Baliem Valley Special Tour C 7 days/ 6 Night (WAMENA)
Day 1: Jayapura - Wamena
In 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. Dinner at the Resort.
Day 2: Trekking South Baliem Gorge (Tour 6)
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 3: Salt spring, Kurulu mummy, traditional Dani hamlet (Tour 2)
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 4: Option 1: Pass Valley, Kotilola Cave, Meagaime Mummy (Tour 8)
After 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.
***Alternative program for day 4 (no surcharge):
Day 4: Option 2: Journey to the Habema Lake (Tour 4)
This tour should start early in the morning. Depending on the weather (rain!) the drive through the tall rainforests can be problematic! A 3-hour drive (about 55 miles) from the resort to the lake at about 50,000 feet altitude. We will pass all the vegetation zones of Equatorial New Guinea. The often savannah-like landscape of the wide bottom of the Baliem Valley gives way to gigantic mountain cloud forests and rainforests with truly monstrous tree ferns and screw pines. The giant trees are overgrown with moss, lichen and climbing plants - a wonderfully unique flora. Lake Habbema is located in the middle of a large upland moor, surrounded by magical meadows full of dwarf cypresses, little tree ferns, rhododendron and many different types of orchid. If the weather is nice you will have spectacular views of the peak of nearby Mount Trikora (15,000 feet). Picnic lunch by the lake surrounded by the magnificent upland moor landscape. Excursions to the surrounding area are possible depending on the weather. If the sun does shine you can even bathe in the lake (sandy beach). We drive back to the resort in the afternoon.
Day 5: Traditional pig festival (Tour 3)
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 6: Wamena - Jayapura
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. Upgrade to Hotel SwissBel in Jayapura City possible on request (transfer costs only).
Day 7: Departure
Transfer to airport, departure to your next destination.