Are you ready to CHALLENGE yourself and make a real difference?

Experience the diversity of Timor -Leste from the bustling capital of Dili to small remote communities where dedicated organisations are working to build self-reliance and sustainability, building on the strengths of their people.

Next Encounter: September 3rd – 15th 2023 – dates to be confirmed.

You will assist Palms Australia to raise funds to support the overseas partners who you will meet along your journey.

On our 13-day tour through Timor -Leste you will reach magnificent heights as you complete several hikes through the stunning mountains and into breathtaking coastal towns.

Are you ready? Take the challenge today!

$3,500 per person | What’s included?*

  • Expert guides
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • All internal transport
  • Tourist visa (issued on arrival)
  • Entry to museums and activities

Below are some of the highlights of this experience. Guests will receive a detailed itinerary closer to the date of departure. Your itinerary is subject to change, depending on transport, weather and considerations for our host communities.


Atauro Island

At the beginning of your Encounter you’ll take a water taxi to the idyllic island of Atauro, home to the Boneca doll factory a social enterprise of the local women’s co-operative. Stay at Barry’s Eco-lodge run by our local in-country coordinator .

*Your first challenge begins here with the coast to coast walk from Belois to Adara across the island.


Sitting in the mountains near the Indonesian border, Balibo is a town of immense historical significance to both Timorese and Australians and is renowned for the murder of five foreign correspondents by invading Indonesian forces on 16 October 1975. There are great views of the countryside from the historic Portuguese Fort.

*Your second challenge is a downhill walk from the mountain town of Balibo to the coastal town of Batugade.

Mt Ramelau

*Complete your last challenge by trekking up Timor-Leste’s highest peak which has deep religious and cultural significance.

Set out before dawn to experience the magical sunrise of Mt Ramelau before heading back down to Dili for a relaxing afternoon.

Travellers will be required to complete the following at their own expense:

  • International flights and travel insurance
  • Medical approval for travel to Timor Leste, including to remote areas
  • Police Check
  • Working with Children Check

Our Timor Leste Encounter begins and ends in Dili. Return flights to Timor Leste are not included in your tour. We can offer advice on booking flights through Darwin where you will meet up with fellow travellers and your guide before arriving in Dili. For those joining us from flights through Bali, let us know your flight details and we can connect you with fellow travellers when you arrive.

Read our complete Terms and Conditions for more information and get in touch with Palms if you have any questions.