Baliem Valley Festival Foto Trip

Join us on a journey back in time and feast for the senses as we explore Baliem Valley Wamena Papua.

The main tribes inhabiting the beautiful Baliem Valley in the central highlands of Papua are the Dani, the Yali and the Lani. Although now modernized, the Dani still strongly adhere to their traditions and customs, most notably the dress of the men. Even in this cool mountain climate, men wear only a penis gourd, known as koteka, though complemented with elaborate headdress of bird of paradise or cassowary feathers, while the women wear grass or fern fiber skirts (sali or saly) slung around the waist. And to carry pigs or the harvest of sweet potatoes, women carry a string bag, called noken, slung from their forehead.

To defend their villages or to raid others to avenge for tribe members killed, the Dani practiced regular warfare. However, anthropologists note that the “Dani wars” are more a display of prowess and opulence of dress and decoration rather than an all out war to kill the enemy. Dani warfare displays competence and exuberance, rather than the wish to kill. Weapons used are long spears, measuring 4.5 meters, and bows and arrows. Most often, therefore, there are more wounded than killed, and the wounded are quickly carried off the field.

Nowadays, Dani mock battles are held yearly at the Baliem Valley Festival in Wamena during the month of August. At this feast, which has as its highlight the mock battles among the tribes, the Dani, Yali, and Lani send their best warriors to the arena, wearing their best regalia. The festival is complemented with a Pig Feast, Earth cooking and traditional music and dance. There are also arts and crafts exhibited or for sale.Each tribe will come with their own identity, and one can see clear differences among them and identify tribes according to their costume especially the penis gourds each wears. The Dani men usually wear only a small koteka (penis gourd / penis cover), while the Lani tribesmen wear larger koteka’s, since their bodies are bigger than the average Dani, while the Yali wear long slender kotekas held by a rattan belt, strapped at the waist. 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.

Tour Length: 5 Days

August 6th-August 10th, 2017 (with arrival & departure)

Location: Papua, Indonesia

Baliem Valley Festival, Tribal Private Ceremony

Tour Price: $950

$400 deposit required to reserve your spot

Tour Leaders

Rizky Nurrahman and Special Guest Photographer

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Baliem Valley Foto Trip Itinerary

Day 1, Aug 5, 2017 : Jakarta – Jayapura

Flight: Jakarta – Jayapura GA656 23:20 – 06:45
Meals: None
Team: Tour Leader
Exclude: Over lugagge

All participants arrived in Jakarta.
Meet and great with Indonesian Team
Departure to Jayapura

Day 2, Aug 6, 2017: Jayapura-Wamena-Suroba

Flight: Jayapura – Wamena IW1633 10:40 – 11:40
Meals: Breakfast (Airport), Lunch, Dinner (Hotel)
Stay Overnight: Baliem Pilamo Hotel
Team: Local Guide, Tour Leader
Exclude: Over lugagge

Arrive in Jayapura and then go to Wamena by plane (1 Hour)
After lunch we start the tour firstly to visit the traditional Jibama market for your  first introduction to the Dani culture than continue the tour to visit nearby Dani villages of Suroba by crossing Aike river  where you will have time to see some Honai (traditional Dani houses) and their family activities.
Back to hotel and rest

Day 3, Aug 7, 2017: Baliem Valley Festival

Meals: Breakfast (Hotel), Lunch (lunch box), Dinner (Hotel)
Stay Overnight: Baliem Pilamo Hotel
Team: Local Guide, Tour Leader

After breakfast at the hotel then we will get to the location Baliem Valley Festival and takes about 1.5 hours. On the way, we can stop to take pictures at certain locations.
Full Day Baliem Valley Festival
Back to the hotel and rest



Day 4, Aug 8, 2017: Baliem Valley Festival – Obia Village

Meals : Breakfast (Hotel), Lunch (lunch box), Dinner (Hotel)
Stay Overnight: Baliem Pilamo Hotel
Team: Local Guide, Tour Leader

After breakfast at the hotel then we will get to the location Baliem Valley Festival and takes about 1.5 hours. On the way, we can stop to take pictures at certain locations.
Baliem Valley Festival
At noon heading to one of the villages in the mountains to watch the tradition of burn stone by Dani, the procession this event lasts approximately 4 hours, the show begins with a look at the war between tribes, dance, make fire without matches, the process of making holes, burning stone (private session)
Back to the hotel and rest

Day 5, Aug 9, 2017: Jiwika – Baliem Valley Festival

Meals: Breakfast (Hotel), Lunch (lunch box), Dinner (Hotel)
Stay Overnight: Baliem Pilamo Hotel
Team : Local Guide, Tour Leader

This morning  after breakfast we start the tour by car heading north valley in 40 minutes to Jiwika villages, you will have time to walk around the traditional villages of Sompaima and Anemaugi and see the smoked mummy of the former Dani leader of Wimotok Mabel
Then we headed to the location of the Baliem Valley Festival. Closing Baliem Valley Festival
After a finished, we returned to the hotel and rest

Day 6, Aug 10, 2016: Wamena – Jayapura – Jakarta

Flight: Wamena  – Jayapura IW1630 06:15 – 07:00 & Jayapura – Jakarta GA657 11:40 – 14:45
Meals: Early breakfast (hotel), Lunch (on plane), Dinner (Airport)
Team: Tour Leader
Itinerary: Flexible / itinerary may change at any time with the condition at the location
Exclude: Over lugagge

After breakfast, we went to Jayapura and Jakarta
Tour end


What's Included and Excluded in the Foto Trip Fee

What’s Included:

Airplane Ticket Jakarta-Jayapura-Jakarta

By Garuda Indonesia with 20Kg luggage

Airplane Ticket Jayapura-Wamena-Jayapura

By Lion Air with 10Kg luggage

Land Transportation in Wamena

Including Arrival & Departure Airport Transfers

5 Nights Lodging in Wamena

The best Hotel in Wamena (twin-share)

Transportation During Photo Tour

Including Arrival & Departure Airport Transfers

Meals as mentioned

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

All Tickets & Entrance Fees

Including Travel Permit

Full Tribal Setting Ceremonies

At Obia Village

Guides & Special Tours

Local Guide speaking English

What’s Excluded:

Airfare to and from Jakarta

Over luggage

Alcoholic Beverages

Please respect local customs and traditions where alcohol is not permissible.

Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops etc.

International Medical & Travel Insurance Coverage

Visa


Supplemental Fees:

Single Room Supplement: $500

Prices are based on double occupancy unless noted. Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate participants who request single accommodations, as well as those looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Small Group Additional Surcharge: $300

Photo Tour price is in US Dollars based upon a minimum of 9 paying participants. In the unlikely event the photo tour does not fill, there is a small surcharge of $500 for 5-8 paying participants. 

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Cancellation Policy

Your deposit is a firm commitment, and will be subject to a cancellation fee, which is why we recommend trip insurance. Please refer to the Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds section in our terms and conditions to read the full details of our policies. Please do not make air travel arrangements until checking with us first.


Disclaimer

While these descriptions represent the photo tour’s planned itinerary, we reserve the right to revise it without notice as we see fit. Details on this page are also subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants is not met. And while we don’t anticipate this happening, we reserve the right to adjust the fees for this photo tour due to factors outside of our control, such as fluctuations in currency rates, political or governmental action, new applicable taxes, and such related issues. Please do not purchase air travel before confirming with us.

Participants are expected to be in fair health and be capable of spending the days walking around the various areas while carrying their own equipment.

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