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My husband and I have just returned from an 8-day trek from Bukit Lawang to Kutacane and for what it's worth, here are my tips. Boots: We both wore our regular, leather hiking boots when on dry(ish) ground. Ours are... More
My husband and I have just returned from an 8-day trek from Bukit Lawang to Kutacane and for what it's worth, here are my tips. Boots: We both wore our regular, leather hiking boots when on dry(ish) ground. Ours are waterproof and it was certainly good to have the stability that a sturdy pair of boots provides. Unless you're following an elephant train there is no even ground! River shoes: We both used our Keen water shoes and these were useless. They had no grip on the wet rocks and I was constantly slipping. Our guides had rubber shoes with soles rather like soccer boots and they seemed much more effective. After a large number of leech bites on my feet through my water sandals, I took to wearing socks inside - not very stylish but they certainly did the trick. As for other hints: Most important of all - take a decent sleeping mat. I had mine but my husband's got lost in transit which left him sleeping on a yoga mat on rocky ground. Dry bags are also a must inside your pack. It's a fabulous feeling to have dry clothes at the end of the day. If you're anything like I was, you are sure to fall in the river so you want those clean clothes to stay dry! I was comfortable wearing cotton t-shirts but be aware that they never dry out - my husband tried a synthetic shirt one day and nearly expired! Bandaids and disinfectant were also useful. This was the toughest but certainly the most rewarding experience of my life. So enjoy!