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Tangkahan : Conservation Site in Mount Leuser

Tangkahan is conservation site for tourists located in the edge of Leuser Mountain in National Park and it takes 20 km from Bukit Lawang. There is no village at all there but it is located between two villages called Sei Serdang and Namo Sialang. This place is purely conservation site in batang Serangan district while Bukit Lawang is in Bohorok. Like many rural areas in Indonesia, the people here live in poverty and local people try to survive in that area by gaining the natural resources. Planting oil palms and logging are becoming their main job to survive. But in 2001, Tangkahan tourism Foundation established the alternative activity beside deforestation.

The village there is separated with two rivers called Batang and Buluh. Many local and foreign tourists come to this place at weekend or by tour to swim or bath inside the river. But the tourists’ main attraction here is Sumatran elephants. Tourists can shower it and take them for trekking. Of course with professional guide that has many experiences in taking care of elephants. But on Fridays, tourists can’t bath and ride them since they are on jungle patrol. Tangkahan has no public transportations so you can ride the vehicles from the villages or join the travel tour to Bukit Lawang with Note: itinerary is indicative only, variations are possible due to weather conditions (in the rainy season we may ask you to make an earlier start, but it is not essential as we can continue even in heavy rain) and the characteristics of the group (e.g we can make the trek longer or shorter according to your physical condition).

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