ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hiking tour in Arfak mountains of New Guinea

Updated on September 28, 2012

Arfak mountains - world class hiking destination

New Guinea is the largest tropical island in the world. Its northern coast is mountainous whereas its southern one is more swampy with flat lands. The bird's head region of the island where Arfak mountains are located is one of the best hiking destinations in the world. As a hiking tour operator, I have guided hundreds of tourists on tens of hiking trips along the low elevation and high elevation forest of the mountains. Hikers can start their journey from Prafi valley or from Mokwam region. This mountain range of Arfak is only a 2-hour car ride from Manokwari city - the capital of West Papua province which is the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.

How to get there?

To go hiking in the Arfak mountains, you need to fly from your country to Denpasar Bali or Jakarta. After that, you can take a domestic flight served by Batavia Air, Sriwijaya Air, Express Air or Lion Air to Manokwari city. When you have arrived in Manokwari, I will meet you at the Rendani airport or at the hotel where you stay. After discussing several hiking itineraries that may last from 3 days to 1 or 2 weeks with you, we can start the next morning by buying food at the local market before continuing our trip to the mountains. A Toyota Hilux G series, a 4 Wheel Drive car, will take us to Arfak mountains. Our destination will be the Kwau village. Its population is around 100 people. Ourcar cannot reach the village because there is no road heading to the small village. We have to stop at a certain point several kilometers away from the village to carry on our trip by walking for 1 hour to a house that has been built for tourists. Porters will help you carry your backpacks while you and I walk up and down the steep slopes of the mountains that are covered by dense tropical rainforest. Temperature is cool during the day at the elevation of 1,400 meters above sea level.

What you need to bring

Here are some of the things that you should bring while hiking in Arfak mountains:

  • Food and some water (if you run out of them you can buy from the local villagers)
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking boots that are durable and comfortable for long walks in humid climate. Water boots can also be used if you walk along the rivers.
  • Sleeping bag - make sure the material is water resistant and light
  • Swiss Knives set. This is needed when we cook food. The set has got can opener, bottle opener, various sizes of knives (to cut vegetables, meat or fish), I and my friends have got cooking gear which you can use while trekking and camping in the jungle.
  • Hiking tent if you plan to make stay in the jungle for several nights. However, I can provide plastic tarpauline if you are interested in backpacking in my favorite wildlife tour destinations such as the Dopi river, Asai river.
  • Matches. I can also show you how the indigenous Papuan people make their traditional matches just by using bamboo, palm fiber and stone or shards of a porcelain plate.

Source

GPS Device

Having a set of GPS device in your pocket while you are hiking is not a must because you will be guided by local people. However, if you decide to go hiking through a dense rainforest whose terrains consist of a lot of hills, valleys and flat lands, you will definitely need the GPS device. I recommend that you buy one that is manufactured by Garmin because it can give you accurate coordinate of your position in the middle of nowhere.

Weather and temperature

Hiking is different from climbing. So, the routes that you will walk through are not located on the top of the mountains. The temperature in the villages around Mokwam is around 19 to 25 degree Celcius depending on the intensity of the sunlight. Anggi is cooler than Mokwam. If clouds block the sun, you will see fog coming down. The weather in Arfak mountains is frequently bad due to high rainfall. At night it is cool but not cold. It will be different if you climb the Arfak mountains to the top that is nearly 3,000 meters above sea level. The temperature at the top of the highest peak will be much colder at nights.

Male bird of paradise usually performs courtship dance in the morning to attract female birds of paradise
Male bird of paradise usually performs courtship dance in the morning to attract female birds of paradise
Lake Anggi in Arfak mountains - a beautiful trekking destination in Manokwari regency
Lake Anggi in Arfak mountains - a beautiful trekking destination in Manokwari regency

Watching the birds of paradise

We need to take a rest for 1 or 2 hours before taking a short hiking tour at 3 p.m. to watch the magnificent birds of paradise (Cincinnurus Magnificus). Bring a D-SLR camera that is equipped with telephoto lenses. There is a birdwatching hut that was constructed near the dancing ground of the bird. To produce sharp pictures, use a tripod. The paradise birds return to their nest at around 5 p.m. If you have a pair of binoculars, bring it. You can use it to watch birds or other animals while you walk through the jungle.

The next morning, we can visit several villages in the Mokwam region of the mountains. Bring some bottles of drinking water so that you will not get thirsty during the day. A cook at the tourist house will boil spring water for you. Don't forget to bring a pair of trekking shoes if you want to go hiking in West Papua. On the third day we will go hiking through the forest to watch western parotia and the bower bird - the king of seduction. Western parotia dances like Michael Jackson whereas the bowerbird has to built an arch and collect flowers and other colorful articles to attract the female birds.

Your hiking tour in Arfak mountains can extended for several more days if your are interested to walk to Anggi where Lake Anggi Giji and Lake Anggi Gida are located. However, you need to be physically fit to do the hiking trip from Kwau village to Anggi. The cost for a 5 day hiking tour in Arfak mountains is approximately 500 to 700 US dollars per person. For further information, please e-mail me at peace4wp@gmail.com or visit my blog Traveling in West Papua. by Charles Roring

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)