The Mbeliling Forest Reserve, located in the Sub Districts Komodo and Sano Nggoang covers an area of 15’000 ha. Mount Mbeliling, the highest mountain in this area, is famous for its refreshing air and rich diversity of Fauna and Flora which makes it a perfect trekking destination. On this 2-Day Trek, you can fill up your lungs with fresh and clean air, while local Guides explain to you everything about their culture, customs and the carefully protected treasures of the Mbeliling Area.
This Trekking activity was developed by people from Roe Village, the “Roe Ecotourism Association”. The Association was formed in October 2007 with approximately 50 members from Roe Village. They divide their tasks between Porters, Guides, Cooks and Administrative Staff, all of whom are keen to make these 2 days a unique experience for you. The Guides and Porters are trained in Eco-Tourism and have a high awareness of the need to protect their natural environment and local culture. They are also trained in First-Aid, Rescue and safe Food Preparation – as your safety comes first.
Trekking Program: First Day
Drive 1h from Labuan Bajo to the Roe village, at the foot of the Mbeliling Mountain. Learn about the endemic Fauna and Flora from the local Rangers at the starting point while being served traditional snacks - carefully prepared by the local women’s association.
Start the 3-4h trek at 600m above sea level in Roe village and hike in the cool mountain forest where you can discover an amazing range of tropical plants as well as some rare species of birds and other wildlife.
A traditional lunch served in Banana leaves will provide you with enough energy to climb the peak of the Mbeliling Mountain. Arriving at the top, 1239m above sea level, you enjoy a breath taking view over Flores - from Labuan Bajo to Komodo on the west to an impressive volcanic crater lake in the east. Take a rest and watch the sunset while your guides set up the tents on the mountain top and start preparing a del icious dinner. Relax and dream under the stars, only separated from them by the roof of your tent.
Trekking Program: Second Day
Wake up to the calls and the sounds of tropical birds and enjoy the sunrise from this scenic campsite while the porters serve you hot coffee and a traditional breakfast fare with boiled bananas, corn, cassava and fresh fruit (seasonal). Continue hiking down to the astonishing Cunca Rami Waterfall, passing a village where you can experience the friendliness of local people, offering young coconut or fresh fruits.
Take a swim and shower under the waterfall and relax, spotting different kinds of birds as well as huge Honey combs in the rocks. After lunch you keep on walking along scenic paddy fields arriving in Werang village, where the car takes you back to your hotel in Labuan Bajo. If you are a strong hiker, you can also add 2.5 hours hiking, passing another village, ending up back in Roe.
Code of Conduct
Welcome to Roe and the Mbeliling Area: We, the Roe-People, are happy and proud to invite you to visit our village and the beautiful surrounding area. Please pay attention to this Code of Conduct in order to help us protect our natural surrounding, customs and culture.
The compliance monitoring is based on your feedback, please assist us and fill in the questionnaire at the end of the trip
- Please carry out all the rubbish you bring in to the Mbeliling Area
- Do not engage in or encourage hunting: The Mbeliling area is the habitat of endangered animals which need be protected
- Do not cut any trees or remove plants: this is a protected area, where cutting wood is strictly forbidden by the local government
- Please don’t make a fire to cook or warm-up at night. Use the fuel stoves (provided by the trekking association)
- Please inform your Local Guide or the Trekking Association if you observe anybody (local or foreign) not following these rules – as it is in the association’s interest to protect the environment
LOCAL CUSTOM AND CULTURE
- Please dress politely according to the local understanding which means in Indonesia not to wear short pants or skirts/sleeveless, transparent or low-cut tops
- Respect the local culture in behaving with discretion (avoid public displays of affection, men and women only share a tent if formally partnered, use enclosed facilities for your toilet and bathing)
- Don’t distribute sweets, money or other presents to children, as this encourages them to beg
- Please ask for permission before you take pictures of people
- Be sure you are healthy and feel comfortable walking for a sustained period. Walking on the narrow and sometimes steep tracks to the Mbeliling Mountain requests a good physical condition, especially considering the tropic climate in Indonesia – Flores
- Stick to the existing Tracks and don’t explore the area without a local guide - it is easy to get lost in the Mbeliling forest
- Be aware, Narcotics, Pornography and Weaponry are strictly forbidden all over Indonesia and therefore not allowed to bring into this area
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
If you are interested in booking this trip, please contact one of the local Tour Operators in Bali or Labuan Bajo. If you want to organize your transport to Roe independently, you can get in touch with the Roe Ecotourism Association directly: Zhakarias +61 (0)81 353 781 200 or Ketrin +61 (0) 852 39061205 will be more than happy to give you any further information and make a reservation for you.
The price for the 2 day Package is 400’000 IDR – 600’000 IDR per person, depending on the size of the group. This price includes:
- Traditional meals during the Trekking (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Coffee, Tee and Water)
- Fees of the Porters and Guides
- Rental cost of Tents, Sleeping Bags, and Sleeping Mats
- Support to the Community’s Development - 10% of the Price you pay will be used for Development projects in the Roe Village
The mainland area surrounding Labuan Bajo offers ample choice for soft adventure and nature lovers. Largely untouched by modern development and unknown to most tourists, this area is particularly inviting to active sports participants and those eager to discover the Flores rich variety of fauna and flora.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 March 2008 )