Adventure Tour in The Baliem Valley
With a 4-day South Baliem Trekking
Day 1: Jayapura – Baliem Valley
Arrival in Jayapura, flight to Wamena, and transfer to The Baliem Valley Resort
When arriving at Jayapura airport, our manager Siprianus is here to welcome you and assist with the check-in for your direct onward flight to Wamena. At Wamena airport, you meet your local guide and your driver. On the way to The Baliem Valley Resort, we visit the market of Wamena. Here local Danis offer their agricultural products. Besides the very popular sweet potato, many other vegetables and fruits are offered. The market of Wamena is also the biggest trading place for the very sought-after wild boars. Once at The Baliem Valley Resort, you settle in your bungalow and, depending on the time of day, you can enjoy lunch or an afternoon coffee. Later, dinner is served in the restaurant.
Transportation: Flight time to Wamena: 30 minutes. 45 minutes of drive. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.
Day 2: Baliem Valley
Hike to a Dani salt water spring and visit of the famous Jiwika Mummy
Today we drive to the village of Jiwika where we meet local Dani women of the Dugum clan who escort us to their salt water spring. Together, we hike through a fairy-tale mountain rainforest to reach the hidden spring. Up there, they show us the old techniques of salt gathering. Then we all enjoy a picnic before hiking down to the village and admire the 300 years old mummyof the clan. Seated in the men’s house, it is still decorated with its godeka and hair ornaments. It is a popular place because such mummies are very rare and usually difficult to see. Return to the Resort in the afternoon.
Transportation: 2 hours of drive. 2 to 3 hours mountain hiking (+1000m). Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.
Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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.
Day 7: Baliem Valley
Traditional pig festival, an unforgettable experience
Today is a very special day! After breakfast, we get ready to participate in a pig feast which takes place in a traditional Dani village. Many decorated people from the Dani tribe take part in the festival. Such pig feasts with hot stones and earth pits are probably the most interesting part of a trip to New Guinea. It is difficult to describe what exactly is so unique about these festivals because there is just too much happening at once. You have to see and experience it yourself. For lunch, there is a picnic but you can also eat the food from the traditional earth pit if you like. The freshly cooked pork and sweet potatoes are delicious! In the late afternoon, we return to the Resort.
The pig festival takes place in changing villages. Precise information on travel times cannot be provided. 1 hour walking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.
Day 8: Baliem Valley – Jayapura
Last day in the Baliem Valley and transfer to Jayapura
After breakfast, you are transferred to Wamena airport for your flight back to Jayapura. Once at Jayapura airport, Siprianus is here again to accompany you. We first check-in at the hotel and then drive to the nearby Sentani Lake. After lunch in a restaurant on the lake shore, we start our boat tour to visit the famous artist villages of Asei and Ayapo. They are known for their traditional paintings called Maro – simple animal depictions on pressed tree bark in red, white and black. Originally worn as skirts, today they are mostly used as wall decoration. Later return to the hotel and dinner.
Transportation: Flight time to Jayapura: 30 minutes. 2 hours of drive. 2 hours by boat. Guide included. Accommodation: Horex Hotel. Meals: full board.
Day 9: Jayapura – Jayapura airport
Last day in Papua
You enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before your transfer to Jayapura airport. Siprianus accompanies you to ensure a smooth check-in and a pleasant onward journey.
20 minutes of drive. Guide included. Meals: breakfast.
PRICE & CONDITIONS
- +USD 350 for single room/tent
- +USD 350 for 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.