Tree People, Korowai

Papua-Kombai-tree people tribe

Tree people – Korowai, an old man Photo©Petr Jahoda

Papua-Kombai-tree people tribe

Tree people – Korowai, Mum and her baby Photo©Petr Jahoda

Papua-Kombai-tree people tribe

Tree house Photo©Petr Jahoda

more photos from Tree People Korowai Expedition 2015 can be found here



Jul 24 – Aug 8, 2016, code – strom-0160724
Sep 25 – Oct 9, 2016, code – strom-0160925
Oct 23 – Nov 6, 2016, code – strom-0161023
Nov 20 – Dec 4, 2016, code – strom-0161120


Day 1: Participants meet at Jakarta airport (Indonesia) in the late evening hours. Then depart for Papua.
Day 2: Trekking to Sentani waterfall (Jayapura), arrangement of the necessary permits for Papua. Alternatively, relaxation at the hotel swimming pool.
Day 3: Departure by a regular flight, then hiring motor boats and going up the beautiful river sceneries to a lowland jungle. We hire porters and trek to the first Tree People village. Then spend the night in the village.
Day 4 – 11: Trekking across the territories of Korowai and Kombai tribes. We observe the life and work of Tree People tribes – Korowai.
Day 12 – 13: Departure with a hired plane for Wamena – Baliem valley, Wamena sightseeing, local marketplace and visit of Lani tribe (short show). Visit of Dani tribe villages: Mummy in Jiwica, making fire, pig roasting, fascinating battle reconstruction, dances, songs, trip to a salt lake and the observation of how salt is “mined” using stems of banana palms.
Day 14: Departure by plane for Sentani (Jayapura), the capital of Indonesian province Papua. Sightseeing and shopping of souvenirs at the Hamadi market, then departure for Jakarta – participants who have connecting flights leave, the others spend the night in Jakarta and leave the following day.

OPTIONALLY: There is the possibility to extend the stay for diving in the north of Sulawesi (Manado-Bunaken Island and Lembeh Strait are some of the best places in the world to dive. Even National Geographic has reported on Lembeh Strait  – 11/2005). It is also possible to dive directly in the western part of Papua, which is perhaps the best diving place in the world. It has got this name because of its beautiful variety of coral reefs, the quantity and variety of fish species, and the multitude of other sea animals, including 8 species of pygmy sea horses. A week long visit comes with a guarantee of Manatee observation – fantastic experience. Please contact us for further information. For our clients, we organize diving trips for the standard prices of the local dive shops. We recommend only the really good, and well-tried ones.

Papua-Kombai-tree people tribe

Korowai – living in a tree house Photo©Petr Jahoda

Papua-Kombai-tree people tribe

Trekking through the forest is difficult and „wet“ – Brazilian cameraman filming Korowai tribe atracts attention Photo©Petr Jahoda

The price includes:

All accommodation in local mid-range quality hotels (during the trek in huts of the aborigines or in your tents), all inland transportation, air transportation from and to Wamena, travelling by hired river motorboats, a possible boating trip in gouged boats made by aborigines, 1 porter per person needed during trekking, an English speaking guide with a very good knowledge of the local environment, and where needed also a local guide. The price also includes safety expedition equipment: satellite navigational GPS system and a satellite phone. Our clients can use the satellite telephone for private calls (note that this requires your guide’s consent).

The price does not include:

The flight ticket to Asia (Jakarta) and back,the flight ticket from Jakarta to the Papua province Indonesia (Jayapura – Sentani) and back to Jakarta, food, entrance fees to attractions, and additional fees for taking photos and filming, extra porters.