9 Days Trekking In The Korowai Tribe Territory (Oct.3rd – 11th’ 2017)

Traveling  Date         :  OCTOBER 3rd – 11th’  2017
Trip Level                  :  Challenge (Age between 17 to 67 y.o with good physical condition)
Participant                 :  Min 2  and Max. 6 People in one Group
Accommodation       :  Local people houses,  Tents & Hotel
Group Leader            :  English Speaking Guide

Outline Itinerary

OCTOBER 3rd  (Tuesday):  
You may arrive in Papua by today latest at 08:00 am but very recommended to be arrive one day earlier in Papua at Sentani Airport (October 2nd).
Morning arrival to Jayapura – the capital of Papua province and the largest city on the Indonesian side of the island. Meet with all participants at Sentani Airport of Jayapura for a short briefing and check in for another flight to Dekai. 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. Meet us and catching regular flight to Dekai/Yahokimo IL221 at ETD at 11:30 AM. (baggage allowed for these flight is 10kg only per passenger, as you can leave your unnecessary baggage in Jayapura with us before leaving

Landing in Dekai – once a small town set by missionaries, is now the center of a new district dawned by the government.  The town has been under permanent construction for years and its rapid expansion makes it the last bastion of civilization in the region. We will have our dinner in local style and spend a night in the government – owned hotel. By the way, you might be surprised by what “the best hotel available” means in Papua. NOTE: All inner flights in Papua depend on the weather condition! There are no fixed time tables for any flights at all!. Lunch and dinner will be provided by our cook. These flight very often delayed or canceled due to bad weather. If flight canceled you shall be transfer to hotel and overnight stay.

OCTOBER 4th (Wednesday):
You will not be sleeping on bed for next 5 days. Transfer by Jeep to Lokpon and today travel by motorized canoe through Brazza River for approx 8-10hours.  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. Late in the afternoon you shall reach the village of Mabul – a starting base for all expeditions to Korowai Proceeding with all necessary preparations for further expedition to the jungle – negotiation with a chief of the village, getting more supplies, selecting the porters  and  scouts  –  these  moments  are  always  memorable  for  the  expedition’s participants. 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.

NOTE: These is a small chance that we’ll reach Mabul  during two days trip – all depends on weather conditions. In such case we’ll spend one night in one of the Citak tribe’s villages on the way.

OCTOBER  5th – 8th (Thursday – Sunday) :
We will spend these 04 days adventure is some of the most pristine lowland rain forest in the world. Depending on  weather conditions and the pace of the march (this is always adapted to the slowest  person in the group), 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. Everyday  we will be marching approximately 3 to 5 hours a day taking into account many stops and “photo breaks”, it will probably be a full day trekking. 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 5 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 rain forest in the world. The participants of the expedition will get an opportunity to admire the untouched flora and fauna, learn a few basic rules of survival in the jungle, possibly with a chance of going hunting. We’ll also see how to make sago, build a trap for a wild pig.
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. The Korowai is so rarely visited by groups of white people that it is hard to tell who will be a greater attraction – our expedition for them, or the other way around.
OCTOBER 9th (Monday):
Early in the morning return to the Mabul village. Farewell to the porters and local guides 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). Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

OCTOBER 10th  (Tuesday):
By Trigana at 14:20 flight to Jayapura  (baggage allowance for this flight is 10kg per person only). this flight will depend on the weather conditions.  Transfer to hotel in town. The rest of the day is free to relax after an exhausting expedition.  Stay overnight in the hotel. Dinner will be on your account

OCTOBER 11th  (Wednesday):
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the Airport for your flight to the next destination.

Above program and itinerary is flexible or depend on local conditions, flights, weather, etc

♥ Internal Flight Jayapura – Yahokimo/Dekai – 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
♥ Charter Motorized Canoe
♥ All Accommodations in the jungle, with thin rubber mats & thin blankets or sleeping bags.
♥ 2 Night stay at simple accommodation in Yahokimo
♥ 1 Night stay at Swiss Belhotel or similar in Jayapura town
♥ All Necessary Travel Permit of Papua

♠ All Insurance, Dinner in the Town, Excess baggage fees,
♠ Domestic Flights with its Airport Taxes
♠ All Personal Expenses; Laundry, Telephone, Beverage etc