CULTURAL TRIP IN THE BALIEM VALLEY
This 5 days/ 4 nights trip to Papua brings you to the Baliem Valley, home of the Dani tribes. You meet the Danis during easy hikes. Surrounded by beautiful vegetation, you walk through Dani hamlets, villages and fields. You attend a traditional pig festival which is by far the most amazing experience of a trip to Papua. You live this unforgettable experience while staying in the best accommodation in the Baliem Valley: The Baliem Valley Resort.
Day 1: Wamena airport - Baliem Valley
Arrival in the Baliem Valley and visit of the local market of Wamena
You arrive in Wamena where your tour guide is awaiting you. On the way to The Baliem Valley Resort you stop at the local market of Wamena. You taste the local fruits and the most adventurous can also try chewing the betel nut, a narcotic drug used daily by the Papuans. Check-in at the Resort in the afternoon. Enjoy a first coffee on the terrace with a panoramic view over the Baliem Valley. Dinner at the Resort.
45 min of drive. With local guide. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.
Day 2: Baliem Valley
Easy hiking in the Baliem Valley and first encounter with the Dani people
Today you drive to the southern Baliem Valley for a beautiful and easy hike along the Baliem River. First you cross a suspension bridge over the mighty river and then you hike through fields of sweet potatoes, corn, sugar cane and maybe you cross the path with friendly pigs. You pass Dani huts and reach the beautiful village Seinma for lunch. After a nice picnic break, you cross another suspension bridge and walk slowly along the river back to the driver. In the late afternoon you return to the Resort.
2 h drive. 4 h walk. With local guide. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.
The museum restaurant of The Baliem Valley Resort
Portrait of a Dani warrior
Day 3: Baliem Valley
Hiking in the Sekan Mountains and meeting the Dani tribes
This morning you hike 1 hour from the Resort to the top of the nearby Sekan Mountains. From here you enjoy a fantastic view over the surrounding valleys. On the way back to the Resort you pass some huts and fields of the local Dani tribes. You probably see the Dani while they are farming. You follow the path which is surrounded by beautiful vegetation with many flowers, orchids, carnivorous plants and other rare and amazing species. After lunch at the Resort, you start another easy hike in the surrounding area. You visit other Dani villages and their fields and enjoy the beautiful views. Return to the Resort in the late afternoon.
4 h walk. With local guide. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.
Day 4: Baliem Valley
Traditional pig festival, an unforgettable experience
Today is a very special day that will remain unforgettable. You are invited to participate in a pig feast at a Dani tribe. You are welcomed by Dani tribesmen, traditionally dressed and decorated. A pig festival is a very special event for the Dani and Lani tribes, organized to celebrate important occasions. Your hosts begin the feast with dancing and singing. Then the pig is slaughtered, traditionally with bow and arrow. You see how the cooking pit is prepared with hot stones and field grass. The meat is tasty cooked with sweet potatoes and food ferns. Finally everyone enjoy the food from the cooking pit. It is a really impressive experience, by far the most interesting experience of a trip to Papua. Back to the Resort in the afternoon. Enjoy your last evening in the Baliem Valley.
The pig festival takes place in changing villages. Precise information on travel times is therefore not provided. Maximum 1 h walk. With local guide. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. Meals: full board.
The Baliem valley trekking landscapes
Dani Pig festival
Day 5: Baliem Valley - Wamena airport
Last day in the Baliem Valley
You enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before you are driven to Wamena airport in accordance with the departure time of your onward flight.
45 min drive. Meals: breakfast.
4 nights at The Baliem Valley Resort
Tours as per itinerary
All entrance fees
Meals full board
Special travel permit (surat jalan)
Additional drinks and personal expenses
Costs for excess luggage