Togutil Tribal Trek – Private Departures Only

Highlights

  • Hike to the remote Toutil Tribe
  • Hunt and gather with the tribe
  • Camp in the rainforest

Trek through the wild, untouched jungles of the Lolobata National Park in search of the elusive Togutil tribal group, deep in the heart of North Maluku, Indonesia.

Home to over 20 endemic bird species, a variety of wildlife and fascinating tribal groups, this tour is perfect for any traveller who wants to venture deep into the rainforests of Halmahera to understand the fragile ecosystem of this region.

Fly into the picturesque island of Ternate, west of the much larger Maluku Island, before travelling via speed boat to Sofifi Harbour where you will commence your trek into the jungle. To reach the fascinating Togutil tribe requires a two day hike through the dense, wild forests of Lolobata National Park. Spend a night camping underneath the canopies of the rainforests listening to the strange sounds and echoes of the nocturnal wildlife that surrounds you. Continue your trek the next day, reaching the Togutil tribe in the morning for you first taste of tribal life.

Over the next three nights, you will be totally immersed in the unique and fascinating culture of the Togutil tribe as you set up camp on the outskirts of their village. You will have the opportunity to not only witness the Togutil tribe go about their daily chores, but to join in and try your hand at a range of activities. Go deep into the wild forests and practice your hunting skills, or hike with the locals to the coast to learn about their unique fishing methods. Help make loin clothes from the bark of a tree, or harvest vegetables and bamboos shoots that will be used for cooking your dinner that night.

Journey map

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Ternate

Welcome to Indonesia! Upon arrival in Ternate, you will be met by your local guide who will transfer you to your hotel.

The day is free at leisure, you may want to explore Ternate and enjoy the pristine waters that surround the picturesque island or rest and prepare for the next part of your adventure.

Meals 

N/A

Accommodations 

Marahai Park or similar 

Services 

Airport Transfer

Day 2 – Tobelo – Jarajara Village

An early morning start today as you are met by your driver and transferred to the pier for your speed boat for a scenic journey across to the Halmahera Peninsula, reaching Jara-Jara village, your starting point for the trek.  The boat ride will last approximately 2.5 hours. Upon arrival, enjoy a hearty lunch served in the village. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure. 

Meals 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Accommodations 

Overnight at a local house (sharing room with owner), squat Toilet 

Services 

Private vehicle with driver 

Day 3 & 4 – Jarajara – Akelamo River

After breakfast, jump into a 4×4 vehicle for a scenic drive to Transmigration SP1 Patlean, which should take approximately an hour. From there, the real journey begins as you set out on foot to reach the remote Togutil community. Over the next two days, you’ll trek through rugged terrain. Your daily trekking sessions will last around 8-9 hours, allowing you to fully appreciate the natural surroundings and take in breathtaking vistas.  

After each day of trekking, enjoy the tranquillity of the outdoors at your campsite. Finally, after two days of adventure, you’ll arrive at the Togutil community, where you can rest, recharge, and immerse yourself in the unique culture of the area. 

Meals 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Accommodations 

Overnight in Tent – yoga mattress bedding

Services

English-Speaking Guide

Day 5 & 6 – Explore Togutil Culture

Over the next two days, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the daily activities of the Togutil Tribe. Venture deep into the untouched Halmahera jungle and witness the ancient hunting or fishing traditions that the Togutil people have used for generations. 

Later, sit with the women of the tribe and interact as you try your hand at making sago powder, the main food of the Togutil tribe. Take a swim in the river nearby to relax and appreciate the extreme contrast between tribal life and your modern life back home. Other activities that you can join in include loin cloth making – it is still common practice amongst male members of the tribe to wear loin clothes. Try your hand at harvesting some wild vegetables, young rattan, or bamboo, all of which could end up being your dinner! Swap stories with the elders, who are just as interested in your life as you are in theirs or take time out of your day to help teach the children of the tribe. 

During the activities, your guide will always be present and able to take care of all your needs. 

Meals 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Accommodations 

Overnight at a local house 

Services 

English Speaking Guide 

Day 7 & 8 - Trek Back to JaraJara Village

Wake up this morning to the peaceful atmosphere of the Togutil village, before enjoying breakfast with the locals and saying goodbye to your generous hosts. This is your last chance to see these tribal members who have taken care of you for two days, make sure you thank your hosts for their generosity.   

Over the next two days, you’ll trek back to Jara-Jara Village. Your daily trekking sessions will last around 8-9 hours. After each day of trekking, enjoy the tranquillity of the outdoors at your campsite. 

Meals 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Accommodations 

Overnight in Tent – yoga mattress bedding

Services 

English Speaking Guide 

Day 9 - Jarajara Village

This morning is yours at leisure, enjoy a relaxing day snorkelling and swimming at the beach. 

Later in the afternoon, you’ll board a speedboat for a scenic crossing to Tobelo. From there, you’ll continue your journey by road to Ternate via Sofifi, taking in the stunning scenery along the way. 

Upon arrival at Ternate Island, you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. The remainder of the day is free for leisure or to explore Ternate Island.  

Meals 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Accommodations 

Villa Marasai or similar 

Services

English-Speaking Guide

Day 10 – Departure from Ternate

Today is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight. 

Meals 

Breakfast 

Services

Departure airport transfer

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What’s included

  • Return Airport Transfer
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All transportation by air-conditioned private vehicle for all included sightseeing 
  • Trekking permit and conservation fees
  • Return chartered speedboat
Exclusions
  • International & domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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