4-day trekking in the southern Baliem Valley
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Day 1: The Baliem Valley Resort – Kelise village
First trekking day in the southern Baliem Valley and meeting with the Dani people
In the morning we leave The Baliem Valley Resort and drive to the southern Baliem Valley. The road ends at the village of Sogogmo and our trekking tour along the roaring Baliem River begins here. We are accompanied by a team of porters and a cook. We cross the river on a suspension bridge and continue through Dani settlements with their terraced fields and wild sugar cane groves. We enjoy magnificent views over the river and the narrow valley. After lunch, we continue our hike until we reach the village of Kelise where we stay overnight in a local guest house.
Transportation: 2 hours of drive. 4-5 hours trekking. Guide, cook and porters included. Accommodation: guesthouse. Meals: full board.
Day 2: Kelise village – Syokosimo village
Second day of trekking
After breakfast we continue our hike. Today’s trail is a little bit more demanding. First, we go down a steep slope which brings us directly to the Baliem River. We cross the river at the suspension bridge of Lelipso village. For this crossing you should not be afraid of heights as the bridge is quite shaky. Afterwards, we have lunch at a small waterfall where we can also freshen up a bit. Then the path gets narrower and we have to cross another river. Finally, we reach our final destination, the village of Syokosimo, where we stay for the night in a guesthouse. The villagers surely bring us some delicious fresh sweet potatoes to roast on the campfire.
5-6 hours trekking. Guide, cook and porters included. Accommodation: guesthouse. Meals: full board.
Day 3: Syokosimo village – Hitugi village
Panorama over the Baliem River and the Baliem Valley
We start our third day of trek in the Baliem Valley with a path that leads steeply upwards. Once at the top, we have a fantastic view over the Baliem River and the valley. We take our time and enjoy the view before continuing to follow the path. We are not far from Hitugi village. On the way there, we pass another typical Dani village and a small market place. When we arrive in Hitugi, we again spend the night in a local guest house.
4-5 hours trekking. Guide, cook and porters included. Accommodation: guesthouse. Meals: full board.
Day 4: Hitugi village – The Baliem Valley Resort
Last day of trekking and return to The Baliem Valley Resort
We leave Hitugi and follow the ridge for a while until we reach the beautiful and flowery village of Seinma. From here, the path leads us through a mountain forest and can be muddy in places. We slowly descend and soon more Dani fields appear, mainly with sweet potatoes, but also corn, cassava and exotic plants like ginger. We cross the suspension bridge of Sogogmo and after a short climb we are back on the road where our driver is waiting for us. Night and dinner at The Baliem Valley Resort.
Transportation: 2 hours of drive. 3-4 hours of trekking. Guide, cook and porters included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.
PRICE & CONDITIONS
- +USD 100 in single room/tent
- +USD 100 in single room/tent
- in single room
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!
For payment we accept USD, EUR, and IDR. Please let us know your preferred currency. 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. Prices are subject to change. The final price will be quoted upon confirmation of the tour. Foreigners need a travel permit for Papua (“surat jalan”). We will take care of this permit before your arrival. For the permit we need a copy of your passports and passport photos. A list of equipment will be sent with the booking confirmation.