A trekking trip into the Toraja countryside is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Traveling to East Indonesia’s South Sulawesi Province for the first time – breathing in the cool mountain air, and marveling at the gorgeous landscape is an experience not to be missed. Here in the highlands of the Tana Toraja region, the local people will welcome you with warm hospitality as you embark on a Toraja trekking tour like no other.
One of the unique aspects of the Toraja people is their funeral rituals. They are important social events, a celebration of life, and are usually attended by hundreds of people, lasting for several days. A Toraja funeral is an ancient tradition which has been practiced over many centuries and is known to be among the most complex funeral rituals in the world.
The island of Sulawesi has diverse topography, with spectacular mountains, beautiful lakes, rice fields, dense jungle and scenic coastline. It is a wonderful spot for travelers and trekking tours here are fast gaining in popularity.
Meet The Locals with Toraja Trekking Tour
For those that would like a fairly easy trek, a stroll among the rice fields is the perfect solution. Walk from one village to another and see the traditional way of Toraja life; the planting or harvesting of rice. Also, trek around plantations of coffee, cacao and local spices such as ginger, cloves, vanilla, pepper and lemon grass. All of this is surrounded by beautiful landscape of fields and mountains.
There are many different trekking trips to choose from, and having a professional guide makes the experience a rich one. On your trekking journey, you will discover authentic burial traditions of the Toraja people as you explore the surrounding countryside.
Treks are also offered that take you into the higher elevations of the surrounding hills and mountains. Lolai Village in the further up in the highlands is another gem. With stunning scenery at this elevation, visitors marvel at the jaw-dropping sunrises and inspiring sunsets. Visitors may arrange a homestay with a local; they are eager to converse with visitors and share with them their daily life.
Another village is Batutumonga. Located on a dramatic ridge, high on the slopes of Mount Sesean, this village offers relaxing ambiance, cool temperatures and beautiful views. Visitors can relax here before or after their trekking journey, to engage with the locals and to simply live in the moment.
Unique Trekking Trips Into the Countryside and Jungle
Conversely, jungle treks are available, whether you choose a day trip, or want to spend the night in jungle territory. Here guides will show you how to live off the land and make camp using the many resources of the jungle. Here you are truly in “survival mode.” But don’t worry, having a certified, professional guide, you will be quite safe!
Whether you choose your trekking adventure into the rolling hills full of terraced rice paddy fields, or dare to venture further up into the mountains, there is something in Toraja that beckons the explorer in everyone.