With a smorgasbord of colour, culture and excitement this adventure offers a unique opportunity to discover the real Papua New Guinea, the world’s second largest island. Immerse yourself in the famous Mount Hagen Cultural Show, an international recognised event where many of the opulently decorated cultural groups of this incredibly diverse land gather to celebrate costume, art and culture. On this trip we will explore Papua New Guinea, starting and finishing our adventure in Port Moresby. Fly up by chartered flight to Mt Hagen and continue to Ambua whilst passing through Karawari and Lake Murray on the way. This adventure will let us explore and experience the real Papua New Guinea whilst we uncover the areas untouched by tourism.
The trips gives you a great insight into the Papuan people at all locations but especially during the famous Mount Hagen Show where multiple sensory experiences including the rhythmic thumping of Kundu (traditional drums made of lizard skins) along with hundreds of people in a towering sea of headdresses, colourful foliage and paint-encrusted faces. For the rest of the journey we will focus on the ecosystems, wildlife and local tribes. This includes discovering high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls and socialising with the Huli people, who today, still live the same way their ancestors did.
Papua New Guinea Discovery & Mount Hagen Show Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Port Moresby (D)
Upon your arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met by a member of staff and transferred to your hotel for the evening
Day 2: Transfer to Mount Hagen (B,L,D)
This morning you will be transferred from the hotel to Port Moresby Airport for your onward flight to Mount Hagen. You will be met and transferred directly to the Mount Hagen Show. It is a truly spectacular event. The diversity of the coastal, lowland and highland sing-sing groups at the Hagen show reflects the incredible variety of the Papua New Guinea landscape – an unforgettable experience.
Day 3: Mount Hagen Cultural Show (B,L,D)
A full day is spent at the Mount Hagen Show.
Day 4: Transfer to Karawari (B,L,D)
In the morning you will be transferred to your chartered flight to Karawari on Papua New Guinea’s great Sepik River. As the flight progresses, the mountains start to give way until eventually vast tracts of dense tropical low land rainforest cover and the landscape for as far as the eye can see. Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, Karawari Lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometres of dense tropical jungle. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, the lodge provides modern comforts. In the afternoon we make our way to the village Kundiman for a sago making demonstration – sago is the staple food for the river people.
Day 5: Tour of the Karawari Area (B,L,D)
After breakfast we enjoy a program that provides insight into the amazing ecology and culture of the Karawari area. We travel along the jungle-fringed waterways where we will see boatman stand upright paddling their slender dugout canoes and bountiful bird life. The excursion will enhance your understanding of traditional village culture.
Day 6: Transfer to Lake Murray (B,L,D)
Fly by chartered flight from Karawari to Lake Murray. On arrival at Lake Murray you will be transferred to the lodge where you will enjoy lunch and then proceed on an amazing half-day tour of the area.
Day 7: Cultural Tour of Lake Murray (B,L,D)
Today we will have a full cultural tour where we will explore the waterways of Lake Murray and visit local villages in one of the remotest parts of Papua New Guinea.
Day 8: Transfer to Ambua (B,L,D)
Fly by chartered aircraft to Ambua airstrip over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. Ambua lodge is high on the slopes of the Tari Valley – home of the Huli; a colourful and proud people, still largely living the same way that their ancestors did. The afternoon is spent exploring the area surrounding Ambua – high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls beckon the intrepid traveler.
Day 9: Discover Ambua (B,L,D)
A full day of cultural and ecological touring. The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise as well as numerous orchid species. Learn how the Huli live and how they interact with and use their environment. The ecological and culturally based touring is sure to satiate those yearning for discovery. Only very rarely will an opportunity to gain such insight into a pre-technological culture will present itself, a culture that has changed little since the dawn of time.
Day 10: Transfer to Port Moresby (B,L,D)
Depart Tari for Port Moresby on Air Niugini PX865. Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met by staff and transferred to your hotel.
Day 11: Depart Home (B)
In the morning staff will meet you at your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your flight home.