Korowai - Asmat

 

Expeditions FIT - Journey to the Korowai and Asmat (+ Baliem Valley)

 

15 days from Wamena/ to Timika (!)

EUR 5.950,-- in 1/2 double room/ tent

 

Tour possible at any time of the year. Booking on request. Minimum 2 persons.

 

 

 

Planned itinerary:

Day 1:

In the morning arrival in Jayapura and short flight to Wamena. Lunch and visit of the local market in Wamena. Transfer to The Baliem Valley Resort, Dinner at the Resort.

 

Day 2:

Trekking South Baliem Gorge (Baliem Valley - Tour 6)

In the morning, drive to the southern Baliem Valley past Wamena. By the village of Sogogmo, not quite 2 miles outside Kurima, the road ends. This is where our hike along the huge Baliem river starts. First we cross the roaring Baliem river on a traditional suspension bridge. We continue through romantic Dani settlements with their terraced fields and wild sugar cane groves. Throughout the hike we enjoy magnificent views of the river and the narrow valley. Around noon we get to the church square of Seinma, where we eat our picnic lunch surrounded by stunning scenery. Outside Kurima we cross the river again on a wild and romantic suspension bridge. To return to our vehicle we need to cross a few side valleys. There will be many unique photo opportunities today. We get back to the resort in late afternoon.

 

Day 3:

Traditional pig-cooking-party (Baliem Valley - Tour 3)

Traditional one-day pig festival in a traditional Dani village, either in the resort grounds or in the Jiwika region. Many adorned people from the Dani tribe in traditional clothing will take part in the festival. Such food celebrations with hot stones and earth pits are probably the most interesting part of a trip to New Guinea. If you like taking photos and videos you will certainly get your money’s worth today! It is difficult to describe what’s so unique about these food celebrations; you will have to see and experience it for yourself. Lunch will be a picnic in the village. If you like you can taste the food from the traditional earth pit afterwards. The freshly cooked pork and sweet potatoes are delicious! Back to the resort in the late afternoon.

 

Day 4:

 

Start Korowai

In the morning transfer to airport. Regular flight to Yahokimo (Dekai), located at the upper reaches of Brazza River (about 35 flight minutes). After arrival, visit of local market and last shopping for the tour. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to harbor (about 28km/ ca. 1 hour). At the harbor our motor log boat incl. crew awaits us. Today we plan to go downstream for 2 hours until we reach the village of Patipi Dibawa. Here we raise our first tent camp right down by the river. This short stage gives us an impression of what awaits us during the next days: jungle landscapes in the essence!

 

 

Day 5:

 

In the morning we have an early breakfast before we continue to go downstream with our longboat. Down Brazza river, we are passing amazing prime forest landscapes. Hornbills, flying foxes and other birds often startle when our boat appears. Around noon we will reach the mouth of the mighty Siret River. After our lunchbreak, we go upstream Siret river to the Korowai settlement MABUL. Going upstream, the Siret river changes its face; the current gets stronger, sand banks appear, big tree trunks often block parts of the way, less and less local boats appear. Depending on the water level, our today’s boat trip take around 8 hours. Under best circumstances, we will reach Mabul in the afternoon. Mabul is a small settlement of Korowai people who were attracted by the Indonesian government to leave behind their nomadic lifestyle in the forest and to settle down. We will use this settlement as the starting point of our trekking into the Korowai corridor. After we set up our tents and kitchen, we will start recruiting our porters for the next days. With a little bit of luck, we can set up our tents inside an empty stilt house.

Day 6:

After breakfast we meet our escort team. Our entire luggage and our food for the next days will be carried by our porters. We leave Mabul in Eastern direction. Only some 50 meters and we are standing in thick forest, which we will not leave for the next days. Today, we approximately need 5 hours until we reach our first destination: a fantastic jungle settlement with several tree houses, MANOPTEROPO. The traditionally dressed Korowai give us a friendly welcome. Tent camp next to the tree houses.

Day 7:

Today, we will follow several Korowai families into the sago forest. Here, we will experience a spectacle from another world. The forest nomads chop a huge sago palm with their stone axes, open the trunk, and start smashing the sago pulp. The gained sago pulp is further processed by women who wash it in primitive washing installments – build only from leaves, branches and Rotan. The pure sago is the staple food for all jungle dwellers. Camera enthusiasts will probably never forget this day! In the afternoon we are back at the tree houses, where our cook starts preparing our next real jungle dinner: maybe we will have papaya vegetables, sago larvas, and plantains! The kitchen will surprise us every day with new exotic viands.

