TL - AUS Economic & Business Conference 2024 Mount Ramelau Adventure

Climb Mount Ramelau the highest mountain in Timor Leste on a 2-day cultural and historical hinterland adventure.

Location

Dili, Timor-Leste

Meeting Point

Hotel pick up

Duration

2 days, 2 nights

Difficulty

Moderate

Group Size

8

Summit for sunrise and experience breathtaking views.

This two-day journey begins with an afternoon departure from Dili, heading towards the picturesque village of Hatabulico. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a warm cultural welcome and enjoy a traditional Timorese dinner at a local guesthouse. It’s early to bed, as tomorrow’s adventure starts well before dawn.

Rising at 3:30 AM, you’ll embark on a trek up Mount Ramelau, a hike that takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours to ascend and about 1 hour to descend. The path is well-worn and steadily climbs to the summit, where you’ll need warm clothes and a raincoat due to the colder, windier conditions. Reaching the summit in time for sunrise, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views over the hinterland. After descending, a traditional breakfast awaits in Hatabulico, followed by a visit to a traditional Timorese Uma Lulik (sacred house) and WWII caves, which once sheltered Australian soldiers and later served as hideouts during Timor’s fight for independence from Indonesia. The afternoon offers a chance to rest, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and soak in the serene environment.

On our final morning you’ll head back to Dili, via Aileu for a snack and coffee. Arriving in Dili by 1 PM allowing time to collect any additional luggage from your hotel and ensure a timely arrival at the airport for your onward flight. This adventure promises not only the thrill of a sunrise summit but also deep cultural and historical insights into the heart of Timor-Leste.

 

  • Itinerary

    DAY 1: Thursday, 13th June
    15:00 – Hotel pick up and tour briefing.
    15:15 – Depart for Hatobulico.
    18:15 – Arrive in Hatobulico and receive a cultural welcome.
    18:45 – Settle into your guesthouse and enjoy a traditional dinner.

    DAY 2: Friday, 14th June
    03:30 – Arise early and prepare for your hike.
    04:00 – Begin trekking up Mount Ramelau.
    06:00 – Summit Mount Ramelau.
    07:30 – Descend back down the mountain.
    09:00 – Enjoy breakfast back at your guesthouse.
    10:00 – Visit Uma Lulik (sacred house) and WWII caves.
    12:00 – Lunch back at the guesthouse.
    13:00 – 18:00 – Rest and enjoy your afternoon.
    18:30 – Dinner at the guesthouse.

    DAY 3: Saturday, 15th June
    08:30 – Breakfast at the guesthouse.
    09:30 – Depart for Aileu.
    11:30 – Snack and coffee break in Aileu.
    12:00 – Depart for Dili.
    13:00 – Arrive in Dili, drop-off at your hotel or the airport for your onward travels.

  • Inclusions

    • All logistics & transportation
    • Guesthouse accommodation (2 nights)
    • All meals B (x2), L (x1), D (x2)
    • Experienced Timorese & Australian guides
    • Wilderness First Aid Kit
    • Emergency communication equipment
    • Water and snacks
    • Fully insured
    • Safety briefing.
  • Exclusions

    • Other personal expenses
    • Travel or medical insurance
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal snacks or drinks.
  • Packing List

    • Small overnight bag
    • Small day pack
    • Comfortable active wear
    • Warm jacket, beanie & gloves
    • Raincoat
    • Comfortable closed toe shoes or sneakers
    • Water bottle or bladder
    • A phone or camera for photos
    • Personal toiletries
    • Personal medication.
  • Know Before You Go

    • Do not wear any jewellery or fancy watches as they may get scratched or damaged
    • You must have a reasonable level of fitness to participate
    • If you have back, neck, joint or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether or not to participate
    • Disclose any medical conditions that may affect your participation
    • All participants must sign a consent, waiver and medical declaration e-form prior to their tour commencing.

"Obrigadu (thank you) to Maddog Adventures who were the consummate professionals guiding us on our inaugural coffee origin tour to Timor-Leste. It has been inspiring to see young up and coming coffee entrepreneurs introducing new sustainable farming practices, providing employment in their communities, building new infrastructure and training facilities, running barista and coffee competitions and working with professionals in the tourism industry to drive economy, skills and a better quality of life for the Timorese."

— Cleo | Nationality - Australian | Co-Founder & General Manager - Silva Coffee Roastery