Mt. Hagen Show Tour Panorama

Papua New Guinea's most famous sing-sing with Ambua and Karawari Lodges
Overview

overview

The Vista is a fully-escorted program that provides a stunning view into Papua New Guinea. Begin your adventure at the spectacular Mount Hagen Show, a sing-sing that provides an incredible view of cultures from all over Papua New Guinea. In a land of nearly 800 languages, there is no better opportunity to see so many gathered in one place.  Continue your adventure withvisits to the Karawari Lodge, where you will enjoy the many cultural and ecological highlights of this area. From the lodge, you will make your way to the Sepik River and board the MV Sepik Spirit. Here you'll discover a rarely-visited corner of the globe.  Following your river cruise, head to Ambua Lodge, which overlooks the beautiful Tari Valley and which is home of the Huli, a flamboyant and colorful people. Your visit here will give you unparalleled insight into this wonderful pre-technological world that is still very much alive.  Complete your Papua New Guinea with a visit to the capital, Port Moresby.

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

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Port Moresby
    Settle in at your comfortable hotel on arrival

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to the Airways Hotel, where you will meet your escort and other group members. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
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  • Day 2: Port Moresby / Mt. Hagen
    Fly to Mt. Hagen

    Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Mt. Hagen town in the upper Wahgi Valley, a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world.  You'll be met and transferred to the Mount Hagen Show grounds for a full day of enjoyment.  The festival brings together sing-sing groups from across Papua New Guinea, celebrating a dazzling and diverse array of cultures. 

    After arriving at the Kagamuga airport, you will be met and transferred directly to the Mt. Hagen show. Overnight Rondon Ridge.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rondon Ridge
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  • Day 3: Mt. Hagen Show
    Immerse yourself in the sing-sing

    Spend the day enjoying the Mt. Hagen Show, world famous for its color, culture, and sheer vibrance.  It truly is a spectacular event.  The diversity of the coastal, lowland, and highland sing-sing groups at the Mt. Hagen Show reflect the incredible variety of Papua New Guinea's landscape and makes for an unforgettable experience.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rondon Ridge
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  • Day 4: Mount Hagen/ Sepik River
    Cruise the Sepik River (photo by S. Moffitt)

    Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Timbunke, where you will then transfer to the air-conditioned comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit (transfer is approx. 2 hours by jetboat).  Inspired by the architecture of the "Haus Tamaran," or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. After lunch, tour the villages of Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II, and Kororua located 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
  • Days 5-6: Sepik River
    Experience history and modern life on the Sepik River

    Spend two full days exploring the many waterways of the Sepik and its tributaries, including visits to traditional Sepik villages. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the people of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists such as Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. Part of the mystery and attraction of the indigenous Sepik people are their amazing carvings, now famous all over the world.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
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  • Day 7: Karawari

    Transfer from the Sepik Spirit back to the Timnuke airstrip for a short flight to Karawari.  From the airstrip there, you will be transferred 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 tropical jungle. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, the lodge offers modern comforts in a unique setting.

    After lunch, travel by boat to a nearby village. Visit with the villagers and learn about the way they harvest and prepare sago, the staple food of the river people.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Karawari Lodge
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  • Day 8: Ambua
    Meet and learn about the Huli people

    Head back to the Karawari airstrip by boat for your charter flight to Ambua. Arrive at the Ambua airstrip, where you will be met and transferred to Ambua Lodge. The lodge sits high on the slopes of the Tari Valley, boasting fantastic views of the valley below and its surrounding peaks. This is the home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people living very traditional, tribal lives.

    In the afternoon, explore the area surrounding Ambua - high mountain forests and roaring waterfalls will delight and surprise you.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
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  • Day 9: Tari Area Touring
    Say goodbye to this exotic land

    Enjoy a full day of cultural and ecological touring. Observe the Huli people and the wide array of animal and plant species unique to this country. Travel by vehicle into the Tari Valley Visit Hulil compound and sacred places. Learn how the Huli live and how they make use of their environment.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
  • Day 10: Port Moresby

    Transfer to Tari airport to fly to Port Moresby. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Airways Hotel. In the afternoon, explore with a short during of the economic center and capital Papua New Guinea.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
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  • Day 11: Onwards

    Transfer to Jackson's airport for your international flight onward.

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    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Aug 14-24, 2015
Land Cost:
$7,880
Additional Costs: $1670 internal charter flights; $1200-$1400 Air Niugini flights - 2 international legs r/t from Australia and 2 internal legs
Single Supplement:
$1010
Singles not available on the Sepik Spirit and at Rondon Ridge Hotel
Need to Know

Need to Know

While traveling in PNG, 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:
11 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.
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
JOURNEYS grading system from I to IV will help you choose an experience with physical demands which match your motivation. 1. Active Active exploration with optional day hikes, easy walking, leisurely bicycling or light canoeing. Comfortable travel by vehicle. 2. Vigorous Experience may include regular hiking or physical exercise in varied environments. Travel by vehicle may be long or over rough terrain. 3. Challenging Parts of trip will involve physical challenge. Daily hiking in rough terrain, high altitude, rough road travel and remoteness from modern medical care may be unavoidable circumstances. 4. Demanding Extended foot travel in very remote areas. Previous wilderness travel experience advisable. Doctor's certification may be requested.

Terms & Conditions: 

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Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $800 non-refundable deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. (Note: this schedule supersedes that listed in the general Terms and Conditions.) Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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