Special: Highland Festival, Kuruwai, Asmat - 15 days

Individual Private Tour - Tour Details & Information, Tour Code: SI-IRJ-07

Detailed Itinerary

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

This tour is fully booked for 2018. We are happy to advise you on the 2019 schedule: 07th - 21st of August 2019.
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)

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 3: Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

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 4: Baliem Valley/Wamena - Dekai - Patipi Dibawa (B/L/D)

In the morning transfer to airport. Flight with regular airline to Yahokimo (Dekai), located at the upper reaches of Brazza River (flight time about 35 minutes). After arrival, visit of local market and last shopping for the tour. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to local harbor (about 28km/ ca. 1 hour). There our motor longboat incl. crew awaits us. Today we plan to go downstream for 2 hours until we reach the village of Patipi Dibawa. Here, we raise our first tent camp right next to the river. This short stage gives us an impression of what awaits us during the next days: jungle landscapes in the essence!

Day 5: Patipi Dibawa - Mabul/Korowai (B/L/D)

In the morning we have an early breakfast before we continue to go downstream with our longboat. Down Brazza River, we are passing amazing prime forest landscapes. Hornbills, flying foxes and other birds often startle when our boat appears. Around noon we will reach the mouth of the mighty Siret River. After our lunch break, we go upstream Siret River to the Korowai settlement MABUL. Going upstream, the Siret River changes its face; the current gets stronger, sand banks appear, big tree trunks often block parts of the way, less and less local boats appear. Depending on the water level, our today’s boat trip takes around 8 hours. Under best circumstances, we will reach Mabul in the afternoon. Mabul is a small settlement of Korowai people who were attracted by the Indonesian government to leave behind their nomadic lifestyle in the forest and to settle down. We will use this settlement as the starting point of our trekking into the Korowai corridor. After we set up our tents and kitchen, we will start recruiting our porters for the next days. With a little bit of luck, we can set up our tents inside an empty stilt house.

Day 6: Mabul/Korowai - Manopteropo (B/L/D)

After breakfast we meet our escort team. Our entire luggage and our food for the next days will be carried by our porters. We leave Mabul in Eastern direction. Only some 50 meters and we are standing in thick forest, which we will not leave for the next days. Today, we approximately need 5 hours until we reach our first destination: a fantastic jungle settlement with several tree houses, MANOPTEROPO. The traditionally dressed Korowai give us a friendly welcome. Tent camp next to the tree houses. Feel free to set up your tent inside a tree house, in 6 or 25 meters height. Up to you!

Day 7: Manopteropo (B/L/D)

Today, we will follow several Korowai families into the sago forest. Here, we will experience a spectacle from another world. The forest nomads chop a huge sago palm with their stone axes, open the trunk, and start smashing the sago pulp. The gained sago pulp is further processed by women who wash it in primitive washing installments – build only from leaves, branches and Rotan. The pure sago is the staple food for all jungle dwellers. Camera enthusiasts will probably never forget this day! In the afternoon we are back at the tree houses, where our cook starts preparing our next real jungle dinner: maybe we will have papaya vegetables, sago larva, and plantains! The kitchen will surprise us every day with new exotic viands.

Day 8: Manopteropo (B/L/D)

We will spend a second day with the friendly forest nomads. Maybe today they show us how to repair a tree house in crazy heights, or how to make and use bows and arrows – the most important weapons here. Or we join the Korowai on a journey into the forest to seek food. They are true hunters and gatherers: in a few hours their nets are filled with spiders, larva, locusts and other exotic animals. They even shoot flying dogs from the trees. And again, we can look forward to another exotic dinner!

Day 9: Manopteropo - Mabul/Korowai (B/L/D)

Today, we say good-bye to our friendly hosts. Back in Mabul we still have time to take a look at the local craftsmanship. One piece or the other, for example a fantastic bone knife, is a perfect souvenir for every visitor, and a true proof that somebody has really been to the stone ages!

