Unlock a side to an Indonesian island that you won’t find in the guidebooks
Experience an island that ventures way beyond the imagination. Hike deep into the mountainous core of Sulawesi and witness the compelling combination of art, ritual and death that’s central to the existence of one of Indonesia’s more confronting cultures, on an unforgettable expedition that’s not fit for the faint-hearted. Inhale the fresh mountain air and traverse dense bamboo forests, undulating landscapes and deep fertile valleys on a breathtaking trek that sees you interacting with the locals and resting in remote villages. Leave the terraces of rice paddies behind to discover elaborate wooden effigies on the cliff-face tombs of Lemo, and meet the Taroja people – who, by faithfully following ancient traditions, preserve the belief that death is all a part of life’s journey.
Learn about the Ma’nene death ritual, or the ‘ceremony of cleaning corpses’ – a 900-year- old tradition where the Torajan people dig up and spend time with the dead.
Traverse some of Indonesia’s most stunning landscapes as you trek well away from the tourist trail, through evergreen valleys and bamboo forests, staying in traditional villages and interacting with locals.
Soak up the tranquil atmosphere of Ramang Ramang village as you float along the river in a traditional wooden boat, surrounded by the stunning mountainscape and acres of emerald green rice paddies.
Be part of an incredible community project in the village of Puntondo – meet the fishermen and learn about the importance of the marine ecosystem, and how this project is helping to save the coastline.
Immerse yourself in the cultural heart of the Torajan people as you embark on a full day of eye-opening exploration into their unique beliefs and traditions – gaze up at the cliff-face tombs and wooden effigies of Lemo and feel the mysticism among the trees of Kambira.
This trip involves a lot of walking and trekking. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have an excellent level of fitness.
During the trek, you’ll be staying in simple style accommodation in remote villages and bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite. This is a great opportunity to get to know the locals and experience the rural life of Sulawesi.
Some of the traditions and practices of local people in this region may be quite confronting and very different from your own life. If you have an open mind and curiousity about the world and its people, then this trip is for you.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Sulawesi Expedition: Tana Toraja Trek trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train and flight tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A minimum of 5 travellers is required for departures of this trip to run.
3. A Single Supplement is available to purchase on this trip and includes all nights with the exception of Days 4 & 5 (guesthouse) and Day 9 (dormitory) which will be in shared accommodation.
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