Goroka Show
Option 2: Mount Hagen, Goroka, Sepik & Port Moresby
11 Days & 10 Nights
Program covers Port Moresby, Mt. Hagen, Goroka and Sepik. Program coincides with the celebrations of PNG Independence which falls on the 16th of September of each year.

Sepik is famous for its waterways along the mighty Sepik River. The people along the river live a traditional lifestyle. Farming, fishing and hunting are daily activities. Each village is unique in nature and culture. Tourists enjoy Sepik when they really get down to the people and learn about their cultures and style of living. The famous icon is the Sepik Haus Tambran (Sepik spirit house), the crocodile festival, and many different types of carvings.

While in the Highlands tourists will enjoy beautiful sceneries, high mountain terrains, fast flowing rivers, great valleys and of course the people and their rich cultures/ festivals such as the Mt. Hagen and Goroka shows

Note: Tour program is subject to change or improvement depending on tourist interest.


Day 1 (Meals: Lunch & Dinner on arrival)
After passage through custom’s formalities meet our guide at the loby area who will assist you to check in for the Mt. Hagen flight, exchange money and even purchase local Sim for your phone to be used while in PNG. Walk to the domestic terminal and wait for your flight to be announced and board the flight for Mt. Hagen.

Meet on arrival and transfer to Travelers Hut for a short stop over, lunch and continue to Magic Mountain. You have the chance of seeing small markets, the people and beautiful landscapes as you drive to Magic Mountain.  Spend the afternoon at the lodge or take a few minutes’ walk to acclimatize yourself.

Note:
•Mt. Hagen to Magic Mountain is approximately 45 minutes drive.
•Magic Mountain is established at an altitude of 2400 meters above sea leve
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Magic Mountain Nature Lodge is set in a natural and lush environment. Based on typical Highland’s architectural design, the lodge perfectly blends into the natural environment and traditional identities of the people living at Paiya village. This would be a magical experience offering facilities that places high emphasis on quality and standards. All units self -contained (toilet and shower inside) 24 hours electricity and hot water system.  Magic Mountain nature lodge is about 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen. It is located at the foot of Mt. Hagen. Many tourists have highly commended Magic Mountain Nature lodge because of its setting and scenic views overlooking Mt. Hagen valley.

Day 2 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Early breakfast and transfer to Paiya village for the Paiya mini show. Paiya village is 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen town.  Welcome by the chief and wives in traditional attire and allow you to explore the village, meet with the people especially the performers, take photo and do your own studies. You are free to take photos from preparations to rehearsal and actual dance on the main arena.
The show involves diverse groups from different parts of the province/country. Decorated with head dress, plumes of bird of paradise, body ornaments and grass skirts, face decorations with clay & charcoal singing and dancing  to the beat  of the kundu drums, followed with courtship performances such as mock fighting using shields, bows and arrows, traditional marriage, exchanging pigs, money and other valuables. The day ends with a local cuisine called “Mumu” prepared in a pit oven with hot stones mixed with vegetables, pork or lamp & sweet potato and  covered with leaves. Your chance to savor local cuisine on banana leaves.
A small village museum is located at the rear and guides are encouraged to bring tourists to the museum to explore spirit gods, skeletons, tools and weapons which are believed to be over 200 years old.

Note:
• Paiya mini show has been highly commended because of the village setting, the friendly people and opportunity to mingle and communicate with  the people and its organization.
•Mt. Hagen to Paiya village is approximately 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen and 10 minutes drive from Magic Mountain.
•Show starts around 10:00am but advise early arrival for village tour and photographing during preparations


Day 3 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
This day you will be traveling to Goroka. Traveling time will be approximately 5 hours. Necessary to stop along the road meeting people, viewing some of the great valleys, high mountains terrains, rivers and local markets as you drive along the Highlands Highway.

Stop over at Mindima village for courtship performance and lunch.  After lunch continue to Goroka and check in at GK lodge and overnight.

Day 4 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and transfer to Goroka show ground located within the town. Approximately 5 minutes drive from GK lodge. This will be a big festival that involves more than 50 ethnical dancing groups from the Highlands and Costal provinces of PNG. Transfer early in order to see the perorations to performance.  The show goes on for 2 days. Tourists will be allowed to enter the main arena with tourist’s badge. Tour chance to mingle with the performers and take photos even talk with them and learn about their cultures. Afternoon retire to hotel and continue to McCarthy museum, scenic tour and retire to hotel/lodge.

