Tour de Timor Running Tour

Run Timor with special guest host and guide, adventurer Beau Miles 5th - 11th August 2024, plus optional 2 day adventure extention to Atauro Island from 11th - 13th August 2024.

Location

Timor-Leste

Meeting Point

Dili International Airport, Timor-Leste

Duration

7 days

Difficulty

Challenging

Group Size

12

Tour de Timor is a trail running adventure organised by Tour de Trails, in conjunction with Maddog Adventures, featuring special guest host and guide Beau Miles. .

Experience one of the world’s great unknown adventure trails.

Join Beau as he explores the trails and tales of Timor Leste, its turbulent and fascinating history and journey to independence, its rich culture, close ties to Australia, the strength of its people, the politics and the stunning mountain geography. And the coffee – the best in the world.

Climbing mountains, and exploring trails between villages and into the hideout regions of the nation’s independence fighters, this tour will be like no other Tour de Trails has hosted, with adventurer extraordinaire Beau Miles leading the way and telling stories as we go as only Beaudy can.

Limited to 12 runners only on this inaugural tour. Lock your place in now – they will go fast! 4 spots still available.

The whole trail traverses the entire island of Timor from North to South, some 130km. This running tour covers the first half of the trail from Bazartete to Hatabulico approximately 86km, 5 days of intense running. The trail crosses rugged ridges, crystal clear rivers, passes through Portuguese era coffee plantations, thick tropical jungles and crosses Mount Ramelau, which peaks at 2,986m.

This trail best suits moderate to advanced trail runners. It is physically demanding and training is essential.

Uncover the gripping story of the 2/2nd Independent Company during World War II. Follow their path of bravery as they fought against Japanese invasion in the Dutch East Indies and later in Portuguese Timor. Cut off from communication with Australia, the 2/2nd retreated into the mountains near Dili, engaging in guerrilla warfare with the support of the Timorese people.

Their refusal to surrender, highlighted by the rejection of a Japanese demand, echoes through history, inspiring generations. Named La Rende! after this refusal, the tour pays tribute to the resilience of those who fought for freedom, from World War II to Timor-Leste’s independence in 2002. Experience their journey of defiance and liberation firsthand on this unforgettable adventure.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1

    • 5th August
    • Arrive: Dili at 2.25pm QF 351
    • Your guides will meet you at Dili International Airport to pick you up and take you to your accommodation.
    • Accommodation: Hotel Timor
    • Activity: Orientation of Dili – Cristo Rei
    • Dinner: L’Aubergine Restaurant (own cost)
  • Day 2

    • 6th August
    • Breakfast: Hotel Timor
    • Drive from Dili to Bazatete
    • Lunch: Expo Lunch (on trail)
    • RUN 1: 12km + 920m ascent Asumanu to Fatubessi
    • Dinner: Fatubessi
    • Accommodation: Fatubessi Tents / Guesthouse
    • NOTE: Fatubessi is of historic significance as a place of resistance during the 1975 – 1999 Indonesian occupation. Fatubessi is home to an intricate cave system that was used as a place of shelter by FALINTIL (Forças de Defesa de Timor Leste) combatants and resident communities. We will hear stories from this time. The area of Fatubessi is also occupied by the former coffee plantation of the SAPT company, a Portuguese colony exploratory company in Ermera District. Fatubessi is the home of the “Hybrid of Timor” rust-resistant coffee tree, a natural hybrid of Arabica and Robusta, whose seed was sent out into the world in 1953, begetting many other coffee trees.
  • Day 3

    • 7th August
    • Breakfast: Fatubessi Guesthouse
    • RUN 2: 16km + xxxxm Fatubessi – Hatolia
    • Lunch: Hatolia
    • RUN 3: 13km + 550m Hatolia – Datu Rua
    • Dinner: Datu Rua
    • Accommodation: Datu Rua Tents / Camping
  • Day 4

    • 8th August
    • Breakfast: Datu Rua
    • RUN 4: 13km + 530m Datu Rua – Atsabe
    • Lunch: Atsabe
    • Activity: Visit Ameta’s Coffee Farm
    • Dinner: Atsabe
    • Accommodation: Atsabe Guesthouse
  • Day 5

    • 9th August
    • Breakfast: Atsabe
    • RUN 5: 18km + 950m ascent
    • RUN 4km Atsabe – Mt Ramelau (2986m ASL)
    • Lunch: Expo Lunch (on trail)
    • RUN 14km Mt Ramelau – Hatobulico
    • Dinner: Hotel Ovalido
    • Accommodation: Hotel Ovalido
  • Day 6

    • 10th August
    • RUN 6: 10km Hatobulico – Mota Dokomali
    • Lunch: Ainaro
    • Drive to Dili
    • Dinner: Osteria Italian (own cost)
    • Accommodation: Hotel Timor
  • Day 7

    • 11th August
    • Breakfast/Brunch: Beachside
    • Lunch: At own cost
    • Depart: Dili 1.30pm

    Adventure Extension:

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

    • 13th August
    • Breakfast: Barry’s Place
    • Depart Atauro: 11:00am MAF flight to Dili
    • Lunch: Airport (own cost)
    • Depart Dili: 1.30pm flight to home

La Rende! You alone do not surrender.

