New Guinea Odyssey

Mount Hagen, Karawari, Sepik Region, Tari

12 days

See the majestic Sepik River, encounter villages and cultures few people get to see, take in the highlights of Papua New Guinea’s traditions, rich indigenous culture and incredible landscapes.

Overview

Overview

This vacation package includes:
  • Accommodation for 11 nights in Mount Hagen (3), Karawari (2), Sepik Spirit (3), Tari (2), Port Moresby (1)

  • All meals beginning from Day One through breakfast of Day Eleven

  • Culturally based excursions to Huli villages

  • Visit traditional homes, witness ceremonial dances and celebrations

  • Comprehensive touring program taking in traditions and customs of the Melpa People

  • All Transfers

Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY ONE – PORT MORESBY TO MOUNT HAGEN

Connect from your international flight from Port Moresby on Air Niugini to Mount Hagen. Mount Hagen Town is in the upper Wahgi Valley - a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Perched high on Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley. Rondon Ridge is the pinnacle of luxury in a remote and rural setting.

DAY TWO AND THREE – RONDON RIDGE

Spend two full days exploring the Hagen Area and Wahgi Valley. The Mount Hagen area is the home of the Melpa people, a people with a strong culture, who in the face of modernity, still live largely traditional subsistence lifestyles. In the mountains surrounding the Wahgi Valley lives a stunning array of bird, orchid and plant life.

Over 180 species of birds have been recorded in the rainforests around Rondon Ridge including ten species of Bird of Paradise. The surrounding area is pristine rainforest and home to numerous orchid species. The lodge has hours of walking trails providing ample opportunity to explore the unique ecology of this area.

DAY FOUR – MT HAGEN TO KARAWARI

Fly by charter aircraft to Karawari airstrip over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. From the airstrip, you will be transferred by river boat to Karawari Lodge. Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, Karawari Lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of miles of dense tropical jungle. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, while still providing modern comforts.

DAY FIVE – KARAWARI

Wake up to the chattering of Lorikeets and Eclectus Parrots. After breakfast enjoy touring programs that provide insight into the amazing ecology and culture of the Karawari area.

Sepik's live completely off the land, weaving baskets for catching fish; gathering, preparing and cooking their staple food from the Sago Palm. Sepik's express their culture and beliefs through their art, inspiring the carving of incredible masks, drums, baskets and sculptures that integrate with their daily life and animist beliefs. Village tours allow you to observe master carvers at work.

DAY SIX – KARAWARI TO MV SEPIK SPIRIT

This morning you will be transferred to the MV Sepik Spirit. The ship is a luxurious "floating Lodge" commissioned in 1989 to facilitate exploration into some of the remotest reaches of the Sepik Region. In its new role as a "floating lodge" fixed in the middle Sepik, the Sepik Spirit offers greater booking flexibility, enhanced touring programs and even more comfort.

The entire vessel is air-conditioned and up to 18 guests are accommodated in 9 spacious berths, each with en-suite bathroom, large windows and river views. Onboard facilities include a comfortable lounge, well stocked bar, dining area and a covered, insect-proofed upper observatory deck.

DAY SEVEN & EIGHT – SEPIK RIVER

Daily explorations into the smaller tributaries and their remote and isolated villages are done using 18-seat jet-boats with guests returning to the MV Sepik Spirit before sundown.

The MV Sepik Spirit allows one access to incredibly remote villages and gives you the opportunity to mingle with local people and experience traditions, cultures and lifestyles that are witnessed by very few outsiders each year. The river banks are dotted with villages, each with their own 'Haus Tambaran' or 'Spirit House' decorated with ancestral figures, carvings, massive garamut drums and secretive ritual flutes. The Sepik Region is a gallery of tribal art. Each village boasts its own unique style and every villager is an artisan.

DAY NINE – SEPIK RIVER TO TARI

This morning take a charter flight to Tari. The Tari Valley - home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people still largely living the same way that their ancestors did. Nestled amongst the Doma Peaks near Tari, almost 7000 feet above sea level, is Ambua Lodge. An award-winning, eco-friendly lodge boasting magnificent views of the Tari Valley below. The Lodge has magnificent views of the valley below and surrounding peaks. The afternoon is spent exploring the area surrounding Ambua. High mountain forests with roaring waterfalls beckon the intrepid traveler.

DAY TEN - TARI

Enjoy 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.

You will tour in comfortable Toyota Hiace or Coaster buses and are accompanied at all times by experienced and knowledgeable Huli guides from the local area, so as to make the experience all the more educational and rewarding.

DAY ELEVEN – TARI TO PORT MORESBY

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight to Port Moresby where our representatives will transfer you to your hotel, Airways Hotel. Lunch and dinner at your own arrangements.

DAY TWELVE – DEPARTURE

Morning transfer to the airport for your international flight.

Dates & Conditions

Dates & Conditions

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Departs Sundays

Price is per person based on 2 adults traveling together

Land Cost includes: accommodation, all meals from Day One through breakfast on Day Eleven, transfers, tours and local guides.

Begins in Mount Hagen, ends in Port Morseby

Does not include international or domestic scheduled airfare, items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, entry visa, departure taxes, or laundry services.

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Vacation package code: 10926PG01