An authentic immersive-experience in Sumatra
Immersion with hunter - gather Mentawai tribe


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Overview

Trip Type Private guided tours
Group Size 8 People Max
Physical Level Adventurous
Charateristic Cultural Immersion, Nature, Adventure, off the beaten path
Destination Siberut, Mentawai island
Duration Tailor-made stay and private circuit the length visit it can be tailored start from 4 up to 15 days
Price Request us for the price

NOTE* The price depends on the number of people in the group, duration of the day, season plus access to the remote village, and the circuits / jungle area we will visit, way further/remote means more adventurous and logistically challenging.
For a private trip in solo, couple, or in a group/family when more than 10 people please contact us to receive a quote.

Overview


  1. Highlights

    • Immersion and living in the jungle with native Mentawai tribe

     • Explore off beaten path to discover more about Mentawai culture, traditions, and beliefs

     • Wilderness Mentawai jungle

      • Experience / share a daily life with the Mentawai Tribe

      • 100 % customizable and flexible


  2. What is the trip about

    An adventure for those who want to hike in the wilderness this trip will take you deep to the jungle of Mentawai island, travel across the dense jungle of Siberut to meet the native Mentawai tribe. You will have a chance to learn their knowledge about the forest with them, medicine herbs, plus their traditions and lifestyle. We aimed our trip to create an authentic immersive experience on your travel, this is not just the only trip but we build a connection, engages will the local community that will allow you to touch and discover deeply the local culture, point of interest then for sure being away from hustle and bustle mass tourism.

    Travel theme Local living, Culture, Nature, Adventure and Spiritual
    Adventure route Padang city – Siberut, Mentawai Island
    Group Size 1 – 8 people
    Guaranteed departure from 1 registered, whether you register alone or with other travelers, yourgroup is formed as when registration are made
    Itinerary Focus Cultural immersion and off the beaten path
    This off the beaten track and it will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.

Trip Summary

We will start our great experience from Padang city by fast ferry. Arrival in Muara Siberut prepare our logistic, loading our stuff and we will crossing scenic jungle river by motor canoe to Kulukubuk village. We will use this village as a transit before our adventure. During our trip, the trek condition and circuit are demanding good physics and stamina, at least we will have 4 hours trekking per day in muddy, uneven terrain. While we trek to reach Mentawai communities, we will have a chance to observe wildlife Mentawai jungle, such as Bilou (Hylobates Klossii) also known as Mentawai Gibbons.
Experience living traditionally with The Mentawai tribe to discover the uniqueness of Mentawai culture and the way of life by engaging in their daily life. During our stay with them, we will have many chances to learn about their way life that remained still primitive and far from tumultuous modern society today. Living with Mentawai tribe in their natural environment just an amazing vibes for the travellers who want to learn about the culture and close with nature. By engaging with their daily life, this experience will give you a different perspective to see life to enhance your experience during your travel.

The schedule


  1. The trip outwards from Padang city start every Saturday from Muara Padang port depart at 07:00 a.m by fast boat ( MV. Mentawai fast )


  2. • The trip return to Padang on Tuesday , departing from Siberut 03:00 p.m and estimate arrival time in Padang 06:30 p.m ( MV. Mentawai fast )

Practical Information


  1. Terms and Conditions

    • You have to accept living in the same conditions as the local community in the remote village, sleeping in a very rudimentary comfort style on the floor with mat (floor mat) with mosquito net this applies nights in the Mentawai jungle.

    • Given the conditions of poverty and isolated areas, families that accept us to live and spend time with them, conditions of comfort and cleanliness are more than basic but far from being guaranteed for "western standards". In this case, it's very important and necessary to be able to tolerate this short inconvenience, to be able to enjoy your full stay and overall experience.

    • Because Mentawai traditional communities live in remote areas in the jungle forest, access to these communities isn't simple and easy, so the conditions of a trek include quite a lot of muddy terrain, can be slippery and uneven ground (sometimes you have to walk on the log on the muddy ground that Mentawai make and use it as a bridge to access further route).

