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Ethos Travel


New Guinea Encounter

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The New Guinea Encounter allows the traveler with limited time the opportunity to visit remote villages and gain an insight into life as it has been for thousands of years. It gives the opportunity to encounter ancient cultures of the Karawari and Melpa Peoples. An extremely rich diversity of plants and bird life in both areas is sure to give the nature enthusiast a taste of this amazing and exotic country. This program is suitable for international flight connections to Cairns and Brisbane.

SUMMARY – 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS in Papua New Guinea

4 nights Rondon Ridge, Mount Hagen
3 nights Karawari Lodge, Sepik Region
1 night Airways, Port Moresby


Day 1 - Tuesday

Depart UK late evening for Port Moresby via Singapore.

Day 2 - Wednesday

Connect from your BA / Singapore Airlines flights to your Air Nuigini flight.

Day 3 - Thursday

Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred from your incoming international flight to your onward domestic flight to Mount Hagen.

Overnight: RONDON RIDGE (–D)

Day 4 - Friday

Fly by charter from Mount Hagen to Karawari, the mountains start to give way until eventually vast tracts of dense tropical lowland rainforest cover the landscape for as far as the eye can see. From Karawari airstrip, you will be transferred by river boat and four wheel drive to Karawari Lodge. Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, Karawari Lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometres of dense tropical jungle. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, while still providing modern comforts.


Day 5 - Saturday and Day 6 - Sunday

Wake up to the chattering of Lorikeets and Eclectus Parrots. After breakfast enjoy touring programs that provide insight into the amazing ecology and culture of the Karawari area.


Day 7 - Monday

Fly by charter from Karawari to Mount Hagen. Mount Hagen Town is in the upper Wahgi Valley – a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Perched high on Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley.


Day 8 - Tuesday and Day 9 - Wednesday

Two full days are spent exploring the Hagen Area and Wahgi Valley. The Mount Hagen area is the home of the Melpa people, a people with a strong culture, who in the face of modernity, still live largely traditional subsistence lifestyles. In the mountains surrounding the Wahgi Valley lives a stunning array of bird, orchid and plant life.

Overnights: RONDON RIDGE (BLD)

Day 10 - Thursday

This morning you depart for Port Moresby on Air Niugini. Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to the Airways Hotel.

Overnight: AIRWAYS HOTEL (B)

Day 11 - Friday

Free day in Port Moresby.

Overnight: AIRWAYS HOTEL (B)

Day 12 - Saturday

You will be transferred to the airport for your midday flight to Singapore – connecting to your onwards flight back to the UK.

Day 13 - Sunday

Arrival in the UK.


– Accommodation, airport transfers/tours on scheduled basis, and meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), and local guides.

– All flights as specified

Special Note Regarding Charter flights: Maximum baggage allowance is 10kg per person and a maximum of 5kg carry on baggage per person. Large, hard sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.