Traveling Date : AUGUST 13th – 21st’ 2017
Trip Level : Challenge (Age between 17 to 70 y.o with good physical condition)
Participant : Min 3 and Max. 7 People in one Group
Accommodation : Local people houses, Tents & Hotel
Group Leader : English Speaking Guide
AUGUST 13th (Sunday):
JAYAPURA ARRIVAL – FLIGHT TO YAHOKIMO/DEKAI (-/L/D)
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 (August 12th).
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. Btw, 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.
AUGUST 14th (Monday):
DEKAI – MABUL (B/L/D)
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.
AUGUST 15 – 18th (Tuesday – Friday) :
TREKKING THROUGH KOROWAI TERRITORIES (B/L/D)
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’ll 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 rainforest 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.
Above program and itinerary is flexible or depend on local conditions, flights, weather, etc
Would you like to join us, please contact us for further information, First come firs served basis !.