Wae Rebo Adventure
Wae Rebo is the last remaining traditional Manggaraian ethnic village where still traditional houses exists and where people still live like their ancestors thousands of years ago. It is located at an altitude of 1,125 meters above sea level in the Nature Conservation Forest. There are seven traditional houses, the so called 'Mbaru Tembong' and each of these houses hosts more than one family. The people live on agricultural products as coffee, taro and vegetables.
Day 1: LABUAN BAJO - DINTOR or DENGE
In the morning we leave Labuan Bajo and travel up to the mountains with beautiful panoramic views, villages and rice fields. On a beautiful resting place we take a break and unpack our lunch package. Time to enjoy the beauty of the nature and the tranquility. In the afternoon we arrive at Dintor on the coast of the Sawu Sea. We stroll around the small fisher village, take some photos and continue our journey either to the guest house in Dintor or Denge. Denge is nestled around seven kilometers from Dintor on the food of the mountain - our starting point for the four to five hours hike to Wae Rebo.
Dinner and overnight in a guest house in Dintor or Denge
Day 2: DINTOR or DENGE - WAE REBO
At eight o'clock in the morning we hike up hill through the rain forest and reach Wae Lomba, a creek. Our first stop after about one hour hiking from Denge. Sometimes we can hear the voices of Asian Paradise Flycatchers and other endemic birds. We proceed to Post 2 at Pocoroko with picturesque views towards the Sawu Sea in the south. It is the last place for cellular phone connection services. The last stop is at Nampe Bakok, a place where we have a complete view over the traditional village of Wae Rebo. Breathtaking!
At lunch time we arrive at Wae Rebo. The head of the village - usually the eldest man in the village - welcomes us in his house with open arms. However, we need to ask for a permit first to enter the village and whether we will be welcomed. After our guide getting the permit the villages elderly men hold a welcome ceremony for us in manggaraian language. Don't worry. Our guide will translate it for you.
Afterwards we get accompanied by villagers to the traditional manggaraian guest house where we set up our camp for the night possibly with other guests which arrive today. The round house can accommodate up to 25 people.
Meanwhile the local women have started to cook with fire wood in the adjacent kitchen. After enjoying our lunch of traditional simple manggaraian food, we spend all the afternoon in the village to watch and take part at the local's way of life. If the weather permits we also can explore the surroundings.
After dinner - who like to assist the women preparing the dinner doesn't need a special invitation. Everybody is welcomed. Time to sleep after this exciting day. We sleep on woven gras mattresses arranged in form of a circle. Good night! The ghosts of the ancestors of the village will protect you!
Day 3: WAE REBO - DENGE - LABUAN BAJO
After an early breakfast which the traditional women prepare for us, we say good bye to the villagers which we have grown fond of in only one day. We leave the village and trek the same way back, but this time downhill to Denge. Our host of the guest house provides lunch for us before we jump in to the car and depart back to Labuan Bajo. We arrive in Labuan Bajo in the evening.
We travel by an air conditioned car or van to the starting point of our hiking tour in Denge.
Difficulty of the Hike
It is always hard to judge the difficulty of a hike. The hiking trail is in the first part very wide. Stones and fallen trees sometimes block the trail and we have to jump over it. The second part of the trail is a small path, in parts very steep and winding up to the montain. The third trail is much smaller as the second one, but it descends slightly to the village of Waerebo. In rainy season or after a big rain shower in dry season the trails could be very moody. Please wear good trekking shoes.
Hike distance: apprx. 6 km
Hike duration uphill: apprx. 4 hours depending on your condition
Hike duration downhill: apprx. 3 hours
Hike classification: minimum beginners in a medium and good condition.
Dintor or Denge: We will stay in a guest house together with other guests. Our host provides private double rooms with private bathrooms. The rooms are basic equipped. The bathroom has a shower with cold water. Toiletry is not provided. Dinner at the guest house.
Wae Rebo: We stay in one of the traditional manggaraian roundhouses together with other guests. Each house consists only of one room and can accommodate around 30 guests. We sleep on natural, thin matrasses. Pillows and blankets are provided. Toiletry is not provided. There is no electricity in Wae Rebo except in the evening when a generator will run.
Food: The food at the guest house and in Wae Rebo as well as the lunch package are traditional and basic. Water, tea or coffee is provided.
Luggage, equipment and clothing
We reccommend to bring a small backpack. If it is possible leave your suitcases in Labuan Bajo. During the hike one porter accompanies us and he can carry some of your luggage.
Walking sticks are good but not necessary.
You can wear trekking shoes or in dry season sandals which are closed behind the foot chop. After a rain shower the trek is always very slippery. Therefore trekking shoes are more reccommended.
During the night, especially from June to September, it could be chilly in the mountains (13°C/55.4 F). We reccommend to bring a light pullover or jacket and a light rain coat.
Don't forget your toiletry. There is a possibility to wash one self. But there is no shower and only cold water.
* Air conditoned car or van
* English speaking guide who is also the driver
* Local porter during the hike
* One overnight in a guest house in Dintor or Denge (private room)
* One overnight in Wae Rebo together with other guests in one house/room
* One lunch package, 2 lunch, 2 dinner and 2 breakfast
* Coffee,tea and mineral water
* Parking fee
* Dinner on day three
* Personal expences
- before or on the day of departure no deposit refund