Baliem Valley Festival / Habema Lake / Obia Village /
Baliem Valley Festival / Habema Lake / Obia Village /
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.
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.
ANCIENT TRIBE’S MOCK WAR EXPERIENCE
By attending the massive Baliem Valley Festival, visitors will have a rare chance to learn and experience firsthand the different traditions of each tribe participating in the Festival without having to make the difficult trek to their compounds deep in the hinterland of West Papua. During the festival, have your camera ready. Very often you will come across unique moments that you never want to miss.
A number among the more than a thousand war participants, do want to keep abreast with the outside world, so they adorn themselves with local regalia, while sporting flashy sunglasses: a personal ad of a trendy look meeting age-old tradition. Ask them politely to pose for you. It’s an unusual anachronism not to be missed. All you need to do during the festival is just observe and enjoy the mock war. The longer it gets, the nearer the spears and arrows get to hit the opponents. The closer the miss, the louder the roar from the hundreds of spectators. They have participated in these battles every year so that participants do get better each year.
After the Festival, visitors can go sightseeing to the Dani Market in Wamena, and visit the traditional villages that can be reached by car from Wamena. And also see a 250 year-old mummified village chief, or, after a 2-hour climb, see the salt springs, where Dani women have, for centuries, made salt in a simple manner.
This is the one occasion when all the diverse tribes from the highlands of Wamena and the Baliem Valley such as the Dani, Lani, and the Yali congregate to celebrate their annual festival. This year the festival will be centered in the district of Jayawijaya.
Learn the way of life of the Papuan. The traditions that still well-preserved and the people. 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.
Pampered your eyes with the almost untouched lush green of Wamena along the way to the festival venue. The hills surrounding the area are so unreal and definitely will leave us with such calming moments.
DAY 1: Jayapura – Wamena (L,D)
Arrive in Jayapura at 7 am and continue by taking another domestic flight to Wamena at 10.40.am. Flight from Jayapura to Wamena takes about an hour. Upon arrival in Wamena, you will be dropped at the hotel for check-in. Rest and relax for a while before heading to Baliem Valley Resort for sunset.
Dinner will be at the local restaurant. Back to hotel and free time after that.
DAY 2: Wamena – Lake Habema (B, L, D)
After breakfast, get ready to go to Lake Habema, the highest lake in Indonesia. The journey will take about 3 to 4 hours and if time permits, you will also go to Batas Batu and waterfall.
DAY 3: Wamena – Village (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will visit one of the villages, Obia Village, to see the tradition of stone burning by Dani Tribe, traditional dance and also learn about their way of life – make fire without matches, the process of making holes, and how they cook.
DAY 4: Wamena – Full Day Baliem Valley Festival (B, L, D)
After breakfast, get ready to enjoy the Baliem Valley Festival. You will spend your whole day here to watch the performances, the mock war performed by the tribes, and many more.
DAY 5: Wamena – Jayapura (B)
After breakfast, check out and you will be dropped off at Wamena Airport to catch your flight back to Jayapura at 6 am.
• Return flight Jayapura–Wamena–Jayapura (check-in luggage 10kg)
• Airport transport from and to hotel (Wamena)
• Transportation in Wamena
• 4 nights accommodation (twin-sharing, standard accommodation)
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• Traveling permit arrangements, all attractions and entrance fees
• English-speaking local Guide
• Flight to and from the meeting point
• Visa on Arrival (if applicable)
• Optional tours which are not stated in the itinerary
• Extra luggage
• Personal expenses
• Additional tipping (for guides & driver)
• Travel insurance
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The above departure and return information are tentative and it will be confirmed at the time of reservation.
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