Ketambe Jungle Trekking

  • 7 Days
  • Wildlife
  • Moderate

If you want to experience spotting the WILD SUMATRA ORANGUTAN, Ketambe inside Gunung Leuser National Partk is the RIGHT place and worth to visit.

Ketambe, The Hidden Paradise For Wild Sumara Orangutan and Other Endagnered Species

Ketambe is a small, quiet and remote city in the most south of Aceh. Besides Bukit Lawang in North Sumatra, Ketambe is an official entrance to the Gunung Leuser National Park to see wild Sumatra Orangutans, black and white-handed Gibbons, Hornbills, Thomas Leaf Monkey, Pig Tail Monkey as well as the exotic Rafflesia Arnoldin and others endemic fauna and flora of Sumatra as well as hundreds of huge tree, clean and fresh water river as well as hot water spring deep in the dense tropical rain forest. It’s hidden paradise  for wildlife lovers.

There are only very few places in the world where you still can observe REAL WILD  living Sumatra orangutans in their natural habitat. One is in Ketambe, part of the Gunung Leuser National Park. The chance to see orangutans in the rainforest during a trekking tour from Ketambe is nearly 100 percent.

Ketambe is a small but charming village, it’s NOT SO TOURISTIC PLACE but blessing with the rich of rare fauna and flora of Sumatera.  The main reason to come to Ketambe is to do a trekking tour exploring the beauty of the dense tropical rain forest of Sumatera inside the Gunung Leuser National Park.

Best time to visit Ketambe

Based on experience, the best time to visit Ketambe is between August – December . It’s the fruits season where the wild Sumatran orangutan, Hornbill, Thomas Leaf monkey and other endemic exotic wildlife of Sumatra foraging for foods. However in other months is also possible to visit this area as sometimes the fruits season is also change due to the global warming.

If you are really love sumatra orangutan and other endemic wildlife of sumatra living free at their natural habitat, you can combine, Ketambe with Bukit Lawang orangutan tour

Pick up from Medan airport and drive to Berastagi. Berastagi, a midsize and cool town on the highland of Karo. Karo is the sub-clan of the Batak tribe. Berastagi is an ideal place for refreshing / relax. This town is surrounded by towering mountains, and small Karonese village where the local grows fruits and vegetables. Before we arrive at Berastagi, Stop at Peceren village to observe the traditional Karo Batak houses (many of them are ruined at the moment), visiting local market at Berastagi where locals sell and buy fruits, flowers, and vegetables which are plenty on the vicinity of the town. We will spend app 7 hours on the car today. Stay at hotel in Berastagi

Berastagi is surrounded by towering volcano (Sibayak, 2,212 meter asl, and the currently exploding Sinabung, 2,460 meter above sea level) and mountains which allows fertile land for farming. This highland is famous of their agriculture product. Among them are flowers, potato, carrot, cabbages, and many other kind of vegetables.  To climb Sibayak Volcano, you may need approximately 4 hours to reach the summit, and another 2 hrs to the foot. After the climbing, we stay overnight again at Berastagi.

Drive 4 - 5 hours from Berastagi, you will arrive at Kutacane. 
Then drive one more hour to Ketambe.  Transfer to your local accommodation in Ketambe (about 300 m ASL). Check in and free time at your  own leisure. You can walk around the nice village of Ketambe which surrounding with the jungle that crossing by Trans Sumatra road.  Plesae do not forget to separate your stuffs need during trekking and just leave behind the stuffs you do not need during trekking. It’s better you keep those stuffs no need during trekking in the guest house and locked it . (L, D)


After breakfast at the guest house in Ketambe (300 M ASL) then we start to trek. First about 20 minutes away we will trek on the asphalt road before then crossing entering the jungle and starting and ascending and descending  the hills. We starting searching for wild orangutan, gibbon, Thomas Leaf Monkey, Hornbill and other endemic wildlife of Sumatra. The trek is up and down the hill and some part passing small stream. This jungle blessing by hundreds of huge trees.  After about 2 hours we will arrive at the Camp 1 (about 545 M ASL). Setting our “temporary plastic tent” then having lunch, we will explore more searching for endemic wildlife as well as exotic flora around this place. Stay overnight at the “temporary plastic tent”. Here you can swimming or just dipping inside the fresh clean water (B, L, D).

After breakfast, we will packing then starting to trek while searching for orangutan and other endemic wildlife or Sumatra. As you may in the jungle you will have the opportunity something different during your trekking. First we will ascending the hills surrounding with the beautiful trees and always keep our eyes and ear searching for endemic wildlife in this exotic jungle. After about more or less another 2 hours we will arrive at Camp 2 (about 660 M ASL). Setting our camp and having lunch.  Our Camp is close to the hot spring while you can dipping in this natural hot spring by crossing the river and walk about 5 - 10 minutes a way from our camp (depend on which place we setting the camp site). After enjoying the hot spring then we can also trekking around the camp site searching for orangutan and other wildlife. We will stay overnight at the Camp 2. (B, L, D)

We choose to overnight at the Camp 2 as this is the BEST place than Camp 1. Camp 2 has the easiest way for access the water   plus you have more time to enjoy the natural hot spring. 

After breakfast we starting to trek around and passing Camp 3 (790 M ASL) searching for orangutan and other endemic wildlife of Sumatra. You will impressed with some more hundred of huge trees beside exotic flora and fauna of Sumatra. Then we trek to the water fall (about 705 M ASL)  and having light lunch here. You have time for enjoying the fresh waterfall while is possible also for spotting wildlife.  In the afternoon, we are going back by different trail for about 1 – 2 hours to reach the local guest house. We cross the river and trekking back to the guest house. (B, L, D)

After early breakfast, we repack our stuffs and ready to transfer to Medan Airport .. END OF YOUR TRIP


As the trek is mostly up and down the hill, crossing the river, more chance to having rain (as we will enter tropical rain forest of Sumatra) we highly suggest to use trekking pole, rubber boots, poncho (rain jackets) always handy at your day pack. Not so many mosquito as we will be in the highland but sometimes leeches.  Remember that this is the BEST place to spot WILD SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN living free at their natural habitat of Gunung Leuser
National Park where the famous actor Leonardoi di Caprio spent some of his busiest time to visit this place.

  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Land transport
  • Stay at hotel / lodge as per program in twin share basis
  • Daily breakfast at hotel / lodge
  • National park ranger / local guide
  • 1 x climbing to Mt. Sibayak
  • 1 x rafting trip (or we replace by full day trekking) in Ketambe
  • Air tickets
  • Airport tax, airport porter
  • Any kinds of insurance
  • Laundry, phone call, food and beverage at hotel
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Tickets for your cameras


  • Tailor Made Program
  • Flexible Departure Date
  • Private Trip
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