Climbing Trikora Mountain

Climbing Trikora Mountain


Trikora Mountain (4750 meters): 100th Anniversary Climb

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.
When it was first climbed by the Dutch team of Henderschee, Hubrecht and Versteeg it was covered by an ice cap. This ice cap had melted by 1962. The ice cap reached as low as 4,400 meters(14,436 feet) when it was first climbed.

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.
So a climbing/trekking permit must be issued by the police. We will secure this very expensive permit with the police. The price of the permit is included in the tour cost.

Upon our return to Wamena we will have a traditional Dani tribe pig feast
in Jiwika village in the Baliem Valley.

So, if you aren’t a mountaineer, but still enjoy a “peak bagging” experience.
Then this is an ideal tour for you.

14 Days itinerary

Day 1
The tour will start in Jayapura, Papua. Check into the hotel.
Get the necessary climbing and travel permits before leaving to Wamena.

Day 2
Fly to Wamena in the morning and then check into the hotel.
Get food and supplies for the trek and climb of Trikora mountain.

Day 3
Chartered Toyoto Hard Top 4 wheel drive transportation from the edge of the Baliem Valley to Lake Habemma(3300 meters). Camp close to the lake and acclimatize on this first day.

Days 4,5
Trekking in the valley and make camp at Somalek cave on day 5.

Day 6
Trekking up through the difficult part of the trek to reach our Trikora basecamp.

Days 7,8
Follow the Trikora ridge line to the summit. This is also a difficult part of the trek with steep drop offs to the side. But we’ll go slowly as safety is our top priority. Two days are scheduled here in case of bad weather. If good weather on the first day then we will proceed back down to the Somalek Cave.

Day 9
Trek back toward Lake Habemma. Make camp in the valley.

Day 10
Trek back to Lake Habemma and make camp there.

Day 11
Chartered Toyoto Hard Top 4 wheel drive transportation from Lake Habemma to Wamena.
Check into the hotel.

Day 12
Chartered transportation 20km to Jiwika village. The inevitable pig-feast on arrival is an engrossing 4-5 hour rite of passage into their unique culture. The setting is a simple, traditional, tribal compound; transformed by the color and intensity of the greased and painted Dani in full ceremonial regalia.

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.

Day 13
Fly in the morning to Jayapura, Papua. Check into hotel.

Day 14
Fly back to your original destination and the tour is concluded.

2 persons: $US 8000 per person ·
3 persons: $US 7000 per person ·
4 persons: $US 6000 per person ·
5-6 persons: $US 5500 per person ·

This tour price INCLUDES
Round trip airfare (Jayapura-Wamena) ·
Climbing permit for Trikora mountain ·
All meals and beverages on the trek ·
Travel permit ·
Guide fees and porters ·
Airport taxes ·

This tour price DOES NOT INCLUDE
Round trip airfare to Jayapura, Papua ·
Meals and beverages in Jayapura and Wamena ·
Laundry ·
Tipping ·
Travel insurance and personal health insurance ·

We are registered and licensed as PT. Biak Papua Adventures and stand behind our name and reputation. Please be advised about touring with non-licensed guides in Papua, as they are known to use deceptive practices to entice travelers to go with them. Low cost tours will almost certainly have hidden costs revealed to you only after you arrive. They can be very steep and you will have no choice but to pay or get left behind. Should this happen you will not get your money back nor will you get any help from the police. It would be a shame for you to come all this way and spend so much money only to go home disappointed with an empty and unhappy feeling, so please, for your own protection and security, and to avoid problems in general, choose a licensed company that will explain all costs clearly to you before you leave your home.

At Papua Adventures we are working hard to give you the best experience you can possibly have and you are able to rest assured that the adventure you are paying for is the one you will get!

A reference list of past clients is available upon your request.

Trans Papua Expedition

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:
the Trans-Papua Expedition.

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!
And as the first to ever attempt this adventure we can expect
to receive media coverage and there will be those who will want to document the event through the participation of journalists from various media.

We will pass through a total of 37 different tribal groups with unique languages.
Starting in Merauke we will travel north into the territories of the Kombai and Korowai tribes, who still practice ritual cannibalism.

