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PNG Highlands Explorer Tours

The Highlands Explorer Tours is designed for tourists to visit the highlands region of PNG. The tourist will be visiting Tari Basin, Mt Hagen and Goroka to see and experience the highlands people's traditional way of life, rituals and subsistence economy. Not only that but the tourist will also enjoy the pristine environment of the highlands which inhabits rare wildlife species such as the bird of paradise. Highlights of this program includes meeting the world renowned Huli Wigmen and Asaro Mudmen.

Program Overview:
Commencing Day (s):
Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Number of Nights:
Seven (7)
Tour Availability:
All year around from 2012 to 2013
Places to Visit:
Tari, Mt Hagen, Kumul Lodge and Goroka
Tour Extensions:
Program can be extended to Sepik for 5 additional days.

7 nights brief itinerary overview: Port Moresby, Tari, Mt Hagen, Kumul Lodge, Simbu, and Goroka. (This program can be extended to Sepik River for 5 additional nights).

Day 1: Port Moresby/Tari
Board flight PX864 to Tari at 08:30 and arrive in Tari at 10:00 and start tour of Tari Basin. Overnight at Hela Guesthouse. (LD)

Day 2: Tari Basin
Today fully immerse yourself in the Huli culture and its intriguing traditions. Overnight at Hela Guest House. (BLD)

Day 3: Tari/Mt Hagen
Transfer by road to Mt Hagen. Drive time is 7 hours. En route see beautiful sceneries, tribal villages, roadside markets, authentic cultural encounters, etc. Overnight at Pakuwat Wilderness Lodge. (BLD)

Day 4: Mt Hagen (Rugli Village)
Visit Rugli village for a typical Hagen village and cultural discovery. You will encounter the Kumdi Tribe. Afternoon transfer to Kumul Lodge and overnight. (BLD)

Day 5: Mt Hagen/Kumul Lodge
Full day Kumul Lodge for a birding and wildlife/nature discovery tours. Overnight at Kumul Lodge. (BLD)

Day 6: Mt Hagen/Simbu/Goroka
Transfer to Goroka via Highlands Highway. En routesee Suave people and villages. Continue to Goroka and overnight at Red Riverside Lodge. (L)

Day 7: Goroka/Asaro Valley
Today visit the Asaro Valley first part of the day to see the legendary Asaro Mud men. Second part of the day see more of Goroka and its surroundings. Overnight at Red Riverside Lodge. (L)

Day 8: Goroka/Port Moresby
Board flight PX961 at 10:45 and arrive in Port Moresby at 11:55 and head to your next destination. END OF THE PROGRAM or for EXTENSION to Sepik River see below.

For detailed itinerary and costing download the pdf here or or just e-mail us!

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EXTENDED PROGRAM

Sepik River Odyssey. (Tour Code: ET-S12)
In this extended program you will be canoeing on motorized dingy on the mighty Sepik River emerging yourself into the mystical culture of the Sepik people and explore some of the raw ecological beauty along the river's natural habitat. You will come to learn the fascinating culture of the river people with their rituals, initiation ceremonies, crafts, and the daily lifestyles that is demarcated by the river itself.

5 nights brief itinerary overview: Tari, Wewak, and the Sepik River

Day 8: Goroka/Port Moresby/Wewak
Board flight PX961 to Port Moresby and get connection flight PX126 at 15:35 to Wewak. Overnight at Surfside Guest House. (D)

Day 9: Wewak/Palambe
Transfer by vehicle to Pagwi for your canoe expedition and start your river expedition to Palambe where you will see two Haus Tambarans (Spirit Houses) and village study. Overnight at Palambe Guesthouse. (BLD)

Day 10: Palambe/Chambri Lakes/ Kanganamun
Journey into Chambri Lake by motorized canoe. En route stop at Aibom where its people are famous for their pottery making. After Chambri Lake transfer to Kanganamun and overnight at Kanganamun Guesthouse. (BLD)

Day 11: Kanganamun/Jengimangua/Palambe
Spend half day today Kanganamun House Tambaran, village study and interact with the villagers of Kanganamun. Have lunch and then transfer upsteam to Jengimangua. Meet the village hosts and do a village study before heading back to Palambe and overnight at Palambe Guest House. (BLD)

Day 12: Palambe/Wewak
Bid farewell to your friendly hosts at Kamanabit village and transfer to Pagwi and onto Wewak. Overnight at Surfside Guest House. (BLD)

Day 13: Wewak/Port Moresby
Transfer to the airport and board flight PX 125 at 06:00 to Port Moresby for your next destination. END OF PROGRAM.

For detailed itinerary and costing download the pdf here or or just e-mail us!

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Brief overview and highlights for this program:

  7 Nights program starts @ K3,795 p/p

Tour available all year around

Tour covers the remote Tari Basin, Mt Hagen, Kumul Lodge and Goroka.

 Highlights including the Huli Wigmen, Asaro Mud-men and birding and nature tours at Kumul Lodge.

 Special Discounts Availble to travel agents.

 

Let us know what dates you would like to travel for this particular program. We will then inform you if there are others already registered for the tour on your requested dates. You can choose to do this program on your own if there are no other persons registered for the dates you intend to travel. For more information send us an email or call us on +675 5423552.

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Widow with lass - Goroka, EP
In the Highlands, widows like the one in the picture get mourn for their dead husbands together in groups. We witness this practice in Asaro village where several widows were mourning and comforting each other.
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Past Clientele Testimonies regarding the PNG Highlands.

"Many thanks for the trip into Highlands region. I really enjoyed meeting all the clans there and Charlie and Justin were so kind, helpful and above all, intent on making my trip as interesting and enjoyable as possible. I think you did an excellent job in trying to organize the best cultural visits in the time available and apart from the hiccup in Tari, the accommodation was most satisfactory considering the general standards in PNG. Most of all I loved the welcome and genuine kindness of all the people I met on my trip and complete strangers who made me feel really at home.." -Jane O'Brien- England.

 

 
 
   
   
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