Big journey to Papua for Baliem Valley Festival, Dani tribe Pig ceremony and diving on Raja Ampat

NEW GUINEA


August 7 to 20, 2020
Tour New Guinea island and Raja Ampat archipelago, Indonesia

tour to Papua Raja Ampat Indonesia Baliem valley Festival Papuan tribes New Guinea trekking to Yali Raja Ampat scuba diving

tours to New Guinea expedition to Papuan tribes
Is it possible to combine the unique authentic cultures and the best beaches on Earth in one short trip, hike in the mountain valleys and discover the underwater world of the Pacific Ocean? The answer to this question is Papua, a region of incredible natural and anthropological diversity.
On a single island of New Guinea, there are about a thousand tribes speaking each in their own language, and nearby, anyone who dive into the waters of Raja Ampat archipelago, will see a dizzy abundance of underwater world, considered the richest ecosystem of our planet. This journey is full of discovery and adventure – a real immersion into the primeval paradise!

Tour to Papua and Raja Ampat Indonesia.
Is it possible to combine the unique authentic cultures and the best beaches on Earth in one short trip, hike in the mountain valleys and discover the underwater world of the Pacific Ocean? The answer to this question is Papua, a region of incredible natural and anthropological diversity. On a single island of New Guinea, there are about a thousand tribes speaking each in their own language, and nearby, anyone who dive into the waters of Raja Ampat archipelago, will see a dizzy abundance of underwater world, considered the richest ecosystem of our planet. This journey is full of discovery and adventure – a real immersion into the primeval paradise!

SHEDULE AND COST:

Dates: August 7 to 20, 2020

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

Number of participants: 8 – 12

Cost per person:
- USD 2890 subject to 11 participants, or
- USD 3150 subject to 9 participants, or
- USD 3400 subject to 8 participants.

10% early booking discount (in case you book before March 7, 2020)

Everything is included except for:
- international flight to Jayapura and back from Sorong,
- international medical insurance,
- Indonesian visa (if required),
- meals not specified in the program.
Estimated cost of all flights – from Moscow to Jayapura and from Sorong to Moscow: 750 – 950 USD. (Usually bought on your own, we consult you).

Additional payment for single accommodation in hotels: USD 700




TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO PAPUA AND RAJA AMPAT

Day 1. August 7, 2020. Jayapura – Wamena
Arrival to Jayapura, the capital of Indonesian part of New Guinea.
Transit flight to Wamena, to the heart of Baliem velley, and transfer to the hotel.
Having rest after long way.
Meals included: no
Accommodation: hotel Pilamo in Wamena or similar


Day 2. August 8, 2020. Baliem Valley Festival
Full day we take part in famous Baliem Valley festival in Jayawijaya close to Wamena.
The Baliem Valley is about 80 km in length by 20 km in width and lies in the highlands of Western part of New Guinea island at an altitude of about 1600 – 1700 meters above sea level along Baliem river. The population of the region is over 200 000 and mainly occupied by the Dani Papuan people.
As far as the outside world was concerned, the discovery of the Baliem Valley and the unexpected presence of its large agricultural population was made only 80 years ago and since then then the valley has gradually been opened up to a limited amount of tourism. Tribes still live here traditionally and each has its own unique authentic culture.
As Wamena is located in the middle of the Western part of Indonesian New Guinea, is hosts the great and colorful Baliem Valley festival where lots of different tribes from all around the island are coming. The most famous are Dani, Yali and Lanni whose men have similar tradition of wearing so called kotekas (penis sheaths), but each tribe has its own peculiarities, which are extremely interesting for ethnographers and photographers.
The highlight of the festival is the mock tribal warfare held to maintain the agility and preparedness of the tribes to defend their villages. To prepare for these mock battles, an arena of 400 m by 250 m was organized that will be fill with 500 to 1000 warriors and dancers! All participants from the tribes will be in full dress, which basically means without clothes, in our understanding.
The tribal war simulation will be held during 2 days featuring about 26 groups of 30-50 warriors. These mock battles are accompanied by the Papuan traditional music of Pikon – a musical instrument made of bark which produces the sound when one blows it.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: hotel Pilamo in Wamena or similar


