Bukit Lawang- Jungle Trek
Trip Start Feb 08, 2011
141Trip End Dec 21, 2011
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At the beginning of the trek we are joined by 2 girls and an extra assistant guide- Marwan. Within 15 minutes into the trek I'm the only one bitten by insects and the guys are grateful that I'm tere are the mosquitoes and insects only like me an they figured that when I'm around nothing will bite them!
The trek was exceptionally tough for me since I'm the most unfit and clumsy person out of all us! Initially, I hated the idea that 2 others were travelling with us since it would mean that we were going to be quite noisy and scare the orangatans away but I quickly changed my mind as having the 2 girls meant that I didn't feel like I was the only one holding the boys up
I felt exceptionally lucky as we saw an orangatang real close i.e. within 3 metres, it happened when we were snacking on watermelon in the jungle and Emiel was sewing his trousers as he had torn them an a another guide shouted orangatang and immediately Rosy packed he watermelon away at the speed of lightening. We all thought that he was taking us towards the orangatang but within seconds we realised that the orangatan was running after us and we were all terrified, it turnt out that the orangatan had smelt the watermelon and was after that! I regretted not taking a photo of the orangatan when it was charging towards us! Guides are not allowed to feed the orangatans but if the orangatan smells food and its not given to them they apparently bite tourists
Unfortunately (or fortunately as I later found out) I twisted my ankle within the last 2 minutes of the trek and I could hardly walk. This gave me the reason that I needed to not trek a further 3 hours the next day and to not rush off to Lake Toba or Berstagi!
At the end of the jungle there was a huge river where we camped for the night and it was absolutely stunning and the food excellent and Rosy showed us his tricks. Upon crossing the river I suddenly feel that somethings hurting my arm and I look a