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Papua Expedition Wamena Korowai

Duration: Days


This 11 days off the beaten track adventure brings you to trek passing through the swamps, sometimes walk over the log or fallen tree and crossing the river with or without bridge.


  • Circle Baliem valley trekking to Kurima
  • Trekking to Korowai tropical rain forest in the vast-green lowland of South Papua
  • Lemaha village to see locals process Sago as their main food



Arrive at Sentani airport of Jayapura met by the guide for Papua expedition and then within 35 minutes by Trigana IL 271 flight to WAMENA, arrive at WAMENA airport short transfer to hotel, after check in drive to the north to enjoy the Dani Pig feast and dance, after that see the Mummy of Himotok Mabel, then with the some women hike up to Mili mountain to see how they make salt in traditional way, then hike the same way down and visit some other villages on the way. Then on the way back to hotel drop by at Jibama local market to see people selling their garden products, afterwards drive to hotel.

After breakfast at hotel transfer in 45minutes by car to Sogokmo (Yetni river), from Yetni we start the circle Baliem valley trekking to Kurima area then visit villages on the way. We will pass 2 hanging bridges one in Sogokmo and another one in Kurima Trek will be about 5-6 hours, afternoon back to Sogokmo area then by car back to Wamena.

After breakfast at hotel then transfer to airport then by Trigana IL221 flight within 30 minutes to Dekai, arrive in Dekai airport by car to hotel, the rest of the day is free Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. We stay here tonight because the rest of the day we need to prepare for the trip such as shopping our foods for trekking in Korowai.

After breakfast, by car to Logpond (harbor) then by boat go down river to Muara Siretj village then up river until Mabul. Arrive in Mabul late afternoon then check in to local people house for dinner and overnight stay. Approximately 8-9 hours in the boat.This is the best to do according to our experiences.

Day 5: Mabul – Korowai Village (Ngguari) (B,L,D)
In the morning prepared all the needs like porters etc., we begin our 4 hours trek passing through the swamps, sometimes walk over the log or fallen tree and crossing the river with or without bridge. This is the tropical rain forest in the vast-green lowland of South Papua, there are many exotic things to be discovered and experienced but with a great deal with mosquito, swamp, heat and high humidity (85 – 100%). Our trek in the forest will support by our local porters who carry our bags or gears and will love to help you to do some difficult section of the trip when you need. Korowai is a nomad people who always move from one place to another at least once every 3 years. They are not live in large group, that at every location of the tree house we only see 2-4 tree houses built side by side.

The Korowai also a great hunter who hunted pigs, Cus-Cus, birds most of their time in life. After we met the Korowai and family on their tree house, we may interact with them help by our guide and experience their life. Overnight at our tent or at shelter we build near the tree house soon after we arrive. During the time with Korowai we can follow their daily activities: hunting, setting trap of wild pigs, gathering Sago flour, fishing in traditional way and also may have opportunity to see the tribe building their own house about 25-30 above the ground.

After breakfast we continue to another Korowai village name Lemaha in about 4hours, after lunch we will see people setting animal and fish trap and looking for sago worm to eat.

All the way will be muddy and we recommend you to bring rubber booth, the accommodation we will set tents for you under the bevak (roofed long house) please bring your air mattresses and sheets for sleeping, the sleeping bag is not necessary. As the wheater in Korowai in warm.

Whole morning we will see the locals process Sago as their main food, we will see them from the beginning to the end after lunch we will enjoy the locals arrow’s dance there might be 20 orang Korowai dancing with the arrow in the hands. We don’t move to other korowai village because we will have no time to see the activities if we move everyday.

We will trek back from Lemaha to MABUL in about 6hours arrive in Mabul we say good bye to our porters you may tip them and then within 1.5 hours by our motorized canoe back to SEPANAP village,we sleep in tents inside the building.

After breakfast, by our charter motorized canoe back to LogPond about 7-8 hours, then by car within 40minutes transfer to hotel in Dekai, upon arrival check in to hotel. The rest of the day is free dinner and overnight at hotel.

After breakfast at hotel drop by car to airport, then by Trigana IL222 flight to Jayapura within 1hour, arrive in Jayapura immediately make sightseeing tour to visit Asei island on the lake, afterwards spend the day in Sentani lake festival, late afternoon drive to Yougwa restaurant for dinner afterwards drive to hotel in Jayapura.

In the morning transfer to airport for flight to next destination.

More Information

  • All land transportation including airport transfer in Jayapura and Wamena
  • Accommodation at Baliem Pilamo hotel in Wamena and Swiss Bel Papua based on twin
    share room.
  • Accommodation in villages
  • Tour and meal base on above program
  • English speaking guide during trip
  • 1 person cook during trip to Korowai
  • 4 persons local porters 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 – Wamena – Dekai – Jayapura USD.250 / person


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