Day 3. August 9, 2020. Wamena Kurima – Kilise. Trekking to Dani villages
After breakfast by car we head to Kurima District, proceed up to Kurima. From here we start our trekking to Kilise village. On the way we pass several traditional villages of Dani tribe, where we can see beautiful landscapes with traditional houses of the Dani on the slopes. This trek takes around 4 to 6 hours.
The Dani are one of the most populous tribes in the highlands, one of the most well-known ethnic groups in Papua. Dani are known for a number of unique traditions, such as cutting the fingers to their women with the stone ax in case of death of a relative in the tribe. Some of these traditions are going into the past, but still there are some old continuers.
Arrive in Kilise village, we can walk around this traditional village. Stay for overnight in the local house (basic conditions) in Dani village.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: local house


Days 4 – 5. August 10 – 11, 2020. Trekking and stay with Dani and Lanni – Wamena
During these 2 days we hike in between Dani and Lanni traditional villages among stunning landscapes and dedicate our time to deep dive into their culture and their day-to-day life. We start from Kilise and proceed to Wasalep village, passing some traditional villages of the Dani and Lani tribes. Our journey from Kilise to Wesalep takes around 5 to 6 hours.
The Dani live in villages with round houses, where houses for women and men separate in sexes. Traditionally the men are only dressed with a penis sheath (koteka). The women only wear a skirt made of reed. However, nowadays T-shirts and trousers or skirts and blouses have become more common and only some elders still wear koteka.
In Wasalep we meet Lanni people who are famous for their huge kotekas. Nobody can say for sure what is the meaning of koteka for Papuans. First scientists jumped to decision to conclude that it means the penis extension and symbolizes the fertility and man's health. In fact it is gonna be the cloths in order to hide the penis, otherwise men feel themselves nude.
From Wesalep we make a 6 to 7 hours trek to Sigosimo village, visiting traditional Lanni villages en route. Overnights in local houses (basic conditions) in Dani/Lanni villages.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: local house


Day 6. August 12, 2020. Lanni villages to Wamena
We continue our trekking in the mountainous area populated by Lanni tribes, from Sigosimo to Sogokmo, and stay with locals. To the south from here, in the valley of Baliem river, Dani people live, and to the west, in Yalimo area, Yali tribe.
These three tribes comprises the greater majority of the area and appear elaborative agriculturalists. They use sweet potato and taro as their staple foods, which are grown practicing shifting cultivation.
We hike back to the cars and by car leave for Wamena.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: hotel Pilamo in Wamena or similar


Day 7. August 13, 2020. Dani Pig ceremony
After breakfast in the hotel, we drive by car to Kurulu, the traditional village of the Dani people. Spent half day in Kurulu exploring everyday life of Dani people and witness the famous Pig ceremony with Dani tribe in Kurulu village headed by legendary chief Yali Mabel.
For centuries, the Dani people have celebrated significant events with a "pig kill ceremony". As the Dani have become converted to Christianity, these events are more commonly associated with Christmas and Easter, although smaller ceremonies are held on average about once per month in most villages. For festivities, such as weddings, pigs are slaughtered in a great number. The richer is the person, the more pigs are slaughtered. In the Dani culture pigs, along with women, are considered the measure of wealth and determines the social status of the person who possesses it. Thus, basically women and pigs are considered 2 main things for Dani warriors. Even the word Wamena derives from "wame" (pig). The significance of the pig in Papuan culture is really high.
Pig feasts (or Pig ceremonies) are extremely important to celebrate events communally. The success of a feast, and that of a village "big man" (man of influence) or organizer, is also gauged by the number of pigs slaughtered.
The Dani use an earth oven method of cooking pig and their staple crops such as sweet potato, banana, and cassava. They heat some stones in a fire until they are extremely hot, then wrap cuts of meat and pieces of sweet potato or banana inside banana leaves. The food package is then lowered into a pit which has been lined with some of the hot stones, the remaining hot stones are then placed on top, and the pit is covered in grass and a cover to keep steam in. After a couple of hours the pit is opened and the food removed and eaten. Pigs are too valuable to be served regularly, and are reserved for special occasions only.
For some fee you can see the 200 old mummy of the chief which is considered a holy thing by Dani.
Overnight in Wamena.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: hotel Pilamo in Wamena or similar


