Thank you for your interest in a tour to Papua with us, Papua Adventures. New for this year we are offering a climbing expedition to Trikora Mountain. This will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first ascent on February 21 1913. This mountain is the third highest,4750 meters(15,584 feet)in all of New Guinea. It is not snow covered year round like Carstensz Mountain (4884 meters), but does occasionally receive a blanket of snow on the summit.
The scenery leading up to the climb and the view from the summit are fantastic. The vegetation ranges from mountain rain-forest, scrub beech trees, grassy swamp, tree ferns to pure rock on the summit. And the McGregor bird of paradise can be found in the area.
This expedition is not a technical mountain climb, with ropes and carbiners. But, it is a trekking mountain and we will hike up to the summit. It is not an easy trek and there are some difficult places on the mountain. The weather can be very wet, cold and cloudy. And the summit ridge line has steep drop offs. So, it helps to have some climbing experience, as we will have to scramble up some parts of the rock. But, it is still accessible by trekking.
Official regulations in Indonesia require a special permit to climb all mountains in Papua.
Upon our return to Wamena we will have a traditional Dani tribe pig feast
So, if you aren’t a mountaineer, but still enjoy a “peak bagging” experience.
CLIMBING TRIKORA MOUNTAIN: 100th Anniversary
The elaborate festival is a deeply spiritual experience to witness. Chief Yali will warmly greet us; our adoptive father, legendary amongst the Dani for his kindness, generosity and skill at co-operation and diplomacy in the art of avoiding conflict. Meeting Chief Yali is a unique opportunity and you’ll have a greater appreciation of this honor as you receive the full measure of Dani hospitality.
The traditional Dani tribal pig feast at Chief Yali’s village is truly one of the highlights of the tour. The Dani people in Chief Yali’s compound will stage a “mock battle”, followed by ceremony at his family compound. They will have prepared a pig to be cooked in a traditional earth oven filled with stones that have been heated in an open fire. The hot stones are placed into a hole in the ground along with sweet potatoes and vegetables. More hot stones are placed on top and then the pig goes in on top of that. Finally, it’s covered with grass and held in place with long rattan vines. An hour later it’s opened and the feast begins.
Throughout the compound, all are dressed in traditional costume. The men wear koteka and the women dress in grass skirts. The men’s faces are painted; beautiful headdresses made of exotic feathers adorn their heads. We are invited to enter the wives houses; the cooking house where each of Chief Yali’s four wives have their own place for cooking. The highlight of the evening is a visit to the Honai (men’s house). Chief Yali and rest of the men sing traditional songs, which are slowly translated as the narrative and the afternoon transpire.
COSTS FOR THE CLIMBING TRIKORA MOUNTAIN 14 DAYS
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