Papua New Guinea – Mt. Hagen Show Tour

Papua New Guinea Hagen Tour

Tour Details

Mt. Hagen Show Cultural Tour to Papua New Guinea

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Type: Co-ed Tours
Dates: August 6 – 18, 2016
Number of Days: 13
Cost: $7,950 + air


 * Already half full. This tour will sell out so don’t hesitate, register today!

WanderTours Giving Program – A portion of your tour cost will go toward supporting a program in PNG that will help a local community.
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HIGHLIGHTS for this Papua New Guinea Tourdonner bag from overland equipment

* Experience the Mt. Hagen SingSing show, which attracts approximately 75 tribes from around the country
* Watch a pre-show event where a small number of tribes prepare for the Mt. Hagen Show
* Boat down the impressive Sepik River, known for its vast bird life including Birds of Paradise
* Experience a homestay in a small village along the Sepik River
* Visit the Tari area, the home of the Huli Wigmen
* Every tour participant on a tour with a departure date in 2015 and 2016 will receive either a free Donner or Madera Bag ($65 value) from Overland Equipment in their color choice. See details here.
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The adventure starts in Port Moresby on August 6, 2016. Nearly all flights arrive via Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney or Tokyo. We encourage you to arrive on the 6th and no earlier as there are few things to do in Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea Itinerary

Day 1
Saturday, August 6, 2016 – Port Moresby
Meal: Dinner

On the first day, you’ll be welcomed upon landing at the Port Moresby Airport and head to the hotel. Depending on arrival times, there may be a chance for the group to have a brief tour of Port Moresby, including the National Capital Botanical Gardens, Parliament Haus, a village on stilts and local galleries.

Overnight at Holiday Inn or similar in Port Moresby.

Day 2
Sunday, August 7, 2016 – Port Moresby – Wewak
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, we’ll head to the airport for the flight to Wewak, where we’ll be met by a local guide and taken to the hotel. This is going to be the starting point for the tour of the Sepik region.

Overnight at In Wewak Boutique Hotel in Wewak.

Sepik River BoatDay 3
Monday, August 8, 2016 – Wewak – Sepik River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we’ll enjoy an early breakfast and travel around four hours to Pagwi by road, stopping at roadside markets along the way. We’ll then travel by motorized canoe to a nearby village to tour the area and see some of their traditional artifacts. The group will continue onward to Kanganamun where we’ll be welcomed by a singsing. We’ll then visit the village’s haus tambaran (spirit house).

Overnight at homestay in Kanganamun.

NOTE - This accommodation is quite basic and likely will consist of a thin mattress on matted floors, an outside pit toilet and bucket baths. Meals will also be simple (taro, sago and chicken). There is no electricity in this community except for a few hours of generator used in the evening. A mosquito net is a must although it may be available at the home (we’ll let you know a couple of months prior to departure about availability).

StarHIGHLIGHT! Arriving in the rural Sepik region and meandering through the many waterways are highlights all on their own. Numerous tribes reside in this region. While canoeing along the Sepik River and its tributaries, we’ll see many of the local people who still maintain their age-old traditions, including crocodile hunting.

Day 4
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 – Sepik River

Group in Tari Papua New Guinea Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we’ll have the morning with the community at Kanganamun Village. We may be treated to another singsing and also get to see some of their local craft-making.

After lunch, we’ll head to Yajaim Village and on to Palimbe, while experiencing the tranquility of the Sepik River. During the journey, we’ll witness an authentic singsing and also see how the locals cook sago (a plant starch), carve wood, paint on bark and other materials, and weave baskets. Watching these kinds of activities will give us some insight into exactly how the people in this area live. We’ll also see many different kinds of birds that inhabit the area.

Overnight at homestay in Kanganamun.

HIGHLIGHT! These villages, located on the banks of the river, are known for their wide variety of carvings and crafts. We’ll have a chance to meet and visit with the carvers and bring home some authentic souvenirs from this very remote area.

Day 5
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – Sepik River – Wewak
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast, we’ll set out to Terence, Urther Maringe and Aibom villages. As we head down the river, we’ll see locals fishing in dugout canoes. We’ll also see more birds and wildlife (possibly crocodiles) on the riverbank. We’ll continue along the waterway, passing Kambige Village, where we’ll stop briefly prior to continuing on to Chambri Lake and back to Pagwi. Here the group will board the bus and return to Wewak.

Overnight at In Wewak Boutique Hotel in Wewak.

Hagen Mountains Papua New guineaDay 6
Thursday, August 11, 2016 – Wewak – Port Moresby – Mt. Hagen

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

In the early morning, we’ll go to the airport for a flight to Port Moresby and then onward to Mt. Hagen. Because our layover from Wewak and then onward to Mt. Hagen will be during lunch, we’ll make do with snacks and a light meal at the airport.

Upon arrival in Mt. Hagen, the group will be met by a local guide and taken to a beautiful lodge in the mountains.

Dinner and overnight at a private lodge in the Mt. Hagen area.

StarHIGHLIGHT! We’ll be staying outside the city of Hagen in the verdant and tropical mountain range of PNG. Here, we will be welcomed by fresh air, wild flowers and vast greenery.

