Culture tour in the Baliem Valley

Immerse yourself in Papua’s highland culture on a 6-day/5-night program in the Baliem Valley, home to the Dani tribes. Meet the Dani people, witness their way of life and explore their villages on hikes. Highlights of this tour include a fascinating encounter with the Meagaima mummy, preserved in smoke for 300 years, a visit to Indonesia’s highest lake, and the captivating pig festival, which offers a truly unique window into Dani customs and traditions. 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

6 days/5 nights

From/to Wamena, Papua
$ 1.780
  • 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
Visit of the Kotilola cave and visit of the Meagaima Mummy

After breakfast you drive to Kotilola cave with its giant stalactites and stalagmites. Due to the collapse of the cave, lush vegetation has grown in some areas and with a flashlight you can explore deeper into the cave until you reach an underground river. From the cave, the journey continues by car to the starting point of today’s trek. After a one-hour walk, you arrive at the Baliem River, requiring a canoe crossing to reach the village of Meagaima. Here, you have the rare opportunity to witness one of the few preserved mummies of a former clan chief. Following a lunch in the local kitchen hut, your journey proceeds through a picturesque forest, occasionally passing by Dani gardens. After roughly two hours, a suspension bridge leads you back to the other side of the river, where your driver awaits.

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

The Meagaima Mummy
The beautiful flora in the vicinity of Lake Habbema

Day 4: Baliem Valley
Excursion to Lake Habbema, the highest lake in Indonesia

After breakfast, set out on your journey to Lake Habbema. The path leads through a mountain rainforest adorned with towering tree ferns, screw pines, and an enchanting tapestry of mosses, lichens, and vines. Elevated at 3,200 meters, Lake Habbema rests upon a sprawling plateau, cocooned by a splendid array of endemic flora. This lake holds historical significance, once serving as a landing site for early explorers’ seaplanes before they embarked on treks to the Baliem Valley. Take pleasure in a lakeside picnic and, if the sun is shining, enjoy a breathtaking view of the majestic Trikora Peak. Here, you find ample time to immerse yourself in the beauty of unique plant life and the captivating, deep hues of nature. In the afternoon, return to the resort.

Around 3 hours of drive. 1-2 hours walking. With local guide. Accommodation: Deluxe bungalow. Meals: full board.

Day 5: Baliem Valley
Traditional pig feast

Today is a very special day as you are invited to a pig feast at a Dani tribe. You are welcomed by Dani tribesmen dressed and decorated in traditional costume. A pig feast is a special Dani and Lani event held on important occasions. The hosts begin the feast with dancing and singing. Then the pig is killed, traditionally with a bow and arrow, and slaughtered with a bamboo knife and stone axe. You see how the cooking pit is prepared with hot stones and field grass. The meat is cooked with sweet potatoes and edible ferns. Finally, everyone enjoys the meal from the cooking pit. In the afternoon you return to the resort and enjoy your last evening in the Baliem Valley.

The pig feast takes place in various villages. Precise travel times cannot be provided. With local guide. Accommodation: Deluxe bungalow. Meals: full board.

Preparing the cooking pit during a pig festival
Dani women during a pig festival

Day 6: 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 ● 6 days/5 nights ● from/to Wamena, Papua

2 guests

From/to Wamena, Papua
$ 1.780
 per guest
  • Surcharge for single room +USD 200
  • Price in EUR/IDR on request

3 or more guests

From/to Wamena, Papua
$ 1.490
 per guest
  • Surcharge for single room +USD 200
  • Price in EUR/IDR on request

Single traveller

From/to Wamena, Papua
$ 3.120
 per guest
  • In single room
  • Price in EUR/IDR on request

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