Note:
•Show starts around 10:00am but advice early visit to locations where preparations are going on. 
•Show finishes around 2:00pm followed with speeches


Day 5 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and continue with the show and afternoon transfer to Asaro Mud man village for village study tour. Here the locals put on traditional cooking slightly different to Mt. Hagen, mud man show, arrow shooting, and dance performed by the ladies.  Afternoon retire to hotel and overnight.

Day 6 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and transfer to Port Moresby and onward international destination.

PROGRAM ENDS HERE


Note: You may extend tour programs or other activities such as Kalam festival, Trekking, Birding or continue to other provinces.
Option 1: Port Moresby, Mount Hagen, Goroka & Port Moresby
6 Days & 5 Nights
Goroka Mudmen performaing at the show
Tourists posing for the camera after taking part at the show

Day 1 (Meals: Meals (Lunch & Dinner on arrival)
After passage through custom’s formalities meet our guide at the loby area who will assist you to check in for the Mt. Hagen flight, exchange money and even purchase local Sim for your phone to be used while in PNG. Walk to the domestic terminal and wait for your flight to be announced and board the flight for Mt. Hagen.

Meet our local guide and transfer to Travelers Hut for a short stop over, lunch and continue to Magic Mountain.  You have the chance of seeing small markets, the people and beautiful landscapes as you drive to Magic Mountain. Spend the afternoon at the lodge or take a few minutes’ walk to acclimatize yourself.

Notes:
•Mt. Hagen to Magic Mountain is approximately 45 minutes drive.
•Magic Mountain is established at an altitude of 2400 meters above sea level.


Magic Mountain Nature Lodge is set in a natural and lush environment. Based on typical Highland’s architectural design, the lodge perfectly blends into the natural environment and traditional identities of the people living at Paiya village. This would be a magical experience offering facilities that places high emphasis on quality and standards. All units self - contained (toilet and shower inside) 24 hours electricity and hot water system. Magic Mountain nature lodge is about 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen. It is located at the foot of Mt. Hagen. Many tourists have highly commended Magic Mountain Nature lodge because of its setting and scenic views overlooking Mt. Hagen valley.

Day 2 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Early breakfast and transfer to Paiya village for the Paiya mini show. Paiya village is about 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen town.  Welcome by the chief and wives in traditional attire and allow you to explore the village, meet with the people especially the performers, take photo and do your own studies. You are free to take photos from preparations to rehearsal and actual dance on the main arena.
The show involves diverse groups from different parts of the province/country. Decorated with head dress, plumes of bird of paradise, body ornaments and grass skirts, face decorations with clay & charcoal singing and dancing  to the beat  of the kundu drums, followed with courtship performances such as mock fighting using shields, bows and arrows, traditional marriage, exchanging pigs, money and other valuables. The day ends with a local cuisine called “Mumu” prepared underground oven with hot stones mixed with vegetables, pork or lamp  & sweet potato and covered with leaves. Your chance to savor local cuisine on banana leaves.
A small village museum is located at the rear and guides are encouraged to bring tourists to the museum to explore spirit gods, skeletons, tools and weapons which are believed to be over 200 years old.

Note: 
• Paiya mini show has been highly commended because of the village setting, the friendly people and opportunity to mingle and communicate with  the people and its organization.
• Mt. Hagen to Paiya village is approximately 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen and 10 minutes drive from Magic Mountain.
• Show starts around 10:00am but advise early arrival for photographing during preparations.

Day 3 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
This day you will be traveling to Goroka. Traveling time will be approximately 5 hours. Necessary to stop along the road meeting people, viewing some of the great valleys, high mountains terrains, rivers and local markets as you drive along the Highlands Highway.
Stop over at Mindima village for courtship performance and lunch.  After lunch continue to Goroka and check in at GK lodge and overnight.

Day 4 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and transfer to Goroka show ground located within the town. Approximately 5 minutes driver from GK lodge. This will be a big festival that involves more than 50 ethnical dancing groups from the Highlands and costal - PNG.  Transfer early in order to see the perorations to performance.  The show goes on for 2 x days. Tourists will be allowed to enter the main arena with tourist’s badge. Tourist will have the chance to mingle with the performers and take photos even talk with them and learn about their cultures. Afternoon retire to hotel and continue to McCarthy museum, scenic tour and retire to hotel/lodge.

