A Preparations Guide: Trekking in Sumba

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Trekking on Sumba Island offers not only an adventure but also an opportunity to be one with pristine nature and see some truly memorable natural beauty.

The island, located in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province, is known for its dramatic savanna hills, cascading, crystal-clear waterfalls, and deserted white sandy beaches. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best treks in Sumba, ranging from an easy trek on Wairinding Hill to a more exciting adventure to Tanggedu Waterfall.

Trekking on Sumba Island

1. Trekking to Lapopu Waterfall

This route is located in Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park and is one of the highest waterfalls in Sumba. The trek offers a path through dense tropical forest, which is often slippery and rocky.

Along the way, you will see the lush jungle and may also spot wildlife such as birds and monkeys.

When you reach the waterfall, you’ll be greeted by the thunderous sound of water rushing down the cliff. This is before falling into a large, clear, fresh pool.

You can see the view at Lapopu Waterfall in West Sumba of cliffs shaped like steps. In addition, you can swim here.

2. Trekking at Wairinding Hill

This lighter trek is ideal for beginners. At Bukit Wairinding, you can see the vast savannah, which changes color from brown to lush green depending on the season. The trek is relatively easy, with a few steep climbs and descents.

You will enjoy the expansive view from the top of the hill, suitable for photography, especially during sunrise or sunset with its silhouette.

3. Trekking to Ratenggaro Traditional Village

In Ratenggaro Traditional Village, you will see the tall traditional houses of Sumba, behind which is a beach.

The trek here is more cultural. Exploring this village provides insight into the architecture and life of the local community and a chance to see first-hand how they maintain ancestral traditions.

4. Trekking to Lake Waikuri

Lake Waikuri, a saltwater lake surrounded by limestone rocks, offers a relaxing trek. While the lake terrain is not too challenging, the path can be slippery, especially after rain.

The scenery at this lake is beautiful. Its calm, turquoise waters are surrounded by limestone walls that create a peaceful and private atmosphere.

5. Trekking to Tanggedu Waterfall

Tanggedu Waterfall is often known as Sumba’s ‘Grand Canyon’ due to its spectacular rock formations and dramatic views.

The trek is quite challenging, as you will walk through rocky terrain and cross a river several times. The scenery is mesmerizing, with the waterfall cascading down to a natural pool below, flanked by high rock walls. Tanggedu Waterfall is a favorite spot for photos and swimming.

It is important to prepare yourself properly before embarking on a trekking adventure in Sumba. Thorough preparation will help you enjoy your trip more.

Next, we’ll discuss what you need to prepare to ensure your trekking goes smoothly.

Preparation Before Trekking in Sumba

1. Clothing and Trekking Gear

Prepare clothes that suit the weather and comfortable hiking shoes. Bring a daypack to store water, food and emergency supplies.

Include a basic first aid kit and supplies for protection from the sun and rain, such as sunscreen, lip balm and a waterproof jacket.

2. Nutrition and Hydration

Bring enough water and energy-rich snacks. Make sure you are hydrated and have enough energy to complete the trek.

3. Find a Local Guide

Recognize the potential dangers in the trekking location and consider using the services of a local guide. In addition to your trip being more practical, you will also feel safer because a local guide from Sumba already knows the terrain in each tourist spot.

You can even visit more tourist attractions in Sumba with a local guide as included in the Sumba Private Trip Tour Package by Indonesia Juara Trip.

If you are alone, or more comfortable with a group, please check out our Sumba Open Trip package!

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