Tour module 3 days trekking Mamasa to Toraja
A brisk trek through the hills and valleys from Mamasa to Torajaland.
A 3-day trekking along traditional villages, waterfalls and through the jungle to the mysterious Tanah Toraja. You will spend the night in homestays with local families. The treks last about 6 to 8 hours a day.
This trekking requires a good level of fitness and adaptability. Overnight stays in simple homestays.
€ 335 p.p. based on 4 persons or more
•Basic accommodation including mentioned meals
•Coffee, tea and water
•Donations and entrance fees
•Intercontinental and domestic flights
•Transfer to starting point
•Tips and expenses of a personal nature
•Travel and cancellation insurance
•Booking costs and contribution Calamity Fund €30 per booking
•SGR contribution € 5 per person
•CO2 compensation € 22 per person
Day 1 Vertrek uit Mamasa
Day 2 From Kalama via Mawai to Bulo
Day 3 Van Bulo naar Ponding en door naar Tanah Toraja
MamasaMamasa is a regency in West Sulawesi adjacent to Tanah Toraja. Mamasa is a beautiful area for multi-day treks. The traditional villages are somewhat like the villages in Torajaland, but the culture is essentially different.
Rante Pao - Toraja
RantepaoRantepao is the 'capital' of Torajaland. This is the starting point of all your excursions to the Torah villages and the mountains.
Tanah TorajaToraja, or Tanah Toraja is also called the land of the Heavenly Kings. Here, in this part of South Sulawesi, live the Toraja people or people of the mountain. A Christian population, that still follows the rituals and ceremonies of their ancestors, the Aluk Tu Dolo. Toraja is not only known for its mysterious funeral ceremonies but also for its stunning nature. It’s because of its high altitude a fertile area. Besides rice fields and bamboo forests there are many plantations. Coffee, cacao, vanilla and cloves grow here abundantly. The typical traditional houses (Tongkonans) with their saddle roofs are still built in the same way as centuries before. And their funeral ceremonies are still very impressive. To reach eternal life there has to be held a ceremony before. Dependent on the deceased family’s wealth this may involve an important number of sacrificed pigs and buffaloes. The whole community joins the ceremony, which can sometimes take a full week.
Sights to see:
Those who visit Toraja will experience wonderful nature and interesting culture, unique in the world. We still find a lot of authentic villages in Toraja with beautiful colourful painted Tongkonans. Many cliffs with wooden caskets hanging from the side, coffins of which some date from the animistic period. The Tau Taus stand in the balcony of the tombs to represent the dead and protect their remains. A Tau Tau is a wood-carved effigy of the deceased. Try to find out about the secret of the baby tree: in Suaya stands a centuries old tree, where young children who die before they started teething are placed into a hollowed out space in the trunk.
Funeral ceremonies are held throughout the year. You’re always welcome. But these ceremonies are not available on demand... Your driver and/or guide will inform you about a coming ceremony. Please bring a small gift when you attend a ceremony.
PLEASE NOTE that part of the ceremonies is the slaughtering of buffaloes and pigs! This is still done in their traditional way, which not directly corresponds with our Western customs.
You’ll also visit villages like Sa’dan where the Toraja women weave the traditional ikat.
It’s a particularly suitable area for walking and hiking. You can go for a few hour walk, a day, but also do a multiple day trekking. In that case you will stay overnight at a local people’s home. The trekking goes through authentic villages and along beautiful rice fields. A trekking through the nature and culture of this exceptional and unique small part of Indonesia. You can also go rafting for a day or several days on the river Sa’dan.
Try the Pa’piong dish during your stay in Toraja: an in bamboo prepared Toraja dish. And of course it goes together with a bamboo mug with balok, palm wine from the eagle palm.