Baliem Valley and Asmat Tribe Tour Package

Trip Highlights

  • Jiwika and The Old Mummy
  • Agat
  • Syuru Village
  • Asmat Tribe village
  • Asmat Ceremony
  • Timika

Descriptions

The largest mountain in West Papua is Puncak Jaya, 4884m, part of the Sudirman Mountain Range. Puncak Jaya, meaning victory peak is listed as number 5 of the 7 summits mountain climbers want to climb. It is also regarded as the most difficult.

Baliem Valley is home for Dani tribe located in Jaya Wijaya District, Papua Province. This valley is one of the famous tourist attractions up to foreign tourists. Baliem valley where the Dani inhabit almost the entire region, don’t be surprised if among them are still using the ancient clothing, using only koteka or Sali to cover their genitals.

Additionally, one thing that makes Baliem valley so interesting is Baliem Valley Festival which was held on the day Indonesia’s independence on 17 August.

Long ago, before there Baliem Valley Festival, the tribes around Baliem like Dani, Lani, and Yali frequent inter-tribal wars. For the third tribe, the war has been going on from generation to generation and not just power struggle, inter-tribal wars are considered as symbols of fertility and prosperity, trusted even if not the war the harvest and pigs can fail. What a weird!!

Baliem valley festival held by the government is also demonstrating that tribal wars. Don’t worry, now they’re not a real war anymore. Every August is not only the above three tribes that participated, but almost all the tribes who lived in Jaya Wijaya District and surrounding areas. They use traditional attire complete with face painting and carrying weapons of war such as spears, arrows and even machetes. Another attraction is the worthy witnessed is Pikon performances, traditional instrument of Papua. The songs are accompanied by Pikon usually talk about human life.

If in Madurese have bull race ceremony (karapan sapi), in Baliem velley there is pig race ceremony. Surely, this attraction is interesting to behold.

The trip package are fully organized combination of adventure, leisure, ecotourism, and safety. We organized the trip for individual and at small group maximum of 10 persons to maximize service and safety for all participants.

Tour Duration: 08 Days / 07 Nights
Start / Finish: Jayapura airport & Timika Airport
Grade: Moderate

Trip Itinerary

DAY 01: JAYAPURA ARRIVAL – CONNECTING TO WAMENA (L,D)
Arrive at Sentani airport of Jayapura, meeting service then take the second flight to Wamena, on arrival check-in to hotel then drive to Jiwika village in the north of Baliem Valley. Arrive in Jiwika we will see the old mummy, afterward we are going to enjoy the Dani pig feast and Mock war and Dance at Anemoigi village. Lunch will have in the village with sweet potatoes and grill pig. Late afternoon back to Wamena and stop at a traditional local market in Wamena. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 02: WAMENA – EWER – AGATS (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel, on its time transfer to Wamena airport to catch the charter flight, (Ewer is the name of airstrip in Asmat region) from Ewer by motorized canoe about 30 minutes to Agats (main town of Asmat regency). Upon arrival then check-in at local accommodation, after lunch walk to Syuru village, Asmat museum and Asmat foundation. Afternoon back to Losmen for dinner and overnight stay

DAY 03: AGATS – BERITEN (B,L,D)
Breakfast at losmen, and then together with our cook and helpers on board the motorized canoe for about 3 hours to Beriten village. Lunch will have at a long house in Beriten, afternoon rowing with the Asmat tribe paddle up river to see the wild life in jungle and late afternoon back to the village for dinner and overnight stay at long house

DAY 04: BERITEN – OMANDESEP (B.L,D)
After breakfast, prepare our stuffs for leaving then heading Omandesep for 3 hours by motorized canoe ride thru the ocean, will pass 2 big rivers and afterward arrive at the village walk to the long house for check-in and then as usual when the guest is arrive the Asmat people will welcome the guest by direct the guest to their long house. After lunch paddle or walk in to the swampy jungle with the Asmat people to see them processing sago (sago is the main food in Asmat). The process to make pure Sago can be one day and some of the locals also take the sago worm for protein. You will have the chance to taste the local food. Late afternoon walk or paddling back to the village for dinner and overnight.

DAY 05: OMANDESEP FULLDAY CEREMONY (B,L,D)
Stay at village to learn more about the Asmat culture. After breakfast you may see and enjoy the Asmat ceremonies such as dancing, canoes racing, Mbis pole (Mbis is considered to have such supra-natural power to protect their family). Lunch served by your cook. Afternoon by motorized canoe to see another Asmat villages or join the local people how to catch the shrimps and fishes, dinner and overnight at local house or school.

DAY 06: OMANDESEP – AGATS (B,L,D)
After get the local arts from Asmat people, proceed by motorized canoe to Agats. Lunch serve on boat. Arrive at Agats and you may walk around the town of Agats. Dinner & overnight at Asmat Inn of Agats / Padaelo Inn.

DAY 07 : AGATS – TIMIKA (B,L,D)
Early in the morning by motorized canoe to Ewer airport for the flight back to Timika, upon arrival check in to hotel, after lunch walk to traditional market to see people selling their things, late in the afternoon back hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 08 : TIMIKA – DEPARTURE (B)
After having breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for your next destinations

What to Carry During The Trekking
  • Backpack /day backpack
  • Rain clothes
  • Long pants, shorts
  • T-shirts, shirts
  • Underwear, socks
  • Comfortable trekking boots, good socks for the trekking.
  • Sunscreen, hat to protect from the sun
  • Personal medicine
  • Swimsuit
  • Passport
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Camera
What’s Included
  • Medical Kit
  • Comfortable Well located Accommodation area
  • Expert Bilingual Local Guide
  • Entrance fee, Donation
  • Meals as stated on the Trip Itinerary
  • Private air conditioned vehicle / Non AC
  • Motorise Canoe

What’s not Included

  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, postage, alcoholic beverages, etc
  • Meals before and after trip
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Visa fee
  • Departure Taxes
  • Tips and Gratitude