The Mount Leuser National Park is situated in the northern part of Sumatra. The park was named after Mount Leuser with a peak od 3119m. Mount Leuser National Park has a size of 1,094 square kilometers or 1,094,962 hectares. The magnificent rainforest of this park became famous throughout the world as the location of some of the most endangered and rare species on the earth. For example the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Orangutan, and the Rafflesia which is the largest flower in the world.
The park inhabits animals like the Great Argus Pheasant, the elephant, the Sumatran Tiger, and as many as seven species of primates; one is the Siamang which has an impressive, far-reaching vocal sound. The agile and beautiful face Thomas leaf monkey and long-tailed macaques are also commonly seen.
In total, the Park lists 285 species of birds, 90 species of mammals, reptiles and 35 species of amphibians. The park-flora contains around 3500 plant species and on each hectare of the lowland forest, you can find amazing 60-13 tree species.
Geologically there are several limestone features along the foothills of the mountains, some of them containing beautiful caves. Long ago, these caves were coral reefs which have been uplifted from the sea at a rate of few millimeters per year. The uplifting occurs by process of colliding ocean floors and drifting continents.
The infinitely slow collision and the enormous forces involved have led to the formation of a high mountain and volcanic zones. Only 1800 years ago, during glacial times, the peaks of the park Mt. Leuser, Mt. Kemiri and other, were still covered by glaciers snow and ice. The sea level at that time was more than 80 m lower than today and the islands of Sumatra, Java, and Borneo formed one huge land mass which connected via Malaysia to the Asian Mainland.
Thanks to the natural processes which happened millions of years ago, we have now these beautiful landscapes of the jungle, and we encourage you to come and explore this magical destination. Mount Leuser National Park offers fantastic trekking possibilities on which you will find here on www.mundooz.com.
Trips to Mount Leuser