Streaming down from the Aceh highland Indonesia, the Alas River flows to the south, finding its way through the Mount Leuser National Park. Being the longest river in the west coast of Sumatra, the river offers a complete adventurous journey comprising wild rapids, the beautiful view of virgin forests and the joy of seeing a herd of elephants and a cartload of orangutans.
It is no surprise to learn that this river becomes the dream of many rafters. Its attraction doesn’t lie solely on its rafting difficulty levels tahat range from Grade 2 to 3, but also on its natural backdrops of dense forests, paddy fields and plantations. Even in Ketambe, rafters can be very lucky to see orangutans.
For a one-day trip, the adventure can begin from Serikil to Ketambe or Natam, which is close to Kutacane. A longer trip, on the other hand, can start from Ketambe to Gelombang in South Aceh. This is quite thrilling – and fun – expedition route, as it involves three full days of traversing tropical forests. A lodging facility for an overnight stay is provide at every rest point.
This tourist spot, located in the Southeast Aceh Regency, is such an enthralling place—thanks to its daunting scenery of tropical forests, which is combined with a chance to visit the traditional village alongside the Alas River. The river has flat-to-fast flow speeds, with wild streams to be conquered by those who are bold at heart. You can find some animals-like primates, deer, elephants, or birds – go to the river for water. Wanting to enjoy the coldness and purity on the water? You are allowed to plunge into the river.
Important Information About Alas River Aceh
- Starting Point: Ketambe Village, the Southeast Aceh Regency
- Ending Point: Kuta Cane Village the Southeast Aceh Regency
- Trip Duration: 40 Km, one full day; 100 Km, three full days
- River Class: 4-5
- Access: Asphalt pavements
- Closest Airport: Medan (7 hours)
- Facilities: Lodgment, restaurant, toilets, telephone network
- Operator: Rapid Plus