Papua New Guinea – Mt. Hagen Show Tour

Papua New Guinea Hagen Tour

Tour Details

Papua New Guinea Mt. Hagen Show Tour

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Type: Co-ed Tours
Dates: August 10 - 22, 2019
Number of Days: 13
Cost: $6,950+ air

* Only a few spots left! Don’t delay in registering for this tour as it always sells out!

* We have a male interested in sharing a room.

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
* Attend the Paiya Mini-Show where a small number of tribes perform in advance of the Mt. Hagen SingSing
* 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 Goroka region, the home of the Asaro mudmen
* Returning WanderTours participants receive a 5% discount on land cost

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Register now via PayPal by clicking on the Register Now button. You can sign in as a guest and do not need a PayPal account.


Note: Cancellation fees apply. Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions before registering.

Papua New Guinea Mt. Hagen Show Itinerary

The adventure starts in Port Moresby on August 10, 2019. Nearly all flights arrive via Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, Singapore or Tokyo. We encourage you to arrive on the 10th and no earlier as there are few things to do in Port Moresby.

You might consider overnighting in Australia (or wherever your entry point is) on the night of the 9th to ensure your on-time arrival on the 10th in Port Moresby. This will also help you get over jet lag.

Day 1
Saturday, August 10, 2019 – 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 a village on stilts and the local fish market.

Overnight at Holiday Inn or similar in Port Moresby.

Day 2
Sunday, August 11, 2019 – Port Moresby – Wewak
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, we’ll head to the airport for the flight to Wewak. We’ll be met by a local guide and taken to the hotel where we’ll check in and have lunch. 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 or similar.

Sepik River BoatDay 3
Monday, August 12, 2019 – Wewak – Sepik River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we’ll enjoy an early breakfast and then travel around four hours to Pagwi by road, stopping at roadside markets along the way. We’ll then take a 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 via a generator 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 whether this will be provided by our hosts).

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 boating 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 13, 2019 – Sepik River

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

Today, we’ll visit nearby villages while experiencing the tranquility of the Sepik River. At these villages, we’ll visit spirit houses and be able to see (and purchase) fine handicrafts and artifacts. We’ll 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 14, 2019 – Sepik River – Wewak
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a leisurely 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 or similar.

Hagen Mountains Papua New guineaDay 6
Thursday, August 15, 2019 – 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 journey 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 Magic Mountain (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 lush greenery. We’ll be staying in private cabins located on a beautiful hillside that are simple but have private bathrooms with showers.

Day 7
Friday, August 16, 2019 – Mt. Hagen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The group will depart in the morning to a local village for an extraordinary mini-singsing. The Paiya Mini-Show is a private event that 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 natural and man-made 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 as well as a marriage ceremony.

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 Magic Mountain (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 at 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 17, 2019 – 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 Magic Mountain (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 18, 2019 – 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 much to experience and photograph. 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 Magic Mountain (private lodge) in the Mt. Hagen area.

Day 10
Monday, August 19, 2019 – Mt. Hagen – Goroka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

For those interested, today we’ll depart very early (around 4 a.m.) for the 45-minute drive to Nebilyer to seek out the elusive bird of paradise. Depending on the nesting cycle when we’re there, we might see a few types of these beautiful birds—Raggiana, King of Saxony and Stephanie’s Astraphia. We’ll have breakfast in town before making our way to Goroka (approximately four-hour drive).

* It’s likely the birding area will be muddy. Wear shoes you’re OK using to tromp through mud/wetlands.

We’ll stop along the way for lunch and also stop at a coffee factory before arriving in Goroka.

Overnight at Bird of Paradise Hotel or similar in Goroka.

Tribesman Mt. Hagen Papua New Guinea

Day 11
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – Goroka
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will tour the sights around Goroka including the JK McCarthy Museum, which has displays of pottery, weapons, clothes, jewelry and art.

We’ll visit the famous Asaro mudmen and learn about how they make masks, bamboo flutes and weavings. We’ll also see performances by both the local men and women as they perform traditional dances.

Overnight at Bird of Paradise Hotel or similar in Goroka.

HIGHLIGHT! Though small, the JK McCarthy Museum is literally a treasure trove of history and information about PNG and its culture. You could well find yourself wanting to spend hours here!

Day 12
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – Goroka – Port Moresby
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today after breakfast, we’ll depart for the airport for our morning flight to Port Moresby. Depending on our arrival time, we may have time to visit the National Museum, Parliament Haus or other sights.

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

Day 13
Thursday, August 22, 2019 – 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.

* Only a few spots left! Don’t delay in registering for this tour as it always sells out!


Tour: $6,950
Single supplement: $1,150
In-country flights: Approximately $950 for in-country flights (we book)

Interested in sharing the cost with another fabulous traveler? We do our best to pair up our tour participants so you can 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? See this FAQ page for an explanation.)

Booking and Payment Details

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), and purchases of personal nature such as artifacts, souvenirs, tips and beverages.

NOTE: Roundtrip flights from the U.S. start at about $1,800 (although prices have been known to drop to $1,000). A search on the major travel search engines may be up to four times that cost. For the best pricing, please contact us for the name of our travel agent.

This trip is limited to 12 people due to the limited availability of accommodations and requires an $800 deposit to secure your spot.

Minimum bookings required: 5 people (minimum reached)

Final payment is due no later than June 10, 2019.

It’s easy to register…

We love checks as it helps keep our costs down by avoiding credit card fees. If you’re able to pay the deposit or full amount by check or wire transfer, we’ll not only love you more but we’ll send you a free copy of one of Beth’s books (your choice which one). ** U.S. residents receive a print copy, international residents receive a PDF.

Here’s our mailing address:

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Of course, you can pay by credit card as well. Simply click on the Register Now button below and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you add your debit or credit card information for the $800 deposit. Though this goes through PayPal, you do not need a PayPal account. Subsequent payments may be made through PayPal or by check (see above for our wonderful offer!). 🙂


Note: Cancellation fees apply. Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions before registering.

The fine print

Papua New Guinea Mt. Hagen Show 2019 Registration Form (online form)

Papua New Guinea – Mt. Hagen Show Tour – Itinerary (PDF)

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

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

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

beth Whitman baliTour Escort: Beth Whitman
Beth 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.

This will be Beth’s ninth trip to Papua New Guinea.

Beth is the author of the Wanderlust and Lipstick guides including The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo and For Women Traveling to India. She is the publisher and founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours and hosts the Be Bold podcast which can be found through your favorite podcast provider.

She is also the founder of the WanderWorld Foundation.

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Papua New Guinea Photo Gallery
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