Day 7
Friday, August 12, 2016 – Mt. Hagen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The group will depart in the morning to a local village for an extraordinary mini-singsing. This private event includes roughly 10 tribal groups, who will also be taking part in the Mt. Hagen Show. Viewing the performers in a smaller venue is a great opportunity to photograph them up close while they are adorned with paint, bird feathers and other materials.Tribesman Mt. Hagen Papua New Guinea

The performers will be donning outfits typical of the Mt. Hagen Show, yet each is completely unique with personalized feathered plumes from Birds of Paradise, pig tusks, shells and spectacular body paintings. During this mini-show, we will see a courting ceremony, a demonstration of traditional fighting utilizing bows and arrows, a marriage ceremony, and then we will get to taste traditionally prepared food baked in an underground oven (mumu).

The group will also visit a cultural center where ancient objects such as skeletons and spirit stones are exhibited. These are maintained by the tribal chief and his five wives.

Dinner and overnight at a private lodge in the Mt. Hagen area.

HIGHLIGHT! The mini-show is an extraordinary chance to observe the tribes practicing for the Mt. Hagen singsing. We will see them painting their bodies and faces, donning their feathers and adding various adornments to their outfits. We’ll then watch the actual performance in the main showgrounds. The tribespeople are really friendly and welcome having their photographs taken. We will have the opportunity to observe the show up close, mix with the performers and take plenty of photos.

Goroka Mudman in Hagen, Papua New GuineaDay 8
Saturday, August 13, 2016 – Mt. Hagen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, the group will leave for the Mt. Hagen Show. Weather depending, the group will depart early enough to see the singsing from the beginning (performers preparing for the show) to finish (final singing and dancing).

This day will be a full one as we’ll watch performers from around the country. Be prepared to see about 75 very different tribes. Late in the day, the group will return to the lodge.

Dinner and overnight at a private lodge in the Mt. Hagen area.

HIGHLIGHT! This particular show is unlike anything you will ever experience. Ever. We’ll have the opportunity to wander among these 75 tribes while they are singing and dancing – all tribes perform simultaneously. Count on each group trying to outshine the others.

Day 9
Sunday, August 14, 2016 – Mt. Hagen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, the group will return to the Mt. Hagen singsing for an additional half day Tari Man Village Papua New guineaof performances. There will be lots of things to experience and photograph on this day. In the afternoon, the group will return to the lodge to take it easy and recover from a lively couple of festival days.

Dinner and overnight at a private lodge in the Mt. Hagen area.

Day 10
Monday, August 15, 2016 – Mt. Hagen – Tari
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, the group will take the short commercial airline flight to Tari, home of the famous Huli Wigmen. Depending upon arrival time, we’ll settle in and enjoy dinner.

Overnight at Mo Ha Inn Guesthouse or similar in Tari.

Tribesman Mt. Hagen Papua New GuineaDay 11
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Tari
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today will be an amazing day that includes a full-day tour of Tari and some local villages. This area is still relatively untouched and the people here live very traditionally. We’ll learn from the local guide about how this community differs from others in PNG and we’ll get to see their rich culture, witness ceremonies and visit a fortune teller.

Dinner and overnight at Mo Ha Inn Guesthouse or similar in Tari.

Day 12
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – Tari – Port Moresby
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, the group will head to the Tari airport to fly to Port Moresby. The group will enjoy a final lunch together at a local restaurant and then have some time for last-minute souvenir shopping at local craft stores.

Dinner and overnight at Holiday Inn or similar in Port Moresby.

Day 13
Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Port Moresby – Departure Home
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the Port Moresby airport to catch our international flights.

** Itinerary subject to change without notice.


 *Already half full. This tour will sell out so don’t hesitate, register today!

Land only
: $7,950
Single supplement: $1,450
In-country flights: Approximately $1,400 for in-country flights (we book)

Interested in sharing the cost with another traveler? We do our best to pair up travelers so as to avoid the single supplement. However, priority is given to the first deposits received. If you’re interested in sharing, please send in your deposit as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this benefit. (Why a single supplement charge? See this FAQ page for an explanation.)

Booking and Payment Details

Final payment is due no later than June 6, 2016.

Price includes: Accommodation, most meals, land transportation, local guides and entry into all showgrounds and singsings.

Price does not include: Flights to and from Papua New Guinea, in-country flights (charged separately), evacuation insurance (highly recommended), purchases of personal nature such as artifacts, souvenirs, tips and beverages.

We recommend Insure My Trip for travel and/or evacuation insurance.

NOTE: Roundtrip flights from the U.S. start at about $1,800. A search on the major travel search engines may be up to four times that cost. For best pricing, please contact us for the name of our travel agent.

In Mt. Hagen, tour participants will have to share a room due to limited availability at our exclusive lodge.

This trip is limited to 10 people due to the limited availability of accommodations and requires an $800 deposit to secure your spot.
Minimum bookings required: 5 people

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Registration Form Mt. Hagen 2016 (PDF)

For deposit and payments, please make payable and mail check to:

PO Box 16102
Seattle, WA 98116

For questions, please contact Beth at:
info (at) wandertours (dot) com

It’s easy to register by making your deposit of $800! Simply click on the Register Now button below and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you add your debit or credit card information. You do not need a PayPal account to do this. Subsequent payments may be made through PayPal by sending to: beth (at) wandertours (dot) com.

Papua New Guinea Mt. Hagen Show Tour 2016 Itinerary 

Beth Whitman Papua New GuineaTour Leader
About Beth

Beth Whitman imagined visiting Papua New Guinea for 30 years. Soon after exploring the country herself, she was certain that others were eager to discover this amazing country but, like her, weren’t sure how to do it on their own. So she organized these tours so that others could realize their desire to visit this fascinating island nation.

Beth is the author of the Wanderlust and Lipstick guides including The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, For Women Traveling to India and is the publisher of Traveling with Kids. She is also the publisher and founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours.

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