Day 8. August 14, 2020. Wamena – Raja Ampat
After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Wamena airport to catch the flight to Jayapura. Upon arrival transit flight to Sorong.
Arrival to Sorong airport, car transfer to the harbor and by ferry continue the journey to Raja Ampat archipelago. Arrival to Waisai – the capital city Raja Ampat islands, where we can take long boat and proceed until Kri island where we check-in in the bungalows on the sea shore.
Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising over 1 500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands. The name of Raja Ampat means "Four Kings" and comes from local mythology that tells of a woman who finds seven eggs. Four of the seven hatch and become kings who occupy four of Raja Ampat biggest islands whilst the other three become a ghost, a woman, and a stone.
Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: bungalows on the beach


Days 9 – 12. August 15 – 18, 2020. Raja Ampat
These 4 days we stay in Raja Ampat marine sanctuary, on the amazing beaches with stunning views around.
We change 2 locations. First we settle on the edge of Kri island in the rustic and charming bungalows built right in the sea with the amazing sunset view! Then by boat we move to the western part of archipelago, to the area of Piaynemo island famous for its karstic islands popping up from the turquoise sea water. Here we occupy the whole island with private lagoon inside. You can take a swim and make a circle around the island in half an hour!
Although here, as opposed to Kri island, there is no scuba diving center, the snorkeling is royal! Turtles and sharks visit our own lagoon and we can spend all days snorkeling close to the island or in the other places around.
We will also see the other islands by boat. There are a lot to see and photograph here, hike onto the islands' tops and get acquainted with local life. The main occupation for people around this area is fishing since the area is dominated by the sea. They live in a small colony of tribes that spreads around the area. Raja Ampat people are more like Ambonese than Papuan people and now some of them are Muslim and some of them are Christian.
The Raja Ampat archipelago is the part of Coral Triangle (Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Solomon islands and Timor) which contains the richest marine biodiversity on Earth. Many sources place Raja Ampat as one of their top ten most popular places for diving whilst it retains the number one ranking for underwater biodiversity. 1508 fish species, 537 coral species (75% of all species that exist in the world), and 699 mollusk species, the variety of marine life is staggering.
While snorkeling or scuba diving we have a chance to see turtles, giant mantas and sharks. Fish are so curious to touch you!
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: bungalows on the beach


Day 13. August 19, 2020. Raja Ampat – Sorong
After breakfast we leave our lovely island and transfer by speed boat to Waisai where we take a ferry to Sorong.
Arrival to Sorong harbor and transfer by car to the hotel. We can take a walk around to see Sorong. Overnight in the hotel.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Favehotel Sorong in Sorong or similar


Days 14. August 20, 2020. Return flight home
After breakfast in the hotel we make a transfer to Sorong airport for the flight to Jakarta and further international flight home.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: no

TESTIMONIALS OF OUR CLIENTS
FROM PREVIOUS EXPEDITIONS TO PAPUA:

Alina Nikulina
публикация на Facebook
Все самые яркие и незабываемые путешествия только с Mzungu 😃🤩 краткий видео отчёт о путешествии в Папуа

http://mzunguexpeditions.com/

Victoria Kashnikova
публикация на Facebook
Алина тут сделала видео про наш Папуа)
И, да, за супер-путешествиями обращайтесь в Mzunguexpeditions.com к Alexey Kolbov
Cost includes:

