Expedition: Korowai intensive 09.07.-22.07.2018 - 14 days

Tour Details & Information - Individual Private Tour, Tour Code: SI-IRJ-08

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Begin of Tour Jayapura (Irian Jaya/West Papua) - Dekai - Patipi Dibawa (L/D)

(09.07.2018) In the morning, arrival in Jayapura. Our local agent will welcome you and assist with the check-in for the flight to Dekai, located at the upper reaches of Brazza River (about 35 flight minutes). After arrival, meeting with your guide, visit of local market and last shopping for the tour. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to harbor (about 28km/ ca. 1 hour). At the harbor our motor longboat including 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 down by the river. This short stage gives us an impression of what awaits us during the next days: jungle landscapes in the essence! (any luggage which is not needed during the Korowai part, e.g. warm clothes for the highlands, can be packed seperately and send via airmail to Wamena - our local agent in Jayapura can take care of that)

Day 2: Patipi Dibawa - Mabul/Korowai (B/L/D)

(10.07.2018) 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 lunchbreak, 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 can be spotted. 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 3: Mabul/Korowai - Manopteropo (B/L/D)

(11.07.2018) 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. The traditionally dressed Korowai give us a friendly welcome. Tent camp next to the tree houses.

Day 4: Manopteropo (B/L/D)

(12.07.2018) 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 larvas, and plantains! The kitchen will surprise us every day with new exotic viands.

Day 5: Manopteropo (B/L/D)

(13.07.2018) We leave our first settlement and start our trekking to Avium river. The deeper you get into the Korowai sector, the more traditional it becomes. The next days we plan a daily trekking duration of 4-6 hours.

Day 6: Manopteropo (B/L/D)

(14.07.2018) Together with our experienced crew we cross the difficult terrain with many hills and rivers. It takes strength and confidence to walk over the simple wooden bridges.

Day 7: Manopteropo (B/L/D)

(15.07.2018) Today we should reach Avium river. Here in the river region, many Korowai settlements can be found. Our tent camps will always be built in one of such small settlements. With some luck, the Korowai will show us elements of their daily lives - how to repair a tree house, or how to make and use bows and arrows.

Day 8: Manopteropo (B/L/D)

(16.07.2018) The Korowai are true hunters and gatherers: in a few hours their nets are filled with spieder, larvas, locusts, and other exotic animals. They even shoot flying dogs from the trees.

Day 9: Manopteropo - Yanirumah (B/L/D)

(17.07.2018) In the afternoon we plan to arrive in Yanirumah. This former missionary outpost was the first modern settlement in the Korowai area. Today it is a sleepy village with a small airstrip. We will set up our tents near the river and in afternoon surely have some time for a bath.

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

(18.07.2018) In the morning we go to the airfield and wait for our charter plane. Here, we say good bye to our porters who will walk back to Mabul today. If the weather is good, our plane should arrive around 10am. Type of aircraft is usually Pilatus Porter (8 seats). Flight time to Wamena around 45 minutes. After arrival in Wamena, short stop at the local market and later on transfer to The Baliem Valley Resort. Rest of day no program, dinner at the Resort.

Day 11: Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

(19.07.2018) Daytour trekking South Baliem Gorge: 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 12: Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

(20.07.2018) Daytour pig festival: Traditional 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 13: Baliem Valley/Wamena (B/L/D)

(21.07.2018) In the morning, transfer to airport and flight to Jayapura. After arrival in Jayapura, direct tour to Lake Sentani, lunch on the way right next to the lake. In the afternoon, check in at Hotel Grand Allison "Travellers" in Sentani.

Day 14: Baliem Valley/Wamena - Jayapura (B)

(22.07.2018) In the morning, transfer to Jayapura airport and flight back to Denpasar (Bali) or to your next destination.

Rates, Hotels & Information

Rates
Options Comfort
Rate per person EUR 3.490
USD 4,030
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 300
USD 347
Hotels for this Tour
(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
LocationComfort Hotels
Patipi DibawaCamp
Camp
Mabul/KorowaiCamp
Camp
ManopteropoCamp
Camp
YanirumahCamp
Camp
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):

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 - Dekai // Yanirumah - Wamena // Wamena - Jayapura
Meal Plan as stated:
13x Breakfast 13x Lunch/Lunchbox 13x Dinner

Not included

Own expenses
Additional services (marked 'optional' above)
Programme not mentioned above
Season Surcharges
Sleepingbag, sleeping mat
Bevarages at 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.
This round trip includes flights with an indonesian airline. Most indonesian airlines are blacklisted by the EU. Please check the EU Air Safety List.
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.
- High difficuty (4/5): Demanding tour with high physical stress and psychological strains. Trekking experience of advantage.
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.