Baliem Valley Festival 2019 – One of the most famous festival of Papua – Indonesia where all the Papua tribes gather to celebrate the Art of War and Dance Festival. An unforgetable Experience Once in Life time.
This coming August 2019, the spotlight will once again turn to the magnificent landscape and exceptionally captivating culture of exotic Papua Island on the eastern end of Indonesia when the exciting annual Baliem Valley Festival takes place from August 8th to 10th, 2019. The event will be centered in the Walesi District of the Jayawijaya Regency in Papua Province.
Baliem Valley Festival is where all the Papua tribes such as Dani, Yali, Lani gather to celebrate the art of war and dance festival. The main highlight of the festival will be the colossal mock tribal warfare which is a spectacular show of prowess and fighting skills among the tribes. Involving about 26 groups consisting of 30-50 warriors; the warfare is more a display of competence and showing off of costumes and decoration, rather than the intention to harm or kill.
However it still brings a heart-stopping thrilling atmosphere since the mock warfare still features stunningly choreographed clashes among the groups who are fully armed carrying 4.5 meters long spears, bows and arrows.
Nowadays, Dani mock battles are held yearly at the Baliem Valley Festival in Wamena during the month of August. At this feast, which has as its highlight the mock battles among the tribes, the Dani, Yali, and Lani send their best warriors to the arena, wearing their best regalia. The festival is complemented with a Pig Feast, Earth cooking and traditional music and dance. There are also arts and crafts exhibited or for sale.Each tribe will come with their own identity, and one can see clear differences among them and identify tribes according to their costume especially the penis gourds each wears. The Dani men usually wear only a small koteka (penis gourd / penis cover), while the Lani tribesmen wear larger koteka’s, since their bodies are bigger than the average Dani, while the Yali wear long slender kotekas held by a rattan belt, strapped at the waist.
By attending the massive Baliem Valley Festival, visitors will have a rare chance to learn and experience firsthand the different traditions of each tribe participating in the Festival without having to make the difficult trek to their compounds deep in the hinterland of West Papua.
Day 1/August 6 : Meeting with our Guide and Tour Leader in Sentani (jayapura Airport), Directly check in Hotel and Explore Lake Sentani and catcth Sunset
Day 2/August 7 : Check out Hotel and Fly to Wamena with first flight, check in hotel and city tour around Wamena city… will visit Mummy Village – Local Market and Dani village
Day 3/August 8 : After Breakfast, Visit village with Tribal Ritual ceremonies will waiting for you with special setting
Day 4/August 9 : Festival Day
Day 5/August 10: Festival Day
Day 6/August 11: Catch the Sunrise in the Highlanderland, Breakfast at the hotel and check out then transfer to the airport to another destination. END OF PROGRAM.
- 5 nights accommodation
- Airport taxes in Wamena
- Local taxes
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
What’s not included
- Food and drinks during in airport
- Domestic Flight From Homebase to jayapura
- Photography Fee,
- Over Luggage
What you can expect by attending the massive Baliem Valley Festival, visitors will have rare chance to learn and experience firsthand the different tradition of each tripe participating in the festival without having to make difficult trek to their compounds deep in the hinterland of West Papua