My boyfriend and I will be visiting Sumatra in February 2012 and we want to do some jungle trekking here. I have read about Gunung Leuser National Park. We settled for Kedah lodges but find it problematic to find directions on the web. Buses go from Medan to Kutacane , Banda Aceh .....etc but no tips how to get to actual lodges. We wrote couple of email through the Gurung Leuser Trek website but no reply so far. Does anyone have any information about transportation to Kedah or Ketambe lodges .
#1 Mirka has been a member since 10/1/2012. Posts: 4
I haven't been there, but can offer this advice. If there is a village nearby, there is likely to be public transport of one form or another to it. If you can easily get to Kutacane, then it will be easy enough to get to the turn off to Kedah. From the turn off, it all depends on if there are villages along that road. If not and there are no buses plying the route, someone on a motorbike will definitely be able to take you. I'd just head up there and give it a go. You rarely get stuck in Indonesia as there is always someone wanting to make money from transporting people about.
I am wondering how you went.
Yes, you can get to Kutacane from Medan - 8-9 hrs over a very very rough road.
Then it is one hour by public transport to Ketambe where most travellers stay and do their trekking.
Places to stay at in Ketambe include Pak Mus - where I have stayed, Pondok Wisata Ketambe, Wisma Sadar Wisata, Wisma Cinta Alam - where the best naturalistic guide Johan in Ketambe stays and runs and the Friendship Guesthouse.
Kedah is at least another 4 hrs travel north of Ketambe. You need to get a public bus for a 3 hr trip to Blangkejereng.
From Blangkejereng you need to get other transport to get to Kedah.
Very very remote place, but apparently fantastic for seeing lots of animals in the wild.
Mr Jally runs the operation up there - used to be helped by Sigi who built the website but he is now working in another country.
If I was a traveller wanting to go to Kedah I would contact Johan at Wisma Cinta Alam and pay him to take you up there.
I did exactly same route as you mentioned and stayed in Johan's place first and then at Mr Jally. Both places were amazing and I had there the most increadible experience of my trip! Thanks again for directions.
#4 Mirka has been a member since 10/1/2012. Posts: 4
Thanks for responding and so pleased to read you had such a great time
Would you have any photos of your trip to south Aceh on the Internet that you could put up a link to.