Baliem Valley, Wamena and Biak Island - Papua Trekking Expeditions
During the festival, have your camera ready. Very often you will come across unique moments that you never want to miss. A number among the more than a thousand war participants, do want to keep abreast with the outside world, so they adorn themselves with local regalia, while sporting flashy sunglasses: a personal ad of a trendy look meeting age-old tradition. Ask them politely to pose for you. It’s an unusual anachronism not to be missed.
All you need to do during the festival is just observe and enjoy the mock war. The longer it gets, the nearer the spears and arrows get to hit the opponents. The closer the miss, the louder the roar from the hundreds of spectators. They have participated in these battles every year so that participants do get better each year.
After the Festival, visitors can go sightseeing to the Dani Market in Wamena, and visit the traditional Wauma Village that can be reached by car from Wamena. In Aikima see a 250 year-old mummified village chief, or, after a 2-hour climb, see the salt springs, where Dani women have, for centuries, made salt in a simple manner.
The mock battles can be staged at different venues. Usually it is held at the Kurulu Village or at Wosilimo, some 27 kilometers from Wamena. Since the venue is not very far, you can stay overnight at Wamena. However, it is recommended that you book a package via a tour operator who will arrange your trip and secure definite transportation and accommodation.
At the end of the mock battles, food festivities are held at the venue or nearby. When you book a tour package, the organizers usually provide places to eat. Dance performances and music shows are staged and visitors are welcome to join.
A number of travel agencies regularly organize tours to the Baliem valley.
For your own safety, when intending to trek alone into the interior, you are advised to first report your itinerary to the Police upon arrival at the airport.
It is highly advisable that you stock up on Indonesian Rupiah when travelling outside of Wamena. You can withdraw cash from the ATM at any banks in town. Note that there is nowhere else in the valley that you can change your currency. So, while in Wamena, do exchange your currency at either:
Bank Mandiri (Jalan Trikora 92), which only change US dollars in cash.
Bank Papua (Jalan Trikora 45). The exchange rates and endless lines can be a bit challenging.
Bank BRI (Bank Rakyat Indonesia); Jalan Yos Sudarso & Jalan Trikora.
The province of Irian Jaya or Papua stand at the eastern most
part of Indonesia - next to Papua New Guinea. Irian Jaya (Papua) is
Indonesia has been known of its famous Dani tribesmen inhabiting the Baliem Valley, the Asmat tribesmen with their unique wood carvings,
rare and spectacular flora and fauna and Glacier Mountains. Irian
(Papua) is also renowned of its primitive way of life, especially at
the southern coast and the remote highlands.
Besides all above, Irian (Papua) with 414.800 square kilometers or over 20 percent of Indonesia's total land area, owns 228,000 sea miles of fine beaches. Never compare to Kuta beach in Bali! So you do not have to wonder why Irian Jaya also owns the most spectacular sea gardens in the world. Its tropical rain forest and jungles are known to be very wild and impenetrable. Puncak Jaya or the so - called Carstenz Peak, one of the tallest peaks in the island, covered by everlasting snow and surrounded by Lorentz Reserve which is the largest conservation area in Indonesia, covering some 21.500 square kilometers (8.300 square miles).
World War II remains during the Pacific war spread through the island of Irian Jaya and beyond. Frequently Japanese and rarely American Veterans make memorials trip to Biak, Numfor, Manokwari, Sorong, Sarmi, and Jayapura. Tank ruins, landing ships and war memorial statues are common sight in those historical areas.
15 DAYS – 14 NIGHTS
Baliem Valley Irian jaya and Biak Island Trekking Expedition
Start / Finish: Jayapura airport / Biak Airport
Tour Code: KNLR-BVITE-15D
DAY 01: JAYAPURA-ARRIVAL
Arrival at airport of Jayapura short transfer to your hotel. After you take a rest and Lunch we going to visit Sentani Local market which it's not far from the hotel. Afternoon back to Aston hotel for overnight and dinner. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 02: JAYAPURA - KURIMA - KILISE
After breakfast then transfer to airport for your 40 minutes flight to Wamena(baliem valley). Arrive at Wamena airport, then drive in 40 minutes to Sogokmo with your guide, porters and cook, the starting point of the trekking to Kurima, sub District of the tribe on level terrain then continue climbing the Hesegem hill on the direction of Kilise. Along the trails, you will meet local people in their activities and yet the scenery is very beautiful around. Lunch served en-route. Afternoon you may explore the traditional villages and learn about the people way of life. Dinner and stay at local guest house of Kilise. (Walk approx. 4 hours). We will set up the tent inside of Local house. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 03: KILISE – IBIROMA - WAMEREK
After breakfast, proceed to Wamerek village by passing Ibiroma village. Today's walk is a little harder with narrow and slippery paths up down of the hills with about 1.800 meters of elevation. But you may also enjoying the nature's beauty, and along the trail you will meet local people with friendly smile in their traditional clothes. Lunch will be ser at the edge of Tangma river and you can clean your body while the cook preparing the food. After lunch we continue to Wamerek within 30 minutes, dinner and overnight stay at a teacher’s house or school. Tents will be settled up (Walk Approx. 5 hours). (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 04: WAMEREK - WESAGALEP
