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Toraja Trekking & Rafting Adventure (6D/5N)

Tour Code: C2I-SULAWESI03

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Toraja Trekking & Rafting Adventure (6D/5N)
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An authentic Toraja trekking adventure with rafting experience! On the cliff walls in Lemo, one of the Toraja villages, you will see many graves and also wooden statues representing the deceased. It’s a unique way of burial that you can only find the Toraja land! Moreover, you can discover more of unique cultural practices celebrating life & death as you venture around the ‘sacred highlands’. In addition to culture, we’ll let you enjoy the natural landscapes on raft along Maulu River that flows through the tropical rain forest. The level 2 rapids interspersed with cool and refreshing waterfalls makes a splendid experience.

  • 5 Nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Pickup: Makassar, Sulawesi (UPG)
Itinerary: Toraja Trekking & Rafting Adventure (Extended)


Welcome to the island of Celebes, an exotic island with a very particular shape as the letter “K”. Sulawesi has an impressive variety of animal species, tropical plants, and two extravagant ethnic groups; the mountainous Toraja, and the Bugis sailors. The airport of the capital of the Celebes Islands (Makassar), is the transit center of all the airplanes that move from the East to the West of Indonesia (and vice versa).

And here begins our Toraja Trekking & Rafting Adventure of the island of Celebes, by heading towards Toraja land by car. The route, about 310 km is full of rice fields, Bugis villages, who are the owners of the famous and traditional Phinisi ships and are therefore better known as “sailors”. It will be 9 hours by car from the airport, so you will make a stop halfway to lunch or dinner. This will depend on the time of your flight. After arrival at the hotel, you will enjoy your well-deserved rest after the long trip.


If you arrive in Makassar after 3 PM, we suggest you book an overnight stay and start the tour the next morning. We can arrange airport transfer and accommodation if you need it.

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation: Santai Hotel / Misiliana Hotel / or similar


We will have two days of adventure in the Toraja Lands. It will be two days to explore not only its incredible landscapes but also its remarkable culture. And it is time to discover it during our stay in this magical land. The local people, mostly Christians, still practice animism according to their original religion called Aluk Todolo. Are you ready to soak up the Toraja culture? We will visit Lemo with the cemetery on the rock walls and all the wooden statues called Tau-Tau that represent their deceased.

The town of Ke’te Kesu, one of the oldest in Toraja where you will see the typical houses called “Tongkonan”. You will also see other hanging tombs in one of its caves. And in the towns of Bori, Nanggala, Suaya, there are baby graves in the trees. We may find it strange, but it is something that is part of this ancient culture. During your stay in this land of spirits, with “luck”, we can see their funeral ceremonies up close. These picturesque funerals are frequent, but not every day, so we can’t assure you will see them. When we attend them, as an offering to the family, tourists are asked to donate about 100,000 Rupiah.

In addition to these visits, we will visit its attractive markets where local people carry out their daily transactions. On Tuesday and Thursday, a larger market develops.

Afterwards we will return to the hotel to rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Santai Hotel / Misiliana Hotel / or similar


Today our adventure continues. After breakfast, we will go to the village of Salu which is about 12 km from Rantepao. This will be the starting point of our trekking in the South of Toraja. From this point, we will start our walk towards the Mailing River Valley. We will walk in the fields of rice, coffee plantations and small settlements of Torajans. For lunch, there will be a picnic and we will spend the night in a typical local house in the beautiful town of Limbong. In total, there will be about 4 hours of trekking (2 hours of ascending + 2 hours in plain). After this you will enjoy your well-deserved rest, and you will have time to share with the locals.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local house


We cannot start our adventure today without breakfast. After that, we will head towards the Maulu River (it is approximately 1-hour walking). Once we reach the river, we will prepare for this adventure in a dream environment. Rafting is quite simple yet adventurous, the rapids are level 2 of 6. The visual experience will be impressive passing through deep canyons, natural waterfalls and towns. In addition, we can see animals such as iguanas and tropical birds. After enjoying this adventure, we return to our hotel in Rantepao.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Santai Hotel / Misiliana Hotel / or similar


Today is our last day in this special area of Indonesia. After breakfast, we depart south towards the capital of Sulawesi and then take the flight to our next destination. This will take approximately 8 hours. Thank you for enjoying this Toraja Trekking & Rafting Adventure by the hands of Come2Indonesia. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: –


Photos: Toraja Trekking & Rafting Adventure (Extended)

Price Includes

  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and tickets for places visited in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the journey

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, tipping, etc.
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and other beverages
  • Extra expenses occurred due to problems greater than our control such as flight cancellations or delays, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in "INCLUDES".
Map: Toraja Trekking & Rafting Adventure (Extended)


How do I get to Makassar?

Direct flights to Makassar are available from Jakarta (CGK) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS). There are also some direct international flights from Singapore and Malaysia.

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October. Although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays. Whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia like Banda and Raja Ampat would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not. There are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Land tours and trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels. The trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack. Trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.


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