Come explore one of Indonesia’s most beautiful landscapes in the Tana Toraja. Located in South Sulawesi, from a distance one can see hills with jagged ridges, stretching alongside each other at the slope of higher mountains. Conversely, one can also find beautiful valleys, where bamboo and sugar palms grow next to traditional houses with curved roofs. And on the valley floor, beautiful and naturally-carved paddy fields are cultivated with skill by the people of Toraja Land.
These are the Indonesian highlands, and perfect for a trekking trip. Here, villages have different dialects, with different social hierarchies, and an array of rituals in the Sulawesi highland region. The word “Toraja” comes from the coastal language, where “To” means people and “raja” means uplands. Toraja was first used as a lowlander expression for highlanders.
A typical trek starts out in the valley, as you pass through the rice paddy fields and coffee plantations on foot. En-route, you will experience gorgeous landscape, traditional old houses, daily life of the local people and more.
From here you will follow popular trails that climb up into the hills and forests of Toraja Land. You will follow an experienced guide as you are led along rugged dirt tracks to unique funeral sites and incredible viewpoints. You will get the chance to visit remote villages, meet the locals who will share their stories, and also learn about the cultures of Torajans.
Of the more popular hikes is the one to Batutumonga. It is a cultural walk approximately 2,000 meters above sea level, offering the opportunity to see the stunning landscape of the entire Toraja region. As you stand on the viewpoint, a tapestry of rocky terrain, farmland, villages and wildlife will be spread out before you.
For a truly magical way to experience the beauty of nature, trek up to Batutumonga. At 2,100 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mount Sesean, a relaxed atmosphere and cool temperatures can be enjoyed mixed with forests, grasslands and rice fields. On a clear day, Rantepao can be seen from afar. Visitors at this high point come to enjoy a cup of Tana Toraja coffee in the morning as they witness the magical sun rise coming up over the clouds below.
Of particular interest to many are the many villages to explore along your trekking tour. Limbong is a beautiful village where visitors can see old Toraja houses (Tongkonan) and expertly carved rice field terraces. In addition, with an elevation at 1,300 meters above sea level, the village of Desa Lolai offers cool breezes and a gorgeous sunset. The expanse of clouds has earned it the name “the village on the clouds.”
A Toraja trekking tour is a fantastic way to dive deep into the culture of this southern Indonesian region. To learn about the rituals and daily life of the people, to get a sense of the immense beauty of the highlands, and to come away with a sense of awe and inspiration.
First you may check out some of the above sample Itinerary and if you’re interested then we ask you to take a few minutes of your time to fill in the Reservation Form. From this form we learn about your preferences and will be able to arrange your very individual holiday.The schedule and the price of the whole trip will be sent to you by e-mail promptly. Study it very carefully and tell us if you want some changes to be made. We can help design the trips for you according to your age, capability, point of interests and any trips that meet your requirement with our flexible conditions.
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