Top things to do in Baliem Valley

Lake in Wamena

Danau Habbema

This lovely lake, 30km west of Wamena as the crow flies, sits amid alpine grasslands at 3400m altitude, with dramatic, snow-capped mountains in view (4750m Gunung Trikora rises to the south). The fascinating ecosyst…
Historic Site in Jiwika

Wimontok Mabel Mummy

The celebrated mummy is kept at the tiny settlement of Sumpaima, 300m north of Jiwika along the main road from the main village entrance (look for the black ‘Mummy’ sign). Wimontok Mabel was a powerful 18th-century …
Area in Jiwika

Air Garam

At Iluwe, 1½ hours up a steep path from Jiwika, is Air Garam, a group of saltwater wells. Villagers soak sections of banana trunk in the water, then dry and burn them and use the resulting ashes as salt. Village boy…
Cave in Wosilimo

Gua Wikuda

In Wosilimo, a 45-minute drive northwest from Wamena, Gua Wikuda is said to be several kilometres long, with an underground river that reaches Danau Anegerak. It's possible to visit the first hundred metres of the c…
Historic Site in Northeastern Baliem Valley

Werapak Elosak Mummy

About 8km from Wamena, nondescript Aikima is famous for its Werapak Elosak mummy, the (supposedly) 300-year-old corpse of a great chief, which was preserved (by smoking) to retain some of his power for the village. …
Indonesian in Wamena

Cafe Pilamo

Cafe Pilamo is clean and pleasant, and even has three pool tables upstairs, but beware the karaoke, which may start up at any time. It has a long menu of Indonesian dishes, passable burgers and fantastic juices as w…
Market in Wamena

Pasar Jibama

Wamena’s main market, Pasar Jibama, 2km north of town, is full of neat piles of fruit and veg, pigs off to slaughter and slippery fish from the coast. It’s a sight in its own right. Keep a close eye on your belongin…
Cultural in Baliem Valley

Baliem Valley Festival

To coincide with the busiest tourism season, a three-day festival is held in the Baliem Valley during the second week of August. The highlight is mock tribal fighting, where village men dress up in full regalia and …
Cave in Jiwika

Gua Kotilola

The road north from Jiwika is flanked by rocky hills with several caves. Gua Kotilola is a sizeable cavern up a short, pretty path behind a Dani compound, about 5km north of Jiwika. It contains the bones of past tri…
Bakery in Wamena

Pilamo Bakery

Freshly baked breads and the biggest and best cake selection for hundreds of kilometres means that after-trek dreams come true here.