Baliem Valley Festival

 

Special Tour: Wamena Highland Show

03.08.18 - 14.08.18 

 

(12 days/ 11 nights) from/ to Denpasar, Bali

EUR 3.490,-- per person in 1/2 double room

EUR   950,--  Single Supplement

 

Special tour to Papua including a visit to the colorful Baliem Cultural Festival in the Highlands of Wamena.

Special expedition to West Papua, including a visit to the colorful Baliem Cultural Festival in the highlands of Wamena. The Highland Show in the Baliem Valley has become internationally popular in recent years and more and more visitors are coming every year. For three days, groups from all the highland regions gather in Wamena to present their unique clan cultures and to compete in several ancient disciplines.

No Papua fan should miss this highlight!

 

 

 



Planned itinerary:

 

03.08.18

Arrival in Denpasar/Bali. Transfer to our partner hotel "Ida". Rest of day no program. 

 

 

04.08.18

Day at leisure. Hotel including breakfast. Around midnight, transfer to airport.

 

 

05.08.18

In the early morning, around 01:45 am, flight with Garuda Indonesia to Jayapura/Papua. Arrival at 7.30 am. After short transit, onward flight to Wamena in the highlands of Papua. Transfer to the BALIEM VALLEY RESORT. After lunch, visit of local market in Wamena.               

 

 

06.08.18

Day tour: Salt spring, Kurulu mummy, traditional Dani hamlet

In the morning, one-hour trip to Jiwikia, in the middle of the Baliem Valley. Start of a one-hour uphill hike (approx. 1,000 feet altitude difference) through stunning mountain rainforest to the traditional salt spring of the Dani tribe. Local women dressed in traditional tribal clothes will accompany us and show us their ancestral salt production techniques.After the walk down we will take a picnic lunch at the foot of the mountain. We will then walk to the nearby Kurulu village where you can admire the ancient mummy of the famous Dugum clan. Afterwards, the women show us how they process the brine they extracted from the spring. We will see more quaint and picturesque Dani homesteads. Wherever we go, friendly Papuans offers their arts and craft, weapons, and all kinds of curiosities for sale. Return to the resort in the afternoon

 

07.08.18

Day tour: Trekking south Baliem-Gorge

In the morning we drive to the southern Baliem-Valley. The road ends in a village called Sogogmo, about 3 km before Kurima. Our walking tour along the powerful Baliem-River begins here. First of all a suspension bridge has to be crossed. After that the tour goes on through romantic Dani settlements with terraced fields and wild groves of sugar-cane . All the time we have a wonderful view over the river and the narrow valley. In the early afternoon we reach the church of Seinma where we have lunch surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Before we reach Kurima a suspension bridge has to be crossed again. And before we reach our bus some small side valleys have to be passed. Today one will find a lot of unique photo motives. In the late afternoon we reach the Resort.

 

08.08.18

Transfer to the festival showground in Wosilimo/ Kurulu district. Big opening ceremony

Planned program (09.00 - 16.00):

1. Performance tribal war

2. Competitive games between children from Puradan

3. Competitive games between children from Sikoko

4. Attraction of the day: Feast with traditional cooking 

5. Performance of traditional dances

6. Competition in archery

7. Competition in javelin

8. Competition in manufacturing traditional craftsmanship

9. Competition in playing the traditional jaw harp

In the afternoon back to the Resort.

 

 

 

09.08.18

Transfer to the festival showground in Wosilimo/ Kurulu district.

Planned program (09.00 – 16.00):

1. Performance tribal war

2. Performance of traditional dances

3. Competition in manufacturing traditional craftsmanship

4. Competition pig race

5. Competition in javelin

6. Competition in archery

7. Attraction of the day: Feast with traditional cooking

8. Competition in playing the traditional jaw harp

9. Competitive games between children from Puradan

10. Competitive games between children from Sikoko

 In the afternoon back to the Resort.

 

 

 

10.08.18

 

Day tour: Trekking Pugima Valley

In the morning, drive to the Siepkosi church. From here we set off on an easy hike to the Pugima Valley. On the way there we pass the area where the Yuan River comes to the surface in a big cave full of stalactites and stalagmites. The expansive and fertile Pugima Valley is densely populated, with large gardens and fields cultivated by the highland Papuans. We visit a homestead that houses what is probably the only pottery in the valley. In very humble conditions people create the most beautiful clay objects – many of which are a permanent fixture in the resort. Around noon we reach the Baliem River in the Wesaput region, where we have our outdoor picnic lunch. Before we get to our vehicle we cross the river on a large suspension bridge. Drive back to the resort through Wamena, where we have time to do a bit of shopping.

 

 

 

 

11.08.18

 

Drive to Festival-Ground in Wamena.

Planned itinerary:

10.00h – 13.00h                Decorated Vehicle Parade and Carnival

In the afternoon back to the resort.

 

 

12.08.18

In the morning flight to Jayapura, transfer to the Swiss BelHotel (best hotel in town), hotel incl. breakfast. Whole day in Jayapura, citytour, visit of Hamadi-Beach and the Hamadi souvenir market. Lunch and dinner on the way.

 

 

13.08.18

Transfer to airport. At 09.00h local time flight to Bali, operated by Garuda Indonesia. Transfer to our partner hotel Ida. Rest of day no program.

 

 

14.08.18

Transfer to airport for your next destination.

 

Level of difficulty*

 

No minimum participants!

 

Important notice:
Due to not foreseeable schedule variances during the BALIEM CUTURE FESTIVAL (weather etc.) the itinerary might change on short notice. However, all program points will remain valid.

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Price inclusions:  
- Inner-Indonesian flights with Garuda Indonesia  
- Flights in Papua with Trigana Air  
- English speaking guide  
- Meals full board  
- Program as itinerary  
- Travel permit (Surat Jalan)  
- Transfers  
- 3x Overnights Hotel Ida, Kuta/Bali (incl breakfast)  
- 7x Overnights THE BALIEM VALLEY RESORT (full board)  
- 1x Overnight Hotel SwissBel, Jayapura  
   
Not included:  
- International flight (can be booked on request)  
- All airport taxes  
- Meals on Bali   
- Beverages in hotels + restaurants  
- Private expenses during the tour   
   
Important notice:  
- Passport has to be valid minimum 6 months at date of entry Indonesia  
- Please check with your embassy if you need a visa for Indonesia and about the procedure  
- When entering Papua, every visitor has to bring a passport copy and two passport pictures for the travel permit  
- A checklist on what equipment to bring will be send after booking confirmation.  

 

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