Have you ever wanted to come face to face with fierce tribal warriors, head-hunters or a witch doctor? If so, or if you simply want to explore and experience one of the most remote parts of earth, come and experience the truly remarkable Mt Hagen Festival in Papua New Guinea!
On this tour, now a yearly classic, YPT will be taking full advantage of the festival celebrations allowing you to see the traditional New Guinean life in all its feathered glory. The Mt. Hagen Show, which goes on for three days, consists of hundreds of tribes from all over the island showcasing their tribe’s traditional dress and dancing.
During the tour, we will stop by the capital, Port Moresby where you will meet your guide and fellow travellers over drinks at the yacht club, before heading deep into the interior to one of the most isolated parts of the world.
Lots of tourists fly into Mount Hagen, see the show and leave, we want to give you a better taste of the PNG. We will head deeper into the highlands, visiting the cities of Goroka and Madang. We’ll break bread with the locals over a pig mumu feast and participate in smaller scale festivals. Break away from the resorts and experience real Papua New Guinea!
Don’t miss out on this incredible chance to see one of the least explored parts of the world!
Flights in this part of the world are often prompt to cancellations but can also sell out quite quickly. We recommend booking the tour early so that we can secure your included flights but waiting until two months before the tour before booking your flights to and out of Port Moresby. In the event of included flights selling out or rising two months before the tour, YPT reserves the right to review the tour price for late bookings.
Meet your YPT guide in the hotel in Port Moresby at 4pm.
Head out for a group dinner and some drinks at the new waterfront boardwalk. We will discuss the trip in more detail and it will also give you a chance to get to know your YPT guide and fellow travellers.
Overnight in Port Moresby
Wednesday 12th August – Mount Hagen
Early morning transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Mt. Hagen with PNG Airlines departing at 8:30 am and arriving in Mt. Hagen at 9:30am.
Upon arrival, we will meet our local guides and transfer to our hotel for check in
After check-in, you will go on a guided city tour to Mt Hagen main market and visit the fresh produce market where you can see all kinds of tribal artefacts unique to the interior of the New Guinea highlands
Afterwards we head out into the surrounding mountains for more sightseeing and we will see different kinds of wildlife, much of it unique to PNG, like birds of paradise, highland echidnas and cassowaries if we are lucky.
Head back to Mt Hagen for dinner and overnight
Thursday 13th August – Mount Hagen
We go deep into the highlands jungle to join villagers as they will prepare a celebration for our arrival.
The villagers will prepare pig mumu for us. Pig mumu involves the slaughtering of a pig, which is then prepared and cooked in a hole under hot rocks along with yam and corn. While we wait for it to cook, the villagers will introduce us to different customs and traditional skills such as fire making and archery.
After a massive feast, we will go for a trek to the nearby waterfall where we can swim and enjoy ice cold water.
Head back to Mt. Hagen for dinner at a Kaibar, local hole in the wall kind of restaurant and overnight.
Friday 14th August – Mount Hagen
After breakfast at 9am, we will drive out to the Luglamp community.
Today we will get the chance to mingle with villagers of this community at their school’s cultural day. It is like a mini-Mount Hagen festival organized by students, teachers and administrators of the community. Contrary to Mount Hagen Festival, you can expect us to be the only foreigners in sight!
Drive back to Mt. Hagen (1 hour)
Lunch in a local restaurant in Mount Hagen
Visit of a local coffee plantation and factory. Mount Hagen is renowned around PNG but also the world for the quality of the beans they produce here.
We head back to the city for dinner at the Highlander Hotel
Overnight back at our hotel.
Saturday 15th August – Mount Hagen
Today is the big day! We head to the local football ground which will turn into the site hosting the Mount Hagen festival. We get there early to make sure we can witness the members of different tribes dressing up and preparing their costumes.
Participate for a full day with a street food lunch outside the hotel. We can partake in traditional games and get to wear traditional makeup (extra charge)
This will be your chance to get up and close with the Huli Wigmen a tribe that wears extremely elaborate headdresses made from their own hair and other materials.
After the show in the afternoon we will head back to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight in Mt Hagen
Sunday 16th August – Mount Hagen
Another day at the show, this time with a chance to see he Waipa dance also known as the “big jump” dance which is a mass dance only found in PNG, quite an awesome sight and definitely a highlight.
Night out in Mt Hagen to celebrate the end of the festival and tour, we will go for dinner and drinks partying PNG style!
Overnight in Mt Hagen
Monday 17th August – Goroka
Today, we leave Mount Hagen for good as we will take our hired bus to see more of the highlands regions, stopping on the way for multiple photo opportunities.
We will stop for lunch in the city of Goroka. Goroka is the site of the other big festival in PNG and its oldest one.
We stop by the J.K McCarthy Museum in the city which is made up of several rooms showcasing everything from WWII relics and traditional PNG objects. A highlight of the exhibition is a collection of photos showing PNG as it was when it had its first contact with Australians in 1930s.
Overnight in Goroka
Tuesday 18th August – Madang
After resting well in Goroka, we take our bus and head to the beautiful coastal town of Madang in Morobe Province.
We arrive in Madang around noon for lunch in a local restaurant
We go on a city tour of Madang including a stop by the coast where we will see gorgeous sceneries left untouched for generations.
We continue and reach the beautiful coastal town of Madang, in Morobe Province.
Wednesday 19th August – Port Moresby
We take the early Air Niugini flight at 7:00 am from Madang back to Port Moresby at 8:00.
End of tour. Many international connections are available from Port Moresby such as flights to Australia, Singapore, the Philippines and Hong Kong. YPT can assist you in further adventures to the rest of the Pacific!