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Mt Wilhelm & Mt Hagen Cultural Shows-Papua New Guinea

Departure/Return Location
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Set Departure Date
Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show
10 - 16 August 2024
Mt Hagen Cultural Show
15 - 19 August 2024
Combined Shows
10 - 19 August 2024

Tour Length 
Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show
7 Days
Mt Hagen Cultural Show
4 Days
Physicality
Easy
Age
No age limit  
Month
August
Limited spaces (16 pax)
Inclusions and Exclusions
Tour Inclusions: 
  • Mt Wilhelm ground transport Mt Hagen-Mt Wilhelm return. (approx 5 hrs each way)
  • Show escorts.
  • Mt Hagen Show tickets. 
  • 5 1/2 days cultural activities.
  • All meals as per itinerary.
  • All accommodation as per itinerary. (Based on twin Share/Breakfast).
  • All transfers as per itinerary
Tour Exclusions
  • International and domestic flights. (Please book domestic airfares same time as booking international airfares as per itinerary) Note domestic schedule could change slightly prior to August 2024
  • Passport. Must be valid 6 months prior to travel. Visa information: https://evisa.ica.gov.pg/evisa
  • Travel Insurance-Please take comprehensive travel & medical insurance as soon as non-refundable deposit has been paid. 
  • Services of a personal nature such as beverages, laundry charges, internet bills etc.

Equipment

  • Camera/Go Pro/Video
  • Light clothing
  • Sun Hat
  • Light jacket (if it rains)
  • Light Fleece for evenings
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottled Water

Those attending Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show please take warm clothing as can get quite cold. especially in the evening. Fleece/puffer, merino/woolen jersey.

2024 The inaugural Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show.

4 days of cultural immersion in this unique province of Papua New Guinea. Guests will have the first ever opportunity to view singsing (cultural dancers) that have never performed to the outside world. A truly bespoke experience. Numbers are limited to 16 guests, allowing everyone to interact and participate with the groups and the people. A once in a life time experience. Remembering this is in a very remote area of PNG, mother nature often makes us work hard to see the tribes and uniqueness that his country has to offer. Expect the unexpected. 

2024 Mt Hagen Cultural Show 

The Mount Hagen Cultural Show is world famous. Tourists from all around the world converge on Mt Hagen this weekend. It is a once in a life time experience. If you want to view something truly spectacular this is a must see event. Tribes from all over the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and neighboring tribes from the Jiwaka Province will congregate at 'Kanaga town' Mount Hagen to display their unique 'singsing's (cultural dances). The exciting Mt Hagen Cultural Show was first staged in 1961 before PNG's independence as an event to unite the different tribes in the region. The show's purpose is to share cultural experience and calm the very-present tribal animosities.

Itinerary

Mt Wilhelm inaugural 2024 & Cultural Show

Saturday 10 August - Arrive Port Moresby

Guests arrive in Port Moresby hotel courtesy coach transfer to accommodation.
Accommodation: Hotel (B)

Sunday 11 August - Fly Mt Hagen/drive to Mt Wilhelm Lodge

Hotel courtesy coach will transfer guests to the domestic terminal. Connecting with ANG PX180 POM 08:25 - Mt Hagen 09:25. Guests MUST book the first flight out of Port Moresby to Mt Hagen. 

On arrival at Mt Hagen the group will be met by our PNG representative and transported to Mt Wilhelm Lodge at Kegsugel. The drive is along a very rough road, take in the spectacular scenery, note the conditions along the way in which the people live. Takes approximately 5 hours. 2820 ASL.
Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)

Monday 12 August - Mini Cultural Show

Singsing groups from the very remote Bundi and Simbu areas will dance in their beautiful traditional attire. These groups will have walked a full day or more to perform for our guests. What you are about to see will be a first for the outside world. We will not see these performances at any other cultural show throughout Papua New Guinea. Numbers are limited allowing our guests to interact with the cultural groups. Bring your cameras, memories will be made.
Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)

Tuesday 13 August - Show and Markets

More performances by singsing groups. Fire standing, Bow and arrow shooting, and much more.  The local people will display their artifacts, bilums (string bags) carvings, etc from the surrounding communities. Take this opportunity to purchase some unique artifacts.
Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)

Wednesday 14 August - Village Life

Today we will visit local villages and experience a day in the life of a Papua New Guinean highlander. Subsistence farming is the main income for village people. See how they grow their root vegetables, breed their pigs which are highly prized in the highlands and visit their village homes. Our guests are learning the grass roots culture today.
Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)

Thursday 15 August - Education & Exploring

We will walk around the area visiting primary and secondary schools. This will be very exciting for pupils to see tourists. We encourage our guests to interact with the children. We will take some small hikes to different areas around the lodge. Studying the flora & fauna. Bird watching etc. Longer hikes can be arranged. Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)

Friday 16 August - Transfer back to Mt Hagen

After breakfast the group will travel by 4WD back to Mt Hagen. Arriving early to midafternoon.
Accommodation: Lodge. (B/L/D) 2.5*

Our guests from Mt Wilhelm travelling back home will connect with ANG PX189 Mt Hagen 16:40 - POM 17:40. Guests MUST book the last flight out of Mt Hagen to Port Moresby. 
Accommodation: Hotel (B)

Sat 17 August - Depart PNG

Transfer to international terminal today. (B)

Mt Hagen Cultural Show

Thurs 15 August - Arrive Port Moresby

Guests arrive in Port Moresby hotel courtesy coach transfer to accommodation. Accommodation: Hotel.

Friday 16 August - Fly Mt Hagen.

Hotel courtesy coach will transfer guests to domestic terminal. (B)
(2 hours prior to flight departure)
Please book morning flight to Mt Hagen. There are several flight options available. 

Saturday 17 August - Mt Hagen Cultural Show

This morning 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 ever 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 still under its colonial power, Australia. Between 1964 and 1975, 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 colourful and exciting.
Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)

Sunday 18 August - Mt Hagen Cultural Show fly Port Moresby

This morning spent at the show. Transfer to airport to connect with PX187 Hagen-POM 13:10-14:10. 
Courtesy coach transfer to POM Hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel (B) 

Monday 19 August - Depart PNG

Transfer to international terminal to connect with onward journey home. (B)

Dates

We are also operating Mt Wilhelm climbing expeditions to coincide with the Cultural Shows, Please click here for dates.

Dates: 

Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show

10 - 16 August 2024

Mt Hagen Cultural Show
15 - 19 August 2024

Combined Wilhelm & Hagen Cultural Shows 
10 - 19 August 2024

Costs:

AUD$ Land cost per person shown below (subject to change)
A nonrefundable $1500 deposit per person per show is required to secure booking. 

 

 

Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show from:
$3500 per person

Mt Hagen Cultural Show from:

$2995.00 per person

Combined Wilhelm & Hagen Show
$6600.00 per person

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