Anartutu – Manukoko – Anartutu (overnight) – Beloi

Type Of Walk One way plus climb up Manukoko
Start  / Finish Day 1: Abaktedi road end (near Anartutu) / Day 2: Beloi town sign
Equipment / Footwear Trekking boots; walking pole useful (Manukoko track narrow slippery, steep drop offs at times; Anartutu – Beloi long descent (587m) and riverbed rocky and stony
Guides Climbing Manukoko guide compulsory as it is a sacred mountain – easy to get lost in mist; some steep drop offs. Can arrange visit to artisans.  Guide definitely recommended for second day – route finding and will see and lean more.
Accommodation Overnight accommodation on this walk is in local homestays which can be organized via Roman Luan NGO. Accommodation must be pre arranged and they will provide meals (dinner, breakfast and lunch).
Transport 4WD drop off at Abaktedi road end (prior to starting walk suggest leave overnight gear at Anartutu homestay)
Day 1 Abaktedi road end – Manukoko – Anartutu church
Highlights Expansive scenic views, diversity of vegetation including tropical forest, birdlife, village gardens and betel nut trees. Watching artisans and general Anartutu village life.
Distance / Hours / Grade 5.2km return (i.e. Abaktedi – Manukoko 1.9km/Manukoko – Anartutu 3.3km); 240m climb Abaktedi to Manukoko ridge / 376m descent Manukoko ridge to Anartutu.

2.5-3 hours walking (return) if start at Abaktedi road end/finish Anartutu not including stops; if start/finish Anartutu allow extra hour. Medium difficulty.

Description From Abaktedi vehicle drop off walk on track besides gardens and then start climbing upwards initially in more open country and then in forest.  At times excellent views. Track is narrow and can be overgrown. In rainforest see birds, butterflies, mushrooms, ferns etc. As near Manukoko ridge forest reverts to scrub and stunted eucalyptus. Fantastic views from Manukoko ridge of reefs near Vila, Indonesian Islands to north and west of Atauro and down to Anartutu village sprawled below. Then descend back down track to Abaktedi.  Continue walking through gardens and betel nut groves on plateau.  Track then drops down gully in forest to Anartutu village.
Day 2 Anartutu church – Beloi town sign
Highlights Excellent scenic views across Atauro in all directions. Seumau village. Local people encountered hunting/gathering, gardening, walking to market. Seeing village gardens, limestone cliffs, diversity of vegetation, birds, butterflies and Libadoe fresh water springs. Learning how forest provides building materials and food.
Distance / Hours/ Grade Anartutu – Beloi 10km (long descents and twisting stream bed). Walking time 4 hours estimated not including stops. Medium difficulty.
Description From Anartutu walk north along main road heading out of village towards Beloi.  Keep walking along road – expansive views in all directions. Then turn left onto shortcut track and walk through Seumau village (rather than following road around large bend).  Shortcut track will eventually take you back to road at green church.  Cross over road and follow walking track down hill – excellent views of eastern side of Island. Keep heading down to stream. Follow track zigzagging stream bed, heading towards coast – sometimes in river, other times on banks, few small rock scrambles. As gradually loose height terrain less steep/lower cliffs and vegetation drier and more open. Part way down do short side trip to freshwater spring (concrete enclosure). Around spring beautiful forest, very peaceful (bird song) plus pineapples, coconuts, bananas growing.  Keep walking down stream until reach road.  Turn left and follow road (approx 15 minutes) north to Beloi village.
Other Anartutu has market on Wednesday morning. Metal foundry near Abaktedi makes knives etc.

Track information verified except section Seumau to Libadoe Fresh Water Springs. Recommended you notify your accommodation where you are walking (potential accident) and to walk with a companion; take water and protect yourself from the sun.