Day 5 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and continue with the show and afternoon transfer to Asaro Mud man village for village study tour. Here the locals put on traditional cooking slightly different to Mt. Hagen, mud man show, arrow shooting, and a dance performed by the ladies. Afternoon to hotel and overnight.

Note:
•Show starts around 10:00am but advice early visit to locations where preparations are going on. 
•Show finishes around 2:00pm followed with speeches

Day 6 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Morning B/fast and transfer to Wewak via Port Moresby. Meet greet on arrival and transfer to Boutique hotel and overnight.
Note: There is not direct flight from Mt. Hagen therefore you will connect flight out of Port Moresby.

Day 7 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Early B/fast and transfer to Pagwi village, an entrance  to the mighty Sepik River. Approximately 4 hrs drive from Wewak. Connect with motorist canoe and transfer downstream to Kanganamun village where you will be welcomed by the local people in their tradional fashion. Here settle in for accommodation and overnight.

Note:
•Accommodation is basic with matress on the floor, shower in buckets,  pit toilets provided outside. Generators used in some locations while others use tourches.
•People live a tradtional lifestyle here and you need to follow certain rules & aquinted with until you are released  after a few days experience.

Day 8 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner
B/fast and get prepared for the mini festival organized by the local people.  The local people put on traditional dance - singing and dancing to the beat of the kundu drums. Songs reflect the dance, importance of the community even some praise and worship songs of gods. Take time to take photos, mingle with the people and learn about their cultures and way of life. 
Take time also to visit Spirit houses and spiritual displays - gods believed to be living spirits that had been worshiped for many years. Do your own study on sago making, weaving, carvings and art displays, visit the huts how they are constructed and do a general village study till afternoon and retire to your village huts for shower followed with dinner and overnight. Overnight:  Kanganamun village.

Note:
•No fees charged for taking photos. This is same in other centers
•Tips are not common in PNG but because of tourists influence this has become a practice. Expectation is there but guides/porters and service providers do not request for tips. It is up to the tourists to decide the amount.
•Always ask the guide if you are not sure of anything.
•Road leading to Pagwi is bad with lots of bumpy rides and pot holes. Be prepared for the bad road.

Day 9 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast followed with short presentations, and say farewell to the locals and on to the dugout canoes and transfer upstream to Pagwi and on to a waiting vehicle and transfer back to Wewak and overnight. Overnight:  Boutique hotel.

Day 10 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)

B/fast and transfer to Port Moresby. Meet with local guide and transfer to hotel/lodge and check in followed with lunch. After lunch brief tour of Port Moresby - Botanical garden, Parliament house, National musum, fish market and retire to hotel and overnight.

Day 11 (Meals: B/fast)
B/fast and check out for airport and continued international destination.

PROGRAM ENDS HERE.

Note: You may extend tour or activities such as Kalam festival, Trekking, Birding or continue to other provinces.
Option 3: Port Moresby, Mt. Hagen, Goroka, Simbai - Kalam Festival & Port Moresby
11 Days & 10  Nights
Sepik Crocodile Festival
Man holding a crocodile during the show
Program covers Port Moresby, Mt. Hagen, Goroka, Simbai - Kalam festival and Port Moresby. Goroka show coincides with the celebrations of PNG Independence which falls on the 16th of September of each year.


Day 1  (Meals: Meals (Lunch & Dinner on arrival)
After passage through custom’s formalities meet our guide at the foyer who will assist you to check in for the Mt. Hagen flight, exchange money and even purchase local Sim for your phone to be used while in PNG. Walk to the domestic terminal and wait for your flight to be announced and board the flight to Mt. Hagen.

Meet our local guide and transfer to Travelers Hut for a short stop over, lunch and continue to Magic Mountain.  You have the chance of seeing small markets, the people and beautiful landscapes as you drive to Magic Mountain.  Spend the afternoon at the lodge or take a minutes’ walk to acclimatize yourselves.

Notes:
•Mt. Hagen to Magic Mountain is approximately 45 minutes drive.
•Magic Mountain is established at an altitude of 2400 meters above sea level


Magic Mountain Nature Lodge is set in a natural and lush environment.  Based on typical Highland’s architectural design, the lodge perfectly blends into the natural environment and traditional identities of the people living at Paiya village. This would be a magical experience offering facilities that places high emphasis on quality and standards. All units self - contained (toilet and shower inside) 24 hours electricity and hot water system. Magic Mountain nature lodge is about 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen. It is located at the foot of Mt. Hagen. Many tourists have highly commended Magic Mountain Nature lodge because of its setting and scenic views overlooking Mt. Hagen valley.


