The access: From Asia/Europe/Australia you need to fly first to Jakarta then fly to Jayapura (accessible from Jakarta and Bali)
Our program in Baliem Valley: Dani is among the largest tribe group living both in southern and northern Baliem Valley. Our program in Dani will take you to visit several Dani villages both on the southern and northern Baliem. We will do some trekking through the traditional trails, crossing the river by using single log bridge, some times walk through the river, meet the locals at work, and the most interesting thing is to stay with them in their honai.
Dani villages are scattered all the way from the hilly terrain and the flat land in the valley. They live from sweet potato planting, pig raising, and sometimes hunting in the forest. Untill nowadays, they still practice their old traditional way of living. Wooden spear, wooden axe, bone knife, bamboo arrow etc are still used daily. Dani man wears only penis gourd, while the woman wears grass skirt.
Sweet potato is planted near by the compound, while the pigs are eaten together with the sweet potato. Sometimes also used as dowry as well as for the sacrifice during a traditional fest.
Dani house called honai, here woman and man are separated. There are man and woman honai, built side by side in the compound. Children are stay with the women.
Below is the 5 days program for you. The program is run based on private arrangement, not a group departure, and can be run at any time of the year. What we need is the confirmation from you.
Special Travel Permit
Surat Jalan is part of the service we provide for you. We need about 2 working days to arrange the travel permit. To make the special travel permit, we need you to provide the following materials
1. passport copy
3. Visa Copy (Russian citizen can gain the visa on arrival)
You can either send us the material number 1 and 2, then number 3 can be given to us upon your arrival in Indonesia. You can give us in Bali or in Jakarta, we have offices there.
BALIEM VALLEY EXCURSION
Duration : 5 days / 4 nights
Grade : moderate
Start / end : Jayapura airport / Jayapura airport
Description day to day itinerary
DAY 01 : JAYAPURA arrival – WAMENA (L)
Arrivals in the morning at Jayapura airport, meeting service then fly by Trigana within 40 minutes to Wamena. Upon arrival at Wamena, proceed to Pasar Baru at Jibama market. There is a place where locals show local / tribal art for sale. Among them are the Koteka, grass skirt, arrow, arch, spear, stone axe, and stones with fossil in it, etc. Lunch at local restaurant. Then we drive up to the Napua hill & Sinatma village, from where you can have a nice view over the huge valley of Baliem. the town of Wamena looks like sit on the bottom of the huge valley. From here, we continue to Wesaput village to see the hanging bridge and the surrounding settlement.
Back to hotel Baliem Pilamo, stay at Deluxe room.
DAY 02 : TREKKING ALONG BALIEM RIVER / Sogokmo – Kurima – Wamena (B,L-Box)
After having breakfast, you will be transferred by car within 35 minutes to Sogokmo in the South of Baliem valley. Then start to have a day trek for about 4-5 hours to several Dani villages on South Baliem. First we will walk to Kurima, where we will pass a beautiful suspension bridge over the huge Baliem River. From here, we proceed to Seinma Village then to Simega. Lunch box provided. We will walk around the local farmland as well as local compounds nearby. The scenery is very beautiful here. After the exploration here, we walk down to Ulisi and finally to Sogokmo. Again, we cross Baliem river here. We supposed to arrive at Wamena late in the afternoon.
Back to hotel Baliem Pilamo, stay at Deluxe room.
DAY 03: WAMENA – OBIA (Pig feast & dance) – WAMENA (B,L-box)
After breakfast, drive 40 minutes to Obia Village. Obia is one of the Dani village which is still preserved their old way of life, penis gourd, grass skirt, and round-shaped house (honai). Here, we will held pig feast and war dance. These 2 attractions allow you to have an insight view of the prehistoric age culture. In the past, any kind of problem can erupt a big war between tribes. It can be women, land possession, pig, etc. A war usually ends temporary until one party get loose. Today they will show us how the tribal war looks like. All adult men will come to the battlefield with their body ornaments. Spear, arrow, bone knifes are taken by them. After the war end, they will kill a pig and cooked together. Another interesting attraction of the Dani tribe is that they cook the pork together with some sweet potatoes, grass, and vegetables on the hot stones. Almost no ingredients added. This cooking can take about 3 hours or so. We can also see a 250 years old mummy at one of the old houses here. Then climb Mt. Mili, about 2 hours away. There is a salt water resource on the ravine between 2 high hills. The local Dani come to this site to get salt. In the afternoon, back to the Afternoon return to hotel.
Stay at Baliem Pilamo, Deluxe room.
DAY 04 : WAMENA – JAYAPURA (B,L)
Fly back to Jayaupra by Trigana Air at 09.30 – 10.10. Then we have another trip in Jayapura today. Included to our program : Mac Arthur World War II monument and Sentani lake. First, we visit the Monument, then ride the small motorized wooden boat to cross the lake. There are 2 villages we can visit, first is the village of Ayapo, on the mainland across the lake, about 20 minutes to the south, then to Asei village, about 10 minutes on the center of the lake. There are about 90 families living on the stilt house on this village, most of them are fishermen, and in spare time, they make handicrafts. In Ayapo small island, there are about 32 families, also fishermen as well as making handicrafts. Lunch at the restaurant on the lake side while enjoying the peaceful surrounding area. Then proceed to Cendrawasih Museum and Hamadi art market.
Stay at Aston hotel, Deluxe room.
DAY 05 : JAYAPURA – DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to next destinations.
- All land transfers
- Stay at hotel in twin share basis
- Meals as per program
- English speaking guide
- Special travel permit to Irian Jaya
- 1 x war dance and pig feast in Baliem
- Wooden boat to Sentani Lake
- Donation to the local village
- Travel Insurance
- Any airfares
- Airport taxes and extra baggage charges
- Airports and hotels porters
- Personal Expenses such as phone calls, laundry, beverages etc.
- All expenses incurred due to the flight cancellations or due other causes beyond our control.
This package excluded expenses incurred due to the causes beyond our control (force majeur). Expenses also incurred due to the flight cancellations or delays are not covered by Adventure Indonesia. Adventure Indonesia will assist in the rescheduling of all flights & organizing suitable accommodations, transport, etc. but ALL COSTS are to be covered by yourselves if the circumstances occur.
Local airfares :
Jakarta – Jayapura or by Garuda : Start from USD 250 / Per Person / Per Way
Jayapura – Wamena : USD 200/RETURN
Notes : This air fare and flight schedule is subject to change with or without prior notice base on the airline authority and availability of the seat at the time of reservation when we make official reservation
HOTEL PLAN :
Wamena : Baliem Pilamo or Mas Budi, or Nayak, non star, no AC
Jayapura : Aston Hotel or similar hotel available