Tondongkarambu

Gunung Tondongkarambu is the highest mountain in the Bantimurung – Bulusaraung National Park area which was first explored by Alfred Russel Wallace in 1857 and is the second largest karst area in the world. Good hiking options in this very picturesque region include both Tondongkarambu and the more popular and shapely Bulusaraung. Apparently there is a small village named Tobalo in a remote part of the national park whose inhabitants are eleven albinos. It is said that this number must stay the same, so should one inhabitant die, a new albino from outside must come and take his or her place.

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Bawakaraeng

Bawakaraeng is the most popular hike in South Sulawesi, because of both its proximity to Makassar and also its considerable height. The trail itself is in excellent condition although, since the enormous October 2004 landslide that took a large part of the mountainside down with it, the hike is a considerable 7-8 hours from the trailhead to the summit. The likelihood is that you will meet plenty of other hikers, especially on weekends, and perhaps even Tata Rasyid, the guardian of the mountain who climbs on a regular basis for the frequent traditional religious celebrations that take place up the mountain.

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