Day 2   (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Early breakfast and transfer to Paiya village for the Paiya mini show. Paiya village is about 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen town.  Welcome by the chief and wives in traditional attire and allow you to explore the village, meet with the people especially the performers, take photo and do your own studies. You are free to take photos from preparations to rehearsal and actual dance on the main arena.
The show involves diverse groups from different parts of the province/country. Decorated with head dress, plumes of bird of paradise, body ornaments and grass skirts, face decorations with clay & charcoal singing and dancing  to the beat  of the Kundu drums.
Follow with courtship performances such as mock fighting using shields, bows and arrows, traditional marriage, exchanging pigs, money and other valuables. The day ends with a local cuisine called “Mumu” prepared underground oven with hot stones mixed with vegetables, pork or lamp  & sweet potato and  covered with leaves. Your chance to savor local cuisine on banana leaves.
A small village museum is located at the rear and guides are encouraged to bring tourists to the museum to explore spirit gods, skeletons, tools and weapons which are believed to be over 200 years old.

Note: 
•Paiya mini show has been highly commended because of the village setting, the people and opportunity for tourists to mingle and communicate with  the people and its organization.
•Mt. Hagen to Paiya village is approximately 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen and 10 minutes drive from Magic Mountain Nature Lodge.
•Show starts around 10:00am but advise early arrival for village tour and photographing during preparations
.

Day 3  (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
This day you will be traveling to Goroka. Traveling time will be approximately 5 hours. Necessary to stop along the road meeting people, viewing some of the great valleys, high mountains terrains, rivers and local markets as you drive along the Highlands Highway.

Stop over at Mindima village for courtship performance and lunch. After lunch continue to Goroka and check in at GK lodge and overnight.

Day 4  (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and transfer to Goroka show ground located within the town. Approximately 5 minutes drive from GK lodge. This will be a big festival that involves more than 50 ethnical dancing groups from the Highlands and Coastal provinces of PNG. Transfer early in order to see the perorations to performance. The show goes on for 2 days. Tourists will be allowed to enter the main arena with tourist’s badge. Tourist will have the chance to mingle with the performers and take photos even talk with them and learn about their cultures. Afternoon retire to hotel and continue to McCarthy museum, scenic tour and retire to hotel/lodge.

Day 5  (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and continue with the show and afternoon transfer to Asaro Mud man village for village study tour. Here the locals put on traditional cooking slightly different to Mt. Hagen, mud man show,  arrow shooting, and dance performed by the ladies. Afternoon to hotel and overnight.

Note:
•Show starts around 10:00am but advice early visit to locations where preparations are going on. 
•Show finishes around 2:00pm followed with speeches.


Day 6  (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Morning B/fast and transfer to Mt. Hagen and overnight.

Day 7  (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Early B/fast and transfer to Mt. Hagen airport for flight to Simbai. Mt. Hagen/ Simbai is 20 minutes flight on a smaller aircraft.  Simbai is remote and flights go there twice a week and somtimes on on customer demand. Meet on arrival and transfer to Kalam guesthouse and overnight.

Note: 
•Accommodation is basic with matress on the floor, shower in buckets, pit toilets provided outside. Generator used so as tourches.
•People live a tradtional lifestyle  here  and you need to follow certain rules & aquinted with until you are released.


Day 8  (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and attend full day Kalam festival. Activities include culture festival - man in costumes with round head wigs built from impressive green beetles singing and dancing, traditional cooking - mumu where pigs slotted/ killed in numbers celebrating the festivity, boys initiation, bride price payment and generally village study. Because of the isolation and remoteness, the people are so friendly and keen to meet with tourists and love to tell their side of the lifestyle. Spend time with the locals and learn about the way of life and difficulties faced in accessing Government and other services.

Note:
•Number of tourists to Kalam festival is growing.
•Normally flight to Simbai is on charter.


Day 9  (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Continue with the same program and overnight.

Day 10  (Meals: Meals (Lunch & Dinner on arrival)
B/fast and say goodbye to everyone and transfer back to Mt. Hagen on a chartered aircraft and continue to Port Moresby. Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel and overnight.

Day 11  (Meals: Meals (Lunch & Dinner on arrival)
B/fast and transfer to airport for onward international destination.

PROGRAM ENDS HERE
Getting ready for Kalam Festival
Goroka show