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IRIAN JAYA THE PAPUA

IRIAN JAYA is the western half of New Guinea. It became part of Indonesia in 1963 when it was acquired from the Dutch and is Indonesia’s largest Province. It is 421.981 square km, mainly jungle. PAPUA is the other name for Irian Jaya and it is administratively dedicated by Indonesian Government in year 2002 for the indigenous people in the island.

The world has known its name through out the expeditors and scientists who have made a foot steps on this island for some periods while the most famous tribes for Irian Jaya such as Asmat with their outstanding wooden crafts, Dani people in Baliem Valley with its incredible stone age cultural heritage, Koroway people with their jungle isolated life, and Yali highlanders in its traditional cultures.

HOW TO REACH PAPUA (IRIAN JAYA)
Jakarta, Bali, and Medan are the main gates for entering Indonesia. Daily flights by Garuda, Merpati, Celebes, and Efata Air from Jakarta to Jayapura are available with transits in Makassar, Timika, and Biak. To travel around remote places in Papua mostly by air transport, from Jayapura to Wamena by regular flights of Merpati or Trigana air, while Missionary flights can also be chartered to and from remote villages.

To experience and explore the area, we list some packages below as a samples. We are open for customized itinerary at your interest.
So, please email us if you have a particular interest.

Itineraries / Packages :

5DAYS / 4NIGHTS BALIEM VALLEY EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM

DAY 01 : JAYAPURA arrival - WAMENA (L,D)
Morning arrive at Sentani airport of Jayapura, meeting service then catch flight to Wamena around 09.00. Arrive at Wamena airport, transfer to Baliem Pilamo Hotel for check-in. After short briefing about your trip then visiting hanging bridge and local market. Lunch serve at a local restaurant. After lunch continue to visit Dani villages near Wamena. Afternoon drive back to hotel for your dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 02 : WAMENA – KURIMA – WAMENA (B,L,D)
Today we drive 40 minutes to Sogokmo in the Southern of Baliem valley, and start to have a day trekking passing some sweet potato fields and enjoy the gorgeous scenery surroundings. You will get to Kurima, the sub District of the tribe and along the trail you will meet local people with friendly smiles in their traditional clothes. After picnic lunch, heading back to Sogokmo where the car pick you up to Wamena for dinner & overnight stay (Walk approx. 4-5 hours).

DAY 03 : WAMENA – JIWIKA (Pig feast & dance) – WAMENA (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel, driving to Jiwika in the North of Baliem valley, a village well-known with its old smoked mummy. You may explore the traditional village around, or climb the Mili mountain where salt pool exist on top. Here you will learn how the locals doing their traditional salt process. Lunch served enroute. At noon, enjoy a local performance such as mocked war and traditional Earth oven cooking. Today you can be interacted with the local Dani people and learn about their way of life. Back to Hotel late in the afternoon for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 04 : WAMENA – JAYAPURA (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for your flight to Jayapura. Upon arrival at airport of Jayapura You may have a full day sightseeing tour including Mac Arthur 2 nd World War monument, Sentani lake and it’s small island. Lunch at local resturant. After lunch visit Hamadi market and if the time still permit museum can be visited. Late afternoon drive back to your hotel.

DAY 05 : JAYAPURA – DEPARTURE (B)
Free at your own leisure until transfer to airport for your flight to the next destination. End of services.


8DAYS & 7NIGHTS SOUTHERN BALIEM VALLEY TREKKING

DAY 01 : JAYAPURA arrival – Wamena – SOGOKMO – KURIMA – KILISE (L,D)
Arrivals in the morning of Jayapura, meeting service then catch the flight to Wamena around 09.00. Arrive at Wamena walk to city then drive 40 minutes to Sogokmo in the South of Baliem valley with accompanied by your guide, porters and cook, the starting point of the trekking. Heading to Kurima, sub District of the tribe on level terrain then continue climbing the Hesegem hill on the direction of Kilise, the destination village. Along the trails, you will meet local people in their activities and yet the scenery is very beautiful around. Lunch served enroute. In the afternoon you may explore the traditional villages and learn about the people way of life. Dinner and stay at local house of Kilise. (Walk approx.4 hours).

DAY 02 : KILISE – WUSEREM (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you are proceeded to descend the steep hill down to traditional hanging bridge across Baliem river. Today’s walk is a little harder with narrow and slippery paths. But you may also enjoying the nature’s beauty by stopping in the small river of Mugi to get refreshing while the cook serving lunch. After this part, trek thru Dani gardens and some local traditional house till Wuserem where you will have dinner and overnight stay. (Walk approx. 5 hours)

DAY 03 : WUSEREM – WESAGALEP (B,L,D)
The next morning after breakfast continue trekking to Wesagalep village. You are proceed to cross a river where you may have lunch and refresh yourself in the river. The way to Wesagalep village from the river will pass a small rain forest and the air will be a little humid. Dinner and overnight at church or local house of Wesagalep. (Walk approx. 6 hours)

