A vsist to Baliem Valley - 12 days

Individual Private Tour - Tour Details & Information, Tour Code: SI-IRJ-03

Detailed Itinerary

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

Lobby © Baliem Valley ResortLobbyIn 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 ina natural paradise. Dinner and overnight at the Resort.

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

Baliem Valley Resort © WeigleinBaliem Valley ResortIn 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 3: 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 4: Baliem Valley/Wamena - Sekan Mountain - Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

Hamlet at Sekan Mountain © Baliem Valley ResortHamlet at Sekan MountainIn the morning we set off on a one-hour hike to the summit of the nearby Sekan mountain range, which forms the northern border of the resort. The summit region is characterised by giant slabs of rock. From here you have spectacular views of the southern Baliem Valley, the Siepkosi Valley and the resort complex. We return to the resort through wonderful vegetation including many different flowers, orchids, carnivorous plants, moss, lichen, tree ferns and screw pines. We then have lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon we take an easy hike along the eastern border of the resort, past a few isolated Dani homesteads and traditionally cultivated gardens. In some places we can enjoy wonderful views of the romantic neighbouring valleys. We will be back at the resort late afternoon.

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

Suspension Bridge Baliem Valley © Baliem Valley ResortSuspension Bridge Baliem ValleyIn the morning, drive to the Siepkosi church. From here we set off on an easy hike to the Pugima Valley. On the way there we pass the area where the Yuan River comes to the surface in a big cave full of stalactites and stalagmites. The expansive and fertile Pugima Valley is densely populated, with large gardens and fields cultivated by the highland Papuans. We visit a homestead that houses what is probably the only pottery in the valley. In very humble conditions people create the most beautiful clay objects – many of which are a permanent fixture in the resort. Around noon we reach the Baliem River in the Wesaput region, where we have our outdoor picnic lunch. Before we get to our vehicle we cross the river on a large suspension bridge. Drive back to the resort through Wamena, where we have time to do a bit of shopping.

Day 6: Baliem Valley/Wamena - Pass Valley - Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

Kotilola Cave © Baliem Valley ResortKotilola CaveAfter breakfast we take a drive to the northern part of the Baliem Valley via Jiwika and Kurulu. A few miles beyond Kurulu we visit the famous Kotilola Cave with its gigantic stalactites and stalagmites. The huge cave has collapsed in places, promoting lush vegetation. We continue our drive northwards to the market town of Uwosilomo, where even more photo opportunities await us. We continue high up into the mountains to the Pass Valley. The road is lined with dense mountain rainforest with fantastic vegetation. We find a suitable place to have our picnic lunch. Excursions to see the spectacular flora are possible. On the way back we take a little detour to Meagaima, where we can see the mummy of a tribal chief in a little village directly by the Baliem River. To reach this tucked away village, we have to allow for a 30-minute walk. Drive back to the resort, where we will arrive in late afternoon.

Day 7: Baliem Valley/Wamena - Sinakma - Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

Wamena Market © Baliem Valley ResortWamena MarketIn the morning, drive to the Siepkosi church. From here we set off on an easy hike to the Pugima Valley. On the way there we pass the area where the Yuan River comes to the surface in a big cave full of stalactites and stalagmites. The expansive and fertile Pugima Valley is densely populated, with large gardens and fields cultivated by the highland Papuans. We visit a homestead that houses what is probably the only pottery in the valley. In very humble conditions people create the most beautiful clay objects – many of which are a permanent fixture in the resort. Around noon we reach the Baliem River in the Wesaput region, where we have our outdoor picnic lunch. Before we get to our vehicle we cross the river on a large suspension bridge. Drive back to the resort through Wamena, where we have time to do a bit of shopping.

Day 8: Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

Baliem Valley Resort © Baliem Valley ResortBaliem Valley ResortAll meals at the resort. Today is free at your leisure. Stay at the resort and relax or start your own exploration of the surroundings. Overnight at the resort.

Day 9: 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 10: Baliem Valley/Wamena - Rafting - Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

River tour Baliem Valley © Baliem Valley ResortRiver tour Baliem ValleyIn the morning we drive northwards (up-river) to the Assologaima region via Wamena, along the middle valley road. We can get all the way down to the riverbank with our vehicle and the big dinghy (load capacity of 2.5 tonnes). Start of boat ride down-river to the suspension bridge of Wesaput. The leisurely journey takes us past marvellous floodplain forests, wild sugar cane groves and screw pines. Every now and again we see Dani villages tucked away in the shade of giant acacia trees by the shores of the river. We find a suitable place to have our picnic lunch. We observe how the Dani women wash their sweet potatoes and we encounter the occasional native in a simple dugout canoe. In the afternoon we reach the suspension bridge of Wesaput, where our vehicle will be waiting for us. With the dinghy safely stowed on the roof, we set off on our return journey.

Day 11: Baliem Valley/Wamena - Jayapura (B/L)

Transfer to Wamena and short flight to Jayapura. Upon arrival, direct city sightseeing tour Jayapura or optional tour Lake Sentani with lunch enroute. Overnight at Hotel Travellers in Sentani, including breakfast.

Day 12: Jayapura - End of Tour Jayapura (Irian Jaya/West Papua) (B)

Transfer to airport, departure to your next destination.

Hotels, Rates & Information

Hotels for this Tour
(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
LocationComfort Hotels
Baliem Valley/WamenaBaliem Valley Resort

Honay Villa
JayapuraHorex

Rates
Options Comfort
Rate per person EUR 2.250
USD 2,695
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 620
USD 743

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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:
11x Breakfast 11x Lunch/Lunchbox 10x Dinner

Not included

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

Best Season(s):

May - November

Important Remarks:

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Min. 2 Persons. Single traveller rates on request.
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