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Discover the Wonder of Lake Toba and Baliem Valley

Duration: 12 Days

Overview

As the largest archipelagic country in the world, Indonesia is blessed with so many different people, cultures, customs, traditions, artworks, food, animals, plants, landscapes, and everything that made it almost like 100 (or even 200) countries melted beautifully into one. Every island here is a unique mixture of natural splendors and different cultures of people who live upon it; from the vibrant tourists’ paradises of Bali and Lombok to the mysteriously shrouded cultures of the Asmat in Papua and those who dwell the highlands of Toraja in South Sulawesi.

High up in the mountains of central Papua at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, hemmed in by steep green mountain walls, lies the stunningly beautiful Baliem Valley, home of the Dani tribe. Baliem valley is 72 km long, and 15-31 km wide in places. It is cut by the Baliem River, which has its source in the northern Trikora Mountain, cascading into the Grand Valley, to meander down and further rushing south dropping 1,500 meters to become a large muddy river that slowly empties into the Arafura Sea. The first outsider to discover the valley was American Richard Archbold, who, on 23 June 1938 from his seaplane, suddenly sighted this awesome valley dotted with neat terraced green fields of sweet potatoes, set among craggy mountain peaks. This is Indonesia’s own Shangri-La.

Situated at the heart of the world’s precious coral triangle and along the Ring of Fire, Indonesia’s countless wonders stretches from mountain tops all the way to the bottom of its vast seas. Along the diverse landscapes, various unique wildlife made the archipelago their only natural habitat including the legendary Komodo Dragons, the gentle giant Orangutan, the majestic Cendrawasih Bird of Paradise, and so much more. Beyond the surface of the sea, Indonesia’s extensive coral reef is regarded as the richest and most diverse in the world; simply the ultimate paradise for divers and underwater enthusiasts.

With rich history that dates back for centuries, Indonesia also holds some of the most fascinating monuments of human civilization. Among these is the imposing Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java which the largest Buddhist monument that still stood majestically today with all its spectacular features. Equally fascinating is the Prambanan Temple Compounds which is one of the biggest in Southeast Asia.

Highlights

  • City tour visiting Sultan Palace, Great Mosque, Chinese Temple
  • Walking to the elephant station and then join with the Mahout during washing the Elephant, and then feed the elephant, after feeding the Elephant you can ride the Elephant and pass through the river and jungle, the elephant riding
  • Take a short rest and then enjoying tubing through the river and stop will be made at Fantastic Buluh Waterfall where you may enjoy the waterfall where you can take nature shower and then you can enjoy sun bathing and swimming on the rive
  • Stop at the village to can get in touch with local people, where you can see the daily activities of the local people
  • Tangkahan for Bukit Lawang by Jeep passing plantation and jungle roa, on the way stop at plantation and several interesting places (school!!) for enjoying the panorama and witness the activities of the local people
  • Walking to the jungle to start a jungle trekking to explore the nature of Leuser National park with their flora and fauna, the possibility to see Orang Utan on their own habitat and other kind of animal such as Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail macaque, gibbon, black gibbon and other kind of flora and fauna of tropical rain forest.
  • Brastagi on the way stop at Sembahe River, passing Sibolangit, and arrival at Brastagi visiting Lhumbini Park with its duplicate of Shwedagon temple, traditional fruit market
  • Visit Batak Karo traditional village at Dokan, stop at Sipiso-piso waterfall, visiting “Rumah Bolon” (Long House) the old Palace of Batak Simalungun Kings and then stop at Simarjarunjung to enjoy the fantastic view of Lake Toba.
  • Excursion on Samosir Island by car, visiting several Batak Toba traditional villages and where the people make traditional hand weaving
  • Flying past vertical mountain cliffs and mist clad valleys, you will understand why the place remained isolated for so many centuries ! After passing local customs – there are alcohol restrictions in the Baliem Valley.
  • Get first impressions of another world. Napua Hills with its panoramic view of the valley, Wesaput village and its traditional hanging bridge, some Dani villages and a traditional market
  • Start from Sogokmo village at southern part of Baliem valley, and start to have a day trek for about 4-5 hours through Dani sweet potatoes gardens and enjoy the gorgeous scenery surrounding, you get to Kurima the sub-district
  • Drive to Jiwika in the Northern part of Baliem valley to see the 250 years old Mummy. Then walk 10 minutes to village of Anemoigi where you can view the Dani Mock battle and Pig feast.
  • Visit the Mili Mountain to see how the Dani women make a salt in the traditional way.
  • Full day sightseeing tour in Jayapura including Mac Arthur 2nd World War monument, Sentani lake by long boat to visit Assey and Ayapo villages how the Sentani tribe make the bark painting, Anthropology museum then Hamadi market & Jayapura city

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kualanamu International Airport of Medan, North Sumatera, pick up by our tour guide and then transfer to hotel, afternoon free at own leisure.

