The journey began in 1979 when Dr. Werner Weiglein first visited Papua. Of all the countries and provinces of Indonesia he had explored, Papua was the most fascinating to him. At that time, he founded Dr. Weiglein Expeditions, a travel agency that focused on organizing pioneer tours in various parts of Asia, but mainly in Indonesia. He often traveled through Papua and made connections with its various regions. One of his favorite places was the Baliem Valley in the highlands of Papua.