[5D4N] Baliem Valley Festival 2017
• Baliem Valley Festival
• Jiwika Village
• Obia Village
Sentani International Airport
Not available on other dates.
High up in the mountains of central Papua at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, hemmed in by steep green mountain walls, lies the stunningly beautiful Baliem valley, home of the Dani tribe.
Baliem valley is 72 km. long, and 15 km to 31 km wide in places. It is cut by the Baliem river, which has its source in the northern Trikora mountain, cascading into the Grand Valley, to meander down and further rushing south dropping 1,500 meters to become a large muddy river that slowly empties into the Arafura Sea.
The first outsider to discover the valley was American Richard Archbold, who, on 23 June 1938 from his seaplane, suddenly sighted this awesome valley dotted with neat terraced green fields of sweet potatoes, set among craggy mountain peaks. This is Indonesia’s own Shangri-La.
Only recently emerged from the Stone Age, the Dani are known as the “gentle warriors”. With their simple tools of stone and bone, they nonetheless, managed to sculpt green fields that hug the hills, where they grow root crops, and raise pigs. They have also built outposts and lookout towers to defend their valley from hostile tribes.
Because of the fertile soil and their agricultural skills, the Dani together with the sub-tribes of the Yali and the Lani, are, therefore, the most populous in Papua, living scattered in small communities near their gardens among the steep mountain slopes. Today, they also cultivate bananas, taro and yams, ginger, tobacco and cucumbers.
The men’s and women’s huts (locally called the honai) have thick thatched roofs, which keep the huts cool during the day and warm during the cold nights.
DAY 1: Jayapura – Wamena (L,D)
Flight: Jayapura – Wamena IW1633 10:40 -11:40
Arrive Jayapura and then go to Wamena by plane (1 hour flight). Reach Wamena, go to lunch and check-in to hotel. Rest and free time.
DAY 2 : Baliem Valley Festival (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will get to the location of Baliem Valley Festival. The journey takes about 1.5 hours or maybe faster. Along the way, we will stop by at scenic spot or locations with interesting object to take pictures. Reach the location of festival. Full day Baliem Valley Festival. Lunch will be at the venue. We will return to our hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner, rest and free time.
DAY 3: Obia Village – Baliem Valley Festival (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will go to the location of Baliem Valley Festival to see attractions performed by the tribes. Half day on the Baliem Valley Festival. Around noon time, after lunch, we will go to one of the villages on the mountain to watch the burn stone tradition by Dani Tribe. The procession of this event will last for approximately 4 hours. The show will begin with a mock war between tribes, dance, light up fire without matches. Then continue by the process of making holes and burning stone (private session). Dinner, back to hotel. Rest and free time.
DAY 4 : Jiwika – Baliem Valley Festival (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will start our activity by going to the north valley. The journey takes about 40 minutes to Jiwika Village. We will have time to walk around the traditional villages of Sompaima, Anemaugi, and also see the preserved mummy of the former Dani leader of Wimotok Mabel. Then, we will head to the location of the Baliem Valley Festival. Lunch will be along the way or at the venue. Today will be the last day of the Baliem Valley Festival. Go back to hotel, dinner and free time.
DAY 5 : Jiwika – Baliem Valley Festival (B,L,D)
Flight: Wamena – Jayapura IW1630 06:15 – 07:00
After breakfast, get ready to check out and go back to Jayapura.
• Domestic Flight
Return flight from Jayapura–Wamena with 10 kg luggage check-in by Lion Air or Trigana Air.
• 4 nights accommodation
4 nights accommodation in Wamena
• Transportation for the whole trip
• Meals as stated on the itinerary
• Tribal private session at Obia Village
• All necessary permits and administrative requirements
• Local Guide
• Transportation from your city to the meeting point
• Visa on Arrival (if applicable)
• Optional tours which are not stated on the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Gratuity for guides
• Travel Insurance
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