7 days

Mt Hagen Festival Expedition

Mt Hagen Festival Expedition

Tapulga Village

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  • The Mount Hagen Cultural Show, or Mount Hagen Festival, is a true insight into another world. This annual event is one of Papua New Guinea’s biggest displays, playing host to a multitude of regional dance groups who celebrate their lineage through song and dance.

    Why we love it

    • The Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea boasts the most colorful traditional attires in the country.
    • In the month of August every year in Mt. Hagen, tribes all over the region rally peacefully to commemorate their pride and heritage in the form of dances and singing.
    • With their colorful outfits vividly contrasting the surrounding environment of mountainous terrains, this is the most astonishing sight imaginable.
    • The sound of kundu drums and other traditional percussions and wind instruments from different tribes playing continuously as hundreds of tribesman and women marches onto the sports field.


    Day 1 - Port Moresby

    • On arrival in Port Moresby you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred by the hotel shuttle bus to the Gateway Hotel, where you will stay overnight.
    The Gateway Hotel or similar, Port Moresby

    Day 2 - Mt Hagen

    • You will spend the morning in Port Moresby, and after enjoying breakfast and lunch you will be transferred to the domestic terminal to board a one-hour flight to Mt Hagen.
    • On arrival you will again meet one of our staff members and be transferred to Hotel Poroman to stay overnight. This is a lovely opportunity to relax in gorgeous surrounds.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3-4 - Mt Hagen Festival

    • You will have two days to properly enjoy the festivities in Mt Hagen to follow.
    • Each morning after breakfast you will be transferred from the hotel to the show ground and into the main traditional sing-sing arena where you will be captivated by the cultural extravaganza displayed by hundreds of different tribes of PNG. This is a rare and beautiful opportunity to see such an array of traditional cultures in action.
    • Your lunch over the days of the festival will be in picnic form, ensuring that you don’t miss a beat! In the afternoon you will drive back to the lodge.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Mt Hagen - Tapulga village

    • After breakfast today, you will be taken on a half-day visit to Kumul Lodge for a Tapulga village mini-show. Enjoy various cultural and tribal sing-sing, before witnessing a pig killing and enjoying a traditional lunch.
    • After lunch you will set out on a village discovery and meet the village inhabitants and their chief. You will have the chance to walk through traditional huts, and small garden plots, and experience demonstrations of traditional food preparation. This is your chance to gain a real insight into the local way of life.
    • You will return to your hotel in the afternoon.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Port Moresby

    • After breakfast today, you will be transferred to the airport where you will board a flight to Port Moresby. You will be collected at the airport and taken to the Gateway Hotel where you will spend your last night of the trip.
    • The rest of the day will be free for further exploration of Port Moresby.
    The Gateway Hotel or similar, Port Moresby

    Day 7 - Port Moresby

    • Say goodbye to your new friends when the trip comes to an in Port Moresby this morning after breakfast.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tour.
    • Transport
    • Internal flights
    • Arrival transfer

    Not Included

    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Other meals
    • Insurance
    • Tips
    • Any additional optional tours or activities during free time
    • Spending of a personal nature

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES: Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PAMH
Group size 4 - 15
Start City: Port Moresby
End City: Port Moresby

What to know

Venturing well away from cities and into remote areas, this trip takes you right off the beaten track. Accommodation and facilities may be basic, but the rewards are immeasurable.

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