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PAPUA, NEW GUINEA, INDONESIA. "Cannibals of Papua" TRACKING $ 5200/17 days

You will never forget ethnical tour to the cannibals of Papua full of adventures and breath-taking discoveries. Trekking. Not for everyone.

Duration: 17 days. Departure date 2020: April, 14.

Why go?

A one-of-a-kind adventure expedition tour that covers the remote southern bogs of the Papua province of New Guinea and the uninhabited Pacific coast. Its goal is to have time to look into those untouched corners of our planet where people live in the Stone Age style and where cannibalism flourished not long ago.


The main target is the tribes of swampy forests in the southern part of the island of New Guinea, the second largest one in the world after Greenland. To try to understand the lives of those people who have massively stopped eating fellow citizens (according to the official version) only a few years ago. Unusual and sometimes shocking tropical kingdom of our planet, which also includes Australia, New Zealand and the islands of Oceania.

 The official name of the most eastern Indonesian province, occupying the entire western part of New Guinea is simply Papua. Unlike Papua New Guinea, almost half the territory of which has been changed (the depth of change varies from 10 to 75%), Papua can be considered the last island of the pristine tropical nature (only a tenth of the territories is changed by no more than 10%).

What is unique about our trip?

  • you can do it yourself, but only for a very large amount of money and with a large number of failures and disappointments being unsafe
  • our route will take place away from those places that tourists are usually shown
  • It's not too late. But civilization is coming, and the jungle, which can only be reached with a tent and a stock of gasoline, will soon be gone.
  • the journey will be with a light taste of risk - in particular, our route will pass next to the territory of the Papuan community, which even the fearless missionaries do not attend.
  • Starting in 2014, we set out to explore remote areas to search for and estimate the number of Korowai people who are not attached to civilization.

Briefly about the tour to Papua

  • Moscow - Jakarta (2 transit days) - Jayapura (fees) - South of New Guinea (airplane and 7-day expedition by boat and on foot with a backpack (personal belongings) through the deep jungle of New Guinea, visiting the villages of the famous Korowai people living on trees and still here and there practicing cannibalism, spending the night in tents, returning to civilization to the north of New Guinea by plane) 
  • Papua - north of New Guinea (2 days of relaxation on a fabulously beautiful wild beach on the border with the jungle, snorkeling, bathing. Those who want may continue their journey – to visit the famous Baliem valley and the village of mountain Papuans (with an overnight stay in one of their villages in the Papuan house - Honan).



Day 1. April, 14  - Departure to Jakarta (departure in the evening of the previous day is possible and overnight in the hotel in Jakarta).

Day 2. April, 15 - Arrival in Jakarta. Start the program. If there is time, you can walk in the center, visit the most interesting places. Night departure to the island of New Guinea.

Day 3. April, 16 - Flight to the east, arrival in Jayapura (Sentani), the capital of the Indonesian province of Papua. Obtaining pre-arranged police permits. Extra things are left on the base. Fees, equipment check, if available, visit the Papua Museum in Jayapur.


Day 4. April, 17 - Day flight to the south of New Guinea, moving to the river. Brass in a truck with the Papuans, armed with bows and arrows, stop at the guesthouse. The last preparations for the expedition, the purchase of food, tobacco and fuel. Evening walk along the road, we observe fireflies and exotic insects, we stretch our legs before a long journey by boat.

Day 5. April, 18 - About 10 hours by boat on the river Brass and one of its tributaries with short breaks for bathing. On the way, we observe yellow-cocked cockatoo, magnificent Papuan kalao (Bliz hornbills), red-eyed singing starlings, we sail by the villages of a small Chitak tribe, related to the river people of the Asmatians. Night on a river beach. These are already very wild places, in particular, there such tribes live, in which even missionaries do not go.

Day 6. April, 19 - About 3 hours by boat. We meet our conductors-porters for carrying the main cargo, we take small backpacks with individual things by ourselves and go deep into the forest. We observe various exotic plants - Nepenthes (predator plants), sprouts, canaries, myrtles; a lot of mantises and leaflets, it is possible to see spider-tarantulas. We see houses on the tree "kaim" and small (female) houses - "kou", typical buildings of Korowai, stop and set our tents. The first acquaintance with the real children of the jungle.

