Culture tour in the Baliem Valley

Immerse yourself in Papua’s highland culture on a 4-day/3-night program in the Baliem Valley, home to the Dani tribes. This private tour gives you the opportunity to meet the Dani people and witness their traditional way of life as you wander through their villages, fields and scenic landscapes. You stay at a charming eco-resort built in harmony with the natural environment. This cultural adventure in the Baliem Valley is accessible to all, regardless of fitness level, making it perfect for anyone who wants to explore a part of Papua’s rich culture.

Tour Highlights

4 days/3 nights

From/to Wamena, Papua
$ 980
  • Per guest, for a minimum of 2 guests
  • Price in EUR/IDR on request

Daily itinerary

This is an example itinerary that can be customized to suit your personal preferences.

Day 1: Wamena Airport – Baliem Valley
Arrival in Wamena, visit of the local market and transfer to the Baliem Valley Resort

Upon arrival at Wamena airport you are welcomed by your tour guide and driver. On the way to Baliem Valley Resort you first visit the Wamena market. The market sells all kinds of things, but mainly local agricultural products. The Baliem Valley is very fertile and the fruits and vegetables are therefore very colorful and varied. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even try betel nut, a mild intoxicant still used by many Papuans today. Check in at the resort in the afternoon. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the Baliem Valley from your bungalow. Dinner at the resort.

45 minutes by car. With local guide. Accommodation: Deluxe bungalow. Meals: full board.

The fascinating culture of the Papuan highlands
Hiking in the Baliem Valley

Day 2: Baliem Valley
Easy hiking in the Baliem Valley and first encounter with the Dani people

Today you drive to the southern Baliem Valley for a beautiful walk along the Baliem River. The trail crosses hanging bridges over the mighty river and you walk through fields of sweet potatoes, corn, sugar cane and you may cross paths with friendly pigs. You walk past Dani huts and reach the picturesque village of Seinma for lunch. After a picnic break, the walk continues for about 2 hours, surrounded by beautiful and wild nature. Return to the resort in the afternoon.

2 hours by car. 3-4 hours walking. With local guide. Accommodation: Deluxe bungalow. Meals: full board.

Day 3: Baliem Valley
Immersive day harvesting, cooking and gathering with the Dani

Today you learn more about how the Dani live and especially how they cook!  After breakfast you leave the resort for a short walk to a nearby Dani settlement. There you join some traditional Dani in the nearby sweet potato fields. You learn about the Dani’s method of farming while collecting different types of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are the most important source of calories for the highland Papuans. Once the nets are full, you walk to a nearby mountain stream to wash the vegetables. Back in the village, you cook the potatoes in the traditional way over hot stones in an earthen pit. The villagers gather to enjoy the freshly harvested sweet potatoes. After the feast, you hike along a picturesque trail through unspoilt mountainous terrain. A wonderful day spent entirely by walking, without any means of transport.

1-2 hours of walking. A day without car. With local guide. Accommodation: Deluxe bungalow. Meals: full board.

Traditional cooking of sweet potatos
Visiting a Dani village

Day 4: Baliem Valley – Wamena Airport
Last day in Baliem Valley

Enjoy breakfast at the resort before being transferred to Wamena Airport for your onward flight.

45 minutes by car. Meals: breakfast.

The accommodation: The Baliem Valley Resort

Price & Conditions

Baliem Valley Culture Tour without Pig Feast ● 4 days/3 nights ● from/to Wamena, Papua

2 guests

From/to Wamena, Papua
$ 980
 per guest
  • Surcharge for single room +USD 120
  • Price in EUR/IDR on request

3 or more guests

From/to Wamena, Papua
$ 810
 per guest
  • Surcharge for single room +USD 120
  • Price in EUR/IDR on request

Single traveller

From/to Wamena, Papua
$ 1.750
 per guest
  • In single room
  • Price in EUR/IDR on request

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