In Cou’s tribes, before becoming adults, boys need to follow elders in the family to learn how to hunt and survive in the wild.
" Our culture will finally fade away one day, and I will leave no stone unturned to last our culture until it disappear." Before the hunter's culture fade away, what else can we do?
If you love forest and wild so much and you want to break away from suffocating air in cities, this itinerary is your best choice. It doesn't matter that if you don't have experiences of hiking or camping in the wild. Following the hunters in the tribe, we learn the skills all we need in the wild, which are the wisdom from ancestor, and you will be touched by Cou's culture. In the wild, you need to do everything by your own. After two days, you will know yourself more and have more connection with the earth.
Location：the tribe Tfuya, Alishan Township, Chiayi County
Number of Travelers ：Minimum of 8 people, maximum of 12 people
Eligibility ：Age above 18
Meeting time / place：
08:00 Chiayi Train Station ( Booking transfer service )
08:30 Chiayi High Speed Rail Station ( Booking transfer service )
10:30 the tribe Dabang at Alishan Township （meet at designated place）
Day2 15:00 leaving from the tribe Dabang
- Learning Cou's culture starts from home
Guided by A'tai, the youth of Cou, we know how Cou's people live by the introduction of traditional house.
- Lunch time
Have a meal before entering the forest with all the ingredients from the tribe.
★We will go to the grocery and it's the last place that you can buy stuff before entering the forest, please check all the things you need have got well-prepared.
- Stay in the wild for a night with real hunters
Learn the wisdom of how hunters live in the wild. Finding a place to station, building a simple hut, finding water source, setting up fire, making cups by bamboos, follow the hunters and do all the things by yourselves.
★From the entrance of the forest to where we camp, we need to walk for a while. It won't be too difficult but parts of path are muddy and slippery and it's strongly recommended to wear hiking boots or rain boots.
- BBQ of Cou's style
Cou's people are really good at BBQ and you will be shocked by the good taste even in the wild !
★A`tai will tell you the tips for BBQ and let's prepare dinner together.
- Gather around the fire
Where the fire is, where the Cou's people gather. Around the fire, hunters sing ballads of Cou or share the hunting experiences.
- Exploration and Observation at night
After dinner, we depart for the hunting path, which we can observe the footprints of wild animals. If lucky, you can see the animals near by you !
★We will walk on the path, which is for hunting, about 40 minutes. Remember to bring the headlight for your safety.
- Breakfast in the wild
Remember the tips about cooking yesterday? Prepare the breakfast by your own.
- Agriculture of the tribe
People in Cou's tribes depend on agriculture for regular income. On the way leaving the forest, collect some bamboo shoots or coffee beans. It's also a good way to understand how Cou's people live.
- Handmade traditional tool for communication
In ancient time, this kind of tool is made for gathering the Cou's people. When it turns rapidly, it will make very loud sound in the valley. People will gather while hearing the sound.
- Lunch in Tfuya
This meal, full of tasty dishes, is prepared by the elder in the tribe. All the ingredients from Alishan, you can't eat without reservation.
- Stroll in Tfuya
Told by A'tai who grows up in Tfuya, some stories about the tribe, about the fading culture and about how the youth make effort to last their culture....
- Free time before leaving
The free time is for you and the tribe whether to take a walk or have a cup of coffee.
- Say goodbye to Tfuya
The silence in the wild and the night we live with hunters will make you miss this tribe so much. See you next time !
When the number of travelers match the minimum requirement for this trip, we will add you in the Line group to send notifications about ten days prior to the departure. Please make sure that you fill up the right Line ID when booking.
Minimum of 8 people are required to book tour. If total number of travelers do not match the minimum requirement for this trip, the tour will be cancelled and you will receive a notification e-mail or phone call 14 days prior to departure. You can claim for refund or reserve the fee.
According to the cancellation policy, administrative expenses should be deducted before refund.
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－Meet at Dabang tribe at 10:30a.m Address：No.17, Alishan Township, Chiayi County, 605
－Take the bus to Dabang tribe and stay for a night before we meet.
－08:00 Chiayi Train Station front exit (depart on time)
－08:30 Chiayi High Speed Rail Station (depart on time)
【Things to bring】
2.Sleeping bag：In the forest, the temperature will drop dramatically at night or you will suffer from hypothermia.
3.Camping mat：The ground we camp is uneven. Put the camping map under the sleeping bag can make you sleep better and it can also block the moisture from the ground, which will make you sleeping bag get wet.
4.Headlamp：we will go exploring at night and for your safety, don't use the flashlight and the flashlight on phone.
Bowls & spoons：In order to protect the environment, please do not use disposable tableware.
Water : at least 2L
Pants and long sleeve T-shirt : protect you from the bug's bite and sharp grass.
Warm clothes：The forest is at an elevation of 1200 metres and you will feel cold at night.
If you don't have any experiences about camping or hiking, it's also available for this itinerary.