We will travel by motorized canoes through the Central Asmat people.
Once the most feared headhunters in Papua and are now appreciated as some of the best woodcarvers in Papua. Trekking up through the Yali tribal region we will see some of the most unique koteka (penis gourds) worn by any of the tribes in Papua.

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.
The expedition will begin in July 2011.

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,
it has been a source of great pride for me to be able to share my passion for this remarkable territory with fellow enthusiasts from all walks of life. As we have pushed for more and more challenging expeditions into unexplored territories we have long entertained an idea in the back of my mind that has had me wondering if it was indeed possible to connect all the dots and actually make happen. After calculations, months of planning, and serious consideration we can now say with confidence that it definitely is. What we are referring to here is the
“Trans Papua Expedition”. We will cross from tail to tip the length of Papua, from Merauke to Sorong, a journey of more than 2000 kilometers.

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
just by showing up one day and start trekking. Far from it. Since we will be trekking for 8 weeks or more, careful coordination of boats and porters is essential. For an undertaking of this magnitude it is vital to have the best porters we can get and to have experienced boat men to take us up and down the rivers we’ll be traveling on. To help fill in the gaps where we have not been before we will rely on our contacts among the local Gaharu Wood collectors who have the most extensive knowledge of jungle routes which are used exclusively by them. They will guide us from the Mamberamo River through the Waropen area. This will be all new territory for westerners in Papua.

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
timed with our arrivals. This is also crucial to the timing and flow of the expedition. It is not possible to just show up at a village and expect to get boats. They will need to be reserved, prepared and waiting for us along with the necessary amount of fuel. All of this will be in place before the expedition starts. This gets especially tricky when we get to the mysterious Mamberamo River, one of the most isolated places in Papua. Petrol and supplies will be flown in or sent by trucks on terrible roads. taking days to arrive. Boats in the Mamberamo area will cost thousands of dollars depending on how many will be needed and as we follow a river that snakes around for several days.

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
a minimum of 4 persons. Remember that this expedition will take around 2 months.
And we have a targeted starting date in early 2013.

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!


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Tause Tribe: Mamberamo Waropen 10 Days Tour

