Tangahan plays a unique and important role in Indonesian and World conservation efforts. Origianlly, the elephants you see
were in danger of being slain by villagers whose crops they were ravaging. The park authorities, however, interceded, relocating
them and "putting them to work" maintaining the forests, helping patrol for illegal logging, assisting in conservation
service projects, etc.
These tours are also one of the best ways to both support local communities in the Gunung Leuser National Park area and
defent against illegal logging. The local government has turned over the forest in tangkahan to the local community. By doing
this they have empowered the local community to take a stand against illegal logging. They have also rehabilitated thousands
of illegal loggers, who now make their revenues through sustainable and responsible ecotourism instead.
Elephant trekking tours in Gunung Leuser at Tangkahan start at just $139.99 for 3 day, 2 night tours.
Jln Labu, Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia +62 61 777 33 99 2