Secret Valleys of New Guinea

Start: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Finish: Denpasar, Bali

Visiting: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia


Duration: 13 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: ZAG

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 7 - 14

Age range: 17 to

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $14979

Tour Overview

We traverse “the land of the unexpected” from the spectacular lowland rainforests on the coastal plains to 15,000-foot-high peaks our tour of the world’s second largest island, New Guinea. The island is divided in half between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Explore the fascinating villages along the Karawari River; the spectacular flora, fauna, and unique culture of the highlands in Rondon Ridge; meet the diverse tribes from the highlands of Wamena, and the Baliem valley during the Baliem Valley Cultural festival. We’ll do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

Highlights

  • iconTake nature walks to search for unique flora and fauna, including parrots, birds of paradise, flightless cassowaries, and nearly 2,700 species of orchids.
  • iconTravel to remote areas where you will stay in comfortable lodges with fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness.
  • iconCruise along the Karawari River to view crocodiles basking on the banks and locals paddling their slender dugout canoes with long, curved oars.
  • iconAttend the Beliem Valley Culture Festival and meet the Dani people—known for their costumes using feathers, orchid-fibre fabrics, and boar tusks—and witness a mock battle and re-enactments of traditional ceremonies.

Places You'll See

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Arrive in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Meals: dinner

Arrive in Port Moresby on July 30, and transfer to the /Airways Hotel /for dinner and overnight. *Accommodation*: Airways Hotel

icon Day 2 : Board our group flight to the Sepik River area, via Mount Hagen.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, board our group flight to the Sepik River area, via Mount Hagen. Transfer to /Karawari Lodge/—named for the nearby river—your base for exploring the fascinating culture along the jungle-fringed waterways. The main lodge building, designed after the traditional /haus tambaran/—ancestral worship house—is decorated with artifacts and boldly carved furniture, and includes a dining room, library, lounge, and a long veranda overlooking the Karawari River.  *Accommodation*: Karawari Lodge

icon Day 3 -4 : Explore ‘Arambak’ country, one of the most remote and unspoiled areas of Papua New Guinea.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Spend two days exploring ‘Arambak’ country, one of the most remote and unspoiled areas of Papua New Guinea. Board small boats to explore along the Karawari River, where crocodiles bask on the banks, and you may see locals paddling their dugout canoes with long, curved oars. You have several opportunities to observe village life and customs, participate in daily activities, and see reenactments of traditional ceremonies. Search for several species of birds of paradise and the beautiful Sepik blue orchid, found along the forest trails surrounding the lodge. *Accommodation*: Karawari Lodge

icon Day 5 : Board our charter flight to Mount Hagen.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Board our charter flight to Mount Hagen and, upon arrival, transfer to /Rondon Ridge Lodge/. Each room features a bird’s-eye view of paradise, overlooking the Wahgi Valley. Spend the afternoon exploring the lodge’s vast network of forest trails. *Accommodation*: Rondon Ridge Lodge

icon Day 6 -7 : At 7,100 feet above sea level, Rondon offers pristine highlands rainforest. Over 180 species of birds have been recorded here, including 10 species of birds of paradise.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Located at 7,100 feet above sea level, Rondon offers pristine highlands rainforest. Over 180 species of birds have been recorded here, including 10 species of birds of paradise. A highlight of your time here is the chance to meet and interact with the Melpa people. Though first contact with the Melpa was made in 1934, in many ways, their lifestyle remains relatively unchanged. Among the world’s first horticulturists, learn about the important industries of gardening and sweet potato cultivation.  *Accommodation*: Rondon Ridge Lodge

icon Day 8 : Bid farewell to Rondon.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Bid farewell to Rondon, and transfer to Mount Hagen for our flight to Port Moresby. Check in to the /Airways Hotel /with the rest of the day a leisure.  *Accommodation*: Airways Hotel

icon Day 9 : After breakfast, board our flight to Vanimo.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, board our flight to Vanimo, then embark on a scenic drive, crossing the border of West Papua and Papua. Arrive in Jayapura and check in to the /Swiss-Belhotel Papua /for dinner and overnight. *Accommodation*: Swiss-Belhotel Papua

icon Day 10 : After breakfast, board our short flight to Wamena, the largest town in Indonesia’s West Papua highlands.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, board our short flight to Wamena, the largest town in Indonesia’s West Papua highlands. Enjoy lunch before visiting the colorful Wamena market. Check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Standard Hotel

icon Day 11 -12 : Spend two full days exploring in and around the stunning Jayawijaya Mountains and magical Baliem Valley.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Spend two full days exploring in and around the stunning Jayawijaya Mountains and magical Baliem Valley. The lush terrain is punctuated with swift rivers, the colorful blooms of orchids, and the purple haze of cultivated sweet potato fields. This region is home to the indigenous Dani and Lani tribal people—isolated by 8,000 foot peaks, most of the 5,000-foot-high valley remains as untouched as it was on the day that American explorer Richard Archbold stumbled upon it in 1938. The people here live in palm-shaded, round hut village compounds that have changed little over the millennia. Known for their unique personal decoration, which sometimes includes boar tusks through their noses and headdresses made of bird feathers, the most famous of these adornments is the /koteka/, traditional penis gourds worn by the elder tribal men. The Dani tribe inhabits one of the most fertile areas in West Papua and constant war with neighboring tribes earned them a fearsome reputation as prolific headhunters. During the annual Baliem Valley Culture Festival, enjoy a traditional pig feast, watch a mock battle, energetic dance performances, and several competitions, such as archery and spear throwing. You’ll also have an opportunity to see the 250-year-old mummy at Jiwika, and visit traditional villages where you’ll have the opportunity to experience the daily lives of the Dani people, visit their straw-capped homes, and see their lush gardens. Accommodation: Standard Hotel

icon Day 13 : After breakfast, board our flight to Jayapura.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, board our flight to Jayapura. Check in to the /Swiss-Belhotel Papua/for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, attend a festive cocktail party followed by a farewell dinner.  *Accommodation*: Swiss-Belhotel Papua

icon Day 14 : Today, board your flight to Bali.

Meals: breakfast

Today, board your flight to Bali. Connect with your independent homeward flight. Tour ends here.

What's Included

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    Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

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    Flights within the itinerary

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    All accommodations

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    Arrival and departure transfers on group dates

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    All excursions in the company of a world-class expedition leader and local guides

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    All gratuities

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    All entrance fees

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    All group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner

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    Meals

    10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners.

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    Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear

What's Not Included

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    Excess baggage charges

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    Airport arrival and departure taxes

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    Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges

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    Passport and/or visa fees

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    Round trip airfare from your city/Port Moresby Jayapura/Denpasar/home city

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    Travel insurance

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    Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals

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    Transfers for independent arrivals and departures

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


Dates & Availability

Friday Jul 30, 2021

Nights

13

Available

8

$14978.78