather jungle produce like bamboo shoots or edible ferns for your dinner. At late afternoon, take a walk in the vicinity of the camp in search of orangutans. Return to camp before dusk. Dinner and overnight at Mawang Jungle Camp.
Trek from Sungai Mawang to Nanga Sumpa, a hike of about 2 hours. Search for wild orangutans and other wildlife before arriving at Nanga Sumpa Lodge on the Delok River. Settle in and have lunch. In the afternoon, go on a circular trek in the Nanga Sumpa Lodge area through primary and secondary forest that is known as orangutan habitat. Return to lodge for dinner. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa Lodge.
Breakfast at the longhouse. Then free at leisure to relax, swim in the river or take some photos around Nanga Sumpa. At about 11am, have an early lunch in the lodge. Depart around noon and travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, arriving at approximately 1:30 PM. Then travel overland back to Kuching. Arrive in Kuching at about 6:30 PM and be dropped off at your hotel.
* Weather conditions and water level of local rivers may force us to modify the tour in the interests of safety. Itinerary above is for guideline only.
Return land and boat transfer from Kuching, accommodation, meals, activities and nature guide.
Additional carbonated or alcoholic drinks, tips and gratuities.
Comfortable hiking backpack including raincover, head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, your favorite trekking snacks, raincoat, sunglasses, binocular, leech socks, dry-bag, swimwear, good walking/trekking shoes, flip flop, personal toiletries, personal medication and first aid kit, electrolytes (hydration salts), light clothing for trekking.
Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure. Single supplement applies for solo travellers.
Adventurous travelers looking to experience the indigenous culture and lifestyle of Sarawak including river travels and extensive daily hikes of up to 5 hours daily. Travelers who do not mind roughing it out in basic jungle camp shelters in order to fully experience the rainforest.