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Mt Hagen Festival Expedition

Trip Length

Trip Code

7 days PAMH

Minimum Passengers

4 people

Countries Visited

Papua New Guinea

Start City

End City

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Mt Hagen Festival Expedition

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, 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. This is the Mt. Hagen Show, held annually in Mt. Hagen.

Why we love it:

Mt Hagen Festival Expedition

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Port Moresby

Accommodation: The Gateway Hotel or similar, Port Moresby


Day 2: Mt Hagen

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Day 3-4: Mt Hagen Festival

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Day 5: Mt Hagen - Tapulga village

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Day 6: Port Moresby

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: The Gateway Hotel or similar, Port Moresby


Day 7: Port Moresby

Meals included: 1 breakfast


Your Trip

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.

What's Included

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

What to know


Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Papua New Guinea
All visitors to Papua New Guinea including tourists are required to have a visa to enter. If you are an Australian national you are required to obtain your visa prior to departure. Currently a 30-day tourist visa is available for nationals of many other countries including, Japan, New Zealand, UK, USA and most western European countries. This tourist visa is non-extendable and is issued free of charge on arrival.

Australian nationals - To acquire a visa you will need to complete a visa application form with a passport photo attached, and submit this with a trip itinerary, proof of sufficient funds for your stay and a copy of an onward airline ticket showing confirmed flight bookings. You can obtain your visa application form through your travel agent or by downloading a form online from the Papua New Guinean High Commission website. Your completed visa application needs to be sent your nearest Papua New Guinean High Commission, embassy or consulate along with your valid passport (which must have at least 6 months validity on it from the date of intended travel) as well as a pre-paid, self-addressed and registered post envelope which will be used to return your passport to you.

Please note that visa processing times can be subject to delays, particularly during peak periods, so we commend you allow sufficient time when applying for your visa.


You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel ( page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Papua New Guinea

A Fact Book on Modern Papua New Guinea - Jackson Rannells Do-it-Yourself Trekking - Kokoda Trail-Clive Baker Rascal Rain - A Year in PNG-Inez Baranay Papua New Guinea-Lonely Planet Bloody Buna-Lida Mayo

Important Information

During this adventure you will be passing through a number of different climatic zones, from hot and humid coastal areas, to quite high mountain areas where conditions may be considerably colder, especially at night.

Local Emergency Contact
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our local partner for this trip, Al Manning from South Sea Horizons, can be contacted on Tel: +675 7128 6616

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

15 April 2014

General Contact Details

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