After breakfast, pick up by our tour guide and then transfer to town for city tour visiting Sultan Palace, Great Mosque, Chinese Temple and then drive to Tangkahan via Binjai and Batang Serangan. Afternoon arrival at Tangkahan check in MEGA INN

After breakfast walking to the elpahant station and then join with the Mahout during washing the Elephant, and then feed the elephant, after feeding the Elephant you can ride the Elephant and pass through the river and jungle, the elephant riding will take about 01 hour. After riding the elephant take a short rest and then enjoying tubing through the river and stop will be made at Fantastic Buluh Waterfall where you may enjoy the waterfall where you can take nature shower and then you can enjoy sun bathing and swimming on the river. Afternoon arrival at the village you can get in touch with local people, where you can see the daily activities of the local people and then return to guest house by walking for overnight.

After breakfast leave Tangkahan for Bukit Lawang by Jeep passing plantation and jungle roa, on the way stop at plantation and several interesting places (school!!) for enjoying the panorama and witness the activities of the local people. Upon arrival at Bukit Lawang check in to hotel and afternoon walking to the jungle to start a jungle trekking to explore the nature of Leuser National park with their flora and fauna, the possibility to see Orang Utan on their own habitat and other kind of animal such as Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail macaque, gibbon, black gibbon and other kind of flora and fauna of tropical rain forest. This tracking will take about 03 hours, after tracking return to hotel.

After breakfast drive to Brastagi on the way stop at Sembahe River, passing Sibolangit, and arrival at Brastagi visiting Lhumbini Park with its duplicate of Shwedagon temple, traditional fruit market and then drive to Samosir, on the way visit Batak Karo traditional village at Dokan, stop at Sipiso-piso waterfall, visiting “Rumah Bolon” (Long House) the old Palace of Batak Simalungun Kings and then stop at Simarjarunjung to enjoy the fantastic view of Lake Toba. Arrival at Parapat crossing to Samosir Island by ferry boat, arrival at Samosir Island check in to hotel.

After breakfast excursion on Samosir Island by car, visiting several Batak Toba traditional villages :

  • Ambarita : To see stone chairs and tables the old meeting place of Sialagan Kings.
  • Simanindo : To see Batak Toba traditional dance and museum.
  • Pangururan : To see the view of Lake Toba and Hot springs water.
  • Tomok : To see the old tomb of Sidabutar Kings.

Along this trip also possible to stop at school to see the activities of young children in the school, visiting the village where the people make traditional hand weaving.+ stop also at scenic places like the graves! Afternoon return back to hotel.

After breakfast drive back to Medan via Pematang Siantar and Tebing Tinggi, on the way stop at several plantation, and it will take about 5 hours driving. Arrival in Medan directly transfer to airport for flight to Jakarta

Transit in Jakarta and continue for flight to Jayapura 

Upon arrival at Jayapura airport, meet and greeting service by your guide and check in on the flight to Wamena around 11.00h, right in the heart of the Baliem Valley From Jayapura (DJJ) they will take flight to Wamena (WMX) by IL 273. Flying past vertical mountain cliffs and mist clad valleys, you will understand why the place remained isolated for so many centuries ! After passing local customs – there are alcohol restrictions in the Baliem Valley. We will explore the area and get first impressions of another world. Napua Hills with its panoramic view of the valley, Wesaput village and its traditional hanging bridge, some Dani villages and a traditional market. Afternoon check-in at your hotel, your base for further valley explorations. overnight at BALIEM PILAMO HOTEL 3* and Dinner at local restaurant.

Today we drive in 35 minutes to Sogokmo village at southern part of Baliem valley, and start to have a day trek for about 4-5 hours through Dani sweet potatoes gardens and enjoy the gorgeous scenery surrounding, you get to Kurima the sub-district. Along the trail you will meet local people with friendly smile in their traditional clothes, After picnic lunch heading back to Sogokmo where the cars pick you up to Wamena for dinner and overnight stay at BALIEM PILAMO HOTEL. Dinner at local restaurant.

After breakfast, drive 30 minutes to Jiwika in the Northern part of Baliem valley to see the 250 years old Mummy. Then walk 10 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 box will be provided or we can have grill pig and local food for our lunch.

After lunch visit the Mili Mountain to see how the Dani women make a salt in the traditional way. Afternoon drive back to BALIEM PILAMO HOTEL. Dinner at local restaurant.

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back to Jayapura by Wamena (WMX) to Jayapura (DJJ) by IL 272 . Arrival at airport ofJayapura You may have a full day sightseeing tour including Mac Arthur 2nd World War monument, Sentani lake by long boat to visit Assey and Ayapo villages how the Sentani tribe make the bark painting. Lunch have at Yougwa restaurant near the lake. After lunch, see the Anthropology museum (open from Monday to Saturday at 09.00-14.00), then Hamadi market & Jayapura city. Afternoon check in at GRAND ALLISON 4* in Jayapura for overnight. Dinner at local restaurant.

After breakfast, transfer time to Sentani airport for flight to Bali or next destination . END PROGRAM

More Information

  • Air-conditioned car during the program;
  • Tour and transfer base on mentioned above program;
  • 11 nights accommodation and Daily breakfast based on twin share;
  • Full board meals during tour;
  • Entrance fees, parking fees as per program;
  • Local English speaking guide during the program.
  • Other optional tours;
  • Domestic flight :
    • Medan – Jakarta
    • Jakarta – Jayapura/Papua
    • Return Jayapura – Wamena
    • Jayapura/Papua – Bali
  • Tipping for driver and guide during the program;
  • Other meals not mentioned in program.

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