Papua New Guinea – Mt. Hagen Show Tour

Papua New Guinea Hagen Tour

Tour Details

Mt. Hagen Show Cultural Tour to Papua New Guinea

Dates: August 13 – 25, 2016
Number of Days: 13


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WanderWorld Foundation – A portion of your tour cost will go toward supporting a program in PNG that will help a local community. In the past we’ve donated to Amnesty International to help women of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea.
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HIGHLIGHTS for this Papua New Guinea Tour

* 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
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The adventure starts in Port Moresby on August 13, 2016. Nearly all flights arrive via Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, Singapore or Tokyo. We encourage you to arrive on the 13th and no earlier as there are few things to do in Port Moresby.

You might consider overnighting in Australia (or where ever your entry point is) on the night of the 12th to ensure your on-time arrival on the 13th in Port Moresby. This will also help you get over jet lag.

Papua New Guinea Itinerary

Day 1
Saturday, August 13, 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 14, 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. Depending on our arrival time, we may have a chance to visit some small markets and sights around Wewak.

Overnight at In Wewak Boutique Hotel in Wewak.

Sepik River BoatDay 3
Monday, August 15, 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 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. Expect that we will all be sleeping in one large room. 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 16, 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 may also see different kinds of birds that inhabit the area and, if we’re lucky, a crocodile.

Overnight at homestay in Kanganamun.

starHIGHLIGHT! 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 17, 2016 – Sepik River – Wewak
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll head upriver back to our original boat launching point at 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 18, 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. Take note that it will likely be cold here at night.

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 19, 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 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.

starHIGHLIGHT! 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 20, 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 anywhere from 75-90 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.

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

Day 9
Sunday, August 21, 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 22, 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 may do a bit of sightseeing or settle in and enjoy dinner.

Overnight at AJ Guesthouse or similar in Tari.

Tribesman Mt. Hagen Papua New GuineaDay 11
Tuesday, August 23, 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 AJ Guesthouse or similar in Tari.

Day 12
Wednesday, August 24, 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 25, 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.


* Sorry you missed this tour! Please join us for our 2017 Mt. Hagen Show tour.

Land only
Single supplement:
In-country flights: Approximately  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 13, 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), visas, 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 may have to share a room due to limited availability at our exclusive lodge.

This trip is limited to 14 people due to the limited availability of accommodations and requires an $800 deposit to secure your spot.
Minimum bookings required: 5 people (Minimum reached)

Read Booking Terms & Conditions

Mt. Hagen Show Tour 2016 Registration Form (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

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.

This will be Beth’s sixth trip to Papua New Guinea and she can’t wait to share it with you!

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