    • Please bear in mind there is no electricity in the Mentawai jungle, charge your camera and phone, and bring an extra battery. No running water in the Mentawai jungle.river is the option.

    • The conditions in this trip, which these stays are carried out sometimes felt as “pain” and to be required for each participant to have:

     - Good mental preparation,
     - Great adaptability.
     - To be well informed before departure about the culture and ways of life in Sumatra and the jungle. ( the guide will give some little briefing and explain about this before we will start our trip)

    • Because the Sumatra area is covered with rainforest and located right on the equator, it has a tropical climate, the weather is hot and humid all year round. The driest season normally starts from May to September, although there are sporadic rains and may occur during this period. Rains are abundant between November and January. The average temperature is 30 °C degree in Siberut island. Be ready for hot, humid, and hasty conditions.

    • Respect the culture of every local community, for example, local wisdom, their law order, their way of living, the way they dress (especially Mentawai) their upbringing methods, different life perspectives, and views of the world and local environment in the community.


  2. Our Commitment

    • Promoting good practice to spread the idea of responsible for traveling

    • Working with expert local guides and partners to achieve sustainable goals and practices

    • Bringing benefit to local communities when it comes to boost their economic and social standard, teaching them about the tourism industry, as well as helping local children with ongoing education

    • Preserving culture and nature through eco-tourisme responsible travel

  3. Things to carry

    • Small backpack (we can leave some stuff at the previous place we stayed in (hotel/hostel)

    • Long trousers, long sleeves, t-shirt, fresh underwear (there will be sweating going on)

    • Rain clothes (forget about umbrella)

    • We recommend bringing a dry bag/pocket (waterproof) to protect your camera and any other important documents and equipment you need to take care of

    • Trekking shoes, sleeping bag, a mosquito repellent, high protection sunscreen, a headlamp, toilet paper, a sun hat/cap, sunglasses, water bottle

    • First aid such as paracetamol, pain killers, anti-diarrhea, disinfectant, all other medication you would usually take

    • Do not overpack! Keep it simple

Details

  1. Food

    All meals will be provided / cooked by our team in the local house / Mentawai (except the breakfast before starting our trip from Padang city). The food that we will provide such as rice, eggs, chicken, vegetables and, fruits, and you will have a chance to enjoy local Mentawai food as they do. Drink water we will carry fresh mineral water ( gallon), and we will use boil water from the river too.

  2. What is included and not included on the price

    What’s include :

    • Airport transportation service

    • Ferry ticket Padang – Siberut 2 x

    • Entrance ( Siberut National Park )

    • Logistic ( all meals and drinks during our trip )

    • Motor canoe 2 time ( crossing Siberut river to reach our trek point )

    • Porter

    • Accomodation with Mentawai community

    • Mosquito net, mattres

    • Present to the Mentawai clan

    • Local English and French speaking guide

    What’s not include :

    • Flights

    • Insurance

    • Medication

    • Personal expenses : souvenirs, alcoholic drinks and etc

    • Accomodation in Padang city Recommend place to stay : Budget hotel by harbour, Oxville Hotel ( breakfast included ), Yani Homestay, Riverside Hostel (non – breakfast )

  3. Team Suppport

    • Local English speaking guide
    • French and Spanish Guide / interpreter is available

  4. Sleeping Arrangements

    For sleeping arrangements in the Mentawai traditional longhouse, we will sleep on the floor ( with Mattress ) and mosquito net, for your comfortability it is recommended to bring your sleeping bag, mat, or air bed.

  5. Transportation

    During our trip we will use 2 times ( Fast Ferry ), 2-time local transport such as Motor taxi, Tuk-tuk or Pick up truck and Motor Canoa.

  6. Insurance

    We strongly recommended that you will have to take your responsibility for your travel insurance during the trip with us, or as soon as you book this tour. And do not forget to bring all those important documents and information with you.
    Please inform yourself about getting vaccinated before traveling to Indonesia.
    LAST BUT NOT LEAST: You already found all necessary info, what to bring and carry, dos and don'ts, however, there are other details and questions I have for you: - do you have any allergies? - do you have any dietary restrictions? - do you have any health issues (diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, heart disease, etc)?

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