Special: Highland Festival - 9 days

Tour Details & Information - Individual Private Tour, Tour Code: SI-IRJ-06

Detailed Itinerary

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

Baliem Valley Resort © WeigleinBaliem Valley ResortThis tour is fully booked for 2017. We are happy to advise you on the 2018 schedule.
(05.08.2018) Arrival at Jayapura Airport in West papua in the Morning. Short transit and flight to Wamena. After lunch visit the local market. Afterwards transfer to Baliem Valley Resort.

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

Kurulu Mummy © Baliem Valley ResortKurulu Mummy(06.08.2018) In 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 (B/L/D)

Baliem Valley © Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of IndonesiaBaliem Valley(07.08.2018) In 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 (B/L/D)

People of West Papua © Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of IndonesiaPeople of West Papua(08.08.2018) After breakfast drive to festival ground in Wosilimo/Kurulu dirstrict. The opening ceremony will be held there. Return to the resort in the afternoon.
Program Day 1 (09:00 - 16:00):
1. Performance tribal war
2. Competitive games between children from Puradan
3. Competitive games between children from Sikoko
4. Attraction of the day: Feast with traditional cooking
5. Performance of traditional dances
6. Competition in archery
7. Competition in javelin
8. Competition in manufacturing traditional craftsmanship
9. Competition in playing the traditional jaw harp

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

Baliem Valley Dani © WeigleinBaliem Valley Dani(09.08.2018) After breakfast drive to festival ground in Wosilimo/Kurulu dirstrict. Return to the resort in the afternoon.
Program Day 2 (09:00 - 16:00):
1. Performance tribal war
2. Performance of traditional dances
3. Competition in manufacturing traditional craftsmanship
4. Competition pig race
5. Competition in javelin
6. Competition in archery
7. Attraction of the day: Feast with traditional cooking
8. Competition in playing the traditional jaw harp
9. Competitive games between children from Puradan
10. Competitive games between children from Sikoko

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

Baliem Valley Resort © Baliem Valley ResortBaliem Valley Resort(10.08.2018) In 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 7: Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

Baliem Valley Dani © WeigleinBaliem Valley Dani(11.08.2018) Breakfast at the resort. Drive to the festival grounds for the last time. There will be a colorful parade with all participating tribes. Later return to the resort.

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

Swiss-Belhotel Papua © Swiss-Belhotel InternationalSwiss-Belhotel Papua(12.08.2018) In the morning flight to Jayapura. Transfer to city hotel. Later sightseing tour including visit to Hamadi Beach. Overnight in Jayapura.

Day 9: Jayapura (City) - End of Tour Jayapura (Irian Jaya/West Papua) (B)

(13.08.2018) Breakfast at hotel. Moring free at leisure until airport transfer.

Rates, Hotels & Information

Rates
Options Comfort
Rate per person EUR 2.960
USD 3,545
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 On Request
Hotels for this Tour
(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
LocationComfort Hotels
Baliem Valley/WamenaBaliem Valley Resort

Honay Villa
Jayapura (City)Swiss-Belhotel Papua

Superior

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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):

Group tour (SIC)
English speaking guide
Air-conditioned car with driver
Accomodation: DBL room hotel (as stated or similar)
Transfers, Entrance fees as per itinerary
Travel permit (surat jalan)
Domestic flights: Jayapura – Wamena – Jayapura
Meal Plan as stated:
8x Breakfast 8x Lunch/Lunchbox 8x Dinner

Not included

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

Important Remarks:

Min. 2 Persons. Single traveller rates on request.
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