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.
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
After breakfast, transfer by car heading to south valley. It takes about 40 minutes to get toYetni River where the starting point is. Our guide and porter team will be ready to bring us to the village of Kilise which is at 1900 m asl. We will be passing by Polimo village just next to the former missionaried grass airstrip. After one hour walk. we can already see the sweet potato plantation belong to Dani and also their traditional villages. Spend time here to see and learn their activities while our guides prepare our lunch. Good walkingshoes and rain poncho is advisable. Trekking will be 4-5 hours approximately 9 km.
Stay overnight at traditional village house is called ‘Honai’ whith basic toilet.
*Meals:Lunch, Dinner (L, D)
This morning after breakfast we continue the trekking about 2 hours first with our team by passing local paths and crossing Baliem river by suspension bridge to reach another Dani village of Bandes for your lunch time. Walking times today a bit longerand some trail are quite slippery especially after the night rain so please don’t hestitate to ask some help to your guide or porter. Today we reach Syokosimo village just next to Mugi river by afternoon. If time permitted your guide will take you walk around the village for learningtheir activities. Dinner will be prepared by the team in your guest house (basic homestay) Trekking will be 4-5 hours approximately 9 km.
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B, L, D)
This mornning we continue our trekking by following the Dani trail along Mugi river at the beginning and after we cross the ridge of Mugi river we hike up of about 500 metres to reach the village of Ugem (2000 m asl). Several Dani settlementswe pass on the way heading north valley until we reach the village of Ugem, the highlight of this trip is the scenery of the south valley with combination of seeing the daily activity of the Dani tribe along the trail. You will stay at Pilaba (basic homestay).
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (B, L, D)
Our last day trekking takes 3 hours heading north valley to reach the village of Sogokmo where the car is waiting us. The opportunity of passing several Dani settlements and seeing their family we also seen today, the trail we are using today often used by the Yali tribe while the tribe on the way back to Yali country if Angguruk, Pronggoli, or Kosarek village which takes them 3-5 days along the mountain trail. Upon arrival in sogokmo village (the last trekking site) we continue by car back to Wamena in 45 minutes
*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
3 nights accomodation in the villages | 1 night in Wamena
• Land Transportation in Wamena
• Tribal Private Session at Obia Village
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
13 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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