Climbing Trikora Mountain
Thank you for your interest in a tour to Papua with us, Papua Adventures. New for this year we are offering a climbing expedition to Trikora Mountain. This will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first ascent on February 21 1913. This mountain is the third highest,4750 meters(15,584 feet)in all of New Guinea. It is not snow covered year round like Carstensz Mountain (4884 meters), but does occasionally receive a blanket of snow on the summit.
The scenery leading up to the climb and the view from the summit are fantastic. The vegetation ranges from mountain rain-forest, scrub beech trees, grassy swamp, tree ferns to pure rock on the summit. And the McGregor bird of paradise can be found in the area.
This expedition is not a technical mountain climb, with ropes and carbiners. But, it is a trekking mountain and we will hike up to the summit. It is not an easy trek and there are some difficult places on the mountain. The weather can be very wet, cold and cloudy. And the summit ridge line has steep drop offs. So, it helps to have some climbing experience, as we will have to scramble up some parts of the rock. But, it is still accessible by trekking.
Official regulations in Indonesia require a special permit to climb all mountains in Papua.
Upon our return to Wamena we will have a traditional Dani tribe pig feast
So, if you aren’t a mountaineer, but still enjoy a “peak bagging” experience.
CLIMBING TRIKORA MOUNTAIN: 100th Anniversary
The elaborate festival is a deeply spiritual experience to witness. Chief Yali will warmly greet us; our adoptive father, legendary amongst the Dani for his kindness, generosity and skill at co-operation and diplomacy in the art of avoiding conflict. Meeting Chief Yali is a unique opportunity and you’ll have a greater appreciation of this honor as you receive the full measure of Dani hospitality.
The traditional Dani tribal pig feast at Chief Yali’s village is truly one of the highlights of the tour. The Dani people in Chief Yali’s compound will stage a “mock battle”, followed by ceremony at his family compound. They will have prepared a pig to be cooked in a traditional earth oven filled with stones that have been heated in an open fire. The hot stones are placed into a hole in the ground along with sweet potatoes and vegetables. More hot stones are placed on top and then the pig goes in on top of that. Finally, it’s covered with grass and held in place with long rattan vines. An hour later it’s opened and the feast begins.
Throughout the compound, all are dressed in traditional costume. The men wear koteka and the women dress in grass skirts. The men’s faces are painted; beautiful headdresses made of exotic feathers adorn their heads. We are invited to enter the wives houses; the cooking house where each of Chief Yali’s four wives have their own place for cooking. The highlight of the evening is a visit to the Honai (men’s house). Chief Yali and rest of the men sing traditional songs, which are slowly translated as the narrative and the afternoon transpire.
COSTS FOR THE CLIMBING TRIKORA MOUNTAIN 14 DAYS
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|Trans Papua Expedition
At Papua Adventures we have built our reputation of excellence by guiding world class eco-friendly and culturally sensitive expeditions into the most remote areas of Papua, leading and assisting journalists and photographers in the production of television entertainment, news media and magazine publications such as the BBC, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Discovery Channel, The New Yorker and DestinAsia among others.
With the success of finding new tribes by opening up new areas in Papua, our “Exploratory Expedition Summary” expedition has piqued interest around the world and led up to the preparation for one of the most daring and most difficult expeditions to date:
Borneo has been traversed numerous times. And a group crossed Papua from Asmat to Jayapura back in 1959, but since the first explorers set foot in this land, no one yet has taken on an expedition from end to end, the full length of Papua. Papua is sometimes referred to as the Cenderawasih Bird of Paradise because of its great beauty and because the geographic shape of the island is somewhat similar to that of a bird of paradise. The Northwest part by Sorong resembles the bird’s head and the Southeastern corner of Merauke, the tail.
And that is what the Trans-Papua Expedition intends to cover.
We will begin our voyage at Merauke the bird’s tail, and use 3 modes of transportation to cross the island. Boats and 4 wheel drive vehicles will break up the trip into manageable intervals but sizable portions of the journey will be covered on foot. As the Cenderawasih bird flies, the distance from Merauke to Sorong is around 1500km. As our route is not in a straight line we will snake our way across the island and travel over 2000km along the way.
This will be a first!
We will pass through a total of 37 different tribal groups with unique languages.
We will travel by motorized canoes through the Central Asmat people.
We will also go through the famous Baliem Valley which was first discovered in 1938, pass through the Dani and into the Western Lani tribe, who make up the largest tribe in Papua. We will use motorized canoes to travel along the mysterious Mamberamo River, which still attracts the best crocodile hunters in Papua. And along the way pass through 11 more different tribes. We will finish our trek in one of the last spots where tribes without contact with the outside world still exist, the Waropen district. Then finally by boat we’ll travel around the Cenderawasih Bay, passing Manokwari and end our trip in Sorong.
