Tours & packages

Culture tours in the Baliem Valley

On this trip in Papua you go on a hike in the authentic south of the Baliem Valley. You also attend a traditional pig festival, which is by far the most amazing experience of a trip to New Guinea.

Same program as for the 5 days/4 nights.

Additionally, you visit an ancient salt spring and see the famous mummy of Jiwika.

Same program as for the 6 days/5 nights.

Additionally, you go on an excursion to Indonesia's highest altitude lake, Lake Habbema.

Same program as for the 7 days/6 nights.

Additionally, you visit marketplaces and other sights in and around Wamena.

List of excursions around the Resort

Tour 1: Visit of the surrounding Dani villages and local market

Today, we visit a large local market near Wamena. Every day hundreds of Dani tribesmen gather here to sell their products, especially traditional handicrafts such as stone axes, grass fiber nets, bows and arrows. For lunch, we enjoy a picnic by the river surrounded by a beautiful landscape. From there, we drive to a traditional suspension bridge which is the starting point of our short walk to a nearby Dani hamlet. We spend some time with the villagers before returning to The Baliem Valley Resort.

Transportation: 4 hours of drive. 1 hour of walking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. 

Tour 2: Hike to a Dani salt water spring and visit of the famous Jiwika Mummy

Today we drive to the village of Jiwika where we meet local Dani women of the Dugum clan who escort us to their salt water spring. Together, we hike through a fairy-tale mountain rainforest to reach the hidden spring. Up there, they show us the old techniques of salt gathering. Then we all enjoy a picnic before hiking down to the village and admire the 300 years old mummy of the clan. Seated in the men’s house, it is still decorated with its godeka and hair ornaments. It is a popular place because such mummies are very rare and usually difficult to see. Return to the Resort in the afternoon.

Transportation: 2 hours of drive.  2 to 3 hours mountain hiking (+1000m). Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort.

Tour 3: Traditional pig festival, an unforgettable experience 💛

Today is a very special day! After breakfast, we get ready to participate in a pig feast which takes place in a traditional Dani village. Many decorated people from the Dani tribe take part in the festival. Such pig feasts with hot stones and earth pits are probably the most interesting part of a trip to New Guinea. It is difficult to describe what exactly is so unique about these festivals because there is just too much happening at once. You have to see and experience it yourself.  For lunch, there is a picnic but you can also eat the food from the traditional earth pit if you like. The freshly cooked pork and sweet potatoes are delicious! In the late afternoon, we return to the Resort.

The pig festival takes place in changing villages. Precise information on travel times cannot be provided. 1 hour walking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort.

Tour 4: Excursion to Lake Habema, the highest lake in all of Indonesia

After an early breakfast, we drive to Lake Habema. The savannah-like landscape of the Baliem Valley gives way to fantastic mountain rainforests with monstrous tree ferns and screw pines, covered with moss, lichens and climbing plants. At 3.200 metres, Lake Habema is located on a large high moor, surrounded by enchanting meadows full of dwarf cypresses, rhododendrons and many species of orchids. A very unique flora! The lake is historically of certain importance, as the first explorers used it to land with seaplanes and then trek towards the Baliem Valley. We enjoy a picnic by the lake and if the sun is shining, we have a spectacular view over the Trikora mountain summit. Then, we go for a walk along the lake and you can even go for a cold swim! We are back to the Resort in the afternoon.

Transportation: 5 hours of drive. 1-2 hours walking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort. 

Tour 5: Easy hike to the Sekan mountain and through remote Dani villages

In the morning, we set off on a one-hour hike to the summit of the nearby Sekan mountain range. The summit region is characterised by giant slabs of rock. From here, we have spectacular views of the southern Baliem Valley, the Siepkosi Valley and the Resort complex. We return to the resort through wonderful vegetation including many different flowers, orchids, carnivorous plants, moss, lichen, tree ferns and screw pines. After lunch in the Resort restaurant, we take an easy hike nearby, walking through a few isolated Dani homesteads and traditionally cultivated gardens. Along the path, we enjoy wonderful views of the neighbouring valleys. We are back at the Resort in late afternoon.

3- 4 hours hiking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort.

Tour 6: Easy hiking in the southern Baliem Valley and encounter with the Dani people

Today we visit the southern Baliem Valley. We start our easy hike in the village of Sogogmo and we follow the mighty Baliem River. We cross suspension bridges, walk through Dani settlements, meet the locals and see them working in their terraced fields and wild sugar cane groves. For lunch, we enjoy a picnic with a magnificent view over the river and the narrow valley. We walk back on the other side of the river, passing more Dani fields and settlements, before we meet our driver again. In the late afternoon we are back at the Resort.

Transportation: 2 hours of drive. 4 hours hiking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort.

Tour 7: Easy hike to the populated Pugima Valley

In the morning, we drive to the Siepkosi church. From here, we start an easy hike to the Pugima Valley. On the way there we pass the site where the Yuan River comes to the surface in a large cave full of stalactites and stalagmites. The fertile Pugima Valley is densely populated with large gardens and fields cultivated by the highland Papuans. Around noon, we reach the Baliem River in the Wesaput region where we have our outdoor picnic. We walk back to our car, crossing another suspension bridge and Dani settlements. We are back to The Baliem Valley Resort in the afternoon.

Transportation: 2 hours of drive. 2-3 hours walking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort.

Tour 8: The impressive Kotilola cave and the Meagaima mummy

After breakfast, we drive to the famous Kotilola Cave with its gigantic stalactites and stalagmites. The cave has collapsed in some places, which favors lush vegetation. We then drive to the village of Uwosilomo to visit its local market. We continue high into the mountains to the Pass Valley. The road is lined with dense mountain rainforest and fantastic vegetation. We find a suitable place for our picnic. After lunch, we take a short walk to see the extraordinary flora and fauna. And on the way back, we take a short detour to Meagaima village where we can see the mummy of a tribal chief. To reach this hidden village we have to walk for a bit. In the late afternoon we return to the Resort.

Transportation: 4-5 hours of drive. 1 hour walking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort.

Tour 9: Visit of the western part of the Baliem Valley

In the morning, we drive to the western side of the Baliem Valley and we stop by the big indigenous market of Wamena. The landscape in the west is very different from the eastern side. It is dominated by expansive grassland landscapes and we occasionally pass tall acacia forest. During this sightseeing tour, we also visit the bigger market towns of Elagaima and Kimbim. Depending on the weather and the state of the road, we take a trip to the cone-shaped Magi Mountain in the Pyramid region where we can enjoy a stunning view of the western part of the Baliem River. We find a place to have our picnic for lunch. Then, we take a leisurely drive back to The Baliem Valley Resort.

Transportation: 4-5 hours of drive. 1 hour walking. Guide included. Accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort.

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