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The Highlands

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Parts of the PNG Highlands are genuinely high. You should give yourself a few days acclimatisation at lower altitudes before taking on any serious mountain climbing or excessively physical activities if you are to avoid acute mountain sickness.

Bus travel through the Highlands is not nearly as dangerous as the expat community will lead you to believe, but there is an element of risk. Very occasionally there are hold-ups, buses are ambushed and the passengers are robbed. During times of political tension and tribal war seek advice from locals in each town before heading off to the next town in a PMV (public motor vehicle). West of Mendi can be particularly volatile.