This is not an easy expedition. The logistics are great, but we’ve been preparing for this trip for 2 years now and have made the connections and worked out the details so that an expedition of this magnitude is possible. Our long time friendly relations with the police, governmental authorities, villagers and tribal chiefs is essential and we enjoy their full support.
Because of the huge distances covered it is not possible to say exactly how many days will be required to complete the crossing. But our estimates put it at around 70 days.
It’s an incredibly exciting adventure to look forward to, we’ve done our homework and we’re anxious to hit the trail… So get ready, get excited and come join us to be part of this historical event and have the trip of a lifetime!
As we have been trekking and exploring the furthest reaches of Papua for the past 20 years,
Many of the places we will visit we’ve already trekked to and my local guides know the terrain well, but we have never done it all in one big push. It is important for anyone interested in going on this expedition to understand that the route we are taking has never been done before.
An expedition like this requires extensive research and coordination, especially among government agencies, police, tribal leaders and local guides.
All of this must be done well in advance. This is not something that can be done casually
In order to make an undertaking like this a success, as we have said, advanced planning and coordination is essential. Also you need to accept the fact that Papua is not a cheap place to travel, and cutting corners in an attempt to save money could in fact jeopardize the entire expedition. Unlike Bali or Java where food, transportation, petrol etc. is cheap. Basic staples such as rice, vegetables, cooking oil are at least 4 times more expensive in Papua. Thus, making the costs of many items comparable to many western countries. Travel using boats for example are extremely expensive. One liter of petrol on the Mamberamo river where we will be traveling is $5 per liter($20 per gallon). The places we are going to are remote and petrol is scarce. Also, we’ll have to buy and have petrol waiting for us when we arrive. It will have to be brought in by plane and across very rugged terrain by truck.
Before the expedition starts we will visit smaller villages in the Wamena area to recruit strong, young, hard working Papuan men instead of the usual porters from Wamena. Times have changed and the usual porters who don’t get much work anymore and have grown a bit lazy.
We’ll be sending these strong porters ahead to Yokhimo (Dekai). They will wait there for us to arrive and carry our gear from there up to Wamena. As well as carrying gear down to the Mamberamo River. And through the Waropen area to Nabire.
Having these special porters is crucial to our success. Porters for an expedition like this will get 3 times their usual pay because of the degree of difficulty and we will have to pay for their food and accommodation while they wait in Dekai before we arrive and again from Nabire back to Jayapaura and then onto Wamena. After we are finished with them when we arrive in Nabire, we’ll send them back to Wamena via Jayapura. The costs will be considerable for their transportation, food and lodging. But it is necessary for the success of the expedition.
We will have to use local boats at least 3 times on this expedition with the pick ups
Special visa will be prepared for everyone. It will be a social visa that is good for 6 months but will have to be renewed after 60 days. All passports will go to immigration office in Denpasar, Bali where they will be extended while we are trekking. When we’re all done, we’ll pick them up.
A preliminary trek will be made by my guide and I to many places along the route in advance of the actual expedition to make sure that everything is in place and minimize unexpected situations. We will do our best but as anyone who has traveled in this part of the world can tell you, it is an adventure, expect the unexpected. This advance logistical run in itself is extensive requiring numerous flights and considerable expenses.
Remember, it’s the behind the scene support crew which enables all expeditions to be carried out successfully. Much in the way that climbs on Everest and K2 are dependent on the locals for ferrying supplies to higher camps, laying fixed ropes, etc. We to will have such a support team. The cost for this expedition isn’t cheap.
The expedition cost is $US 40,000 per person and there would have to be
You may want to see if you can raise sponsorship for yourself as well to help cut the costs.
Since the Trans Papua expedition has been up on our website, I’ve already had a great number of people contact me about the expedition. Many of the people interested have already been to Papua several times and have done some really nice and difficult treks. They realize that this is a chance of a lifetime for them to trek across the island and visit at least 37 different tribes along the way. But, others who have never been to Papua, but have done extensive trekking in other parts of the world have also shown a keen interest.
As you can see we are being very thorough in our preparation for this historic endeavor and we appreciate any input you may have to offer. Also, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them. We hope you will be joining us!
Tause Tribe: Mamberamo Waropen 10 Days Tour
Note: Please read our web page of the Tause tribe: Mamberamo/Waropen.