Papua New Guinea; Koroway Cannibals & Baliem Valley Trekking AE01

14 Days From £0 (3,950 USD)

Immerse yourself in a true back to nature eco experience as we explore the Koroway Cannibals and Baliem Valley trekking and much more in fascinating Papua New Guinea.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Jayapura, Papua New Guinea
End Location: Jayapura, Papua New Guinea
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

About The Operator

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Years In Business: 10

The Adventure
The walking adventure is mostly through the dense jungle, swampy, and we sometime walking up the single log. Sometime our porter will free their hand to help you in the hard or difficult trail. The Koroway Batu tribes live in the jungle only with their family or relatives, as they never stay in one big compound. We can found 2 or 3 Tree house in one camp only. Caused they are nomad peoples and they never life for such a long time in the one places, they have to moved to one and another places to get more food and animals to be hunt. We will stay with Koroway Batu in their bevak or we build a tent or up the tree house if permitted.

KOROWAI BATU TRIBE always moves from one place to another in order to be close to the foods and hunted animals provides by nature. Korowai Batu, Koroway and Kombai are hunter and gatherer who move and build a new tree house once every 3 years. For this reason we do not fix the place of our destination or what activities we do day by day. Once we arrive in Mabul or Upper Mabul, our contact person will telling us and update all the information in Koroway batu, Korowai and Kombai area including the people and their tree house or if there is any sago grub feast take place while we are in the area. Sago grub feast is the main ritual ceremony in Korowai Batu tribe to re-new their world and relation with God/Spirit and among their own people in the clans or groups. We will arrange our visit to the place where the feast will serve a lot of foods including the most delicacy "Sago Grub" to the invited guests and every one will put on their best wear and dancing. Traditional wear of Korowai Batu is very simple, men wear a piece of leave or a small penis gourd to cover their penis and women wear the skirt made of woven sago leafs. Compared Kombai tribe wear the same with Korowai but some of Kombai men wear hornbill head instead of the gourd during the feast time.

THE TRAIL; The trail is going through the swampy lands so you will get wet and could be very slippery and muddy when it rains. The weather is very unpredictable here. During the dry season (May - Oct) it can be very dry. So, prepare your self to the wet or hot weather condition with a humidity from 65 - 99% or may be more. The surface of our trail into the forest is almost flat, no hike and we likely walk under the canopy of the forest's trees most if the time. Tropic rain forest provides varies of wild life, beautiful and exotic fauna and flora, but you have to concentrate and watch carefully your steps especially when you have to walk on logs or fallen tree in the small river or sago swamp. For that we will always take 15 to 30 minutes break every time you need to drink water after one or two hours walk.

NIGHT CAMP; We overnight a tent near the tree house, but should you want to sleep on a tree house with Korowai Batu family bring your own mosquito net or you can use our own. We sometime spend 1-2 nights in one place of the tree house of there are some interesting event in the place and the family would like to host us that we can joining their daily activities. We really think that by joining the local daily activities is the best way to understand and experience the local life and culture. If there is no sago grub feast take place while we are in the area, we will joining the local people daily life activities (e.g. gathering foods/sago, fishing, hunting or put on the trap for animal like pig or birds). We sometime watch people build a new tree house.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-Travel Permit Irian Jaya
-English Speaking Guide
-Porters at Airport & Porters during Trekk
-Cooks during Trek
-Meals/Foods during Trekk
-All Land Transports / Airport Transfers
-Motorized canoe Chartered
-All Accommodations at villages (lcl.houses or tents)
-3 nites Hotel in Wamena “Baliem Pilamo Hotel or similar
-1X Traditional Performance with Koroway Tribe
-Entrance fees in the villages
-Air Tickets for Guide and cooks (Wamena-Dekai-Wamena R/T)

INTERNAL AIRFARES ;
-Jayapura – Wamena and return=USD.140,00/person
-Wamena – Dekai and return =USD.310/person

Airfares above are subject to change without prior notice

Excludes
- International flights

Note
- The itinerary is flexible, depend on local conditions, flights, weather etc

