The Dani tribe is a tribe that inhabits a region of the Baliem Valley that has been known for hundreds of years as a tribe that has skilled farmer and has used complex tools such as used stone axes, knives made from animal bones, bamboo and also spears made using well-known quarry that is very strong and heavy.
Meanwhile, the Dani tribe still wears a ” koteka ” (male genital cover) made of pumpkin and women wear wah clothes from grass/fibers and live in “honai-honai” (hay-roofed huts). They still also conduct major and religious ceremonies, though mock tribal wars are still carried out while not as great as before.
BALIEM VALLEY: Sample Package Tour
TOUR CODE : IGA – 508
DAY 01 : JAYAPURA ARRIVAL – CONNECT TO WAMENA
On arrived at Sentani airport of Jayapura then the Guide will pick them up and directly check in to Trigana air counter with 3nd flight which Departure at 11 O’clock. for flying with Trigana air in 45 minutes to Wamena. On arrival at Wamena airport, short transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is FREE PROGRAM : Lunch and Dinner by clients account overnight stay at Baliem Pilamo hotel.
DAY 02: WAMENA – KURIMA – KILISE (B,L,D)
After breakfast, then drive in 40 minutes to Sogokmo with your guide, porters and cook, the starting point of the trekking to Kurima, sub District of the tribe on level terrain then continue climbing the Hesegem hill on the direction of Kilise. Along the trails, you will meet local people in their activities and yet the scenery is very beautiful around. Lunch served en-route. Afternoon you may explore the traditional villages and learn about the people way of life. Dinner and stay at local guest house of Kilise. (Walk approx. 4 hours). We will set up the tent inside of Local house.
DAY 03: KILISE – IBIROMA – WAMEREK (B,L,D)
After breakfast, proceed to Wamerek village by passing Ibiroma village. Today’s walk is a little harder with narrow and slippery paths up down of the hills with about 1.800 meters of elevation. But you may also enjoying the nature’s beauty, and along the trail you will meet local people with friendly smile in their traditional clothes. Lunch will be ser at the edge of Tangma river and you can clean your body while the cook preparing the food. After lunch we continue to Wamerek within 30 minutes, dinner and overnight stay at a teacher’s house or school. Tents will be settled up (Walk Approx. 5 hours)
DAY 04: WAMEREK – WESAGALEP (B,L,D)
The next morning after breakfast continue trekking to Wesagalep village for about 6 hours. You are proceeding to cross suspension hanging bridge over Baliem river, to cross this bridge you have to pay more attention because the bridge is already old. Lunch will be served at a small waterfall and you may refresh yourself in the water. The way to Wesagalep village from the river is going up the hill and you again can see the gorgeous scenery from the other side. Dinner and overnight at school of Wesagalep. Tents will be settled up
DAY 05: WESAGALEP – PUKAM (B,L,D)
Having breakfast, start with a steep half an hour through yam gardens to the upper most compound of Wesagalep which offers a great panorama of steep forest slopes and garden. Then unpleasant hour of mud brought us to the river for lunch, after lunch continue the trekking thru the rain forest and highland Pandanus the forest is unusual here made of huge trees their trunks draped in moss of several colors. While the path getting much drier means that Pukam village is already near. Dinner and overnight at school. We will set up the tents for sleeping.(Walk Approx. 5 Hours)
DAY 06 : PUKAM – WUSEREM (B.L.D)
Walk for about 4 hours thru tropical rain forest, there are many tropical flowers along the trail. Quite often you have to balance your way along the big logs which are wet and slippery. However, the porters are quite helpful supporting you and willing to carry you across (piggy back) on the bad paths. After come out from the rain forest you may enjoy the spectacular Baliem gorge and going down the river where cooks preparing our lunch, you may soak your aching bones in the river. Another 2 hours we will arrive in Wuserem village for dinner and overnight at school or in church.
DAY 07 : WUSEREM – SYOKOSIMO (B.L.D)
Having banana pancake for breakfast and then and follow the regular path down until Syokosimo, today is easy trekking but the landscape is very beautiful and really marvelous one. While we rest on the top of the hill the wind blows very hard and never boring live in this area. Lunch boxes have provided in Syokosimo, after lunch you can go to swim in Mugi river in not polluted water. Late afternoon you can play with children in the school yard close to our accommodation. (Walk approx. 5 hours)
DAY 08 : SYOKOSIMO – UGEM – KURIMA – WAMENA (B.L.)
After breakfast, safari trekking with all of our crews in 5 hours with moderate walk until Ugem village. Along the path you will meet many people from Yali tribe on their way going back home from shopping in Wamena. From Ugem village going down with moderate walk until Kurima sub-district, again you can enjoy very nice view and you also can see the Dani women sell their product beside the path. Simple lunch will serve beside the spring water and after lunch in another 2 hours we will arrive in Kurima to catch the car for driving back to Wamena city and overnight stay at Baliem Pilamo hotel.
Dinner by clients account.
DAY 09 : WAMENA – JIWIKA (Pig Feast and Dance) – WAMENA (B,)
After breakfast, drive 30 minutes to Jiwika in the Northern part of Baliem valley to see the 250 years old Mummy. Then walk 10 minutes to village of Anemoigi where you can view the Dani Mock battle and Pig feast. You will see how the Dani make fire traditionally, kill a pig with bow and arrow and cook them into the hot-burned stone with vegetables and sweet potatoes in the steaming pit on the ground. No Lunch or if you want, you can have a grill pig and local food for your lunch. After lunch visit the Mili Mountain to see how the Dani women make a salt in the traditional way. Afternoon drive back to BALIEM PILAMO HOTEL for overnight stay. Dinner by clients account.
DAY 10 : WAMENA – JAYAPURA (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back to Jayapura. Arrival at airport of Jayapura You may have a full day sightseeing tour including Mac Arthur 2nd World War monument, Sentani lake by long boat. Lunch have at Yougwa restaurant near the lake but in clients account . After lunch, see the Anthropology museum (open from Monday to Saturday at 09.00-14.00), then Hamadi market & Jayapura city. Afternoon back to Sentani Indah hotel for overnight and dinner will paid by clients. Or it’s possible also we going to Tablanusu beach for swim and relaxing or snorkeling instead of sight seeing tour around Jayapura city. (There are 2 options)
DAY 11 ; JAYAPURA – NEXT DESTINATION (B)
After breakfast, transfer in time to Sentani airport for your flight to next destination
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