Join Gone With The Wynd Expedition XIV

US $2800  (approx £2300) per person   email [email protected] for details

Join us on an expedition to one of the words most beautiful & remote places – the Highlands of New Guinea.

Since the European’s discovery of New Guinea in the 16th Century they’d believed the highlands  were too inhospitable for human habitation, but in 1938 Richard Archbold flew over and discovered a great valley filled with people – the last major population on the planet to come into contact with the Western world, the ultimate Shangri-La inhabited by the Dani and Lani Tribes. In 1961 the Harvard-Peabody expedition chose the valley as the last untouched place on earth and sent Robert Gardener to make the famous  film – Dead Birds – accompanied by a crew including Peter Matthiessen (of Snow Leopard fame) who wrote the extraordinary ‘Under The Mountain Wall’ about the trip, and Michael Rockefeller who would go on to be eaten by The Asmat on the coast (where we hope to return with another group in 2025).

 

Whilst the modern world has arrived in Wamena – ‘City of Pigs’ it remains one of the remotest places on earth, accessible only by air  (or a 6 day 4×4 drive) and outside the tiny town the Papuan’s live much as they have done since time out of mind, the older generation still wearing penis gourds and farming with stone tools.   This trip will start with the spectacular Baliem Valley Festival where 100s of Dani, Lani & Yali tribes people gather in traditional dress to celebrate their culture and customs, stage pitched battles, sing, dance and feast on pigs – pigs are central to Dani culture, often kept in the house and seen as family members.

 

After the festival we will spend four days trekking through traditional villages, camping overnight before returning for a spectacular private pig feast and celebration in a village. For birdwatchers there is the possibility to add on one or two days to go in search of birds of paradise.

Day 1/Aug 7th Fly into Jayapura and overnight in the Suni Garden Lake Hotel (flights get in in the morning and there is lots to do in Jayapura however you may or may not be too jetlagged)
DAY 02/AUGUST 08 :  Fly to  WAMENA (L,D) (flights not included)
Upon arrival at jayapura airport, meet and greeting service by your
check in on the Trigana or Wing air flight to Wamena around
10.00. Right in the heart of the Baliem Valley. Flying past vertical
mountain cliffs and mist clad valley, you will understand why the place
remained isolated for so many centuries. After passing local customs
. We will explore the
area and get first impression of another world. After we checking to
Hotel in Wamena, we drive directly to Wosilimo to see the grand opening
of The Baliem festival. late afternoon drive back to Wamena for Dinner at
Sinabung Jaya Restaurant and overnight at Baliem Pilamo Hotel

DAY 04 AND 05/AUGUST 09 AND 10 : FULL DAY TOUR TO SEE BALIEM VALLEY
CULTURAL FESTIVAL (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we drive 30 minutes to Wosilimo village in the northern
part of Baliem Valley to see the festival. Please enjoy the festival
where you can view the Dani Mock battle and pig feast. You will see how
the Dani make fire traditionally, kill some 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. Full day ceremony and many activities
you can see during this festival. Normally the show during festival as
follow : Re – Enactment of tribal war, Competition of kid game of
Puradan, Competition of kid game of Sikoko, traditional dance
attraction, Spear throwing contest only for the tourist. Lunch box have
provided by our company. Late afternoon drive back to hotel dinner and
overnight

Day 05 : Pig Feast and Dance (jiwika) and Carnaval (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel, we drive 30 minutes to Jiwika in the Northern
part of Baliem Valley. walk 15 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. Lunch will serve at Sinabung Jaya Restaurant
and after Lunch we going to see the carnaval which arrange by our local
Government until late afternoon. Dinner at Sinabung Jaya restaurant.

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Day 06 : WAMENA – KURIMA – VILLAGE (B,L,D) Trekking overnight at Local
house we will set up a tent.

Day 07 : VILLAGE – VILLAGE (B,L,D) Trekking overnight at Local house we
will set up a tent.

Day 08 : VILLAGE – VILLAGE (B,L,D) Trekking overnight at Local house we
will set up a tent.

Day 09 : VILLAGE – WAMENA (B,L,D) Trekking back to Kurima and catch the
car driving to Baliem Pilamo Hotel

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Day 10: WAMENA – JAYAPURA – NEXT DESTINATION ( with first flight and
catch a flight to next destination

 

Optional 2 day birdwatching extension at the begining of the trip  – to see Lesser Bird of Paradise in Senatani and then to the Pass Valley from Wamena where the following birds may be seen

Approx $250 each day

1. Spendid Sicklebill
2. Brown Sicklebill
3. Short – tailed Paradigalla
4. Mountain kingfisher
5. Loria’s Satinbird
6. Yellow-billed Lorikeet
7. Plummed-face Lorikeet
8. Grey-steaked honeyeater
9. Friendly fantail
10. Lorenz Whistler
11. Rufous-naped Bellbird
12. Ornate melidectes
13. Papuan tree creeper
14. Papuan scrubwren