Trekking

Day 1  (Lunch & Dinner on arrival)
Meet/greet on arrival and transfer to Magic Mountain Nature Lodge. Afternoon nature walks and short hiking around Magic Mountain for acclimatization purposes.

Day 2  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
“ Full day Hiking/Climbing Mt. Hagen.”

Trekking begins immediately after breakfast. A few kms walk through the grassland and into the rainforest ascending at an elevation of about 2400m until the 3800 meters peak is reached. The natures surrounding the peak are stunning with pristine grassland and panoramas overlooking Mt. Hagen and Nebliyer valleys. Take ample time to explore the natures, take photograph adventure and do own discoveries there until you are satisfied and descend to the lodge.

Note:
* Magic Mountain to the summit is approximately 8Kms. It takes 4 hours to reach the summit and 3 hrs return - total of 7hrs trekking.
* Climbing Mt. Hagen is for acclimatization purpose only. We recommend every trekker to climb Mt. Hagen in order to adjust themselves to the climate here before taking on Mt. Giluwe

Day 3 (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast around 4:30am and take an early morning drive to Kagoba an old high altitude agriculture research station. Here local porters and guides will be waiting to meet & greet. After sorting out luggages and bit of organization start walking through the grassland following the trails. It will take approximately 7- 8 hrs to reach the base camp.

A hand full of strong boys should walk ahead of others with the tents and food in order to get prepared - build tents, prepare dinner & huts before night falls.

Night falls around 6:00pm and the temperature gradually gets cold to at least 7 degree Celsius at night. The night becomes difficult because of cold temperatures and it can be uncomfortable in the traditional huts. This is an opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude. Extra warm clothing, your sleeping bag and an open log fire should keep you warm and comfortable until dawn for the next journey. 

Note:
•Mt. Giluwe is one of the 7th highest volcanic summits located in the central Highlands of PNG.
•Drive from Magic Mountain to Kagoba takes 1hr 30 minutes to arrive.
•Road conditions are bad and 4 wheel drives are necessary for the transfer.
•An early drive to Kagoba is recommended for early settlement at the base camp.

Day 4 (B/fast, Lunch & Diner)
Take an early morning (4:00am) hike up to the summit. This is highly adventurous and an experience to relish.  Expect to reach the summit at around 8:00am. Track leading to the peak is narrow, walk at your phase with concentration and determination. Finally the world is yours, the tranquility of the natures surrounding the mountain and valleys lying low bellow are stunning. Truly gorgeous and incomparable, you have just covered one of the 7th volcanic summits. Do your own explorations, study and photograph until you are satisfied and descend to the base camp. Lunch and rest for the afternoon.

Note: 
We have had experiences in the past where tourists/ guides reached Kagoba late night, sometimes in the rain and cold conditions which were so uncomfortable. We encourage you to overnight at the base camp in order to gain your strength and retire the next day with some stopovers for photographing, own study on the natures /exotic plants etc and reach Kagoba during the day.

Day 5  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Early morning walk to Kagoba and on to a waiting vehicle and transfer back to Magic Mountain and overnight.

Day 6  (B/fast only)
Morning B/fast and transfer to Mt. Hagen airport for onward destination or continue to Mt. Wilhelm.

PROGRAM ENDS HERE
Trekking in Papua New Guinea is sometimes difficult because of high mountains, rugged terrains, impenetrable rainforests, fast flowing rivers and deep valleys, but exciting, fun and challenging for trekkers. With a cold temperature of around 10/12 degree Celsius, trekking is sometimes cool and fun. Most of the trek routes are graded high to moderate. Mt. Giluwe (4368m) second highest mountain after Mt. Wilhelm (4509m) and Mt Hagen 3800 meters above sea level are to be explored while in PNG.

MOUNTAIN HAGEN
Mountain Hagen is 3800 meters above sea level and is located in the central Highlands of Papua New Guinea, precisely sharing boarders with Enga Province. It takes about 3 hours for professionals and 4 hours for armatures from the base camp - Magic Mountain Nature lodge to the summit.

A beautiful view from the summit overlooking Mt. Hagen and Nebilyer Valley is guaranteed and this should excite photographers and adventurers. 
Looking further north is Enga Province which can be viewed after 3 hours walk through the ridge. Strong wind blows around the summit and trekkers must take precaution in case they fall off the ridges. After satisfying all the natures and beauties up in the mountain, descend to base camp - Magic Mountain Nature lodge or option to overnight and return next day.  Rated: Highto moderate.

