baliem valley tour & festival 2018

Group Scheduled 
Duration                     :  05 Days – 04 Nights
Traveling  Date         :  07th  – 11th AUGUST 2018
Trip Level                  :  Easy
Participant                :  Max. 12 People
Accommodation       :  Very Simple Accommodation
Group Leader            :  English Speaking Guide.

 

Outline Itinerary

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7th  JAYAPURA ARRIVAL  – BY FLIGHT TO BALIEM VALLEY – SUROBA TRADITIONAL  VILLAGE (-/L/)
It is recommended to be arrive in Jayapura Papua at Sentani Airport latest at 08:00am but very recommended to be arrive one day earlier in Papua at Sentani Airport (Monday, August 6th). At the Airport meeting with other people of Group. From here you will be dropped directly to another gate for catch the another flight depart to Wamena with schedule at 10.20 AM. After lunch by car to Aikima  village to  explore the Local traditional people of baliem valley. Along the way you will find the Danis working in their sweet potatoes fields and will see their daily activities. Arrive at Suroba, walk through the pine forest, We will hike in 1-2 hours through the beautiful countryside and traditional houses of Dani people but you can not avoid a muddy & slippery path with single log bridge).

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8th:  HIKING, MUMMY, TRADITIONAL HOUSES  (B/L/)
After breakfast,  we drive up to Syopkosi village with altitude above 1800 meters above the sea level to view of spectacular of Baliem Valley from high hills. From here we hike down through the foot of valley in approximately 2 hours to enjoy the beautiful nature and countryside of Dani People.  Lunch in Box is provided
After lunch proceed we drive to Kurulu direction 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.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9th:  VISIT BALIEM VALLEY FESTIVAL  (B/L/)
Baliem Valley Festival – As indicated in the calender that today is a for you to enjoy the Baliem Valley  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.

FRIDAY,  AUGUST 10thBALIEM VALLEY FESTIVAL (B/L/)
After breakfast we will travel by chartered car to the location of the Baliem Valley festival (entrance fee to ther festival have included). The place where they hold the ceremony changes from year to year.  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.

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 11thWAMENA – JAYAPURA – DEPARTURE  (B/-/)
This morning you will catch a morning flight to Jayapura by at 06:15am (our breakfast at hotel might not be ready),  baggage allowed for this flight is only 10kg per  passenger. Direct connect flight to Sorong, Makasar, Jakarta or Denpasar.

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


TOUR PRICE IN SHARE TWIN/DOUBLE  ROOM  PER  PERSON
Reservation/Booking is made Before May 30th    =   ???   US$ Per Person
Reservation/Booking is made Before May 30th    =   ???   US$ Per Person
Additional Charge for  Single Room (When Available)  =  ???  US$ Per Room

Included in The Tour Price

  • Internal flights: Jayapura/Wamena/Jayapura (return)
  • 4 Nights stay in the simple accommodation/Local Houses in the town
  • Meals as indicated above
  • All Tour, transfers In/Out
  • Land Transports to the villages
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to Villages & Baliem Valley Festival
  • Necessary Travel Permits

Not Included in The Tour Price

  • All Insurance, Dinner in the town, Laundry, Telephone, Beverage
  • Photograph fee for local people and Other personal expenses.

     


Advertisements

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.

wonderful indonesia papua

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

 

Lake Kamaka, Kaimana

wonderful-papua

Merry Christmas & Very Happy New Year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
JESUS LOVES US!
Merry Chrismas Jefalgi Papua
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017 & VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018. TEAM OF JEFALGI PAPUA TOURS

Baliem Valley Festival

The Baliem Valley Cultural festival is yearly events will be held on every August.  The place where they hold the ceremony changes from year to year.  The festival has many traditional activities. There are large groups of men cooking pigs and sweet potatoes in the traditional earth oven fires. 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.

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

After festival dates you can drive in  40 minutes drive to Jiwika village, walk a minutes to the village of Sumpaima to view the 250 years old Mummy. From Sumpaima walk another 10 minutes to the nearby village of Anemoigi to see  another Dani people family with their traditional  houses.  You will see and experience the local culture and have an opportunity to interact with local villagers while you can buy their handicraft as your souvenir. Before return to Wamena you still have chance to visit Waga-Waga village to explore Contilola cave which can be reach 15 minutes by car.

Trekking tour in baliem valley is the best option among the other tours in highland of papua, you can do some day trek before the festival is done. Also in the western of baliem valley area you can experience the culture and tribal war. Have a look some of our papua tour packages describing the tour with some options.

We would like you to join our next group for 2017, please contact us for better service and affordable. Please read these review  what our past guests said about our service.

