Friday, March 13, 2009

Ramelau Mountain Circuit

The Ramelau range is the roof of central Timor. There is 4WD (four wheel drive) and truck access to the 1900 metre high village of Hatobuilico and from there you can start the trek over Mount Tatamailau. (At 2986 metres this is the country’s highest mountain.)

The trek is then along the spine of mountains and down to the town of Ainaro. A short bus trip and then a walk uphill completes the circuit back to Hatobuilico.

This medium to hard walk involves one night in a bush camp and one night in Ainaro.

Mount Matebean Male and Mount Matebean Female

This range is an isolated limestone formation about 20 kilometers south-east of Baucau. It is the birthplace of rivers that flow to the south and north coast. These are possibly the most rugged high mountains in Timor.

The trekking is medium to hard and could be done as a two or three-day walk, or separate one-day walks with an overnight stay in the high mountain village of Uaiboro.