-2 Day: Departure ex Europe
-1 Day: Flight
Day 1: After the arrival at the airport in Port Moresby (capital of Papua New Guinea) follows the flight to Mt. Hagen. About 45-minute transfer to the property, surrounded by nature. Time to relax if you feel like taking a short tour around the lodge. In the evening a common welcome dinner.
Day 2: Climbing Mt. Hagen (3.800m) for acclimatization purposes. Ascent takes about 3-4 hours, in good weather great views of the summits of Mt. Giluwe and Mt. Wilhelm. Descent through the lush nature back to the lodge.
Day 3: Mt. Hagen (City) – Basecamp Mt. Giluwe: Today we make our way to the highest volcano in Oceania. We start with a 1-hour transfer to Mailka village with a 4×4 vehicle. There we meet the local guides and start the trek over grasslands, into the rainforest until we finally reach the base camp (about 9-10 hours). We try to arrive as early as possible, so that we have enough time to set up the tents and collect firewood and eat before the night falls.
Attention: the nights in the mountains can get very cold! Warm clothes, sleeping bags and a fire should still allow pleasant temperatures!
Day 4: Mt. Giluwe. Start of the ascent to Mt. Giluwe at 4:00 in the morning. We reach the summit at about 8:00 clock and can look forward (in good weather) to an incomparable view! After we have enjoyed our summit victory, the descent follows. After a long day we rest in the base camp.
Day 5: Mt. Giluwe Basecamp – Mt. Hagen (City):With our new strength we are on our way back to Mt. Hagen and the rest of the day we have some free time.
Day 6: Cultural Activities. Today we visit two tribes, which are located near Mt. Hagen and get to know their unique culture: colorful costumes, traditional dances, scary customs and kind people. If time allows and we are lucky, we can also observe the rare Paradisebird.
Day 7: A short domestic flight brings us today to Wewak, the largest city on the river Sepik. We check into the hotel and then discover Wewak on a city tour: war relics, old churches and local markets.
Day 8: Canoe Safari on the Sepik – Kanganamun. A 3-4-hour transfer brings us to Pagwi, from where we drive with a motorized canoe over the Sepik to an old native tribe. Once there, we set up and get a tour of the village “Kanganamun” and an insight into their lives and their craftsmanship.
Very basic accommodation: mattresses on the floor, outhouse, bucket shower!
Very simple guesthouse; (F/M/A)
Day 9: Today we can experience a small village festival, which our hosts organize in our honor. They show us their traditional dances and let us be part of their culture. We have time to get to know the so-called “Spirit-house” and its gods and spirits.
Very simple guesthouse; (F/M/A)
Day 10: Sepik
Day 11: Kanganamun – Wewak – Port Moresby: Today we say goodbye to the inhabitants of the Kanganamun village very early and take the canoe back to Pagwi and from there to Wewak. In the afternoon we take the plane to Port Moresby, where we spend the rest of the day. There we will have some free time for ourselves.
Day 12: This morning another domestic flight brings us to our last stop in Papua New Guinea: the sea with its famous underwater world – one of the most beautiful in the world!
After we arrived in Alotau we will drive by jeep and canoe in the paradisiacal hotel “Tawali Resort” in the Milne Bay. After checking-in we will have some free time and can enjoy the sea.
Day 13-15: Milne Bay – Sun, Beach and Sea: The next few days we have plenty of time to relax by the sea and explore the unique underwater world: snorkeling, diving, swimming or even fishing is possible. (Activities not included)
Day 16: Return flight to Port Moresby, rest of the day free time.
Day 17: Transfer to the airport and either individual home flight or if you have booked the complete package an onward flight to Bali.