Stone Korowai & Asmat Tribe, 14D/13N
DAY 01: ARRIVAL JAYAPURA - DEKAI (D)
On arrival in Jayapura, By flight to Dekai, a small size town to the west of Wamena. It takes us about 30 minutes flight. Dekai is anew developed village to a small size town, after the recent self autonomy policy in Papua. Roads, government offices, etc are started to built. Arrival in Dekai, then check in to the small hotel in Dekai. This small town lies on the lower altitude than Wamena. Dekai is the home of the Manimo tribe, a tribe which is quite modern now.
DAY 02: DEKAI - LOPON - BRAZA RIVER - MUARA SIRETZ (B,L,D).
Transfer by motorcycle to the small traditional harbor on Lopon village, about 1 hour of rough ride along the unpaved road. From Lopon, we will sail down to the south to Braza river, one of the largest river flowing to the south joining other river to Asmat area. All the way you will see the dense forest, peaceful surrounding, sometimes encounter the other passing by boats. On the way we may stop at the small villages which are belong to Citak Mitak tribe. This tribe built their houses on the riverside make of wood shape, with grass roof. In the past 1980's the tribe were still naked, however, the opening of the access to their village has changed their way of clothing. Now they wear short pants, but mostly wearing no shirt. There are 2 or 3 small villages. Most of them still work as food gather, such as fishing and hunting animals. We will be arriving at Muara Siretz in about 7 hours sail downriver.
DAY 03: MUARA SIRETZ - MABU (B,L,D).
Muara Siretz is the largest village of Citak Mitak tribe. There are about 150 houses on stilts here, approximately 400 peoples living in here. A little different from the locals at the small village we visit on the way, the have a little more modern clothing. There are also small church and school here, so some kids already go to school. After breakfast at the local house, we sail to Mabu village, a village belong to Koroway peoples. We need about 4,5 hrs of sail today. It is our 1st encounter with the Koroway peoples. We stay at the local house here, while our guide arrange the local porter with the local chief, you may explore the small village feely. The locals here work as hunter and farmer.
DAY 04: MABU - STONE KOROWAY (B,L,D).
Together with the porters, we walk to stone Koroway domain. The stone Korowai is much closed to the public compare to the outer Koroway. Different from the outer Koroway, they live far in the jungle, living nomadic, still wearing leaves to cover their penis (male) and grass or tree bark for the female. We have a very flexible day to day length of walk in their domain. Once we reach their village, it does not mean that we are allowed to enter, gifts have to be provided for the chief. If they take our gift, it means that we can enter. Once we get in there, you will be back to centuries of years ago. No modern equipment, no electricity, no fabric clothes, etc.
DAY 05 - 06: IN THE STONE KOROWAY (B,L,D).
We spend couple of days in their home. Observe their daily life, if they allow, join them at work for hunting, or sago harvesting. Almost the same as the outer Koroway, the land of the Stone Korowai lies on the low land with muddy terrain, swamp, virgin forest, small rivers, sago forest. Sago is their main food staple, but they also do fishing on the river, or animal such as cuscus or birds, or wild boar, snake, frog, etc as the supplement. Beside those, they also take other forest product such as fruit and sprout. We may have a chance to stay on their tee house.
DAY 07: BACK TO MABU (B,L,D)
Today, together with our porter team, we return back to Mabu, back to the modern village. Stay one night here.
DAY 08: MABU - SUATOR.
Today we ride the boat again from Mabu down to Suator Area, Asmat territory. We will spend about 9 hours on the wooden boat passing the great Braza river with it's nice landscape view, meet the locals on the way from Asmat up to Mabu or Lokbon, meet the locals fishing on the riverside, etc. Arrival late in the afternoon in Suator, then stay overnight at local house.
DAY 09: SUATOR – ASMAT VILLAGE / JINAK (B,L,D).
After breakfast at the local stilt house, then other oat from Asmat village will pick us up from this village. We may spend about 8 or 9 hours on the motorized canoe. Sail downriver under the shade of the tree. Great experience to comprehend the floral life along the river bank. Mangroves, sago tree, and other swamp plant type are thrive well all the way. We may also meet the locals paddling their boat down or up river, fishing or move from one village to the other. The river we are sailing through is the main “highway” in the hinterland. Arrival in the afternoon at Asmat village, and stay at their long house.
DAY 10: JINAK- ATSY – ASMAT VILLAGE.
After early breakfast, you are proceed to get on the boat again for another long ride to Atsyi, the second largest Sub District in the Asmat region. Passing the big rivers of Wildemann and Sirets, the most well – known river in the Asmat people, enjoying the view of the busy villages on both sides until you arrive in Atsy in the afternoon. Lunch served on the boat by the cook. Dinner at the simple house in Atsy (B, L, D)
DAY 11: ASMAT MBIS POLE CEREMONY.
Enjoy the Mbis Pole Ceremony in front of a long-stilted and thatched men’s house. Painted and adorned with feathers, men came from all directions, singing rhythmic chants accompanied by drumming. The group undulated back and forth, shaking a bamboo platform where men were raising two lime-encrusted mbis poles. This was an intense and beautiful performance that imprinted tribal images in our minds. Both male and female guests were then invited into the men’s house. In the dimly lit, smoky, and well-used structure, one could feel a sense of ageless superstition and spirituality permeating the very fabric of the walls. (B,L,D)
DAY 12: ASMAT VILLAGE – AGATS.
After breakfast you will have another boat ride to Agats, Sub District of the Asmat region. Lunch served en route. In the afternoon you may walk around the town of Agats, the Sub District of the Asmat region and also visit Art Museum in Agats which is worth to do. Overnight and dinner at Asmat Inn in Agats (B, L, D)
DAY 13: AGATS – TIMIKA (WED/THU).
Sail back on motorized canoe to Ewer airstrip, then fly to Timika. Then transfer to hotel in Timika for overnight.
DAY 14: TIMIKA – BALI.
Transfer to airport for flight to your next destination.