An authentic Immersive travel experience Adventure to encounter the hunter - gather Mentawai tribe.


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What is this trip about?

Are you ready for a next-level adventure? an adventure for those who want to hike in the wilderness, this trip will take you deep to jungle Mentawai travels across the dense jungle of Siberut to meet the native Mentawai tribe. You will have a chance to share the knowledge about the forest with them, medicine herbs, plus their traditions and lifestyle.

This off-the-beaten-track trip is specially designed for an adventurous traveler who is passionate about nature, cultural experience, and jungle life. The experience we offer will take you deep into several jungles area in Siberut where you can live with the Mentawai tribe and practices their traditional way of life as semi hunter and gathered community.

.Highlights of the experience

  • Trip type :  Small group & private

  • Adventure route : Siberut, Mentawai Island 

  • Level :  Adventurous - physically demanding

  • Itinerary focus :  Local living, culture and jungle life

  • Duration : 7 up to 15 days

  • Comfort :  2 / 5

  • Price :  $$$  please send us inquiry ! 

 

Note : The price depends on the number of people in the group, duration of the day and access to the remote village/jungle. Way more further / remote means more adventurous and logistically challenging.

Strong point of this experience

  • Immersion and living in the deep jungle with native Mentawai tribe

  • Explore off beaten the track Siberut jungle/wilderness

  • Fully immersive cultural experiences

  • Off the beaten track adventure

Trip Summary

Note : Please bear in mind this adventure will stretch your comfort zone, it does not always feature the itinerary or the tourist highlights, but deep dive deeper into local life and culture, sometimes if we are lucky we can attend / see some Shamanic rituals ( we will keep update the information about rituals)

Day 1 : Padang – Siberut – Mentawai tribe

  • 06:00 a.m Hotel pick up in Padang city

  • Departing to Siberut island with the Fast Ferry

  • Arrive in North Siberut ( Pokkai ) and transit for 1 h ( loading on/off goods and passager, during this transit we will have lunch at the local restaurant )

  • Arrival in South Siberut ( our destination )

  • Travel straight to our transit village by Mini van or pick up

  • Overnight in our transit village ( visiting waterfall )

  • Evening and dinner

  • Preparation, our stuff, equipment

Day 2 Trekking to remote jungle area

  • Breakfast

  • Start trekking to Atabai jungle area to encounter the Mentawai tribe/shaman ( 5 hours trekking )

  • Provide lunch on the way in the jungle

  • Arrive in the Mentawai clan family, meet and greet The Shaman

Day 3 – 7 Jungle life experience ( camping, hunting and surviving )

  • During these days we will explore the jungle area, and experience a jungle life of the Mentawai people.

  • Join or participate with the family for food preparation, and any other activities on our presence

  • During our stay we will experience living traditionally like the Mentawai community

  • During our stay with the family, you can ask them anything you would like to know about their way of living, culture and traditions that they open want to talk it and answer your question

  • During our stay with the Mentawai family you will learn jungle life skills/survival as the Mentawai do such as :

    1. Learning making hut in the jungle in Mentawai style
    2. Learn how to weave basket, tray, bag from Ratan or leaves that the Mentawai people usually use to support their daily life in the jungle.
    3. Making poison for bow and arrow
    4. Making traditional Mentawai bow and arrow
    5. Hunting ( usually the will start in the early morning, after scouting the area during the day and night )

Day 8 - 13 Move to the different jungle area

  • Move to different jungle area / remote village and meet other Mentawai family

  • During these days we will explore the jungle area, and experience a jungle life of the Mentawai people

  • Join or participate with the family for food preparation, and any other activities on our presence

Day 14 Leaving jungle remote area transfer to Siberut town ( government settlement )

  • Farewell with the Mentawai family

  • Leaving jungle area

  • Straight down the river by traditional motor canoe

  • Transfer to Siberut port by pick up car

  • Overnight at local house in the village near by port

Day 15 Leaving the remote village – harbor – back to Padang

  • Breakfast

  • Transfrer to Siberut port

  • Lunch at the local restaurant

  • Back to Padang

  • Transfer to your hote/hostel ( Tour end )


The trip schedule based on regular ferry from Padang city

  • The trip outwards from Padang city starts every Tuesday and Thusday from Muara Padang port and departs at 07:00 a.m by fast boat ( MV. Mentawai fast )

  • The trip returns to Padang on Thusday and Saturday departing from Siberut 03:00 p.m and estimate arrival time in Padang at 18:30 p.m ( MV. Mentawai fast )


Practical Information

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:

    1. Good mental preparation
    2. Great adaptability
    3. To be well informed before departure about the culture and ways of life in Mentawai 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 early September, although there are sporadic rains and may occur during this period. Rains are abundant between November and January. The average temperature is 27 - 33 °C degree in Siberut island. Be ready for hot, humid, and hasty conditions.


Good things to know during our immersion stay

  • Be mentally prepared to rough it out, as many tribes do not have the basic comforts of what Western standards used to.

  • Give yourself and themselves time to connect with each other during our stay

  • Be your true self while visiting, show your interest in them, and learn from them.

  • Be present throughout the experience, they expect you to enjoy your time with them.

  • Please avoid wearing expensive stuff or accessories like watches, necklaces, bracelets, or earrings, so as not to attract the attention of the tribe, they may be tempting and ask you to give to them, so this could be counterproductive and may even harm your relationships with the community.

  • Ask for their permission before taking pictures.


Consider spending a few days living with them for an authentic experience.

    Don’ts
  • DO NOT assume the tribes understand your lifestyle

  • DO NOT inflict your lifestyle and comforts on them

  • DO NOT Try to make them fit into the outside society (avoid influencing them to any perspective, ideology and other daily comforts that are essential to us)

  • DO NOT be judgemental, every tribe has its own customs, so be a good observer


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.


Things to carry

  • Small backpack

  • Trekking pants, T-shirt, shorts

  • Trekking shoes ( we would recommend rubber trekking boots )

  • Dry bag ( to protect your electronic devices, phone, camera, or document )

  • Rain clothes/poncho

  • Personal Utilities

  • Mosquito pray

  • Toilet paper

  • Torch, Suncream & Hat, Socks, Sandals, Sunglass

  • Water bottle

  • First Aid and all medications that you usually take

  • Earplug ( the rooster will wake up you up everyday at 5 a.m )

  • Do not overpack! Keep it simple


What is included and not included on the price

What’s include :

  • Pick up hotel in Padang to Mentawai ferry port

  • Ferry ticket Padang – Siberut 2 x

  • Transport from Siberut port to our transit village

  • permit to local government and Siberut National Park

  • Logistics ( all meals and drinks coffee, tea and mineral water during our trip )

  • Motor canoe ( upriver Siberut to reach our trek point )

  • Porter ( whenever you need it )

  • Accomodation with Mentawai traditional house

  • Mosquito net, mattres

  • Present to the Mentawai clan

  • Local guide / teamn

What’s not include :

  • Personal expenses: souvenirs, alcoholic drinks, etc

  • Insurance

  • Medication

  • Accommodation in Padang city


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. 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)?