Baliem Valley Festival

Discover the Baliem Valley and visit the famous highland festival

9 days/8 nights ● from/to Jayapura, Papua ● Private Tour ● 7 nights in The Baliem Valley Resort ● Level of difficulty: None

This 9 days/ 8 nights special tour from/to Jayapura is organized around the Baliem Valley Festival but you also experience selected excursions in the home of the Dani tribes. Surrounded by beautiful vegetation you pass through Dani hamlets, villages and fields. You have this unforgettable experience while staying in the most unique accommodation of the area: The Baliem Valley Resort. We attend the colorful Baliem Valley Festival, in which numerous Dani tribes from all over the highlands participate. The spectacular war and dance performances are overwhelming. As it can be very crowded, we also organize a private festival in a traditional village near our Resort on the second day of the public festival. On this day, our guests can choose to attend the public festival, or our exclusive festival.

Price per person
from/to Jayapura, Papua

EUR 2.870
  • PRIVATE TOUR
  • 05.08.-13.08.2021
  • 05.08.-13.08.2022

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
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. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

mummy close-up
The mummy of Jiwika
Hiking along the Baliem River

Day 3: 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. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Day 4: Baliem Valley
Attending the public Baliem Valley Festival

After breakfast we drive to the Baliem Valley Festival taking place near Wamena. From the tribune, we have a good view of the performance area. Many villages from the Baliem Valley participate in the festival to present themselves with dance and fighting performances. Originally, the festival served to pacify the Baliem Valley. Once a year, the clans were to get together to interact in a peaceful, joyful atmosphere. This was to prevent possible tensions that could lead to warlike conflicts. Even today, the festival is mainly for the locals. However, the decorated warriors and the informal atmosphere attract more and more foreign visitors. After a certain time, you can freely walk the grounds and interact directly with the performers. In the afternoon, we drive back to the Resort.

Transportation: 2 hours of drive. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Dani performers at the festival
Local crowd attending the festival

Day 5: Baliem Valley
Attend the second day of the public Baliem Valley Festival or join our private traditional festival

Today you have the choice: either you go with your guide once again to the big public Baliem Valley Festival in Wamena. Or you can opt for another very special experience in a small group! In this case, after breakfast we get ready to participate in a pig festival that takes place in a traditional Dani village near the Resort. Many decorated people from the Dani tribe participate in the feast. We are among ourselves and can experience and enjoy the spectacle in privacy. Such pig festivals with hot stones and earth pits are probably the most interesting part of a trip to New Guinea. It is difficult to describe what is so unique about these festivals because too much happens at once. You have to see and experience it for yourself.  For lunch there is a picnic, but if you want you can also try the food from the traditional earth pit. The freshly cooked pork and sweet potatoes are delicious! In the late afternoon we return to the Resort.

Transportation: either 2 hours of drive or 1 hour walking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Day 6: Baliem Valley
Easy hike to the Sekan mountain and through remote Dani villages

In the morning, we set off on a one-hour hike to the summit of the nearby Sekan mountain range. The summit region is characterised by giant slabs of rock. From here, we have spectacular views of the southern Baliem Valley, the Siepkosi Valley and the Resort complex. We return to the resort through wonderful vegetation including many different flowers, orchids, carnivorous plants, moss, lichen, tree ferns and screw pines. After lunch in the Resort restaurant, we take an easy hike nearby, walking through a few isolated Dani homesteads and traditionally cultivated gardens. Along the path, we enjoy wonderful views of the neighbouring valleys. We are back at the Resort in late afternoon.

3- 4 hours hiking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.

Dani woman during a pig festival
Portrait of a Dani

Day 7: Baliem Valley
Wamena parade

Today we drive to Wamena to observe the carnival. At the end of the Baliem Valley Festival, Dani warriors parade through the city streets with loud music and alongside decorated vehicles. It is a loud and hectic event, full of locals. At the beginning of the afternoon we drive back to the Resort. The rest of the day is free.

Transportation: 2 hours of drive. 1-2 hours city 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

Baliem Valley Festival ● 9 days/8 nights ● Private Tour
Price per person from/to Jayapura, Papua
EUR 2.870 Single supplement +EUR 850
  • 05.08.-13.08.2021
  • 05.08.-13.08.2022
INCLUDES
DOES NOT INCLUDE

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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