Journey in to the stone age culture of korowai tribe & baliem valley trekking 14 days

Duration      :  14 Days – 13 Nights
Trip Level    :  Challenge (Age between 17 to 65 y.o with good physical condition)
Accommodation :  Local people houses,  Tents & Hotel
Local Guide   :  English Speaking Guide

Outline Itinerary

Day  01:  Jayapura  Arrival – Wamena – Kilise  (-/L/D)
In the morning arrival in Jayapura, meet us and continue your flight depart to Wamena at 10:20 or 12:30  (Please note: flights are very often delayed due to weather conditions and we strongly recommend carrying baggage as needed for your trip in the Baliem valley. We will help you to arrange it and keep it with us before leaving). Upon arrival at Wamena airport, we will drop you to local restaurant for having a lunch or lunch will be provided in the boxes.  Then by car to Yetni river is direction to Southern Baliem Valley. From here  where the trekking begins with all the porters and cook to reach Kilise in approx. 2 hours up and down the little hills.  Late afternoon arrive at Kilise village, dinner will be  provided by cook and overnight stay at Dani Typical Guest house.(Walk approx.3-4hours).

Day 02:  Trekking  To  Syokosimo   (B/L/D)
Walk and crossing the  suspension bridge on Baliem River  then hike up to 4-5 hours through the beautiful country side and Dani villages to Hitugi village. You will encounter and greeted by the Dani people who work in their steep sweet potato garden, arrive in Hitugi in the afternoon, lunch en route. If time still permitted then you can continue walking  from Hitugi village, we hike 1,5 hours down to Mugi river and cross the small traditional rope bridge near a small water fall. From the waterfall we still hike 30 minutes and will arrive in the village of Syokosimo, accommodation at the teacher’s guest house.(Walk approx. 5-6hours)
 
Day 03: Trekking Return To Kurima – Wamena (B/L/-)
Breakfast at your accommodation, then going down with moderate walk until Kurima sub-district and Yetni river, again you can enjoy very nice view and you probably also can see the Dani men and women sell their product beside the path. Simple lunch will serve beside the spring water and after lunch in another 2 hours we will arrive in Kurima or Yetni river to catch the car for driving back to Wamena and overnight stay at Baliem Pilamo hotel, Dinner will be on your account. (Walk approx. 5-6 hours).

Day 04: Flight to Dekai  (B/L/D).
Trigana flight to Dekai at 11.40am. (baggage allowed for these flight is 10kg only per passenger, as you can leave your unnecessary baggage in Jayapura with us before leaving. (please note: the flights are delayed very often due bad weather, technical problem, operational of flight). Upon arrival at Dekai airport, transfer to Simple Hotel  for a short briefing by guide about  The Koroway Adventure & trekking. And we will need some times to prepare everything in Dekai for the next day to korowai trips.  dinner and stay simple.

Day 05:  Brazza River – Koroway Tribe Territory  (B/L/D)
Transfer by car to Lokpon and today travel by motorized canoe through Brazza River for approx 6-8hours.  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. Arrive at afternoon or at night.  Dinner and overnight in the village of Mabul or upper of Mabul (Baygon).

Day 06, 07, 08, 09, 10: Koroway  Adventure  (B/L/D).
A 5 days-long trek through the territories of the Korowai. 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 rainforest 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.

Day 11: Jungle – Mabul (B/L/D)
The Last day trek we will be arrive in Mabul. We will consider where we would sleep in the jungle near Mabul or at village itself. Lunch en route, dinner and overnight at tents.

Day 12:  By Boat To Dekai  (B/L/D)
Boat is waiting us in Mabul for a few days and drop us back for 6-8 hours from Mabul to Dekai Lunch en route, dinner and  overnight at Simple Hotel in Dekai or at tents.

Day 13:  Flight to Jayapura   (B/L/-)
By regular flight to Wamena ETD 11:00. These flight very often delayed or canceled due to bad weather. Arrive in Wamena airport transfer by car directly to the Hotel. City Tour is made when the time is available. Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner will be on your account.  Stay at  Medium Hotel.

Day 14:  Jayapura  – Departure  (B/-/-)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport leaving to the next destinations.

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


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