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Meet the Wigmen: Papua New Guinea Adventure

Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Price Per Person
From $13,000
Interests
Heritage
Destinations
Papua New Guinea
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This trip takes you on a breathtaking exploration through some of Papua New Guinea's most remote locations – Tari in the Southern Highlands and the Sepik River. You'll meet the Huli Tribe's wigmen, see beautiful primitive art and be treated to a tribal performance of Sing-Sing. At the end of your trek, you’ll have time to relax on the beautiful coastline of Madang.

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Highlights

• Sepik Canoeing: Travelers take a motorized canoe down the Sepik River — known for its vibrant wildlife and isolated river cultures — to explore the riverside villages among the rainforest and mangroves.

• Beaches of PNG: Explore the isolated beaches of Papua New Guinea at Wewak and Madang, where travelers will find rich underwater sealife and crystal clear water for snorkeling and diving.

• Wigmen Sing-Sing: First known to Westerners in 1934, the Huli Wigmen of Hela Province are known for their distinctive face makeup and ornate headdresses, decorating themselves with the colorful plumage of the birds of paradise. While in a Huli village, travelers are treated to a traditional sing-sing.

Day-by-Day

Day 1 Port Moresby

On the first day of your Papua New Guinea adventure, you'll land in Port Moresby and check into your hotel. Port Moresby has a selection of great properties that offer the full range of modern amenities for the traveler – we recommend the Comfort Inn, which has tropical gardens and a pool. In the afternoon, head out on a tour of Port Moresby and enjoy the relaxed island pace.

Day 2 Tari

Today your trek begins. In the morning you'll take a flight to Tari where you'll meet your guide and transfer to the trek site. Tari is home to the Huli Tribe with their infamous wigmen. The Huli people live much as their ancestors have for centuries. The Huli revere birds and decorate their wigs with feathers and imitate bird movements in their dancing. You'll spend your first trek night in a local village homestay, including lunch and dinner.

Tari

Day 3 Karida

It's onward to Karida Village today, where you'll get to meet more local Huli villagers. On the way, you'll visit Hibure Bachelor Center and Skull Cave. In the afternoon, enjoy bird-watching and spirit dance in the village. Tonight you'll stay at a local homestay.

Day 4 Karida

Enjoy another day in the village with the Huli Tribe. Today the wigmen will perform a traditional Sing-Sing celebration, dressed in full tribal costume. After the performance, enjoy a traditional lunch roasted in an underground-oven and in the evening, listen to one of the elders during story-telling time.

Day 5 Kumul

This morning you will be transferred by air from Tari to Kumul, where you can enjoy spotting Papua New Guinea's beautiful tropical birds. On the way, you'll visit Mount Hagen and have the chance to browse through a colorful local market. In the evening, settle into the peaceful Kumul Lodge, an eco-lodge made from all-natural materials and run by local villagers.

Day 6 Mount Hagen

Rise early today and embark upon a full-day tour to Wabag, returning to Mount Hagen. Wabag Town is the biggest provincial capital in Papua New Guinea and here you can enjoy local coffee. In the evening, check into the Quality Hotel Highlander.

Mount Hagen

Day 7 Ambunti

Today you'll bid adieu to Mount Hagen and fly to Ambunti. Here, you'll meet up with your guide and begin the four-day Middle Sepik Canoeing Art Tour. By exploring the waterways in this fashion, you'll get to see intricately-carved spirit houses and remote villages dotted throughout virgin forest. Spend the evening in a cozy village hut.

Day 8 Sepik River

Continue your journey through the waterways of the Sepik River, stopping at villages and meeting different ethnic communities. Many villages you meet on this trip still practice ancient customs – secret ceremonies performed within spirit houses. You'll spend tonight in a village hut.

Day 9 Sepik River

Today is dedicated to exploring the waterways of the Sepik River, pushing through thick rainforest and mangroves, passing schools and villages and spotting all sorts of wildlife. It's your final night staying in a local village hut before making your way back to the more developed parts of Papua New Guinea.

Sepik Region

Day 10 Wewak

Fly to the beautiful coastal town of Wewak, built on an estuary. Upon landing, you'll be escorted to your hotel, Windjammer Beach Resort. Enjoy the day at your leisure, perhaps exploring nearby islands or just relaxing on the beach with sunset drinks.

Day 11 Madang

Today you will fly from Wewak to Madang, where you'll transfer to the relaxed beachfront surrounds of Jais Aben Resort. You have a full day here at your leisure to enjoy Mabang's coastline, the beach and the facilities at the resort.

Day 12 Madang

You have another full day of beach time today, where you can relax, swim and sunbathe with the addition options of snorkeling, diving, or going on a day canoe trip to Kranget Island. On Kragret Island, you can enjoy fresh seafood and crystal clear blue waters.

Madang

Day 13 Departure

On your final day, you'll take a flight from Madang to Port Moresby, where we will assist with your onward travels and departure flight.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

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