Papua New Guinea
8 Days // Oct 22-29, 2016

Tuesday Oct 22:  Depart the USA

Make sure to be in Port Moresby (POM) on Friday morning at the latest. The best way to get to Port Moresby (POM) is by flying to Brisbane, Australia (BNE). We can help you book your non-stop round trip flights from BNE to POM on AIR NIUGINI.

Thursday Oct 24:  Arrival in Papau New Guinea

Upon your arrival in Port Moresby (POM), you will be met by a Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight in Airways Hotel.

Friday Oct 25:  Arrival Papau New Guinea

In the morning, transfer to your flight on Air Niugini from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen. Mount Hagen Town is in the Upper Wahgi Valley - a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. It is perched high on Mount Kuta on the outer fringes of the Kubor Range.

Overnight in Rondon Ridge, where guests are accommodated in 12 units. Each unit features 180 degree views of the Wahgi Valley, a modern bathroom, electric blankets and continental quilts for the cool highland evenings. 

Saturday Oct 26:  Mount Hagen-Melpa Sing Sing

Two full days of photographing the unique culture and traditions of the Melpa people who live near Mount Hagen City. The city is the business heart of the Papua New Guinea highlands, and supplies a number of important industries, such as tea, coffee and mining. It is a city where stone meets steel, and tradition and history are juxtaposed. First contact with the Melpa people was made in the mid-1930s when the Leahy Brothers were prospecting for gold. The Melpa are said by anthropologists, to be “predisposed to capitalism,” because of their complex traditional society in which “big men” earn status by accruing wealth and then giving it all away in ceremonial exchanges. We will experience and photograph the color and vibrance of a traditional Melpa Men's sing sing.

Overnight in Rondon Ridge.

Sunday Oct 27:  Mount Hagen and Highland Region

Today is another day to explore and photograph the picturesque and stunningly beautiful landscape. We will also discover the different cultural and ethnic groups with their complex beliefs in ancestral spirits, complex moka exchanges, inter-tribal marriage rules. Will will learn how the people in towns and cities have adapted their beliefs to integrate the West's influence of consumerism, pop culture, and dress. 

We will photograph the decoration of the Melpa Women's ritual sing-sing, one of the most extravagant and intricate displays of bodily decoration in the world. In traditional times, women would display all their husband's wealth in order to increase his prestige. 

Overnight in Rondon Ridge.

Monday Oct 28:  Sepik Region

Fly by charter from Mount Hagen to the Sepik Region, and watch as the mountains give way to vast tracts of dense tropical lowland rainforest. You will be transferred from the airstrip by river boat to Karawari Lodge. Located on a ridge overlooking the Karawari River in the Sepik region, the Lodge is a combination of pre-technological and technological architecture. It is the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river and village exploration! We will be in the middle of Arambak country where locals have dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged. Here there are no roads - only thick jungle. 

In the afternoon we will visit the Kundiman Village for a sago making demonstration. Sago is the Staple food for the river people.

Overnight in Karawari Lodge.

Tuesday 29 Oct:  Karawari River

A day excursion along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes with sculpted silhouettes of crocodile masks. Village life including carved totems, drums, woodcarvings and different expressions of art are also experienced. See bountiful bird life along the rivers and nearby lakes. Excursions will enhance your understanding of traditional village culture in the Sepik region.

Overnight in Karawari Lodge.

Itinerary is subject to change.