The Korowai Tribe are a fascinating tribe only recently discovered in Papua New Guinea. Up until the 1970s, there had been no previous recorded contact between them and the western world. In fact, scientists believe the tribe may not have ever realised anyone else even existed other than themselves. Here’s what you should know about the Korowai Tribe.
One of the most remarkable engineering feats of the isolated and primitive tribe is their ability to construct great treehouse which sit 140-feet high in the jungles. The treehouse are constructed and placed on stilts, which were designed to protect the members from rival villages. These basic structures are only accessed by wooden ladders, placed up against the stilts to reach the top.
The central pole is made from a Banyan tree, with the bark of sago palm used for the floor and walls. The roof is made from the sago leaves. Fire pits are also created to protect the hut, as the biggest danger would be a fire.
KOROWAI TRIBE: Sample Package Tour
TOUR CODE : IGA – 504
DAY 01: JAYAPURA ARRIVAL – CONNECTING TO WAMENA (B,L,D)
Upon arrive at Sentani airport of Jayapura, meeting service and then take the Trigana 2nd flight to Wamena around 11.00. On arrive at Wamena airport, transfer to your hotel, then proceed to visiting Dani villages and scenery from Napua hill, drive down to the town for having lunch. After lunch drive to northern part of Baliem valley to Anemoigi village to enjoy a local performance such as mock war and traditional earth oven cooking. You can be interacted with local Dani people and learn about their way of life. Late afternoon back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 02: WAMENA – YANIRUMA – DAMBOL (B,L,D)
Depart by charter flight to Yaniruma. The flight usually need about 45 minutes one way. Upon arrival at Yaniruma (Yaniruma is the starting point to see the tree house tribes), we will need to report to the local chief and organize our porters. Afterward we start by paddling canoes to cross Sekom and Dairam Hitam river. Then trek in 3 hours to Dambol village on arrival usually the tribe come to greet and welcoming us. Overnight at shelters or tents.
DAY 03 – 05: EXPLORING THE LIFE OF KOROWAY (B,L,D)
We begin our 4 – 5 hours trek per day passing through the swamps, sometimes walk over the log or fallen tree and crossing the river with or without bridge. This is the tropical rain forest in the vast-green lowland of South Irian Jaya or Papua, there are many exotic things to be discovered and experienced but with a great deal with mosquito, swamp, heat and high humidity (85 – 100%). Our trek in the forest will support by our local porters who carry our bags or gears and will love to help you to do some difficult section of the trip when you need. Korowai is a nomad people who always move from one place to another at least once every 3 years. They were not live in large group, that at every location of the tree house we only see 2-4 tree houses built side by side. The Korowai also a great hunter who hunted pigs, Cus-Cus, birds most of their time in life. After we met the Korowai and family on their tree house, we may interact with them help by our guide and experience their life. Overnight at our tent or at shelter we build near the tree house soon after we arrive. During the time with Koroway we can follow their daily activities: hunting, setting trap of wild pigs, gathering Sago flour, fishing in traditional way and also may have opportunity to see the tribe building their own house about 25-30 above the ground.
DAY 06: HAMLET – BACK TO YANIRUMA (B,L,D)
We will trek back to Yaniruma where the plane dropped us off. Before we arrive in Yaniruma we will stop at Dairam Kabur river for fresh swim and clean up our dirty bodies from the mud. Afternoon arrive in Yaniruma, dinner and overnight missionary house.
DAY 07: YANIRUMA – WAMENA – JAYAPURA (B.L.D)
Return to the civilization in Wamena. Depart by chartered flight to Wamena and then by the scheduled Trigana flight to Jayapura. Upon arrival in Jayapura we will do sightseeing tour to visit World War II monument, Museum, souvenir shops. Late afternoon drive to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 08: JAYAPURA – NEXT DESTINATION (B)
After breakfast at hotel, then transfer in time to Sentani airport for your flight departure to the next destination.
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