NOVEMBER 6th (Monday):
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 (November 5th).
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.
NOVEMBER 7th (Tuesday):
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.
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.
NOVEMBER 8th – 11th (Wednesday – Saturday) :
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.
NOVEMBER 12th (Sunday):
RETURN TO DEKAI (B/L/D)
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.
NOVEMBER 13th (Monday):
FLIGHT TO JAYAPURA (B/L/-)
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
NOVEMBER 14th (Tuesday):
JAYAPURA – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
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
INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION COST ABOVE:
» 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
» Motorized canoe charter
» All Accommodations at jungle, with thin rubber mats & thin blankets.
» 2 Night stay in very simple accommodation in Yahokimo
» All Necessary Travel Permit of Papua