Offering In-Country Tour Packages

  • Inclusions

    • 2 x trail running guides (Beau & Chris)
    • Accommodation – a mix of hotel (Dili), local guesthouse or homestay and camping
    • All twin share accommodation (solo supplement available at cost)
    • All meals – except 2 dinners (Dili) and one lunch (airport on way home)
    • All in-country travel & logistics
    • All Dili attraction entrance fees
    • National Park entrance fees
    • Experienced Australian host (Sam) & local guides
    • On-call driver with Troopie safety 4WD on follow
    • Safety equipment, satellite communication & first aid kit
    • Program risk assessments &
    • In-country emergency management assistance
    • Public Liability Insurance
    • Tour de Trails Buff

    Adventure Extension:

    • Atauro Eco accommodation & all meals
    • Return flights
    • Snorkelling sessions and equipment
    • Tuk Tuk shuttles
  • Exclusions

    • Flights to/from Dili
    • Dinner x 2 (Dili) + Lunch x 1 (Dili airport en route home)
    • Alcohol
    • Extra drinks
    • Personal specific nutrition, gels, hydration powder
    • Travel Insurance
    • Arrival Visa (US$30)
    • Evacuations (in the event of – please ensure your travel insurance covers mountain based activities (trek) and associated search and rescue services
    • Souvenirs & extra activities
    • Passport
    • Excess baggage
    • Personal spending money
    • Medical expenses incurred in country
    • Immunisation requirements / special needs
    • Bank fees for payments and transfers
    • Credit card fees
    • In transit Darwin airport meals, snacks and airport
  • Pack List

    • You’ll receive a Expedition Booklet that contains a detailed pack list of the clothing & equipment you’ll require on your expedition prior to departure.
  • Know Before You Book

    • Payment is required in full prior to your expedition.
    • All of your personal administration – medical, flights, travel insurance, and visa application, along with the finalisation of your account – are required no less than 60 days prior to the date of travel.
    • You will receive a comprehensive Expedition Booklet containing clothing & equipment pack list, travel itinerary, and country specific information prior to you expedition.
    • Please be aware failure to pay in full may result in your removal from the expedition.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use credit cards?

    Limited credit card and ATM facilities are avilable in Dili. Outside of Dili you will need to carry small value cash and coins (maximum USD $20 notes). Please note only Visa debit and credit cards are accepted. No Mastercards are accept at this stage in Timor-Leste.

  • Do I need a visa?

    Yes, you will need to purchase a 30-day visa on arrival. Visa’s cost USD $30 per person. This must be paid in cash.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Yes, all participants will require travel insurance. It is highly recommended that this cover is taken out at the time of booking. A copy of your travel insurance policy will need to be supplied to Maddog Adventures prior to your trip.

  • How do I book flights to Timor?

    We work closely with Lisa Malnar from Travel Managers and highly recommend contacting her to book domestic transfers and international connections to Dili, Timor-Leste. Lisa is based in Darwin and is an all round Timor-Leste travel expert. She can assist with transiting accommodation in Darwin, group bookings, travel insurance and most importantly she will ensure your international connections fit our travel itineraries.

  • Is it safe to drink water from the taps?

    We do not recommend drinking tap water in Timor-Leste, so avoid it and stick to sealed bottled water which is readily available. This includes steering clear of ice in drinks and brushing your teeth with tap water.

  • What if I get sick or hurt while on tour?

    All our lead staff are Wilderness First Aid trained and we carry a comprehensive First Aid Kit with us at all times and can offer first response care. For more serious ailgments we will take you to Stamford Medical, which is an international standard private healthcare provider based in Dili. We also Care Flight Darwin in case of an evac emergency. **Please note as per our T&Cs any medical care or evacuation organised by Maddog Adventures is at the personal cost of the participant or their travel insurance.

  • What immunisations will I need?

    To travel to Timor-Leste make sure all your routine vaccinations are up to date. We recommend visiting your doctor prior to travel to discuss any additional vaccines or medications you may need.

  • What in-country transportation do you use?

    We use a variety of in-country transportation methods depending on which district we are traveling too. We use 4 Wheel Drives for in-land travel and a combination of Dragon boat, catamaran, and local charter boats for sea travel. Sometimes, we even take a MAF charter flight.

  • What is the local currency?

    USD is the main currency in Timor-Leste. Limited ATMs (Visa only) are available in Dili, but it’s always advisiable to bring cash with you. Smaller notes (maximum USD $20) and coins should be carried for travel outside of Dili, as is can be difficult to get change for larger notes.

  • What is the weather like?

    Timor-Leste has a hot tropical climate, with a dry season from May – November and a wet season from December – April. Coastal temperatures range from 25 – 35 C. It’s cooler in the mountains and can be damp and misty, a perfect retreat from the heat.

  • What is your risk management process?

    We take participant health and wellbeing very seriously. Risk is an inherent part of all tours, but we do our best to mitigate, manage and reduce the risk of these hazards causing harm. We work with our staff and suppliers to ensure that all of our products and experiences meet our high standards. 

  • Why is the La Rende! Trek so sigificant?

    The 1942 2/2 Commando campaign pre-dates that of Kokoda and is arguably as important as the campaign in Papua New Guinea. In 1942, the 2/2nd Independent Company, a small force of approximately 320 Australian commandos fought a successful guerrilla campaign in Timor-Leste holding down over 20,000 Japanese troops, and inflicting 1,500 deaths with the loss of only 40 Australians killed in action.

    On the 19th of February 1942, the 2/2nd took to the hills and carried out the most successful guerrilla warfare of any units in WWII against the Japanese. With the loss of communications with Australia, these troops were thought to have either surrendered or been captured. It was not until 20th April 1942 that contact was re-established with Australia. In that time the men of the 2/2nd lived off the land with the help of the people of Portuguese Timor and their Portuguese administrators, and with the great help of the Kriadu, the men and boys of Timor who personally supported the Australian soldiers. 

    The story of the 2/2nd is one of great leadership, steadfastness and courage in the face of overwhelming odds. Under-supplied in every sense these men showed what a determined unit can achieve in the most difficult circumstances. The exploits of the 2/2nd Independent Company are without doubt some of the most inspiring of any unit in the Australian Army during World War II.