DAY 04 : WESAGALEP – TANGMA (B,L,D)
Leaving Wesagalep village in the morning after breakfast descending a very steep hill all the way down to Baliem river gorge. Spectacular scenery, gentle local people, and beautiful terraced sweet potato fields you will see on the way down. Lunch served by the cook near Baliem river. After crossing the hanging bridge, the uphill trail leads you to Tangma, the next village. Dinner and overnight in a guest house of the local priest of Tangma. (Walk approx. 6 hours)

DAY 05 : TANGMA – KURIMA – SOGOKMO – WAMENA (B,L,D)
After breakfast, continue the last trekking day back to Sogokmo climb through Hesegem mountain and down to Kurima before arriving to Sogokmo where the car will take you back to “civilization” of Wamena. Lunch will be provided by your cook near Sogokmo. Then drive to Wamena. Dinner and stay at Baliem Pilamo Hotel.

DAY 06 : WAMENA – JIWIKA (Pig feast & dance) – WAMENA (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel, driving to Jiwika in the North of Baliem valley, a village well-known with its old smoked mummy. You may explore the traditional village around, or climb the Mili mountain where salt pool exist on top. Here you will learn how the locals doing their traditional salt process. Lunch served enroute. At noon, enjoy a local performance such as mocked war and traditional Earth oven cooking. Today you can be interacted with the local Dani people and learn about their way of life. Afternoon back to Wamena.

DAY 07 : WAMENA – JAYAPURA (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel, then transfer to airport for your flight back to Jayapura. Upon arrival at Sentani airport of Jayapura, direct visit of the WW II memorial, lake of Sentani to see the local tribe life in the village. Lunch serve at local restaurant. Afternoon continue touring and visit the Museum of anthropology, market and Jayapura city. Late the afternoon back to hotel for overnight stay and dinner.

DAY 08 : JAYAPURA – DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at hotel and proceed to airport for Depart to the next destination. End of services.


10DAYS/9NIGHTS KOROWAI TRIBE (TREE HOUSE PEOPLE) ADVENTURE

DAY 01 : JAYAPURA – ARRIVAL (D)
Upon arrive at Sentani airport of Jayapura, meeting service then transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. The rest of the day will be free.

DAY 02 : JAYAPURA - WAMENA (B,L,D)
Early transfer to the airport for your flight to Wamena. Upon arrive at Wamena check in to hotel, and then proceed to traditional market nearby then back to hotel for lunch. After lunch continue to visit Dani village of Suroba & Jiwika in the North of Baliem valley. Afternoon back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 03 : WAMENA – YANIRUMA – KOROWAY (B,L,D)
After breakfast, by your charter Missionary plane to Yaniruma for an hour. Yaniruma is a home of Korowai tribe, the people who live in the tree house in traditional way, some of them still holding the old beliefs and used to practice cannibalism until Missionary arrived and build new settlements to get the Korowai tribe more developed. The Missionary arrived in year 1970’s brought Christian religion to Korowai people. Yaniruma was opened for tourist in early 1980’s but until now the place is still the most remote tribe and desired by most of adventurous tourists all at once anthropology expedition. It’s unique culture and environment make adventurers interest to come. After organized the local porters, have a canoe ride across the Dairam river. Then, you are proceeded to go inside the forest searching for the tree house community exist. Meals will be served by your cook. Overnight at Tree House people.

DAY 04 : JUNGLE TREK (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we trek to another tree house clan for about 4-5 hours. We trek through sago swamps and sometimes we have to cross river with one single log bridge. Lunch will serve enroute. The temperature is hot and humid and there are many mosquitoes. Make sure you have malaria medicines and mosquito repellent. Dinner and overnight at tree house where the local people built tree house approximately 10 – 40 meters from ground.

DAY 05 : REMAINING DAY WITH THE CLAN (B,L,D)
Today we join with local people, how to get the main food “SAGO” you will see and learn the sago processing from starting to the end. Lunch and dinner will be served by your cook. Overnight at Tree House.

DAY 06 : REMAINING DAY WITH THE CLAN (B,L,D)
Spend the day with local people to learn their way of life survive in the forest. After breakfast you may go with them hunting, fishing and other activities. Dinner and overnight at Tree house.

DAY 07 : JUNGLE TREK – YANIRUMA (B,L,D)
Today trekking back to Yaniruma. The paddling canoes waiting for you ready to make you to the little civilization. Lunch served enroute. Dinner and overnight at guest house of Yaniruma

DAY 08 : YANIRUMA – WAMENA (B,L,D)
The Missionary air craft will picks you up and fly you to Wamena. You could see the scenery from the plane is nothing else, but nature’s beauty. Great rivers and thick jungle are all you see from above. o/n Baliem Pilamo Hotel

DAY 09 : WAMENA – JAYAPURA (B,L,D)
After breakfast in the morning, transfer to airport for your fly back to Jayapura. In your leisure you may sightseeing tour or relaxing in the beach. Afternoon drive back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 10 : JAYAPURA – DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, depart to Sentani Airport for your next destination. End of services.


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