By attending the massive Baliem Valley Festival, visitors will have a rare chance to learn and experience firsthand the different traditions of each tribe participating in the Festival without having to make the difficult trek to their compounds deep in the hinterland of West Papua. During the festival make sure your camera always ready. You will se so many unique moments that you never want to miss it.
A number among the more than a thousand war participants, do want to keep abreast with the outside world, so they adorn themselves with local regalia, while sporting flashy sunglasses: a personal ad of a trendy look meeting afe-old tradition. Ask them politely to pose for you. It’s an unusual anachronism not to be missed. All you need to do during thefestival is just observe and enjoy the mock war. The longer it gets, the nearer the spears and arrown get to hit the opponents. The closer the miss, the louder the roar from the hundreds of spectators.
After the festival, visitors can go sightseeing to the Dani Market in Wamena and visit the traditiona; Wauma Village that can be reached by car from Wamena. In Aikima see a 250 year-old mummified village chief, or, after a 2 hour climb see the salt springs, where Dani women have, for centuries, made salt in a simple ways
High up in the mountains of central Papua at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, hemmed in by steep green mountain walls, lies the stunningly beautiful Baliem Valley, home of the Dani tribe. Baliem valley is 72 km long, and 15-31 km wide in places. It is cut by the Baliem River, which has its source in the northern Trikora Mountain, cascading into the Grand Valley, to meander down and further rushing south dropping 1,500 meters to become a large muddy river that slowly empties into the Arafura Sea. The first outsider to discover the valley was American Richard Archbold, who, on 23 June 1938 from his seaplane, suddenly sighted this awesome valley dotted with neat terraced green fields of sweet potatoes, set among craggy mountain peaks. This is Indonesia’s own Shangri-La.
Arrive Jayapura and then go to Wamena by plane (1 hour flight). Reach Wamena, go to lunch and check-in to Hotel and free time
*Meals:Lunch, Dinner (L, D)
After breakfast, we will get to the location of Baliem Valley Festival. The journey takes about 1,5 hours or maybe faster. Along the way, we will stop by at scenic spot or locations with interesting object to take pictures.
Reach the location of festival. Full day Baliem Valley Festival. Lunch will be at the venue. We will return to our hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner, rest dan free time
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will go to the location of Baliem Valley Festival to see attractions performed by the tribes. Half day on the Baliem Valley Festival.
Around noon time, after lunch, we will go to one of the villages on the mountain to watch the burn stone tradition by Dani Tribe. The processionof this event will last approximately 4 hours. The show will begin with a mock war between tribes, dance, light up fire without matches. The continue by the process of making holes adn burning stone (private session).
Dinner, back to hotel. Rest and free time.
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will start our activity by going to the north valley. The journey takes about 40 minutes to Jiwika Village. We will have time to walk around the traditional villages of Sompaima, Anemaugi, and also see the preserved mummy of the former Dani leader of Wimotok Mabel. The we will head to the location of the Baliem Valley Festival.
Lunch will be along the way or at the venue. Today will be the last day of the Baliem Valley Festival. Go back to hotel, dinner, and free time.
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (B, L, D)
After breakfast, get ready to check out and go back to Jayapura.
Flight : Wamena – Jayapura IW 1630 06.15-07.00
*Meals: Breakfast (B)
• Flight Jayapura-Wamena (Return)
Return domestic flight Jayapura – Wamena wth 10 kg luggage check in by Lion Air or Trigana Air
• 4 Nights Accommodation
4 nights accomodation in Wamena
• Land Transportation
Transportation for whole 5D4N trip. We will provide the most suitable vehicle for the trip
• Tribal Private Session at Obia Village
•Baliem Valley Festival
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
12 Meals (B,L,D) – see itinerary for details
• All permits, entry fees and activities stated in the itinerary
• Guide and/or Tour Leader
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