MOUNTAIN GILUWE
Mt. Giluwe is 4368 meters above sea level and is also located in the central Highlands of Papua New Guinea sharing boarders with Southern Highlands.
It is one of the 7th world's highest volcanic summits. Transfer to Kargoba, an old high altitude agriculture research station on a 4 wheel drive and walk through the grassland trails and eventually into the forest and overnight at the foot of the mountain. The night becomes difficult because of cold temperatures and it can be uncomfortable in the traditional huts. This is an opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude. Extra warm clothing, your sleeping bag and an open log fire should keep you warm and comfortable. Take an early morning hike up the steep mountain face towards the ridges that lead to the summit. This is highly adventurous and an experience to relish. Tracks to the summit are sometimes difficult and it is wise to seek local advice. In the afternoon, return to base camp and if time permits, walk back to Kargoba and on to a waiting vehicle to Magic Mountain.  Rated: High to Moderate

Option 1: Climbing Mt. Hagen & Giluwe
5 Days & 4 Nights
Option 2: Mt. Hagen, Mt. Giluwe & Mt. Wilhelm
10 Days & 9 Nights
Day 1  (Lunch & Dinner on arrival)
Meet on arrival and transfer to Traveler’s Hut (Mt. Hagen) for a short stopover followed with lunch. After lunch take a brief tour of Mt. Hagen market, one of the best markets in PNG selling produce from the gardens such as fruits and vegetables and continue to Magic Mountain Nature Lodge. Expect to see villages, small markets, the panoramic view and of course the people selling or doing something along the road.

Mt. Hagen to Magic Mountain Nature lodge is about 45 minutes drive. Check in and leisure whole afternoon.

Note: 
Night falls around 6:00pm, dinner around 7:00pm and onward to bed. Temperature is between 8-13 degree celcius and gets cold at night. You need warm clothes.  Beddings are thick and hot water bottles provided under each bed to keep the beds warm.
Free to walk around the lodge looking for orchids, exotic plants and birds.


MAGIC MOUNTAIN NATURE LODGE
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) and 24 hours electricity and hot water system. Magic Mountain nature lodge is about 20 Km out of Mt. Hagen. It is located at the foot of Mt. Hagen. You will be traveling on a sealed road accept about a km from the turn off where you will travel on a river gravel road using 4wheel drive. Many tourists have highly commended Magic Mountain Nature lodge because of its setting and scenic views overlooking Nebilyer valley. The lodge is owned by Paiya tours.

Day 2   (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
“Hiking /climbing -  Mt. Hagen.

Trekking begins immediately after breakfast. A few kms walk through the grassland and in to the rainforest ascending at an elevation of about 2400m until the 3800 meters peak is reached. The natures surrounding the peak are stunning with pristine grassland and panoramas overlooking Mt. Hagen and Nebliyer valleys. Take ample time to explore the natures, take photograph adventure and do own discoveries there until you are satisfied and descend to the lodge.

Note:
* Magic Mountain to the summit is approximately 8Kms. It takes 4hurs to reach the summit and 3 hrs return - total of 7hrs trekking.
* Climbing Mt. Hagen is for acclimatization purpose only. We recommend every trekker to climb Mt. Hagen in order to adjust themselves to the climate here before taking on Mt. Giluwe

Day 3  (B/fast, Lunch )
“Mt. Giluwe”

B/fast around 4:30am and take an early morning drive to Kagoba an old high altitude agriculture research station.  Here local porters and guides will be waiting to meet & greet. After sorting out luggage’s and bit of organization start walking through the grassland following the trails. It will take approximately 7- 8 hrs to reach the base camp.

A hand full of strong boys should walk ahead of others with the tents and food in order to get prepared - build tents; prepare dinner & huts before night falls.
Night falls around 6:00pm and the temperature gradually gets cold to at least 7 degree Celsius at night. The night becomes difficult because of cold temperatures and it can be uncomfortable in the traditional huts. This is an opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude. Extra warm clothing, your sleeping bag and an open log fire should keep you warm and comfortable until dawn for the next journey. 

Note:
•Mt. Giluwe is one of the 7th highest volcanic summits located in the central Highlands of PNG
•Drive from Magic Mountain to Kagoba takes 1hr 30 minutes to arrive
•Road conditions are bad and 4 wheel drives are necessary for the transfer.
•An early drive to Kagoba is recommended for early settlement at the base camp.
•  “WARNING”
Some areas around the peak are noted high risk. Carabineers may be used for amateurs and people with high blood pressure or old age. Great precaution should be taken when climbing this spots but with concentration and determination the whole climbing should be exciting. (Climbing harness or use of carabineer is necessary which are not available at the moment). Local guides are good and they will lead. Please seek local advice at all times

Day 4  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Take an early morning (4:00am) hike up to the summit. This is highly adventurous and an experience to relish.  Expect to reach the summit at around 8:00am. Track leading to the peak is narrow, walk at your phase with concentration and determination. Finally the world is yours, the tranquility of the natures surrounding the mountain and valleys lying low bellow are stunning. Truly gorgeous and incomparable, you have just covered one of the 7th volcanic summits. Do your own explorations, study and photograph until you are satisfied and descend to the base camp. Lunch and rest for the afternoon.

