The Baliem Valley in the highlands of Western New Guinea lies in the mountains of central Papua at 1,600 m.a.s.l. The Baliem Valley of the highlands of Western New Guinea in the mountains of central Papua 1,600 m.a.s.l.

The Baliem Valley

Tour to Baliem Valley

Trekking in the highlands of Irian Jaya a region inhabited by Papuan Tribes

If yours is an adventurous spirit, a fascinating expedition in Baliem Valley will fulfill all your expectations...

The highlands of Irian Jaya is the region inhabited by the Dani Tribes and other sub tribes as Yali and Lani. The many different tribes have lived scattered across the highland plateau for 1000 years, they are small agrarian clans, isolated by the harsh terrain and divided by language, custom and tradition. This will be a journey through the time to encounter complex and primitive cultures, that look as come out of "the stone age”. Some of the many Papuan tribal languages are related to others, but some are unique. The people of Papua are ethnically distinct from the rest of Indonesians. The most of the highlands tribes of the Baliem Valley practice pig husbandry and sweet potato cultivation. 

The stunningly beautiful Baliem Valley, sometimes known as the Grand Valley, of the highlands of Western New Guinea lies high up in the mountains of central Papua at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, hemmed in by steep green mountain walls.

Wamena is the main city in the Baliem Valley of West Papua that serves as the gateway to explore further into the valley and is home to around 10,000 inhabitants who form a mix of Papuans, Dani, Yali, Lani, Asmat and other local tribes.

Explore the last frontier of Indonesia's remote West Papua and embark on a spectacular cultural journey. Next departure: Baliem Valley Tribal Festival, August 2019

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Next departure: Baliem Valley Tribal Festival, August 2019. Cruising Indonesia organises tailor-made travel in Baliem Valley all year around

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Best time to visit Baliem Valley

The best times to visit are probably between March and September, with August being the best month if you want to witness the famous Baliem Valley Festival that is held annually in Wamena. Cruising Indonesia organises customised travels in Baliem Valley all year around.

Baliem Valley Tribal Festival

The various tribes living around the Baliem Valley area send groups to represent their traditions, dances and cultures and you’ll have the perfect opportunity to experience the richness of the tribal cultures of Papua.

Things to See and Do in the Baliem Valley

Trekking across the villages

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Trekking across the villages of Baliem Valley

Pay obeisance to a centuries-old mummy

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Pay obeisance to a centuries-old mummy of Baliem Valley

Visit the colourful local markets

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Visit the colourful local markets of Baliem Valley tribes

Gaze at the life around the bridge

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The life around the Baliem Valley bridge

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