Indonesia’s last frontier, Papua, is one of the world’s most remote, scenic, and culturally fascinating areas. The local tribes Papua will astound you with their customs, unusual attire, and politeness. Furthermore, Baliem valley’s scenery is breathtaking; massive cliffs, waterfalls, and rivers are home to these peculiar people. Being in West Papua and not having direct contact with locals or tribes living in isolated villages would be the same as not being there at all.
Baliem Valley Trekking Tour
Tourists who come to the Baliem Valley, Jayawijaya Regency, Papua, usually do trekking or tours on foot. Step by step, tourists spend time enjoying the natural scenery, fresh air, and cultural diversity of the local people.
In the Baliem Valley, tourists can find traditional Dani villages with honai houses. The Dani dwelling is round and has a roof of dry grass. While trekking, tourists will also see a sweet potato garden located on a steep hillside.
When trekking, there is a unique way for people to measure distance. If we usually measure distances in meters, the locals measure distances based on time.
Usually a tour guide or local resident will explain the unit of time, such as a clock to explain how far the trip is when trekking. However, this unit of time also applies differently for each person.
For tourists who are not used to walking long distances and taking on difficult terrain, the trekking duration will certainly be longer.
If the tour guide or local residents state the trekking route is taken in five hours. So tourists must understand that it is distance and travel time based on the ability of local residents, not foreigners. If tourists are not used to walking, they can take the trekking route within nine hours.
Trekking in the Baliem Valley, suitable for travelers who like an adventure. Usually, tourists spend two to three days there. The trekking path is a very small path with steep inclines or descents. The terrain consists of hillsides, cliff edges, and crossing rivers.
Baliem Valley is located at an altitude of 1,650 meters above sea level. Tourists can only get there by plane from Sentani, Jayapura, Papua.
In the Pacific Ocean, West-Papua (previously known as Irian Jaya) is located between Australia and the equator. West Papua is the western half of New Guinea’s massive island. It is also the Indonesian archipelago’s easternmost point. West Papua is a fascinating and unusual place on the planet. Forest protection has resulted in the survival of over 520 unique tribes and local languages.