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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
16 - 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
Inclusions and Exclusions
Tour Inclusions: Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show
  • Mt Wilhelm ground transport Mt Hagen-Mt Wilhelm return. (approx 5 hrs each way)
  • Show escorts.
  • 4 days cultural activities.
  • All meals as per itinerary.
  • 1 nights’  accommodation Port Moresby 10/08/24 (Based on twin Share/Breakfast).
  • 5 nights accommodation Mt Wilhelm Lodge (3*).
  • All cultural activities.
  • Airport transfers
Tour Inclusions: Mt Hagen Cultural Show
  • 1 nights' accommodation Port Moresby 16/08/24 (Based on Twin Share/Breakfast).
  • Airport Transfers.
  • 2 days Cultural Show.
  • Transfers to show.
  • Show Tickets.
  • 3 nights accommodation (3*).
  • Meals as per itinerary.
  • Sight seeing tour to Rondon Ridge.
  • Show Escorts.
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 & Visa Costs. Please book online as soon as you book this tour. Visa's can take up to 2 months. US$50
  • Travel Insurance-Please take out as soon as non-refundable deposit has been paid. 
  • Services of a personal nature such as beverages, laundry charges, internet bills etc.
  • Single supplement Mt Hagen Show TBC
  • Extra nights accommodation in Port Moresby to suit flight schedules can be arranged by us. $385 per room. Based on Twin Share (B/Fast)

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 part of Papua New Guinea. Guests will have the unique opportunity to view Sing Sing groups that have never performed to the outside world and they will not be performing at the Mt Hagen Show. A truly bespoke experience. Numbers are limited allowing our guests an intimate experience enabling 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, expect the unexpected. A photographers dream. 
A AUD$1500 nonrefundable deposit upon booking. 

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.

A AUD$1500 nonrefundable deposit per person is required to secure this trip. Limited numbers. Note accommodation is at a premium at this time.

Itinerary

Mt Wilhelm inaugural 2024 & Cultural Show

Day 1: Saturday 10 August - Arrive Port Moresby

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

Day 2: 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 and note the conditions along the way in which the people live. Takes approximately 5 hours. 2820 ASL. Accommodation: Lodge (L/D)

Day 3: Monday 12 August - Mini Cultural Show

Up to 5-10 Sing Sing groups from the very remote Bundi and Simbu areas will dance and sing 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)

Day 4: Tuesday 13 August - Show and Markets

More performances by sing sing groups. Fire standing, Bow and arrow shooting, and much more.  The local people will display their artifacts, bilums (string bags) from the surrounding communities. Take this opportunity to purchase some unique artifacts that are not sold on a commercial basis anywhere else in PNG. Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 5: Wednesday 14 August - Village Life

Today the group 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)

Day 6: Thursday 15 August - Short hikes & Education

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. Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 7: Friday 16 August - Transfer back to Mt Hagen

After breakfast the group will travel by 4WD back to Mt Hagen. Arriving early to midafternoon.

For our guests travelling back home will connect with ANG PX189 Mt Hagen 16:40 - POM 17:40. Guests MUST book the last flight out of Port Moresby to Mt Hagen. OR Guests attending the Mt Hagen Show will transferred to their accommodation for the show sector. Accommodation: Lodge 2.5* (B/L/D)

Mt Hagen Cultural Show

Day 8: 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)

Day 9: Sunday 18 August - Mt Hagen Cultural Show

This morning spent at the show. Transfer to airport to connect with PX187 Hagen-POM 13:10-14:10. Accommodation: Hotel (B) 
Please book courtesy bus for transfer to international terminal tonight.

Day 10: Monday 19 August - Onward journey home.

Transfer to international terminal to connect with flight home.

Dates

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

Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show
10 - 16 August 2024
Mt Hagen Cultural Show
16 - 19 August 2024
Combined Wilhelm & Hagen Cultural Shows 
10 - 19 August 2024

COST per person from: AUD Prices are subject to change

Mt Wilhelm Cultural Show
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Mt Hagen Cultural Show
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Combined Wilhelm & Hagen Show
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Please take out travel insurance as soon as deposit has been paid. 

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