Secret Valleys of New Guinea

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$12,990 USD
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Culture
Suitable for:
Age 17+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
ZAG
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Group size:
7–14
Min age:
17

Unparalleled culture and wildlife encounters await you on the easternmost island of the Indonesian archipelago

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

  • Cruise along the Karawari River to view crocodiles basking on the banks and locals paddling their slender dugout canoes with long, curved oars.
  • Attend 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.
  • Take nature walks to search for unique flora and fauna, including parrots, birds of paradise, flightless cassowaries, and nearly 2,700 species of orchids.
  • Travel to remote areas where you will stay in comfortable lodges with fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness.

What's included

  • Flights within the itinerary
  • All excursions in the company of a world-class expedition leader and local guides
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • All group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare from your city/Port Moresby Jayapura/Denpasar/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
to
Denpasar, Bali
  • Day 1

    PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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

    Accommodation: Airways Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    PORT MORESBY / MOUNT HAGEN / KARAWARI

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 3-4

    KARAWARI

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    KARAWARI / MOUNT HAGEN / RONDON RIDGE

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 6-7

    RONDON RIDGE

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    RONDON RIDGE / MOUNT HAGEN / PORT MORESBY

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    PORT MORESBY / VANIMO / JAYAPURA, PAPUA, INDONESIA

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    JAYAPURA / WAMENA (BALIEM VALLEY)

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 11-12

    WAMENA (BALIEM VALLEY)

    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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    WAMENA / JAYAPURA

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

    Accommodation: Swiss-Belhotel Papua

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    JAYAPURA / DENPASAR, BALI

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

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Papua New Guinea

All visitors to PNG including tourists are required to have a visa to enter. Currently a 30-day tourist visa is available upon arrival for UK nationals at Port Moresby's Jackson's International Airport. This visa is non-extendable and the fee is currently PGK25. To be granted a visa on arrival you will need a valid passport, proof of sufficient funds for your stay, an onward airline ticket with confirmed bookings and PGK25 in cash. Alternatively, you may arrange your visa prior to leaving your home country with the nearest PNG Embassy.

Indonesia

Many nationalities, including British, can now get a visa free of charge upon arrival at Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Batam, Bali and Yogyakarta. Where a free visa is not available the cost is generally US$35. The Indonesian government may change the visa policy on short notice and start charging for the visas so be prepared to pay for a visa in case this happens.

Vaccinations

Papua New Guinea

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip. Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Tetanus,
Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.
Malaria prophylaxis is essential on this trip, and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Indonesia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis should be considered if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, parts of Sumatra, Kalimatan or Sulawesi but not for Java, Bali or Lombok. 

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrham Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This expedition requires a moderate level of exertion. To best enjoy your experiences in New Guinea, you should be in good physical condition and be able to participate on nature hikes of one to five miles over rough or uneven trails. There will be opportunities for hikes of varied lengths. The weather in the highlands is notoriously changeable and can be quite cool in the evening. Be prepared for strong sun, and rain should be expected at any time. By packing clothing that can be layered you can ensure you will be prepared for the various conditions you may encounter on any given day.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Premium Lodges & Hotels

It is Zegrahm's policy to always use premium quality accommodations, when available, in the regions we visit. Since each destination is different, lodging can range from elegant hotels in cities to rustic inns in more remote areas. You will receive specific accommodation details closer to the time of departure.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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