The next morning after breakfast continue trekking to Wesagalep village for about 6 hours. You are proceeding to cross suspension hanging bridge over Baliem river, to cross this bridge you have to pay more attention because the bridge is already old. Lunch will be served at a small waterfall and you may refresh yourself in the water. The way to Wesagalep village from the river is going up the hill and you again can see the gorgeous scenery from the other side. Dinner and overnight at school of Wesagalep. Tents will be settled up. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 05: WESAGALEP – PUKAM
Having breakfast, start with a steep half an hour through yam gardens to the upper most compound of Wesagalep which offers a great panorama of steep forest slopes and garden. Then unpleasant hour of mud brought us to the river for lunch, after lunch continue the trekking thru the rain forest and highland Pandanus the forest is unusual here made of huge trees their trunks draped in moss of several colors. While the path getting much drier means that Pukam village is already near. Dinner and overnight at school. We will set up the tents for sleeping.(Walk Approx. 5 Hours). (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 06: PUKAM – WUSEREM
Walk for about 4 hours thru tropical rain forest, there are many tropical flowers along the trail. Quite often you have to balance your way along the big logs which are wet and slippery. However, the porters are quite helpful supporting you and willing to carry you across (piggy back) on the bad paths. After come out from the rain forest you may enjoy the spectacular Baliem gorge and going down the river where cooks preparing our lunch, you may soak your aching bones in the river. Another 2 hours we will arrive in Wuserem village for dinner and overnight at school or in church. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 07: WUSEREM - SYOKOSIMO
Having banana pancake for breakfast and then and follow the regular path down until Syokosimo, today is easy trekking but the landscape is very beautiful and really marvelous one. While we rest on the top of the hill the wind blows very hard and never boring live in this area. Lunch boxes have provided in Syokosimo, after lunch you can go to swim in Mugi river in not polluted water. Late afternoon you can play with children in the school yard close to our accommodation. (Walk approx. 5 hours). (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 08: SYOKOSIMO – HITUGI - UGEM
After breakfast, safari trekking with all of our crews in 5 hours with moderate walk until Ugem village by stop in Hitugi village where our cook will prepare lunch, while waiting for lunch we may visit some hamlets in Hitugi . After lunch we continue in 2hours to Ugem village where we will spend the last night of trekking. Along the path you will meet many people from Yali tribe on their way going home from shopping in Wamena. Arrive in Ugem immediately check-in at local accommodation and then visiting the hamlets surrounding. Dinner and overnight in Ugem. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 09: UGEM – KURIMA – WAMENA(Baliem Valley)
After breakfast, then going down with moderate walk until Kurima sub-district, again you can enjoy very nice view and you also can see the Dani 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 to catch the car for driving back to Wamena, for dinner and overnight stay at Baliem Pilamo hotel. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 10: WAMENA(Baliem Valley) – JIWIKA (Pig’s feast and Dance) – WAMENA(Baliem Valley)
After breakfast at hotel, driving to the northern part of Baliem valley to a village that well known with its old smoked MUMMY. Today is the highlight of your journey because you will enjoy local performance such as MOCK WAR and traditional earth oven cooking. You can interact with the local Dani people and learn about their way of life, lunch will serve with local sweet potatoes and grill pork. On the way back to Baliem Pilamo hotel we stop at the traditional market of Wamena. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 11: WAMENA(Baliem Valley) – JAYAPURA
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back to Jayapura. Arrival at airport of Jayapura You may have a full day sightseeing tour including Mac Arthur 2nd World War monument, Sentani lake by long boat. Lunch have at Yougwa restaurant near the lake. After lunch, see the Anthropology museum (open from Monday to Saturday at 09.00-14.00), then Hamadi market & Jayapura city. Afternoon back to Aston hotel for overnight and dinner. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 12: JAYAPURA – BIAK
After breakfast at hotel, transfer in time to Sentani airport of Jayapura for fly to Biak with Garuda flight. On arrive at Franskaisepo airport in Biak, transfer by car directly to Nirmala Biak beach hotel. Lunch will serve in one of the good restaurant in Biak, after lunch then visit Japanese cave, bird park, Adibay jungle for wild orchids observe. Late afternoon drive back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 13: BIAK - MIOSINDI - POM - AIBAI
After breakfast at hotel, then by outrigger boat proceed to Miosindi island in the north of Yapen regency about 2 hours. Arrive in Miosindi Island you may snorkeling and your cook prepare for the lunch. After lunch proceed to Pom village where you have to report your traveling permit to the Police station. Arrive at Pom village, you may have drinking young the fresh coconuts, learn the way of life of the traditional fishermen, watching the group birds of flying dogs hanging at the branches of Cassowary's trees. Dinner will serve with grill fish and overnight at local houses or in the tent. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 14: AIBAI - BIAK
After breakfast, prepare all your things and put them in to the boat for leaving to Biak about 3 hours. Arrive at harbor of hotel then check in again to Nirmala Biak beach hotel. lunch will serve at local restaurant in town. After lunch is free at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 15 : BIAK - JAKARTA
After breakfast at hotel, transfer by bus in time to Franskaisepo airport for fly with Garuda 651 to Jakarta. End of our service. (Meals: Breakfast)
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