8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS KURUWAI - PAPUA EXPEDITIONS


BOOKING CODE : MHPA03


Day 01 Dekai - Patipi Dibawa
in the morning transfer to airport. regular flight to Yahokimo (Dekai), located at the upper reaches of Brazza River (about 35 flight minutes). after arrival, visit of local market and last shopping for the tour. after lunch at a local restaurant, drive to harbor (about 28km/ ca. 1hour). at the harbor our motor log boat included. crew awaits us. today we plan to go downstream for 2 hours until we reach the village of Patipi Dibawa. here we raise our first tent camp right down by the river. this short stage gives us an impression of what awaits us during the next days: jungle landscapes in the essence!

Day 02 Siret river - Mabul
in the morning we have an early breakfast before we continue to go downstream with our longboat. down Brazza river, we are passing amazing prime forest landscapes. hornbills,flying foxes and other birds often startle when our boat appears. around noon we will reach the mouth of the mighty Siret River. after our lunchbreak, we go upstream Siret river to the Kuruwai settlement Mabul. going upstream, the Siret river changes its face; the current gets stronger, sand banks appear, big tree trunks often block parts of the way, less and less local boats appear. depending on the water level, our today’s boat trip take around 8 hours. under best circumstances, we will reach Mabul in the afternoon. Mabul is a small settlement of Kuruwai people who were attracted by the Indonesian government to leave behind their nomadic lifestyle in the forest and to settle down. we will use this settlement as the starting point of our trekking into the Kuruwai corridor. after we set up our tents and kitchen, we will start recruiting our porters for the next days. with a little bit of luck, we can set up our tents inside an empty stilt house.

Day 03 Mabul - Kuruwai
after breakfast we meet our escort team. our entire luggage and our food for the next days will be carried by our porters. we leave Mabul in eastern direction. only some 50 meters and we are standing in thick forest, which we will not leave for the next days. today, we approximately need 5 hours until we reach our first destination: a fantastic jungle settlement with several tree houses, Manopteropo, the traditionally dressed Kuruwai give us a friendly welcome. tent camp next to the tree houses.

Day 04 Kuruwai
today, we will follow several Kuruwai families into the sago forest. here, we will experience a spectacle from another world. the forest nomads chop a huge sago palm with their stone axes, open the trunk, and start smashing the sago pulp. the gained sago pulp is further processed by women who wash it in primitive washing installments – build only from leaves, branches and rotan. the pure sago is the staple food for all jungle dwellers. camera enthusiasts will probably never forget this day! in the afternoon we are back at the tree houses, where our cook starts preparing our next real jungle dinner: maybe we will have papaya vegetables, sago larvas, and plantains! the kitchen will surprise us every day with new exotic viands.

Day 05 Kuruwai
we will spend a second day with the friendly forest nomads. maybe today they show us how to repair a tree house in crazy heights, or how to make and use bows and arrows – the most important weapons here. or we join the Kuruwai on a journey into the forest to seek food. they are true hunters and gatherers: in a few hours their nets are filled with spiders, larvas, locusts and other exotic animals.they even shoot flying dogs from the trees. and again, we can look forward to another exotic dinner!

Day 06 Kuruwai - Mabul
today, we say good-bye to our friendly hosts. back in Mabul we still have time to take a look at the local craftsmanship. one piece or the other, for example a fantastic bone knife, is a perfect souvenir for every visitor, and a true proof that somebody has really been to the stone ages!

Day 07 Patipi Dibawa
whole day drive to Patipi Dibawa.downstream river Siret, we get along very quick. what took 6 hours before, only takes 2 hours today. late in the afternoon, tent camp in the familiar small village at the upper reaches of the Brazza river.

Day 08 Dekai - Wamena
today we start very early towards the harbor of Dekai. after about 2 hours drive we reach our destination and say goodbye to our boat crew. We continue directly to the airfield of Dekai. around noon flight back to Wamena and transfer to The Baliem Valley Resort. surely we will enjoy a warm shower tonight – but the impressions of our excursion into the stone age will remain unforgettable.


INCLUDING :


        - Crew for the tour (english speaking guide+cook)

        - Flight tickets for the whole group (Wamena – Dekai - Wamena)

        - Motor boat including crew for the whole group

        - Porters for trekking

        - Fullboard

        - Tour as itinerary

        - Travel permit

        - Equipment (tents, cook, dishes). No sleeping bag/mattress!

        - Transfers

        - 1x overnight at The Baliem Valley Resort (dinner+ABF)


REMARKS :

        
        - Passport has to be valid minimum 6 months at entry.

        - Please check with your embassy about the visa procedure.

        - At entry to Papua, each participant must bring 2 pass photos

          for the surat jalan (travel permit for Papua)


BOOKING CODE : MHPA03