Baliem Valley Experience - 6 days

Tour Details & Information - Individual Private Tour, Tour Code: SI-IRJ-01

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Begin of Tour Jayapura (Irian Jaya/West Papua) - Baliem Valley/Wamena (L/D)

Baliem Valley Resort © Baliem Valley ResortBaliem Valley ResortIn the morning arrival in Jayapura and short flight to Wamena. Lunch and visit of the local market in Wamena. Transfer to The Baliem Valley Resort. The small resort is located in the vast Baliem Valley and surrounded by the Jayawijaya Mountains. A 3-star hideaway in a natural paradise. Dinner and overnight at the Resort.

Day 2: Baliem Valley/Wamena - South Baliem Gorge - Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

Baliem Valley © Baliem Valley ResortBaliem ValleyIn the morning, drive to the southern Baliem Valley past Wamena. By the village of Sogogmo, not quite 2 miles outside Kurima, the road ends. This is where our hike along the huge Baliem river starts. First we cross the roaring Baliem river on a traditional suspension bridge. We continue through romantic Dani settlements with their terraced fields and wild sugar cane groves. Throughout the hike we enjoy magnificent views of the river and the narrow valley. Around noon we get to the church square of Seinma, where we eat our picnic lunch surrounded by stunning scenery. Outside Kurima we cross the river again on a wild and romantic suspension bridge. To return to our vehicle we need to cross a few side valleys. There will be many unique photo opportunities today. We get back to the resort in late afternoon.

Day 3: Baliem Valley/Wamena - Kurulu - Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

Kurulu Mummy © Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of IndonesiaKurulu MummyIn the morning, one-hour trip to Jiwikia, in the middle of the Baliem Valley. Start of a one-hour uphill hike (approx. 1,000 feet altitude difference) through stunning mountain rainforest to the traditional salt spring of the Dani tribe. Local women dressed in traditional tribal clothes will accompany us and show us their ancestral salt production techniques. After the walk down we will take a picnic lunch at the foot of the mountain. We will then walk to the nearby Kurulu village where you can admire the ancient mummy of the famous Dugum clan. Afterwards, the women show us how they process the brine they extracted from the spring. We will see more quaint and picturesque Dani homesteads. Wherever we go, friendly Papuans offers their arts and craft, weapons, and all kinds of curiosities for sale. Return to the resort in the afternoon.

Day 4: Baliem Valley/Wamena - Pig Festival - Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

Preparations for the Pig Festival © WeigleinPreparations for the Pig FestivalTraditional one-day pig festival in a traditional Dani village, either in the resort grounds or in the Jiwika region. Many adorned people from the Dani tribe in traditional clothing will take part in the festival. Such food celebrations with hot stones and earth pits are probably the most interesting part of a trip to New Guinea. If you like taking photos and videos you will certainly get your money’s worth today! It is difficult to describe what’s so unique about these food celebrations; you will have to see and experience it for yourself. Lunch will be a picnic in the village. If you like you can taste the food from the traditional earth pit afterwards. The freshly cooked pork and sweet potatoes are delicious! Back to the resort in the late afternoon.

Day 5: Baliem Valley/Wamena - Jayapura (B/L)

Yos Suudarso Bay, JayapuraYos Suudarso Bay, JayapuraTransfer to Wamena and short flight to Jayapura. Upon arrival, direct city sightseeing tour Jayapura or optional tour Lake Sentani with lunch enroute. The lake is the biggest open lake in West Papua. It is said to be the home of rainbows by the local population. Many endemic fish species live in the waters of Lake Sentani. Overnight at Hotel Travellers in Sentani, including breakfast.

Day 6: Jayapura - End of Tour Jayapura (Irian Jaya/West Papua) (B)

Transfer to airport, departure to your next destination.

Rates, Hotels & Information

Rates
Options Comfort
Rate per person EUR 1.340
USD 1,590
Based on individual private tour, min. 2 travellers in double/twin room
Changing or adapting this tour to match your personal needs, interests and wishes is, as always, possible. Please contact us! Group rates (closed groups only, min. 4 Pax) on request.
Single Supplement EUR 330
USD 392
Hotels for this Tour
(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
LocationComfort Hotels
Baliem Valley/WamenaBaliem Valley Resort

Honay Villa
JayapuraSentani Indah

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Information, Services, Remarks
Depart/Arrive:

Jayapura (Irian Jaya/West Papua) / Jayapura (Irian Jaya/West Papua)

Hotel/Airport Transfers:

Transfers are inclusive from and to above mentioned airports and hotels of the immediate area.

Services (included):

Travel permit (surat jalan)
Domestic flights: Jayapura – Wamena – Jayapura
Private tour
English speaking guide
Air-conditioned car with driver
Accomodation: DBL room hotels (or similar)
Transfers, Entrance fees as per itinerary
Meal Plan as stated:
5x Breakfast 5x Lunch/Lunchbox 4x Dinner

Not included

Own expenses
Additional services (marked 'optional' above)
Programme not mentioned above
Season Surcharges

Best Season(s):

May - November

Important Remarks:

Min. 2 Persons. Single traveller rates on request.
Important information for traveler: Outside of highly touristic regions like Bali there is only a limited touristic infrastructure available. Regular flight connections, restaurants and hotels (all classes from simple to high end) are limited. Flight cancellations and delays are quite common. Please don't expect amenities like warm water, air-conditioning and even comfortable beds at all hotels and homestays during the round trip. This applies especially outside of bigger cities.
This round trip includes flights with an indonesian airline. Most indonesian airlines are blacklisted by the EU. Please check the EU Air Safety List.
- Low difficulty (1/5): Easy tours with no special physical demands.
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