  • Domestic flight from Jayapura to Wamena (roundtrip)
  • Domestic flight from Jayapura to Wamena (roundtrip), including the hand luggage and 15 kg of checked-in baggage
  • Domestic flight from Wamena to Sorong (one way), including the hand luggage and 15 kg of checked-in baggage
  • Accommodation: twin share comfortable hotel room, bungalows, family stay as per program
  • Full board meals (3 meals a day), except for Jayapura, Sorong and Wamena
  • Breakfasts in Jayapura, Sorong and Wamena as per the program
  • Drinking water for Baliem valley trekking part
  • Airport transfers
  • All transportations according to the program: cars, boats, speed boats
  • Ferry Sorong – Raja Ampat – Sorong
  • Experienced English speaking local guide
  • Team leader, translation into Russian
  • Motor drivers, cook and porters for trekking part
  • Special Permission fees
  • Entrance fee to protected areas and national parks, participation in the Baliem Valley Festival
  • Arrangement of Pig ceremony
  • Payments to the tribes and local guides

To be additionally (personally) paid:

  • international flight to Jayapura and back from Sorong,
  • international flight to Jayapura and back from Sorong,
  • international medical insurance, · Indonesian visa (not needed for Russian citizens),
  • meals not specified in the program,
  • airlines excess baggage charge
  • alcohol and drinks, personal expenses
  • optional activity cost such as scuba diving etc.
  • single room supplement


To take with:
· comfortable and hard wearing shoes: 1) light ones for the towns and beach; 2) trekking boots (waterproof) for trekking; 3) trekking snickers or shoes for time in the tribe;
· light trekking jacket, warm jacket with wind stopper for highlands;
· raincoat;
· swimsuits;
· sun glasses and sun protection cream;
· personal medical kit (analgesic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydron, court plaster, your personal medicine);
· personal hygiene means;
· forehead torch;
· travel backpack (better waterproof), not more than 80 liters capacity;
· small backpack for personal stuff and photo-, video cameras;
· sleeping bag for +5/+10 degrees C (can be cool in Baliem valley at night),
· tourist sleeping mat;
· anti mosquito net (is a must!);
· various anti mosquito repellents;
· anti malaria prevention medicine (up to you);
· waterproof case for the documents; · photo camera, video camera · additional batteries for cameras and powerbank
KEY FEATURES:
TOUR TO PAPUA AND RAJA AMPAT
New Guinea island and Raja Ampat archipelago, Indonesia


Best season: March - October




Annual Baliem Valley Festival in Wamena, where many different Papuan tribes compete in the intricacy of their outfits

One of the most vivid rituals of Papuans –Pig ceremony of the Dani, whose men wear famous kotekas

Hike along the picturesque Baliem Valley to visit and deep dive into culture of Dani and Lanni tribes

Snorkeling and diving on one of the hundreds of miniature islands of the Raja Ampat archipelago, which is famous for the richest underwater ecosystem on Earth!

Hike on the mountainous slopes of karstic islands, acquaintance with the unique nature and life of the islanders
Press "Like" to follow MZUNGU EXPEDITIONS on Facebook
Why with MZUNGU EXPEDITIONS?
1
UNIQUENESS
We find the most astonishing places on Earth and speed up to reach them. Our motto is to go ahead of road roller, touch the unique and unknown, before it disappears.
2
ADVENTURISM
Wherever we go, we look for challenging activities and adventures, filling the journey with absolutely different spirit and emotions. That is why people join us over and over again.
3
SAFETY
In our trips we pay special attention to safety. All our travels are based on personal experience, equipped with the best gear, involving proved providers and experienced local guides who perfectly know local features.
4
EXPERIENCE
We have a unique experience of the most offbeat expeditions and ascents, deep knowledge of countries and peoples, and are ready to share it with you. All the expeditions and climbings are guided by Mzungu himself, guaranteeing exciting traveling and your comfort.
5
LOW PRICE
All our trips are reach in adventures, with high quality accommodation, transportation and meals included. We do not save on it. Thanks to solid contacts with reliable providers we offer really good prices and high quality.

WE ARE IN SOCIAL NETWORKS:

© Team Travel LLC, 2009-2018. All Rights Reserved
kolbov@yandex.ru
Our Data Privacy policy
Made on
Tilda