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Climb Trikora, Highlands Festival & Explore Triton Bay & Raja Ampats

Join a TeamJames Hipkiss

Afterthe success of the 2013 adventure this will be running again in August 2015and feature 2 days at the spectacularBaliem Valley Tribal FestivalAfter the highland fun a very rare opportunity to explore the pristine karst formations of Triton Bay on the East coast. Think Raja Ampats but with mountains and waterfalls as the backdrop. Still want to see Raja Ampats, why not, after Triton Bay kayak in the Ampats!Drop us an email for more info and prices...A selection of photos from the 2013 experience can be found at https://www.facebook.com/AdventureAlternativeBorneo?ref=hl2015is the 102nd anniversary of the first climb of Papuas 2nd highest mountain - Gunung Trikora (one of the seven 2nd summits). To commemorate this Adventure Alternative Borneo will be offering a rare chance to climb to the top of this 4,750 m non technical peak.With the experience of the 2013 exped it is hoped the 2015 adventure will be even more satisfying. We intend to spend two more days at base camp 1 and 2 to allow best opportunities to reach summit and explore further the surrounding valleys and peaks.An optional pre-trek adventure this trip will be visiting a forest area 3 hours from arrival city Jayapura where with luck we will no less than 4 Birds of Paradise and cassowary in their natural habitat! These are two of natures truly spectacular creatures!en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird-of-paradise12 Day Trikora climbAt 4,750 m high and nestled West of the fabled Baliem Valley, Trikora is an accessible mountain by New Guinea standards but still requires high respect and good levels of fitness. Expect to trek for 10 days at altitude. Weather can be bad enough to require at least two attempts on summit morning so a spare day is included.The trek will start in the Baliem Valley and take in the spectacular 3,300 m Lake Habbema and pass through traditional Dani tribal villages en route. Often the trails will be no more than very muddy pig and hunting trails with many slippery logs! We finish with a wonderful feast in our guides family house back in Wamena.Date: June 2014Price: Depending on final group numbers.This will includeall hotels/village stays, for duration, western leader, guide and cook, kit porters, special climbing permits, food/meals and return flight to Wamena from Sentani.Excludes all meals on arrival and departure days, personal porter, personal tent and sleeping gear (roll mat) and flights to/from PapuaAfter the Trikora trek there is the option to head to the unexplored East Coast and the magnificent area of Triton Bay.More info to follow...For all bird and nature enthusiasts, this is not to be missed and makes a great addition to the Trikora climb.The Arfak Mountains Nature Reserve (approx. 63,000 ha) is arguably the premier area in Papua for remarkable levels of endeminism in its flora and fauna. The bird life is truly remarkable and we hope to see a number of Birds of Paradise and the totally bizarre Vogelkop Bowerbird a nondescript small brown bird that is not only a master of vocal mimicry but also builds the biggest bowers or mating showground of any Bowerbird in the world, up to 1 m tall!The Arfaks also have the 2nd largest butterfly in the world and the tribal people here are equally diverse being made up of the Hatam, Meyah and Sougb tribes all of whom have mutually unintelligible languages.2. Raja Ampats ExtentionLocated at the heart of the coral triangle aminimum of four nights is recommended to really experience this marine and land paradise.Below the surface exists the most diverse marine life on the planet, above the islands are home to a number of rare birds and animals including birds of paradise and tree kangaroos.Entry and exit point is the city of Sorong, various accommodation types are available to suit all budgets on the islands from simple homestays to plus eco-lodges - please enquire for further details of all options.