Note:  We have had experiences in the past where tourists/ guides reached Kagoba late night, sometimes in the rain and cold conditions which were so uncomfortable. We encourage you to overnight at the base camp in order to gain your strength and retire the next day with some stopovers for photographing, own study on the natures /exotic plants etc and reach Kagoba during the day.

Day 5  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast at dawn and take an early morning walk to Kagoba. With cool breeze from the mountains your walking should be exciting. Stopover for photographing and do own studies on natures as you follow the track leading to Kagoba. Pick up from Kagoba on a 4wheel drive and retire to Magic Mountain. Lunch and relax the whole afternoon, dinner and overnight.

Note: There are 2 tracks leading to the summit. One from Kagoba and another one from Mailka. The difference is that the base camp can be reach in less than an hour or two from Kagoba compared to Mailka. The sceneries along Kagoba are not so nice. Tracks are under the cover of forest and deep gorges while Mailka is open and clear in some spots for scenic view and photographing. We recommend Kagoba track for ascending and Mailka  for descending.

Day 6   (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
“Mt. Wilhelm”

Mt. Wilhelm is the highest peak in PNG - 4509 meters above sea level. Precisely located in the Chimbu province. Trails are well built/formed leading to the peak. Terrains surrounding the peaks are beautiful with grassland naturally formed predominant with rocks and slopes. Travelling from Mt. Hagen to Kundiawa is 2hrs and further 4hrs to Kegesugl. Road condition between Kundiawa and Mt. Wilhelm is bad and necessary to run on a 4wheel drive. There are deep gorges on all sides of the road leading to Kegesugl.

B/fast and transfer to Kegesugl via Kundiawa town. Overnight and be ready for an early morning hike to the Base Camp at Lake Piunde and Yaundo.   Overnight: Betty’s lodge.

Note:
The guesthouse in Kegesugl is the transit point. Rooms on shared basis, single & double even bunk beds, with common toilet and shower, hot water, electricity on standby generator and meals provided.

WARNING”
Note:

•Tracks are built for clear walk. Great care should be taken as not to walk or fall off the tracks. Deep gorgeous/cliffs are on both sides of the tracks and need to be careful. Take time to reach the summit and no need to hurry.
•Trekkers should be equipped with walking booths, walking sticks, rain coat, warm clothes, head torches, gloves and other necessaries
•.Local guides have been leading tourists/trekkers to the summit for many years and are experienced. We ask you to seek local advice at all times.

Day 7  (B/fast, Lunch  & Dinner)
B/fast and trek to the base camp. Spend the afternoon exploring the lakes, extensive grassland and sub-alpine forest. Your local guides and porters will help you with your luggage. If you are not sure of anything ask the local guides who will assist. Overnight: Base Camp.

Day 8  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Next morning, take a pre-dawn hike to the summit beginning your walk between 12 midnight and 1am. You will reach the summit between 5.30-6.00am. The view from the summit is incomparable and truly magical. Do your own studies surrounding the peak, take photos and retire at your own phase. Descend to Betty’s lodge and overnight.

Day 9  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)

Early B/fast and transfer back to Mt. Hagen and continue to Port Moresby. Your flight to Port Moresby will be in the afternoon. Meet by local guide and transfer to hotel/lodge and overnight.

Day 10  (B/fast)
B/fast and transfer to airport for onward international destination.

PROGRAM ENDS HERE
Option 3: Mt. Hagen, Mt. Giluwe, Culture  & Birding
10 Days & 9 Nights
Day 1  (Lunch & Dinner on arrival)
Meet on arrival and transfer to Traveler’s Hut (Mt. Hagen) for a short stopover followed with lunch. After lunch take a brief tour of Mt. Hagen market, one of the best markets in PNG selling produce from the gardens such as fruits and vegetables and continue to Magic Mountain Nature Lodge.   Expect to see villages, small markets, the panoramic view and of course the people selling or doing something along the road.

Day 2  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
“Hiking /climbing -  Mt. Hagen.”