Day 10: Mabul/Korowai - Binam - Wowi (B/L/D)

In the morning we leave Mabul and go back down the river in our boat. After some 2 hours we again pass the mouth of Brazza River. Downstream the strong current makes our journey much quicker. Shortly after, we reach Binam/Suator, the first bigger settlement with a small kiosk, situated on the upper reach of Siret River. Here we need to fill up our petrol and it is also time for lunch in a small warung. After lunch we continue to Wowi, a typical Citak settlement, right across the mouth of the powerful Wildemann River. And it is also the home of our boatman. We will build our tents next to his house and will use his kitchen place for our dinner. A small tour through the settlement gives a very good insight into the lives of the people here.

Day 11: Wowi - Kaimo (B/L/D)

Today, we spend the whole day in boat until we reach KAIMO, the first typical Asmat settlement. Our tents and kitchen will be set up inside the traditional men house (Jeu). Spending the night in this impressive house with its ancestor poles and fire places is a unique experience itself.

Day 12: Kaimo - Waingapu (B/L/D)

We continue to WARSE, a big Asmat village with tree imposing men houses. On the way we have a stop in Amboreb, a well-known settlement for arts and craftsmanship. Quickly after our arrival the locals will bring their treasures to the men house. Often one can find rare but inexpensive artifacts here, which cannot be found in a store or souvenir shop. After lunch we continue to WARSE (2 hours). Here, we will spend the nights with our tents in one of the three men houses. All three men houses are very interesting and every guest should try to visit all three of them.

Day 13: Warse - Agats (B/L/D)

In the morning we go through a narrow river channel, right through the mangrove forest. This is a spectacular journey, as our boat goes past the thick jungle. Already at around 10am we will reach Agats, the “capital city” of Asmat. Here we will stay in Hotel Anggrek, a small, clean, and quiet hotel. As all the other buildings in Agats, also Hotel Anggrek is built on wooden stilts. In the afternoon we will visit the very interesting Asmat museum, which collected a big amount of unique Asmat artifacts. The collection gives a very good overview on the different Asmat cultures and styles of craftsmanship. Agats is a town without cars and during our short tour through the center we will be surprised how many people are nonetheless living here.

Day 14: Agats - Ewer - Timika (B/L/D)

In the early morning, transfer by boat to the airfield of Ewer. Here, our charter plane to Timika awaits us. The aircraft will most likely be a Cessna Caravan, flight time to Timika 45 minutes. After arrival in Timika, directly transfer to our Hotel Komoro Tame. Here we will spend our afternoon right next to the swimming pool, with some cold beverages. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 15: Timika - End of Tour Timika (Irian Jaya/West Papua) (B)

In the morning, farewell from our crew from Wamena. Later transfer to Timika airport and flight to nest 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
Patipi DibawaCamp
WaingapuElvin Hotel
AgatsHotel Anggrek

TimikaHotel Komoro Tame

Honai Standard
Options Comfort
Rate per person EUR 4.490
USD 5,140
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 600
USD 687

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Information, Services, Remarks

Jayapura (Irian Jaya/West Papua) / Timika (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
Crew from Wamena
Accomodation: as stated or similar
Transfers (car/boat), Entrance fees as per itinerary
Travel permit (surat jalan)
Domestic flights: Jayapura – Wamena // Wamena - Dekai // Ewer - Timika
Meal Plan as stated:
14x Breakfast 14x Lunch/Lunchbox 14x Dinner

Not included

Own expenses
Additional services (marked 'optional' above)
Programme not mentioned above
Season Surcharges
Sleepingbag, sleeping mat
Beverages in hotels/restaurants

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.

Important information: All programmes and transfers by boat are on seat-in-coach base (group). You may be in a small group with other people.
- Medium difficulty (3/5): Certain physical demands and often lack of comfort. Participants should be in good health and with at least average physical condition.
Please pay attention to the Travel Information provided.
When travelling islamic countries there can be interference during the month of Ramadan, other high holidays and fridays.
Volcanism: The Sunda Islands and the Sunda Archipelago are of volcanic orgin and show high volcanic activity. Accrodingly it may be possible that tours, routings and activities (especially those involving or near volcanoes) need to be altered in case of high activity or order by the government.
This tour is not soutable for people with reduced mobility. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements please contact us! We will try to find a solution for your individual needs.