Trek in Irian Jaya (now Papua) - May 1994
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I started this one-month trek from Wamena in the Baliem Valley located in Central Irian Jaya (now called Papua). The trek took me to Anguruk and other villages near Anguruk. From Anguruk I then went north to Landikwa and Pass Valley, from where I returned to the Baliem Valley (see map sketch below). I had hired 4 porters in Wamena, but even with their help the trek was quite strenuous (difficult terrain, dense vegetation, frequent rains, steep changes of elevation). Unfortunately, I took a limited number of photos and I did not keep precise track of where I took most of them. Due to lack of prior information, I had not prepared this trek well enough. In retrospect, I think I should have used this first experience to return to Papua and do a longer, better prepared expedition. Perhaps I will do it in the future, but things have probably changed a lot since 1994.

 

Map of Papua, with trekking area framed in red.

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Map sketch of trekking area, with approximate itinerary in red dots.

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Me with Dani people near Anguruk.

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Landscapes traversed during the trek.

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Highland scenery (Papua has many mountains above 3000m).

 

 

 

 

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Muddy trails.

 

Left: climbing a cliff, Papua style. Right: view of the ″ladder″ from the top.

 

Bridges. No rope, no nail, no metal. Only tree branches and lianas (a lot of them).

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Two of my camps, one in the forest (first photo) and the other in a village with people watching (second photo).

 

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Small villages.

 

 

 

 

 

People encountered during the trek. I generally found them extremely friendly.

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Market day in Anguruk.

 

 

 

People watching a small plane ready to take off in the airfield of Anguruk.

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