Alas River, Rapid Flows For The Adventurous

Alas River flows directly into the Indian Ocean; it has exceptional rapids that attract whitewater rafting enthusiasts for all over the world.

Situated at 165 km southeast from Takengon, Alas River cuts through Mount Leuser National Park. This area is especially popular among the young and adventurous. The sharp bends and many rapids are challenging to white-water rafters.

View to the Alas River
View to the Alas River (Source :


The accommodation consists of several wooden lodges on stilts, accommodating two persons each, mosquito dome for two persons. Each lodge with spacious single room and balcony.  The rates are :

• Accommodation only : Rp150,000/person/night

• Dinner: Rp50,000/person

• Breakfast: Rp35,000,-/person

There’s fresh water for shower from nearby passing jungle-creek, and a shared bathroom and toilet. Be advised that there’s no electricity since Kedah Rainforest Lodge supports Eco-tourism, therefore they do not run generators. But if you’re also interested in exploring Bukit Lawang, you can find other accommodations there which are run by the local citizens. Some of whom are originally foreign visitors who decided to stay.

White river rafting on the Alas river
White river rafting on the Alas river (Source :

Rafting and kayaking is possible on the Alas river from the village of Angasan down to the city of Gelombang, close to the Indian ocean. In the upper areas of the Alas several rapids are demanding a good performance. The boat is passing pristine rainforest and many wildlife can be seen, especially monkeys and a big variety of beautiful rich coloured birds. From Kutacane to Gelombang the water is rather quite and we call this part of the trip jungle-Safari. Nevertheless also great scenery is shown. On rafting-trips longer than one day we sleep in tents on the shore of Alas river, having BBQ and playing guitar in the evenings.

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