Tause Tribe: Mamberamo Waropen 10 Days Tour



Note: Please read our web page of the Tause tribe: Mamberamo/Waropen.
This tour is different from our other Tause tribe tour (which features more jungle trekking).
This tour is 10 Days and involves a Base Camp with daily treks into the jungle. The Tause tribe lives in the Mamberamo River/Waropen area, on small feeder streams in the lowland Sagu forests. Due to modernization and the encroachment of civilization along their original territories, small groups of Tause have moved away from their original location. The Tause tribe we will visit lives near the edge of their original territory. The Tause tribe has very limited exposure to the modern world. The Tause tribe lives in the area known as upper Mamberamo and Waropen. Most of the tribes that live on the Mamberamo River are all now accustomed to western material goods. They have had contact with the missionaries and Indonesians for many years but there are still pockets; isolated groups of the Tause tribe that continue to move around. These are nomadic people who don’t make permanent settlements. They negotiate encroaching civilization by simply moving deeper into the forest. The Tause that we are going to visit are one of those groups that has resisted outside influence. Our local guides happened upon this group when they were out searching for Gaharu wood. Gaharu wood is very expensive and getting harder to find, requiring them to search deeper and deeper into the forest to locate it. This is how we found this Tause tribe. After a year in preparation, we visited these people. Our guides have regularly visited them with gifts of tobacco and salt. We have guarded this location carefully in anticipation of our return. These same men will be the ones who will escort us there. In October of 2009 we were fortunate enough to meet the Chief of the Tause tribe. He lives part time in a small village downstream and part time in the forest with the nomadic tribe. He is the protector of these people. A generous gift is given to him each time we visit. He will use the gift to help his people buy machetes, salt and tobacco. The Tause decorate and clothe themselves with tree bark, facial piercing, noken bags, and a headdress of Cassowary feathers as is typical of the Mamberamo River tribes. The chief told us that he was born in the upper Mamberamo River area and how their territory stretches from the Mamberamo River all the way into the Waropen area, where we will meet them. Their daily life activities are very much like any lowland tribe in Papua. They cut down Sagu trees and process the pulp, although they have their own way of processing it, as you will see. They make noken bags with pig’s tails and crowned pigeon feet hanging from them. They sleep under small bush shelters, and like to fish, much like the Asmat. They smoke tobacco rolled up in leaves rather than a pipe and their bows and arrows are much longer than other tribes in Papua. As with other Papua Adventures tours to the Kombai, Korowai and Citak, we will go with them into the jungle and they’ll show us how they make traps to catch food; how they choose a tree that is proper for making the bark that they wear, and we’ll see how they cut it and pounded into a kind of fabric. Their Chief will be our language interpreter. In addition to meeting this beautiful Tause tribe, this tour is also perfect for are nature lovers. The forest is lowland rain forest and the boat trip up and down the river has stunning views. The northern part of Papua is full of exotic birds and other wildlife and the variety is spectacular. There are giant fruit bats and a huge variety of birds including parrots, cockatoos and crowned pigeons. You might see the occasional crocodile sunning on the riverbank. We will make a comfortable base camp close to the Tause settlement. We do short treks into the jungle to see how they cut and process Sagu, fish, make traps, etc. If you only have a short time or want an easy trekking experience this is a recommended option. TAUSE TRIBE: MAMBERAMO/WAROPEN 10 DAYS TOUR Day 1 Tour starts in Biak, Papua. You will be arriving via the Garuda airlines flight from Makassar. Pick up our travel permit (surat jalan) from the police office. Fly to Nabire, on the north coast. Accommodations at a medium priced hotel in Nabire. Day 2 Travel by chartered boat about 8 hours to the Waropen District. Travel time will depend on the conditions at sea but as we are never that far from land the sea is never really that rough. Spend the night in a house in the Waropen District, as there are no guesthouses or hotels in that area. Days 3-6 Continue to travel up the main river on a chartered boat, then turn off into a side river and travel to make a comfortable base camp by the side of the river. Travel time is about half a day. Day 7 Travel downstream and back to the village where we spent the first night. Travel time is much faster going downstream, but it will depend on the river conditions. Day 8 Travel by motorized boat back to Nabire. Spend the night at medium priced hotel in Nabire. Day 9 Fly on a domestic airline to Biak where we will check into the Hotel Arumbai, which is the nicest hotel in the center of Biak. Tour that afternoon to “Goa Japan”, the caves where the Japanese army hid out in World War II. Visit to one of the nice beaches in Biak for a swim. Day 10 Fly on a domestic airline back to your destination within Indonesia to complete the tour. THE PRICE FOR THE 10 DAY TAUSE TRIBE: MAMBERAMO/WAROPEN TOUR 2 PERSONS: PRICE PER PERSON $US 5250 · 3 PERSONS: PRICE PER PERSON $US 4700 · 4-6 PERSONS: PRICE PER PERSON $US 4250 · THIS TOUR PRICE INCLUDES All round trip airline tickets from Biak-Nabire including departure taxes · Hotels, ground transportation, all charter boats and village accommodations · All meals and beverages while we are in villages and camping with the Tause · Travel permits · English speaking guide and porters · NOTE Papua Adventures can help arrange your booking and payment of domestic airline flights to and from Biak, Papua THIS TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE Personal health insurance, travel insurance · meals and beverages in Biak and Nabire, alcoholic beverages · laundry, or tipping · Airfare to Biak, Papua · We are registered and licensed as PT. Biak Papua Adventures and stand behind our name and reputation. Please be advised about touring with non-licensed guides in Papua, as they are known to use deceptive practices to entice travelers to go with them. Low cost tours will almost certainly have hidden costs revealed to you only after you arrive. They can be very steep and you will have no choice but to pay or get left behind. Should this happen you will not get your money back nor will you get any help from the police. It would be a shame for you to come all this way and spend so much money only to go home disappointed with an empty and unhappy feeling, so please, for your own protection and security, and to avoid problems in general, choose a licensed company that will explain all costs clearly to you before you leave your home. At Papua Adventures we are working hard to give you the best experience you can possibly have and you are able to rest assured that the adventure you are paying for is the one you will get! A reference list of past clients is available upon your request.