Hiking Near Mount Kelimutu
When visiting the Kelimutu crater lakes, you could also explore the surrounding areas and the villages of Pemo and Woloara. This activity is the perfect way to explore nature and learn more about Lionese history.
The Kelimutu National Park’s parking area is the best place to start your hike. From here you can take a shortcut through the national park’s arboretum. This route lets you learn more about the local vegetation and if you walk a little bit further you’ll have an amazing view of Kelibara, also called the ‘white mountain’.
After about an hour’s walk, you will reach your first stop – Pemo is a small village on the slopes of Kelimutu. Here you will find two ceremonial houses. The biggest one, ‘soaria’, is still inhabited by one of the mosalaki and his family. You’ll also find a keda kanga, which is a wall-free traditional house standing on stone pillars. The locals store drums, gongs and the ancestral bones here. When you walk through the village, you can see the women working on their Ikat weaves.
Just 5 kilometres away you will find the Woloara village. Here, you’ll find more Lio culture, and a fresh water spring that is spiritually meaningful to the locals. Many rituals are held here.
While you’re on your trek, don’t forget to visit the Murundao waterfall after which the trek will lead you back on the road to Moni.
– Bring your own snacks and drinks while there are not a lot of facilities nearby
– Respect nature and don’t throw any rubbish around
– Wear a hat to avoid heat stroke
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