 

Day 8:

We will spend a second day with the friendly forest nomads. Maybe today they show us how to repair a tree house in crazy heights, or how to make and use bows and arrows – the most important weapons here. Or we join the Korowai on a journey into the forest to seek food. They are true hunters and gatherers: in a few hours their nets are filled with spiders, larvas, locusts and other exotic animals. They even shoot flying dogs from the trees. And again, we can look forward to another exotic dinner!

 

Day 9:

Today, we say good-bye to our friendly hosts. Back in Mabul we still have time to take a look at the local craftsmanship. One piece or the other, for example a fantastic bone knife, is a perfect souvenir for every visitor, and a true proof that somebody has really been to the stone ages!

 

Day 10:

Start Asmat

In the morning, we leave Mabul and go back down the river in our boat. After some 2 hours we again pass the mouth of Brazza river. Downstream the strong current makes our journey much quicker. Shortly after, we reach Binam/Suator, the first bigger settlement with a small kiosk, situated on the upper reach of Siret river. Here we need to fill up our petrol and it is also time for lunch in a small warung. After lunch we continue to Wowi, a typical Citak settlement, right across the mouth of the powerful Wildemann river. And it is also the home of our boatman. We will build our tents next to his house and will use his kitchen place for our dinner. A small tour through the settlement gives a very good insight into the lives of the people here. 

 

Day 11:

Today, we spend to whole day in boat until we reach KAIMO, the first typical Asmat settlement. Our tents and kitchen will be set up inside the traditional men house (Jeu). Spending the night in this impressive house with its ancestor poles and fire places is a unique experience itself.

 

Day 12:

We continue by boat until we reach AMBOREB, a big Asmat settlement with three mighty men houses and a famous settlement for Asmat craftsmanship. After our arrival the residents bring all of their art treasures to the men house, opening a briskly bazar. Visitors often have a good chance to find interesting objects for low prices that cannot be found in the official stores in bigger towns. After lunch in Amboreb we continue to WARSE (about 4 hours). Here, we will set up our tents in one of the three big men houses of the village. There should be time for a short walk to the other men houses where further craftsmanship can be found.

 

Day 13:

In the morning we go through a narrow river channel, right through the mangrove forest. This is a spectacular journey, as our boat goes past the thick jungle. Already at around 10am we will reach Agats, the “capital city” of Asmat. Here we will stay in Hotel Anggrek, a small, clean, and quiet hotel. As all the other buildings in Agats, also Hotel Anggrek is built on wooden stilts. In the afternoon we will visit the very interesting Asmat museum, which collected a big amount of unique Asmat artifacts. The collection gives a very good overview on the different Asmat cultures and styles of craftsmanship. Agats is a town without cars and during our short tour through the center we will be surprised how many people are nonetheless living here.

 

Day 14:

In the morning transfer by boat (30 minutes) to the airfield of Ewer. Flight to Timika (1 hour). In Ewer we also have to say good-bye to our boat crew. After arrival in Timika directly transfer to our Hotel Komoro Tame. Here we will spend our afternoon right next to the swimming pool, with some cold beverages. Dinner in the hotel.

 

Day 15:

In the morning farewell from our crew from Wamena. They will have to fly back via Jayapura to Wamena on the same day. Transfer to Timika airport for your next flight.

 

 

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Price inclusions:  
- Flight tickets Jayapura - Wamena - Dekai  
- Charter flight Agats/Ewer - Timika  
- Crew for the tour (English speaking guide and cook)  
- 3x overnight The Baliem Valley Resort  
- 1x overnight Hotel Anggrek, Agats  
- 1x overnight Hotel Komoro Tame, Timika  
- 9x overnight in tent  
- Motor boat including crew for the whole group  
- Meals full board  
- Tour as itinerary  
- Travel permit (Surat Jalan)  
- Equipment (tents, cooking equipment/ NO sleeping bag/mattress)  
- Transfers  
   
Not included:  
- Sleeping bag/sleeping mattress  
- Private expenses and beverages in restaurants  
- Airport tax  
   
Important information:  
- 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 needs 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  
   
Further flights from/to Denpasar can be arranged on request.  

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