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Meet Papua Korowai Tribe Tree House and Baliem Valley

Duration: 10 Days

Overview

Discovered only in 1974, the Korowai live high above the ground in forest tree houses, relying on their environment to protect and nourish them. As a semi-nomadic tribe with an ancient culture, the Korowai live an almost entirely self-sufficient lifestyle in the dense jungle of Papua. Today, their unique way of life is undergoing rapid change, under the impact of modernity and the actions of the Indonesian government.

he Korowai are hunter-gatherers who live in a small, close-knit society that fosters strong family ties. They need to share all that they have and to work together in order to survive. We estimate that they number about 3,000 in southeastern Papua. Traditionally, the Korowai live in small isolated groups, and each group, or clan, has a particular territory. There are usually no more than five tree houses in one settlement, and typical family home is built about 8 to 12 metres above the forest floor. However, in certain areas some of the tree-houses reach as high as 45 metres.

The distinctive high stilt architecture of the Korowai tree houses, well above flood-water levels, is a form of defensive fortification. They are intended to prevent rival clans from capturing people (especially women and children) for slavery or cannibalism. It is also a form of protection from biting insects and helps to ward off annoying evil spirits.

 

Highlights

  • Flight to Dekai for explore Papua start from Korowai
  • 40 minutes then by speed heading to Mabul, whole day will spend on the boat about 9hours
  • Trek in about 5 hours to see tree house people of Krowai tribe. Afternoon learn way of life of the Korowai
  • See the Korowai collecting food from Sago palm tree, we learn how they process it
  • Back to Mabul about 6hours then by Boat about 1.5hours to Sipanap
  • Drive to Jiwika in about 40minutes to enjoy the Dani pig feast and Dance

Itinerary

In the noon drive from the hotel to the airport and take Trigana flight within 1hour to Dekai for explore Papua start from Korowai and end in Wamena, arrive in the airport by car to the hotel.

After breakfast at hotel drive to the harbor in about 40minutes then by speed heading to Mabul, whole day will spend on the boat about 9hours.
Arrive in Mabul check in to local house.

After breakfast then start the trek in about 4hours to the first Korowai people, afternoon learn their activities.

After breakfast we continue the trek in about 5 hours to another tree house people. Afternoon learn way of life of the Korowai.

Today we will see the Korowai collecting food from Sago palm tree, we learn how they process it.

We trek back to Mabul about 6hours then by Boat about 1.5hours to Sipanap.

In the morning by boat back to Dekai, arrive in Dekai check in to Hotel.

At noon transfer to airport for flight to Wamena. Check in to hotel then by car visit market. Late afternoon back to hotel.

After breakfast drive to Jiwika in about 40minutes to enjoy the Dani pig feast and Dance. Afternoon visit the villages surrounding, late afternoon back to hotel.

Transfer to airport on its time to Jayapura . Ends of services

More Information

  • All land transportations including airport transfer in Jayapura and Wamena
  • 9 Nights accommodation at Baliem Pilamo hotel based on twin share room and also accommodation in villages
  • Full board meal during program
  • English speaking guide during trip
  • 1 person cook during trip to Korowai
  • 4 persons local porter during in tree houses
  • Traveling permit arrangement
  • Pig feast
  • Donation / Entrance fee
  • All activities mentioned on the above program
  • Travel insurance, extra baggage charge
  • Airfare Jayapura – Dekai & Wamena – Jayapura USD.250 per person
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