Baliem Valley (Papua)
Papua used to be called West Papua, Indonesia’s eastern most province. It encompasses the western half of New Guinea and several other islands. An area of cultural and biological diversity, its rainforests and mountains are inhabited by indigenous Melanesian tribes and diverse wildlife including tree kangaroos, birds of paradise and whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay as well.
Wamena – Baliem Valley Tour (6D/5N)
Day 01: Arrival Wamena (L,D)
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.
Day 02: Baliem Valley (B, L, D)
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.
Day 03: Baliem Valley (B, L, D)
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). Local guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort
Day 04: Baliem Valley (B, L, D)
Excursion to Lake Habbema, the highest lake in all of Indonesia
After an early breakfast, we drive to Lake Habbema. The savannah-like landscape of the Baliem Valley gives way to fantastic mountain rainforests with monstrous tree ferns and screw pines, covered with moss, lichens and climbing plants. At 3.200 metres, Lake Habbema is located on a large high moor, surrounded by enchanting meadows full of dwarf cypresses, rhododendrons and many species of orchids. A very unique flora! The lake is historically of certain importance, as the first explorers used it to land with seaplanes and then trek towards the Baliem Valley. We enjoy a picnic by the lake and if the sun is shining, we have a spectacular view over the Trikora mountain summit. Then, we go for a walk along the lake and you can even go for a cold swim! We are back to the Resort in the afternoon.
Transportation: 5 hours of drive. 1-2 hours walking. Local guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort
Day 05: Baliem Valley (B, L, D)
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. Local guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort.
Day 06: Departure (B)
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
USD 1,700/ person (min 2 person)
USD 1,470/ person (min 3-6 person)
Valid until Dec. 31 2023
Includes: 5x nights stay at The Baliem Valley Resort, local guide, tours as described, all transfers, all entrance fees, full board meal plan (starting from lunch on arrival until breakfast on departure), Surat Jalan travel permit.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, personal expenses, tips for guide, alcoholic beverages, small money for taking picture with Baliem people.