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. JAYAPURA ARRIVAL WAMENA (D) - Arrive at Sentani airport of Jayapura, meet by tour guide, then catch Trigana flight to Wamena at 10.00am, 12.00. Upon arrival at Wamena airport , transfer to Baliem Pilamo hotel for a short briefing by guide about the tour and trekking. After lunch, touring around Wamena town and traditional market and villages surrounding. Afternoon back to hotel for dinner and stay overnight.
Day 02. WAMENA – DEKAI by Flight (B.L.D) - transfer to the Airport for catching regular flight to Dekai. Depend on weather, the plane may be delay cause bad weather. Make more preparation in Dekai for the next day by charter motorized canoe. Rest of the day you may walk around Dekai villages to explore Dekai Tribe. Lunch and dinner will be provided by our cook. These flight very often delayed or canceled due to bad weather. If canceled you shall be transfer to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 03. DEKAI – Brazza River – MABUL/BAYGON (B,L,D) - Transfer by Jeep to Lokpon and today travel by motorized canoe through Brazza River for approx 6-8hours. From Brazza river up to Kolf River on destination to Mabul or baygon. Depends with rivers high condition, sometime the water river down to 1 meter (low tide), the boat have to be slower. Arrive at afternoon or at night. Dinner and overnight in the village of Mabul or upper of Mabul (Baygon).
Day 04. KOROWAY ADVENTURE (B,L,D) - We will spend these 04days adventure is some of the most pristine lowland rain forest in the world. Along the way we will try and stay with the various tribes those inhabit the region. Start our adventure by walking through the dense jungle, swampy, and we sometime walking up the single log. Our porter will free their hand to help you in the hard or difficult trail. After 4-6 hours walking we arrive the first Koroway camp (where some Koroway tribes life). The Koroway tribes live in the jungle only with their family or relatives, as they never stay in one big compound. We can found 3 or 4 Tree houses in one camp only. Caused they are nomad peoples and they never life for such a long time in the one places, they have to moved to one and another places to get more food and animals to be hunt. Stay and overnight at tents. While the Canoe with their crews waiting us in this village while we doing adventure till we return.
Day 05. As Day 4
Day 06. As Day 4
Day 07. As Day 4
Day 08. JUNGLE – MABUL/BAYGON (B,L,D) - The Last day trek we will be arrive in Mabul. We will consider where we would sleep in the jungle near Mabul or at village itself. Lunch en route, dinner and overnight at tents.
Day 09. MABUL – DEKAI (B,L,D) - Boat is waiting us in Mabul for a few days and drop us back for 6-8 hours from Mabul to Dekai Lunch en route, dinner and overnight at Simple Hotel in Dekai or at tents.
Day 10. DEKAI – WAMENA (B,L,D) - By regular flight to Wamena. Arrive in Wamena airport transfer by car directly to the Hotel. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Hotel .
Day 11. WAMENA – IBIROMA - KILISE (B,L,D) - By Car drop us to Yetni rivery, we hike up and down, the trail is steep and could be very sleeper if it is in rainy season. Small trek hrough the steep sweet potato garden near the Baliem river. From the Baliem river the trail is going up and take 3-4 hours to arrive in the village of Ibiroma. Or continue walking to Kilise village (we recommended). Our accommodation is at a local house.
Day 12. KILISE - SYOKOSIMO (B,L,D) - Walk and crossing the suspension bridge on Baliem River then hike up to 4-5 hours through the beautiful country side and Dani villages to Hitugi village. You will encounter and greeted by the Dani people who work in their steep sweet potato garden, arrive in Hitugi in the afternoon, lunch en route. If time still permitted then you can continue walking from Hitugi village, we hike 1,5 hours down to Mugi river and cross the small traditional rope bridge near a small water fall. From the waterfall we still hike 30 minutes and will arrive in the village of Syokosimo, accommodation at the teacher's guest house.(Walk approx. 6-7hours)
Day 13. SYOKOSIMO – NAIN – KURIMA – WAMENA (B,L,D) - Today, we hike down and the trail is steep and could be very sleeper if it is in rainy season. then continue the last trekking day back to Kurima with regular path of local people, and cross suspension hanging bridge over Baliem river. We walk at Baliem river bank until Kurima. You may stop at river for re-freshing of your body and take some breaks. Picnic lunch have provided, and late afternoon arrive in Kurima and Yetni then catch the car for drive back to Wamena town in 40 minutes. Dinner and overnight stay at Baliem pilamo hotel (Walk approx. 5-6 hours)
Day 14. WAMENA - JAYAPURA – DEPARTURE (B) - Breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight by Trigana ETD 07:00 leaving for Jayapura. Upon your arrival at Sentani airport of Jayapura, onward flight for the next destinations.