Mt. Hagen Show Tour Vista

Escorted visit to a famous sing-sing show with Huli tribes and Sepik River villages
Overview

overview

The Mount Hagen Vista provides a wide perspective on Papua New Guinea, from the mighty Sepik River, to shaking hands with a Huli Wigman, to experiencing the Mount Hagen Show. The Mount Hagen Show brings together sing-sing groups from throughout Papua New Guinea. The variety of cultures and groups represented by the Mount Hagen Show, in turn, reflects the diversity of Papua New Guinea's landscapes. From lowland tropical rain forests to alpine forests and grasslands, Papua New Guinea possesses a huge variety of rugged landscapes, exotic ecosystems, and pre-technological cultures.

The Mt. Hagen Show Tour Panorama is fully escorted. An escort guide will be with you throughout the trip.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Port Moresby
    Settle in and explore Port Moresby

    Arrive in Port Moresby, where you will be met and transferred to the Gateway Hotel. You will meet your guide and other group members, and the rest of the day is free.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Gateway Hotel
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  • Day 2: Port Moresby / Tari
    Fly to Tari and your comfortable valley lodge

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tari.  Ambua Lodge is high on the slopes of the Tari Valley, with magnificent views of the surrounding peaks and the valley below.  This is the home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people who still live largely in the same manner as their ancestors.  Ambua Lodge, an inspired mixture of local architecture with fantastic views, is high on the slopes of the Tari Valley.  Spend the afternoon exploring the area around Ambua, where high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls beckon the intrepid traveler.  The forest canopy, a dense mass of interlocking tree tops of all shades of green and the occasional bright splash of color, provides a natural setting and an exhilarating setting for venturing along the nature trails, crossing traditional vine bridges, discovering a secluded waterfall, and spotting high-altitude orchids and rhodeodendrons.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
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  • Days 3-4: Tari
    Meet and learn about the lives of the Huli wigmen

    Enjoy two full days of cultural and ecological touring.  The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise as well as numerous orchid species.  Learn how the Huli live and how they interact with and use their environment.  The Huli people, famous for their elaborate and colorful dress, are proud warriors who have great reverence for birds, imitating them in ceremonial dances and decorating their wigs, woven from human hair, with feathers, flowers, and cuscus fur.  Everlasting daisies are specially cultivated for use in the men's wigs, and their faces are painted with yellow ochre.  The women, in contrast, wear black for their weddings and coat themselves with blue-gray clay when in mourning.  Clans have strong and intricate social systems and are one of the few places where traditional ways of life can still be seen in everyday living.  Ceremonial rituals are strongly observed, and men and women can still be seen wearing traditional dress, tending their gardens and pigs, and building their bush material huts.  You will spend two days exploring the surrounding area, meeting the Huli people, and learning about Huli culture.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
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  • Day 5: Sepik River
    Transfer to comfortable accommodations on the MV Sepik Spirit

    Fly by charter aircraft to Timbunke airstrip over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world.  From the airstrip, you will be transferred to the air-conditioned comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit (transfer takes approx. 2 hours by jetboat).  Inspired by the architecture of the "haus tambaran," or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. After lunch, tour the villages of Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II, and Kororua in the middle of the Sepik.

    Note: All jetboat cruises take approximately 2.5 hours one way, depending on traffic. If the river traffic is not bad, it will take less time.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
  • Day 6: Sepik River
    Visit village communities along the Sepik River and imagine the days of Margaret Mead

    Explore the many waterways of the Sepik and its tributaries, including visits to traditional Sepik villages. In the villages, you can purchases various artifacts, such as masks, ancestral figurines, hand drums, baskets, bilums, and gourds. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world in terms of flow.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
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  • Day 7: Sepik Region / Karawari
    Enjoy the views at Karawari lodge in one of the most remote and unspoiled parts of PNG

    Transfer by river boat to Karawari Lodge.  Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, the lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of miles of dense tropical jungle.  Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, the Karawari Lodge still provides modern comforts.  You are now in the middle of "Arambak" country, where local people pole dugout canoes along the river, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and traditional village lifestyles continue unchanged.  In the afternoon, visit the Kundiman village for a sago-making demonstration.  (Sago is the staple food of the river people.)

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Karawari Lodge
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  • Day 8: Karawari River
    Board your charter flight to Mt. Hagen

    Spend the day along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River where boatmen paddle their slender dugout canoes with sculpted silhouettes of crocoidel masks. Observe village life and traditions. Watch native birds interact in their unique, natural environment.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Karawari Lodge
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  • Day 9: Mt. Hagen
    Spend two full days immersed in the vibrant Mount Hagen Show

    Head to the airport to catch your charter flight to Mt. Hagen. Mt. Hagen Town is located in the upper Wahgi Valley. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to the Highlander Hotel. In preparation for the Mt. Hagen Cultural Show, there will be a show program in the afternoon.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Highlander Hotel
  • Days 10-11: Mt. Hagen Show
    Depart Mount Hagen with unforgettable memories

    Spend the next couple days enjoying the Mount Hagen Show. The show is famous for its vibrant color and culture. The diversity of the coastal, lowlands, and highlands, sing sing groups at the Hagen show reflects the unbelievable diversity of Papua New Guinea's landscape.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Highlander Hotel
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  • Day 12: Port Moresby
    Bid farewell to Papua New Guinea

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Port Moresby. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Breakf for lunch, followed by a tour of Port Moresby, incluing visits to the National Museum, Botanical Gardens, PNG Arts Shop, and the National Parliament House (outside view only).

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Gateway Hotel
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  • Day 13: Onwards

    Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your international flight onward.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Aug 6-18, 2015
Land Cost:
$8,585
Additional Costs: $1670 charter flights $1200-$1400 Air Niugini - 2 international legs r/t from Australia and 2 internal legs
Single Supplement:
$1265
Singles not available on the Sepik Spirit and at Highlander Hotel
Need to Know

Need to Know

While traveling in Papua New Guinea, please keep in mind that although PNG is situated relatively close to other well developed South Pacific and Asian nations, such as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, Indonesia, and Singapore, PNG is somewhat isolated and as a result, most services and facilities, including transportation and tourism, are relatively underdeveloped by comparison. Unlike these countries, you are visiting a country with a tourist trade in its infancy and thus you may have to deal with different situations along the way. PNG also has a culture that is completely different from others. Although these factors make for a unique experience, it may at times create circumstances that may become frustrating if the visitor does not remain patient and keep an open mind. If you come to Papua New Guinea with a spirit of adventure and a positive/flexible attitude, you will surely have only good memories to take home with you.

Special Note Regarding Charter Flights: Maximum baggage allowance is 10 kg / 22 lbs per person and a maximum of 5 kg / 11 lbs for carry-on baggage per person. Large, hard-sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.

 

 

Duration:
13 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
3
superior lodges and hotels
Group Size:
18
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
2
superior lodges and hotels

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