If you're looking for an alternative and authentic adventure, you have just come to the right place. This is the final frontier and definition of wilderness which makes Himalayas luxurious holidays. Our trip combines jungle trekking with encounter of the stone age tribes, moreover - living among them.
Papua lies between Australia and the equator in the Pacific Ocean, approx[masked]km away from Dubai, quite close to Australia in fact. It is the easternmost part of the Indonesian archipelago and the second biggest island in the world.
Our exploration will focus on Bailem Valley, more than 70 km long and around 20km wide, 1800 m above the sea level and surrounded by a crest of mountains some of which reach up to 4500mtrs. The gorge was not known to the western world until the 1940s.
Bailem is incredibly lush and fertile, people living here have a farming tradition more than 9000 year long – much longer than in most other parts of the world. More than 400 distinct tribes exist here the same way as their ancestors in the stone age. We will live their life for about a week.
This is one of the last authentic adventures on earth. Dare only if you're wild at heart!
Approximate distance from Dubai: 10,600 kms.
DAY 0 // JAKARTA – JAYAPURA – WAMENA
Meeting at Jakarta CGK airport at 21h00 for a connecting flight to Wamena.
DAY 01 // WAMENA – SOGOKMO – KILISE VILLAGE
Arrival at Wamena airport, quick refreshment, drive 40 minutes to Sogokmo, the starting point of the trekking route. Surrounded by dense forests, Baliem valley is located deep in the heart of West Papua. The trek expedition includes a local tour guide, a cook and porters. It will take about 5 hours passing some Dani tribe plantations. Arrive in the village in the afternoon - exploring village, while your cook prepares the dinner. Overnight at a local guest house in Kilise village.
DAY 02 // KILISE - IBIROMA - SYOKOSIMO
DAY 3 // SYOKOSIMO - HITUGI
DAY 4 // HITUGI - YUARIMA
DAY 05 // YUARIMA – OBIA - WAMENA
Here, we will witness so-called war dance. This will give us a good insight view on the prehistoric age culture. In the past, any kind of problem could erupt quickly into a big war between tribes. It could be women, land possession, pig, etc. A war usually ends temporarily until one party gets loose. Today they will show us how the tribal war looks like. All adult men will come to the battlefield with their body ornaments. Spears, arrows, bone knifes have its role in it. After the war ends, they get together, cook and celebrate the victory.
DAY 06 // WAMENA
DAY 07 // JAYAPURA
We will move to secluded beach and explore the gorgeous shores and beaches. Purely postcards landscapes ahead. Overnight in the hotel.
DAY 08 // JAYAPURA - JAKARTA
Transfer to the airport, bye bye Papua... Arrival to Jakarta 12.20 for connecting flight home.
Level of difficulty:
Moderate. Do note this is a travel in the area with limited facilities.
Elevation gain about 400 mtrs a day, 4-5 hrs.
Activities: Trekking, encounter stone age tribes.
Accommodation & meals:
Included - hotels and tribal houses. Basic facilities.
Meal on trail included, meals outside the trail are excluded.
Portering: Included up to 10kg
7900 AED including 4 local flights, excl. international flight to Jakarta.
International flights to Jakarta, you can choose any flight at your convenience.
Recommended – Emirates
DXB-CGK 04.25 – 15.40
CGK-DXB 17.55 – 22.55
- domestic check-in luggage allowance due to airline policy,
- meals outside the trekking trail.
G2 gallery from our first trip (big thanks!): https://www.meetup.com/trekkup/photos/26785858/
Clips from our trips:
See yah in Papua x
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