03.08.20 - 14.08.20

Wamena Highland Show

12 days/ 11 nights   from/to Denpasar, Bali   

Intro

The highland show in the Baliem Valley has been internationally known for several years and attracts more and more visitors. Every year the number of decorated highland warriors increases, and the spectacular war and dance performances of the different Dani tribes are not only a great pleasure for photographers and film people. No Papua fan should miss it!
No minimum participants. Level of difficulty: 1*

03.08.20

Arrival Bali
Arrival in Denpasar, Bali (international flights can be booked on request). Our local agent will pick you up at airport and bring you to our partner hotel Ida in Kuta. This is a classical Balinese hotel only 5 minutes from Kuta Beach. Breakfast is included.

Day 2

Full day in Bali. Around midnight, we pick you up in the hotel and transfer you to the airport for the Garuda Indonesia flight to Jayapura, Papua. Departure time is around 01:50am.

Day 3

Denpasar – Jayapura – Wamena & Visit of Wamena market
Arrival in Jayapura around 08.40am. After short transit, onward flight to Wamena in the highlands of Papua (flight time 30 minutes). Lunch and visit of the local market in Wamena. Especially Dani women go to the market place every morning to sell fruit and vegetables. But the market is also the main trading place for the sought-after wild boars. Transfer to The Baliem Valley Resort, Dinner at the Resort.

Day 4

Day tour: Salt spring, Kurulu mummy, traditional Dani hamlet
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 5

Day tour: 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 6

Transfer to the festival showground in Wosilimo/ Kurulu district. Big opening ceremony. 
Planned program includes (09.00 – 16.00):
1. Performance tribal war
2. Competitive games (for children, teenagers and visitors)
3. Feast with traditional cooking
4. Performance of traditional dances
5. Competition in archery
6. Competition in javelin
7. Competition in manufacturing traditional craftsmanship
8. Competition in playing the traditional mouth harp
In the afternoon back to the Resort.

Day 7

Transfer to the festival showground in Wosilimo/ Kurulu district.
Planned program includes (09.00 – 16.00):
1. Performance tribal war
2. Competitive games (for children, teenagers and visitors)
3. Feast with traditional cooking
4. Performance of traditional dances
5. Competition in archery
6. Competition in javelin
7. Competition in manufacturing traditional craftsmanship
8. Competition in playing the traditional mouth harp
In the afternoon back to the Resort.

Day 8

Day tour: Hiking Pugima Valley
In the morning, drive to the Siepkosi church. From here we set off on an easy hike to the Pugima Valley. On the way there we pass the area where the Yuan River comes to the surface in a big cave full of stalactites and stalagmites. The expansive and fertile Pugima Valley is densely populated, with large gardens and fields cultivated by the highland Papuans. Around noon we reach the Baliem River in the Wesaput region, where we have our outdoor picnic lunch. Before we get to our vehicle we cross the river on a large suspension bridge. Drive back to the resort through Wamena, where we have time to do a bit of shopping.

Day 9

Drive to Wamena
Planned itinerary: 10.00h – 13.00h Decorated vehicle parade and carnival. Participants of the festival, Wamena locals, schools, and the churches are taking part in the parade. Back to the Resort in the afternoon. 

Day 10

Wamena – Jayapura
In the morning flight to Jayapura, transfer to the Swiss BelHotel (best hotel in town), hotel incl. breakfast. Whole day in Jayapura, citytour, visit of Hamadi-Beach and the Hamadi souvenir market. Lunch and dinner on the way.

Day 11

Jayapura – Denpasar
In the morning, transfer to Jayapura airport and flight back to Denpasar, Bali with Garuda Indonesia. Arrive in Bali in the early afternoon. Transfer to our hotel Ida. The rest of day has no program.

14.08.20

Departure 
Transfer to airport for your next flight.

Price in EUR per person sharing a double room

Price per Person

1/2 double room
3.490 Single supplement +€ 950
  •  
  • Flight tickets Denpasar - Jayapura - Denpasar, with Garuda Indonesia
  • Flight tickets Jayapura - Wamena - Jayapura, with TriganaAir
  • 3x overnight Hotel Ida, Kuta, Bali
  • 7x overnight The Baliem Valley Resort
  • 1x overnight Hotel SwissBel, Jayapura
  • Tours as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • All transfers
  • All entrance fees
  • Surat Jalan travel permit
  • Meals full board
  • International flights (can be booked on request)
  • Meals in Bali (only breakfast included)
  • Additional drinks, tips, personal expenses

Note

Passport must be valid for at least 6 months when entering Indonesia. Most nationalities receive a visa on arrival (free of charge). Please check with your embassy if you need a special visa for Indonesia and about the procedure. For the special surat jalan travel permit each participant must bring 1x passport copy and 2x passport photos. A list of equipment will be sent with the booking confirmation.