Trekking begins immediately after breakfast. A few Kms walk through the grassland and in to the rainforest ascending at an elevation of about 2400m until the 3800 meters peak is reached. The natures surrounding the peak are stunning with pristine grassland and panoramas overlooking Mt. Hagen and Nebliyer valleys. Take ample time to explore the natures, take photograph adventure and do own discoveries there until you are satisfied and descend to the lodge.

Note:
* Magic Mountain to the summit is approximately 8Kms. It takes 4hrs to reach the summit and 3 hrs return - total of 7hrs trekking.
* Climbing Mt. Hagen is for acclimatization purpose only. We recommend every trekker to climb Mt. Hagen in order to adjust themselves to the climate here before taking on Mt. Giluwe


Day 3 (B/fast & Lunch )
“Mt. Giluwe”

B/fast around 4:30am and take an early morning drive to Kagoba an old high altitude agriculture research station.  Here local porters and guides will be waiting to meet & greet. After sorting out luggage’s and bit of organization start walking through the grassland following the trails. It will take approximately 7- 8 hrs to reach the base camp.

A hand full of strong boys should walk ahead of others with the tents and food in order to get prepared - build tents; prepare dinner & huts before night falls.
Night falls around 6:00pm and the temperature gradually gets cold to at least 7 degree Celsius at night. The night becomes difficult because of cold temperatures and it can be uncomfortable in the traditional huts. This is an opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude. Extra warm clothing, your sleeping bag and an open log fire should keep you warm and comfortable until dawn for the next journey. 

Note:
•Mt. Giluwe is one of the 7th highest volcanic summits located in the central Highlands of PNG
•Drive from Magic Mountain to Kagoba takes 1hr 30 minutes.
•Road conditions are bad and 4 wheel drives are necessary for the transfer.
•An early drive to Kagoba is recommended for early settlement at the base camp.
•  “WARNING”
Some areas around the peak are noted high risk. Carabineers may be used for amateurs and people with high blood pressure or old age. Great precaution should be taken when climbing this spots but with concentration and determination the whole climbing should be exciting. (Climbing harness or use of carabineer is necessary which are not available at the moment). Local guides are good and they will lead.  Please seek local advice at all times


Day 4  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Take an early morning (4:00am) hike up to the summit. This is highly adventurous and an experience to relish. Expect to reach the summit at around 8:00am. Track leading to the peak is narrow, walk at your phase with concentration and determination. Finally the world is yours, the tranquility of the natures surrounding the mountain and valleys lying low bellow are stunning. Truly gorgeous and incomparable, you have just covered one of the 7th volcanic summits. Do your own explorations, study and photograph until you are satisfied and descend to the base camp. Lunch and rest for the afternoon.

Note: We have had experiences in the past where tourists/ guides reached Kagoba late night, sometimes in the rain and cold conditions which were so uncomfortable. We encourage you to overnight at the base camp in order to gain your strength and retire the next day with some stopovers for photographing, own study on the natures /exotic plants etc.

Day 5  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast at dawn and take an early morning walk to Kagoba. With cool breeze from the mountains your walking should be exciting. Stopover for photographing and do own studies on natures as you follow the track leading to Kagoba.  Pick up from Kagoba on a 4wheel drive and retire to Magic Mountain.  Lunch and relax the whole afternoon, dinner and overnight.

Note: There are 2 tracks leading to the summit. One from Kagoba and another one from Mailka. The difference is that the base camp can be reach in less than an hour or two from Kagoba compared to Mailka. The sceneries along Kagoba are not so nice. Tracks are under the cover of forest and deep gorges while Mailka is open and clear in some spots for scenic view and photographing. We recommend Kagoba track for ascending and Mailka  for descending.

Day 6  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
“Full day culture visit”

B/fast and transfer to Mt. Hagen market, one of the best markets in PNG selling local produce such as fruits & vegetables and continue to Wrup village for the mud man show.
Mt. Hagen town to Wrup is approximately 45 minutes drive. You will drive through gardens, villages and coffee gardens. Meet/greet on arrival and proceed to the arena for the mud man to display.

Bodies decorated with mud/clay and huge masks hanging over their heads, bows and arrows in their hands, silently walking towards the audiences, searching for something to devour. Do not be scared, you will be asked to try on to your head.
Take photograph and lean from the local’s story behind the Mud man/ masks. Even ask questions and know more of the village and their lifestyle.