Days 7,8,9. April, 20 – April, 22 - Long transitions with stops for bathing. We put camps near the big houses-kaim. In 2012 and in the spring of 2013 we were the first white people seen by local Korowai Papuans in some communities. The inhabitants of these villages still used only stone implements. However, already in the autumn of 2013 we first met on one of the parking lots of white tourists. For this reason, starting in 2015, we aim to explore remote areas to search for and estimate the numbers of non-Korowai that are not attached to civilization. In the villages that shelter us, we buy Korowai bows and arrows, thin daggers from the bones of cassowary, unimaginable ornaments from the elytra of beetles, mollusks and various seeds. One of the transitions is possible through the campsite of the Kapayak family, aggressive to the Korowai and speaking another language. This family has reconciled and intermarried with Korowais, thanks to which contacts with whites became possible. Militant kapayaki build especially high kaimas (up to 45 m), and the concepts of "woman" and "pig" in them are expressed in one word denoting a military trophy. One day a stop is possible in the village located near the large massifs of the sago, and serves as a meeting place, a joint meal and negotiations between representatives of various clans. The sago palm is the most important resource for the inhabitants of the tropical marshes of New Guinea, and the associated fisheries are a very unusual and very interesting object of observation for us. On the same day, together with the Papuans, we are preparing red pandanus butter, collecting larvae of weevils living in the sago palm, catching fish in the river, lizards, various insects, and other small animals in the forest. The food is prepared in the form of a filling to a kind of sago patties, baked in banana leaves, with the addition of pandanus oil. We consider, and perhaps we visit high Korowai houses-kaimas, we observe the traditional way of catching fish in a tropical swamp.


Day 10. April, 23 - We return to the river, load on the boat and sail to the beach, where we organize a field camp.

Day 11. April, 24  - 10-hour transfer by boat with short breaks for bathing, stop at the guesthouse.


Day 12. April, 25 - By car to the airport, flight to Sentani. Check in at the hotel. Purchase of necessary things and products for the upcoming sea part of the trip.

Day 13. April, 26 - Transfer to an unrealistically beautiful wild beach in the north of New Guinea. In the forest by the sea there is a stream with fresh clean water. We catch fish, swim (no more than 5 m from the shore, dangerous current!), We walk along the jungle, approaching directly to the sea. 3 nights in a tent, dinner by the fire, we prepare the fish ourselves.
Day 14. April, 27  - Continuation of relaxation on the beach. We observe the Papuan kalao, the helmet-bearing monkey bird (Philemon buceroides), the Australian koel (Eudynamys cyanocephala).
Day 15. April, 28 - The boat takes us from the beach. Return to Sentani, night at the hotel.

Day 16. April, 29 - Early morning departure to the airport. End of the program. For those who wish it is possible to fly to the Baliem valley and visit one of the remote villages of mountainous Papuans (3 extra days, 2 nights in Wamena and 1 night in the Papuan hut, additional $ 800 including air travel). For the rest - farewell to Papua and flight to Jakarta. Night flight home.



 Day 17. April, 30 - At home we will be in the afternoon (depending on the flight).

Cost of the tour includes:

$5200 is the company services (under a service agreement, 1 USD in rubles at the rate of the Central Bank of Russian Federation): organization, booking (including advance payments), escort by the Secret Meridian instructor / guide, control of the fastest clearance and payment of police permits in areas with special security regime (distant provinces with limited entry of tourists), other mandatory payments, services of all carriers (except for the Moscow-Jakarta-Moscow air flight), airport fees in Indonesia and insurance in the program, including search and rescue events, services of conductors and porters for the transportation of public goods and food, a cook, tents at the rate of 1-bed residence, disinfecting tablets, food and lodging in field camps (including on the beach in northern New Guinea), accommodation for the program for outside field camps (double occupancy, if available, single occupancy is optional); payment for passage through the territory of local communities, public crockery for the field kitchen, GPS-navigator and satellite phone for a daily SMS-report to our office, first-aid kit and modern antimalarial medication from the accompanying person.

Not included: 

  • air flight to Jakarta; taxi from / to the airport to the hotel, if the arrival / departure is different from the arrival / departure of the main group with a guide; food outside the camps, a visa to Indonesia (free for Russian citizens), souvenirs, tips to guides and porters.

Important Information:

  • The program is designed for people who are ready for all the difficulties of such a journey, communicative, patient and with a sense of humor. Trekking in tropical bogs requires physical endurance, early rises - almost every day, however, going to sleep here is too early. The climate of the local jungle is simply awful ("bathhouse" round the clock), but it helps to lose weight. Think before you decide on participation.
  • The minimum age of participants is 21 years.
  • Malaria is widespread in the south of Papua, so it is necessary to take preventive pills before and during the trip. After the end of the journey for preventive purposes, we take anthelminthic drugs. Taking into consideration the risk of infection, consult a doctor before deciding on a trip.
  • We carry our personal belongings ourselves and some common things in 30-50 liters of backpacks, for basic things everyone should have a backpack of 80-100 liters (carried by local porters). Field kitchen, food reserve, tents and satellite phone for an emergency will be provided.
  • The organization of the field camp is evenly divided among everybody.
  • The luggage is collected strictly according to the list, extra weight is not permitted.
  • If there any risks, the final decision on any changes to the program are made only by the team leader.
  • Each member of the expedition carries his/her backpack with personal things by him-/herself +  a tent + a rug. Porters carry only common goods.
  • The author of the project and the accompanying person is a candidate of geographical sciences.
  • The validity of your passport must be at least 6 months from the date of the end of the trip.

Tags: expedition tour, adventure tour, ethnic tour, active tour, trekking tour.

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