korowai tribe – west papua

 

Group Scheduled 2018

Outline Itinerary

AUGUST  01st  (Wednesday):  
JAYAPURA ARRIVAL  – FLIGHT TO  YAHOKIMO/DEKAI  (-/L/D)
You may arrive in Papua by today latest at 09:00 am but very recommended to be arrive one day earlier in Papua at Sentani Airport (July 31st). Morning arrival to Jayapura – the capital of Papua province and the largest city on the Indonesian side of the island. Approximately hour-long flight over Jayawijaya Mountains giving a  fascinating  experience  itself  –  from  the  windows  of  the  aircraft  extends  an unforgettable view of the wild interior of the island – dense stretches of rainforest, serpentines of mighty rivers, hills and jagged mountain peaks, with few traces of human presence in the vast ocean of the jungle.

AUGUST 02nd (Thursday):
DEKAI – MABUL  (B/L/D)
From Brazza river up to Kolf River on destination to Mabul or baygon. Depends with rivers high condition, sometime the water river down to 1 meter (low tide), the boat have to be slower. There is a lot of wildlife to be seen on the way – sometimes the world’s biggest crocodiles lurking in the water, sometimes water turtles, sometimes just birds and parrots. From now on forget about privacy – the Papuan kids will be following your every single step and watching you closely. Westerners are probably bigger attraction for Papuans than Papuans for Westerners. Dinner prepared by a cook and night spent in the local house.

AUGUST 03rd – 05th (Friday – Sunday) :
TREKKING THROUGH KOROWAI TERRITORIES (B/L/D)
We will spend these 3 days adventure is some of the most pristine lowland rain forest in the world. We will visit several “rumah tinggi” and its inhabitants. We will choose the most accommodating spot to spend more time there thus we’ll be able to take a closer look at the daily life of Korowai and learn their – sometimes shocking – customs. Be ready for getting wet and dirty! Our way will go through huge swamps and rain forest and will  cross many bigger and smaller rivers. Sometimes to cross the river we’ll chop down a tree and build a provisional bridge. The group will be at all times accompanied by porters and a local guide / hunter hired in the first village. During the 3 days in the jungle, we will not only visit several settlements cut off  from civilization, but also have a unique chance to experience the beauty and menacing power of one of the wildest stretches of rainforest in the world.

But above all – you will meet remarkable people from a completely different world. The tribes of Korowai  is one of the most isolated and least known ethnic groups of Melanesia, still steering clear of the missionaries who have been more and more successful at converting other tribes in the past three decades.

AUGUST 06th  (Monday):
RETURN TO DEKAI (B/L/D)
Early in the morning return to the Mabul village. Farewell to the porters and repacking our equipment. All-day-long boat trip on the Brazza and Siret River back to Dekai. Pick up from the harbor and drive back to town. Accommodation in a local hostel (very basic conditions). Lunch and dinner will be in the small Warung (Food Stalls).

AUGUST 07th  (Tuesday):
FLIGHT  TO  WAMENA  (B/L/-)
Simple breakfast at Hotel and lunch will be in the small Warung (Food Stalls).
By IL2210 at 14:10PM flight to Wamena  (baggage allowance for this flight is 10kg per person only). this flight will depend on the weather conditions. Drive to the Hotel for our accommodation. The rest of the day is free to relax after an exhausting expedition. Accommodation in very simple accommodation. Lunch will be in the small Warung (Food Stalls). Dinner will be on your account.

AUGUST 08th  (Wednesday):
MUMMY, TRADITIONAL HOUSES – BALIEM VALLEY FESTIVAL  (B/L/-)
In the morning we drive up to Kurulu district in the central Baliem Valley where a very old mummy of the famous Dogum clan is proudly presented for your viewing. In the vicinity we will see more picturesque hamlets.You will see and experience the local culture and  have an opportunity to interact with local villagers.
Baliem Valley Festival As indicated in the calender that today is a for you to enjoy the Baliem Valley  Festival. (entrance fee to the festival is included) We are with you all day to ensure you  understand what is going on and enjoy every minute of this unique  tribal festival. Spend the day at the Festival site and participate in various  activities of the Festival. The Baliem Valley Cultural Festival is a  very rare chance to witness clans from different indigenous tribes  displaying their culture and skills in tribal warfare, dance and  music. It is a truly unforgettable experience and a real once in a  lifetime opportunity. Lunch boxes will be provided in the festival place. Late afternoon drive back to Wamena and stay at Medium Accommodation. Dinner will be on your account.

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AUGUST 09th  (Thursday):
BALIEM VALLEY FESTIVAL  (B/L/-)
Still on the festival, After breakfast we will travel by chartered car to the location of the Baliem Valley festival (entrance fee to the festival is included). The place where they hold the ceremony changes from year to year.  The festival has many traditional activities. There is traditional Dani tribe dancing and singing. Also there is a mock battle to show you how they used to fight in the old days. And there are newer activities, like bow and arrow competitions. And even foreigners can get involved in this activity. All tour and festival dates will be adjusted according to local condition.  You will have a chance to see and enjoy these cultural festival for one day.  Lunch boxes will be provided in the festival place. Late afternoon drive back to Wamena for accommodation. Dinner will be on your account.

AUGUST 10th  (Friday):
WAMENA – JAYAPURA  – DEPARTURE (-/-/-)
Early in the morning we’ll transfer you to the airport where you’ll board the first flight to Jayapura by IW1630 at 06:15 AM (baggage allowed for this flight is only 10kg per passenger). Here you’ll catch your connecting flight to Sorong,  Raja Ampat, Jakarta or Denpasar.

Please note : Above program and tour  itinerary is flexible or depend on local conditions,  flights, weather, etc….


  • TOUR PRICE IN US DOLLARS  PER PERSON
    # Reservation/Booking is made Before May 30th = 2,700 US$ Per Person
    # Additional Cost 200 US$ when booking is made after May 30th
    # Additional Cost for Single Room at Hotel (When available), = 250 US$.

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION COST ABOVE:

  • Internal Flight Jayapura – Yahokimo/Dekai – Wamena – Jayapura return.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Porters at Airport & Porters during Trek
  • Cook during Trek with basic equipment
  • Meals/Foods during Trek
  • All Land Transports / Airport Transfers
  • Motorized canoe charter
  • 4 Nights Accommodations at local house, jungle, with a thin rubber mats & thin blankets.
  • 1 Night stay in very basic accommodation in Yahokimo
  • 3 Night stay at Very Simple Accommodation in Wamena
  • All Necessary Travel Permit of Papua

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION COST ABOVE
All Insurances, Dinner in the town, Telephone, Laundry, beverage, International Flight, Domestic Airfares ie: Jakarta/Bali/Makasar to Jayapura and return with its Airport taxes, Personal Expenses.


HOW TO BOOK:

  1. Ask us first by filling the following form. We will let you know when this trip still opening or not.  If still, we will asking you to send your complete name.
  2. For knowing that you are serious to Join on our group, a deposit 100 US$ Per Person is required to confirm your reservation. (this 100 US$ is part of Tour Price – Nonrefundable when canceled).
  3. Scan Passport and Pass photo can be sent later, but recommended to send them when you made reservation to us.
  4. First Come First Served basis

 

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