Baliem Valley Culture Tour

Experience the home of the Dani and Lani - without pig festival*

4 days/3 nights ● from/to Wamena, Papua ● Private Tour ● 3 nights in The Baliem Valley Resort ● 2 full-day tours ● Level of difficulty: None

This 4 days/ 3 nights cultural trip to Papua brings you to the Baliem Valley, home of the Dani and Lani tribes. You meet the Danis during private excursions. Surrounded by beautiful vegetation you pass through Dani hamlets, villages and fields. You attend a sweet potato ceremony, which brings you immersive insights into the daily life of the Dani people. And you have this unforgettable experience while staying in the most unique accommodation in the area: The Baliem Valley Resort. No fitness level needed, this cultural trip in the Baliem Valley is for everyone!

*All our programs can be organized with a sweet potato ceremony instead of a pig festival. 

Price per person
from/to Wamena, Papua

for minimum 2 guests
USD 980 Price in EUR / IDR on request

Day 1: Baliem Valley
Arrival in Wamena and transfer to The Baliem Valley Resort

When arriving 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: 45 minutes of drive. Local guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Day 2: Baliem Valley
Easy hiking in the southern Baliem Valley and encounter with the Dani people

Today we visit the southern Baliem Valley. We start our easy hike in the village of Sogogmo and we follow the mighty Baliem River. We cross suspension bridges, walk through Dani settlements, meet the locals and see them working in their terraced fields and wild sugar cane groves. For lunch, we enjoy a picnic with a magnificent view over the river and the narrow valley. We walk back on the other side of the river, passing more Dani fields and settlements, before we meet our driver again. In the late afternoon we are back at the Resort.

Transportation: 2 hours of drive. 4 hours hiking. Local guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Double room
Hiking along the Baliem River

Day 3: Baliem Valley
Sweet potato harvest ceremony and traditional cooking

Today you learn a lot about the daily life of the Dani people, especially about their food! After breakfast, we set off directly from the Resort for a short hike to a nearby Dani settlement. The beauty of the surrounding mountains is amazing and gives us a good feeling about the peacefulness of life here. Once we reach the settlement, we accompany several traditional Dani to the nearby sweet potato fields. We are introduced to the Dani way of farming as we harvest the different varieties of sweet potatoes. The sweet potato is the most important food for highland Papuans and the harvest is accompanied by a ceremony. Once our noken carry nets are filled, we continue our walk to a nearby mountain river. Here the vegetables are washed before being taken back to the village. Back in the village, we prepare the potatoes the traditional way by cooking them with hot stones in an earthen pit. The whole village comes together to enjoy the freshly harvested sweet potatoes. After sharing the meal, we walk back to the resort on a scenic trail through pristine mountain terrain. A beautiful day, and all without a vehicle and only on foot.

1-2 hours of walking. A day without car. Local guide included.  Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Dani women around a cooking pit
With bird of paradise feather crown

Day 4: Baliem Valley
Last day in the Baliem Valley and transfer to Wamena airport

After breakfast, you are transferred to Wamena Airport in accordance with the departure time of your onward flight.

Transportation: 45 minutes of drive. Meals: breakfast.


Baliem Valley Culture Tour without Pig Festival ● 4 days/3 nights ● Private Tour
Price per person from/to Wamena, Papua
for minimum 2 guests
USD 980 Price in EUR / IDR on request
  • +USD 120 for single room
for 3-6 guests
USD 810 Price in EUR / IDR on request
  • +USD 120 for single room
for 1 single guest
USD 1.750 Price in EUR / IDR on request
  • in single room

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.


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