Baliem Valley Festival West Papua
Baliem valley festival

Baliem Valley Papua

You have probably seen the famous photos of Dani tribe members with boar tusks in their noses, and headdresses made of Paradise birds feathers. Dani men only wear long and thin kotekas. The women Danis wear short skirts woven from orchid fibers, decorated with straw, and with indispensable woven bags called “noken” across their backs. Similar to the women of the Yali tribe, the Dani women wear short skirts below their butts.

Despite the fact that Danis were discovered quite late – in 1938, they became one of the best known tribes in New Guinea. Dani occupied one of the most fertile parts of Papua. As a result they often had to fight for their territory. There were also frequent wars among the Danis themselves. They were the most dreaded head-hunting tribe on the island, which is even more remarkable if we consider that they did not eat their enemies, like the majority of other Papuan tribes did.

Jefalgi Papua Tours – With us you can be in a face to face contact with Dani people. Dani build round or oval huts, and their villages are enclosed by fences. They are farmers, and their small fields are distinctly bordered. This is what helped Richard Archbold spot them from the plane. The Dani tribe’s customs and culture are very rich and interesting.

Wamena was a point of departure for many expeditions. The Dani villages are visited by virtually every tourist who sets out in west Papua. Some villages even show their original customs and hold mock wars. Another thing which brought fame to the Dani tribe are the several hundred years old ”smoked” mummies of famous tribesmen. Three of them can be seen in the Baliem valley – in Akima, Pumo and Jiwika villages.

 We describe more about your trip to papua, find us as a local travel agent for better service and affordable price

trekking tour in baliem valley is the best option among the other tours in highland of papua, also in the western of baliem valley area you can experience the culture and tribal war. Have a look some of our papua tour packages describing the tour with some options.

Korowai Tree House Tribe adventure

The Adventure – The walking adventure is mostly through the dense jungle, swampy, and we sometime walking up the single log. Sometime our porter will free their hand to help you in the hard or difficult trail. The Korowai  tribes live in the jungle only with their family or relatives, as they never stay in one big compound. We can found 2 or 3 Tree house in one camp only. Caused they are nomad peoples and they never life for such a long time in the one places, they have to moved to one and another places to get more food and animals to be hunt. We will stay with Korowai in their bevak or we build a tent or up the tree house if permitted.

KOROWAI  always moves from one place to another in order to be close to the foods and hunted animals provides by nature. Korowai and Kombai are hunter and gatherer who move and build a new tree house once every 3 years. For this reason we do not fix the place of our destination or what activities we do day by day. Once we arrive in Mabul or Upper Mabul, our contact person will telling us and update all the information in Korowai and Kombai area including the people and their tree house or if there is any sago grub feast take place while we are in the area. Sago grub feast is the main ritual ceremony in Korowai Batu tribe to re-new their world and relation with God/Spirit and among their own people in the clans or groups. We will arrange our visit to the place where the feast will serve a lot of foods including the most delicacy “Sago Grub” to the invited guests and every one will put on their best wear and dancing. Traditional wear of Korowai is very simple, men wear a piece of leave or a small penis gourd to cover their penis and women wear the skirt made of woven sago leafs. Compared Kombai tribe wear the same with Korowai but some of Kombai men wear hornbill head instead of the gourd during the feast time.

THE TRAIL ; The trail is going through the swampy lands so you will get wet and could be very slippery and muddy when it rains. The weather is very unpredictable here. During the dry season (May – Oct) it can be very dry. So, prepare your self to the wet or hot weather condition with a humidity from 65 – 99% or may be more. The surface of our trail into the forest is almost flat, no hike and we likely walk under the canopy of the forest’s trees most if the time. Tropic rain forest provides varies of wild life, beautiful and exotic fauna and flora, but you have to concentrate and watch carefully your steps especially when you have to walk on logs or fallen tree in the small river or sago swamp. For that we will always take 15 to 30 minutes break every time you need to drink water after one or two hours walk.

korowai tribes
Korowai tribe

NIGHT CAMP;  We overnight a tent near the tree house, but should you want to sleep on a tree house with Korowai Batu family bring your own mosquito net or you can use our own. We sometime spend 1-2  nights in one place of the tree house of there are some interesting event in the place and the family would like to host us that we can joining their daily activities. We really think that by joining the local daily activities is the best way to understand and experience the local life and culture. If there is no sago grub feast take place while we are in the area, we will joining the local people daily life activities (e.g. gathering foods/sago, fishing, hunting or put on the trap for animal like pig or birds). We sometime watch people build a new tree house .

check out our tour packages here