itinerary

Day 1:  Sunday 13 August 2017 - Arrive Port Moresby 

On arrival at Port Moresby Hotel Courtesy Coach will transfer group to Hotel. Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Monday 14 August 2017 - POM – Mt Hagen - Kegsugel  PX180 8:30 POM HGU 09:30 

Early morning transfer to Port Moresby Domestic terminal by hotel courtesy Coach. On arrival at Mt Hagen, group will be met by our PNG representative and transported to Mt Wilhelm Lodge, our accommodation for tonight.  The drive is along a very rough road, and guests will more than likely be sitting on the deck of an open ute. This is the best place to view the spectacular scenery and conditions along the way in which the Highland people live. Accommodation: Lodge (Meals B/L/D)

Day 3:  Tuesday 15 August 2017 - Lodge – Base Camp  3-4 hr leisurely hike

After a leisurely breakfast this morning the group starts their walk up to Base Camp. Taking time to acclimatise and enjoy the scenery, walking under the jungle canopy, spotting wild orchids and hopefully some bird life. Then out into a swampy fern lined valley up to the lakes where base camp is situated. Accommodation: Base Camp Hut (Meals B/L/D)

Day 4:  Wednesday 16 August 2017 - Summit Mt Wilhelm-Descend to Lodge    approx 13-14hrs

A long day ahead of the group today, after retiring early to bed the previous night, we will rise at mid night; have a cup of tea/coffee and light breakfast.  Pack up gear which will be left in the hut. Start climbing Mt Wilhelm no later than 1am, should be peaking close to or just after sunrise.  Take lots of breaks and climb at a steady pace to assist in acclimatisation.  On reaching the summit make sure to take plenty of photos and absorb the views before beginning the long descent back to the Lodge. Stopping at Base Camp for a short period to have a hot drink and something to eat and then head down the hill back to the Lodge. This is an extremely long, hard physical day. Please do not underestimate how hard this day is going to be. Accommodation: Lodge (Meals B/L/D)       

 Day 5:  Thursday 17 August 2017 - Lodge – Mt Hagen POM    

 An early start this morning to return to Mount Hagen. Meet/Greet on arrival and transfer to accommodation. Accommodation: Lodge (B)

 Day 6:  Friday 18 August 2017 - Mt Hagen Show

An early breakfast before being transferred to the Paiya Mini Show, located approximately 20klms out of Mt Hagen township. Guests will be welcomed by the village chief and wives in traditional attire. Paiya mini/pre show involves different dancing groups from different areas of the province. Performers decorated with plumes of birds of paradise, body ornaments and grass skirts, faces decorated with clay, charcoal and traditional painting. Is also an opportunity to see the villagers prepare for the actual show. See mock fighting using shields and bows and arrows, traditional marriage ceremony - exchanging pigs, money and other valuables. The day ends with a local cuisine called "Mumu" prepared in an underground oven covered with hot stones and leaves. . Accommodation: Lodge (B)

Day 7:  Saturday 19 August 2017 - Mt Hagen Show

Today with your escort for the show guests will be transferred to the Mt Hagen show grounds. The Mt Hagen Cultural Show was first staged in 1964 by many different tribes from Western Highlands Province as a means of (1) sharing the cultural experience with each other, (2) to calm the every present tribal animosities and enmities by bringing all tribes together in a one cultural event to expose the positive side of life, (3) and to celebrate the diversity of cultures among the local people. In 1964 Papua New Guinea was stil under its colonial power, Australia. Between 1964 and 2017, there has been some huge paradigm shifts; one being so obvious is the show's focus. The Mt Hagen Cultural Show has changed its focus from the aforementioned three reasons to a new one that is, performing for tourists. The show of today is therefore, an international and domestic tourist attraction event. Also, there are prize monies to be won by the best performing cultural group, thus the competition is aggressive, yet colorful and exciting. Accommodation: Lodge (B)

Day 8:  Sunday 20 August 2017 - Mt Hagen Show

Transfer to the show. Day spent at the show. Accommodation: Lodge (B) 

Day 9: Monday 21 August 2017 - Mt Hagen –POM       PX181 10:00 HGU POM 11:00

Connect with flight back to Port Moresby. Transfer to International Airport and commence journey home.

Minimum of 2 pax booked before expedition will proceed.

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