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Drifting On A Headwind

By Jim Harlan

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Experts in travel to remote corners of the world

Irian Jaya – Baliem Valley Adventure Tour

> Asia >> Indonesia

Featuring: Indonesia’s most primitive island, Irian Jaya is found on the western portion of the island of New Guinea.

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This is a land of coastal swamps, Neolithic tribes, river valleys and glacial peaks. Hidden in the highland valleys, ancient cultures were discovered here in the earlier part of the 20th century.

The Baliem valley is home to the ferocious- looking yet friendly Dani tribesmen. These men are clad only in body paint, feather headdresses and the “koteka” or penis gourd. There are other unique isolated tribes in Irian Jaya, such as the Yali or Asmat. This distant land is one of the world’s last frontiers and thus a major attraction for adventure seekers.

Length: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Itinerary Highlights:

Upon your arrival at Sentani Airport in Jayapura, your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel, where dinner will be provided.

After an early breakfast, you will catch your flight to Wamena. Upon arrival you will visit the Nayak Market to sight see and lunch at a local restaurant. From there you will travel by car to Wosolimo where you will embark on a 3 hour walk to the village of Bugi, a traditional Dani compound, and have a chance to experience their unique way of life. You will then proceed to Wolo for a night’s rest in a local’s simple hut. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Continue your adventure with your guide on a 2-3 hour walk to explore the surrounding region. You will then arrive at the Iluga Village to visit the Dani people, enjoy lunch and dinner, and overnight in one of the Dani huts.

After breakfast you will experience the communal life of the Dani tribesmen. You will then return on foot with your guide through Wolo and Bugi, making your way back to Wosilimo, where you will overnight in one of the Dani huts. All meals are provided throughout the day.

After breakfast, you will visit the village of Sumpaima, to see the petrified mummy that was once an ancient chief of the village, and then continue on to Kontilola Cave and climb amongst its stalagmites and stalactites. Then spend a couple hours climbing Mili Mountain where you’ll see Dani women mine salt in traditional fashion. Your hunger will be appeased in Dugum or Suroba where you’ll take part in a tribal pig feast, before returning to your hotel that evening.

After breakfast you will catch your flight from Wamena to Jayapura, where you will spend the day touring the city, visiting a crocodile farm and enjoying the Cendrawasih Museum. If time permits, you can rejuvenate yourself with an afternoon swim at Base G.

After breakfast you will transfer to the Sentani airport for your departing flight.

The above is a sample itinerary. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.


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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.