The Stunning Batutumonga

The alluring beauty of the landscape will stupefy your soul. There is no better place in Toraja to experience the beauty of nature than Batutumonga. Located on a dramatic ridge, high on the slopes of Gunung (Mount) Sesean, 90 minutes’ drive away from Rantepao, the capital of Toraja Utara. Batutumonga offers relaxing ambiance, cool temperature and beautiful views. On different viewpoints, you will discover the scenery is spectacular. It offers a mixture of terraced paddy fields, forests and open grassland. On a clear day, you can see Rantepao in the distance. It is the perfect place to visit, sit, relax and drink a warm cup of Tana Torajan coffee. Breathe in the very fresh mountain air while enjoying the scenery that stretches underneath. The tomb stones that scattered, traditional houses and rice fields that extend into a spectacular sight are the things to stare at Batutumonga.


batutumonga rice fields


Stop by the rice fields and touch the soil where the heart of Torajan lies, and traverse into the misty forests of the rising dawn.
From Rantepao the route to Batutumonga winds slowly upwards in looping s-bends and along windy roads. You will pass Tinambayo, one of the famous viewpoint. Located 1,300 meters above sea level, it offers beautiful views of rice terraces and the valley below. It’s worth stopping here even if it is just to take a few photos.


tinambayo tana toraja


Sitting down in the early morning with the clouds below you and the sun rising over the horizon is a magical moment not to be missed. Gunung (Mount) Sesean is located in Desa (village of) Sesean, upwards of Batutomonga. Sunrise is one of the highlights for tourists visiting Batutumonga. With its mountain tip at 2,100 meters above sea level, it is the highest point of the highlands, where tourist usually hike up to reach the peak. Hiking treks are available taking time to about 4 – 5 hours to reach the top with the view of the whole Toraja as your reward.


sesean mountain

Image Source: Arief Madekan

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