Rantemario is the highest mountain in Sulawesi. It is located in the Latimojong Range, to the south of the Tana Toraja region, in southwestern Sulawesi. The top is a rather flat area (“rante” = flat, “mario” = quiet). Rantemario, unlike most other Indonesian mountains, is not a volcano. It does not lie too far off the road from Makassar to Rantepao – part of the “beaten track” for visitors to Sulawesi – but getting to the mountain is a bit difficult. Rantemario is not very well known and not much frequented.
The ascent is a steep walk-up through mountain rain forest, which noticeably changes with the altitude. The path is divided into 8 sections. After each section there is a small, signposted clearing, called “pos”. There are 8 “pos” altogether, “Pos 8” being the summit. The walking distance between two “pos” is 30 to 60 minutes. The trek is not difficult, nor is it dangerous, though between “Pos 2” and “Pos 3” the trail is in part a bit slippery, especially in wet conditions. The ascent from the starting-point (1,450 m) to the top takes 7 to 8 hours. The difference in altitude is 1,990 m.
Try to be at the top at sunrise, not only to experience a beautiful sunrise but also to have the best chance of getting a clear view. Later the view may soon be blocked by clouds coming up from the rain forest. You can camp at “Pos 7” and walk up to the top before sunrise (see below).
You can organise the trek to Rantemario in Makassar (formerly Ujung Pandang), Makale or Rantepao. Then go to Baraka via Kalosi (the latter lying on the road from Makassar to Rantepao). There are transport services. From Baraka you have to get a ride in a 4WD vehicle to the village of Rantelemo. There’s no scheduled service. You have to ask around for a car. The ride takes 2 to 3 hours. In Rantelemo the dirt road ends and you have to walk for another 2,5 hours to Karangan (1,450 m), the last village, where you will find the trailhead. The owner of one of the houses at the upper end of the village provides accommodation.
There are no shelters, i.e. not even the roofed wooden platforms on stilts found at the “pos” of some other Indonesian mountains, e.g. Klabat and Rinjani. You can put up a tent at every “pos” including the summit (a rather flat montane heath), but drinking water is available at “Pos 2” and “Pos 7” only. At “Pos 5” you can get it, but from further away. “Pos 7” (3,194 m) is a suitable place to build a base camp. The final ascent to the summit is easy and takes 30 to 45 minutes.
May – October
Day 1 : Arrival Makassar
Arrival at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport of Makassar, meeting service and proceed to Makassar city. Arrive in Makassar city, check in at Swissbel-Inn Makassar.
Day 2 : Makassar – Enrekang / Bambapuang (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel, leaving for Enrekang with approximate driving time of 6 hours. Stop in Pare Pare for Lunch. Arrive in Enrekang regency, transfer to Bambapuang Village for overnight at Bambapuang Resort & Spa for accommodation and dinner.
Day 3 : Bambapuang – Karangan (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to Karangan by Car till the end of the road and continue by foot for approximate 2 hours. Lunch enroute with a lunch box. Arrive in Karangan, check in at Head of Village Homestay for overnight and dinner.
Day 4 : Karangan – Post # 7 (B,L,D)
After breakfast, start climbing the mountain till Post # 7 where you will be overnight. Lunch will be served enroute in Lunch box. Arrive in Post # 7, install the tent for sleeping and overnight. Dinner will be prepared by your Guide.
Day 5 : Karangan – Rante Mario Sumit- Karangan – Bambapuang – Tana Toraja (B,L,D)
Early morning before breakfast, approximate 6 AM, start walking up to the summit of Rante Mario (3478m above the sea level). Rantemario is the highest mountain in Sulawesi. It is located in the Latimojong Range, to the south of the Tana Toraja region, in southwestern Sulawesi. The top is a rather flat area (“rante” = flat, “mario” = quiet). Rantemario, unlike most other Indonesian mountains, is not a volcano. After for some moments at the summit, start to walk back to Post # 7 for your breakfast and continue walking down to Karangan. Arrive in Karangan, heading back to Bambapuang and continue to Tana Toraja. Lunch enroute. Arrived in Tana Toraja, check in at Misiliana Hotel for accommodation and dinner.
Day 6 : Toraja Rafting Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel, at 8AM, you will be picked up by our Rafting Team with a 4WD Jeep to transfer you to Bua Kayu Village where you will be started the rafting. On the way, visiting Traditional Houses of Tana Toraja named Tongkonan and as well a megalithic stone. Arrived in Bua Kayu, entering river side for rafting point. Lunch enroute at the riverside. Overnight with tent, camping at river side.
Day 7 : Toraja Rafting Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast, start the rafting trip again till Enrekang area where the car standby for pick you up. Lunch enroute. Arrived in Enrekang, transfer to Bambapuang for overnight and dinner.
Day 8 : Bambapuang – Makassar (B,L)
After breakfast, driving back to Makassar. Stop in Pare Pare for lunch and continue to Makassar Airport for your next destination.
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