4-day trekking from Lake Habbema to the Baliem Valley

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4 days/4 nights ● from/to Wamena, Papua ● Private Tour Extension ● 3 nights in tent ● Level of difficulty: 2**

This private 4-day trekking tour takes you along the ancient path of the Baliem Valley’s first explorers. The tour starts and ends at The Baliem Valley Resort and you are accompanied by a guide, a cook, and a porter crew. We first drive to Lake Habbema, Indonesia’s highest lake at an altitude of 3,200 meters. From here we hike through pristine cloud forest until we reach the first settlements of the Lani and Dani tribes. This is the path used by the first expeditions, which at that time landed on the lake with seaplanes and hiked from there to the valley. Just like back then, we spend the nights in the tent around the campfire. This tour is a short but intense outdoor adventure.

Price per person
from/to Wamena, Papua

for minimum 2 guests
EUR 790

Day 1: The Baliem Valley Resort – Habbema Lake
Drive to magnificent Lake Habbema and start of our trekking adventure

After an early breakfast, we drive to Lake Habbema. The savannah-like landscape of the Baliem Valley gives way to fantastic mountain rainforests with monstrous tree ferns and screw pines, covered with moss, lichens and climbing plants. At 3.200 metres, Lake Habbema is located on a large high moor, surrounded by enchanting meadows full of dwarf cypresses, rhododendrons and many species of orchids. A very unique flora! We enjoy a picnic by the lake and if the sun is shining, we have a spectacular view over the Trikora mountain summit. Then, we go for a walk along the lake and you can even go for a cold swim! With our cook and porters, we set up the camp for our first night in tents.

Transportation: 2,5 hours of drive. 1-2 hours walking. Guide, cook and porters included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

Driving up to Lake Habbema

Day 2: Habbema Trekking
First day of our trekking through magical cloud forest, following the path of the first explorers

We wake up in the middle of the unique landscape of Lake Habbema. From here we start our hike, which takes us back to Wamena following the trail of the first explorers. In fact, they used Lake Habbema to land with seaplanes and from there reach the Baliem Valley. At that time, this was by far the easiest way to make it to this isolated valley. The path they used is the path we are hiking today. The first part of the trail follows the Ibele River on its way down into the valley. The mountain forest up here is pristine and we have it all to ourselves as this trail is rarely used by locals. In the afternoon we reach a clearing in the forest which is a perfect place for our camp. Night in the tent.

5-6 hours trekking. Guide, cook and porters included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

Day 3: Habbema Trekking
Second day of our trekking, reaching the first settlements of the Baliem Valley

We start the day with breakfast in the middle of this beautiful forest. We continue trekking along the path and around noon we step out of the forest. Now we have arrived in the Baliem Valley and already after a short time we see the first fields and settlements of the Lani tribe. We have lunch next to the Ibele river which is very nice for a quick swim. We hike a bit further before we reach a Lani settlement where we set up camp for the night.

5-6 hours trekking. Guide, cook and porters included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

Trekking along Ibele River...
... and through beautiful mountain forest

Day 4: Habbema Trekking – The Baliem Valley Resort
Last day of trekking and return to The Baliem Valley Resort

Today we only need to walk half a day until we reach a small mission station with an airfield. This station was the main base camp of the first expeditions to the Baliem Valley. The Peabody expedition, in which Michael Rockefeller participated, also had its camp here. From here, the road starts again and we are picked up by car for the return drive to The Baliem Valley Resort. Dinner at the Resort.

Transportation: 2 hours of drive. 3-4 hours trekking. Guide, cook and porters included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Lake Habema nature close-up
Lake Habbema from far


4-day Trekking from Lake Habbema to the Baliem Valley ● 4 days/4 nights ● Private Tour Extension
Price per person from/to Wamena, Papua
for minimum 2 guests
EUR 790
  • Single supplement +EUR 110
for 3-6 guests
EUR 680
  • Single Supplement +EUR 110
for 1 single guest
EUR 1.250
  • in single room/tent

Travelling to remote areas of Papua is difficult, the conditions are harsh, there is no comfort at all. If you can handle such conditions, you will enjoy this trip. If you have any doubts, ask us before you book it. We are happy to help!

We ask for a deposit of 15% of the tour price at the time of booking. The balance is due no later than 4 weeks before the start of the tour. 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.


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