After satisfying the mud man show continue to another village which is about 30 minutes drive. Here expect to see the famous Huli Wig man of Tari.  They have migrated to Mt. Hagen and have resided for many years. Faces decorated with traditional colors, put on traditional attires exposing some of their beautiful body ornaments, singing and dancing to the beat of the drums. 
Spend amble time here talking with the villagers and learn about the Huli people their way of life and cultural importance which they still maintain after many years of Christian and Western influence.

Continue to another village which is about 25 minutes drive for Skeleton man show. Here young boys do their make ups with charcoal and clay decorating their bodies replicating spirits with skeleton bodies. These spirits are believed to be dead persons from their own tribe who have come back to help and heal them form trouble and worries. Even take part in some their cultural ceremonies.
Communicate with the locals to know the story behind the skeleton man and retire to Mt. Hagen for lunch.

After lunch continue to Paiya village for village tour - Chief and wives in traditional attire, village museum, women in traditional costumes/ attire dancing and singing, Mt. Hagen wig man displaying putting in their attires.
Continue to Kumul lodge for birding - see birds come to the feeding table and feed.  Your chance to see some of the rare species of birds of paradise such  as Stephanie Astraphia, Ribbon tailed Astraphia, Single Bill and other Non Bop species.  Afternoon retire to MM Nature Lodge and over night.

Day 7  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
“Full day Birding”

B/fast around 4:30am and transfer to Rondon - birding site located about 60kms from Magic Mountain. Meet the Local guides / porters on arrival walk to the birding site. It will take approximately 45 minutes to reach the site. Settle in and wait patiently until you are in contact with the birds of paradise and other species. Spend sufficient time there doing own studies on birds and the natures especially exotic plants, orchids etc.The panorama overlooking Mt. Hagen city and Waghi valley is gorgeous so as the surrounding villages. Briefly visit nearby villages, meet with the people and learn about their lifestyle as you descend. You will learn more if you decide to spend few moments of your time with the people. Transfer to Mt. Hagen - Traveler’s Hut for lunch and continue with birding.

Note:
•Our bird guide is from Rondon and he is able to lead you to his and other villages.
• Rondon is about 1700 meters above sea level


Birds likely to be seen at Rondon are:
King of Saxony, Superb, Princes Stephanie’s Astraphia, blue BOP, Brown Sickle bill BOP, black sickle bill birds of Paradise, short tailed paradigalla. Blue capped ifritta, fantails, Robins, swallows, whistlers, Doves & pigeons, falcons, Parrots, Lori keets. Macgregor Bower bird, scrub wrens, berry packers, cuckoo shrike, Red colored myzomela, yellow browed melidectors, Belford melidectors, Hooded manikins, white shouldered fairy wren, willie wag tail, Pied chat, Blue grey robin, Niugini White eyes, Island leaf warble, Ornate Maledictes, Common Smoky honey eater, Stout billed Cuckoo shrike, Niugini mountain Pigeon, Yellow breasts fruit Dove, Black billed cuckoo Dove, Brown cuckoo dove, Lesser Melampitta dove, orange billed lorikeet, Yellow billed lorikeet, Torrent lark, Fan tail berry pecker, Friendly fan tail, Black fain tail, Dimorphic fantail,Lesser ground Robin Yellow Billed Lorikeet, Orange billed lorikeet, Brown breasted durigin, Papuan Lorikeet, Macgregor bower bird, Black Kite, Brahminy kite, Glossy swiflet, Great wood swallow, Orange crowned Fairy Wren, Bremhns tiger parrot, Rufous Snapped Whistler, goshawk & kites, plump face lorikeet, brush cuckoo, black pitohui, Fan tail cuckoo and other species.

Transfer to Nebilyer after lunch for Regianna, Superb BOP and Magnificent- BOP. The distance between Mt. Hagen and Nebilyer is approximately 35Kms. Meet on arrival and walk to the birding site - few kms from the car park.  Spend sufficient time there and retire to Magic Mountain and overnight. Expect to see other species as well - see the list. Trumpet Manicored BOP, Jobi Manicored BOP and other non BOP species - Helmet friar bird. Yellow breasted bower bird, Rainbow lorikeet, hooded pitohui, Doubled eyed pygmy parrot, Clamorous reed warbler, White shoulder  fairy  wren, great wood swallow, Little grass bird, Dollar bird, Purple swamp Hen and more.

Day 8  (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and transfer to Mt. Hagen airport for Port Moresby and onward international destination.  

PROGRAM ENDS HERE
Climbers at the summit of Mt. Wilhelm
Lake Yaundo at the foot of Mt. Wilhelm
Skeleton Men performing
Trekking to Mt. Giluwe
Mt. Giluwe
Trekking to Mt. Giluwe
Panoramic view
Superb Bird of Paradise