Welcome to Upper Sepik
Above Ambunti, the villages are small and spread out. The people have had less contact with Western tourists than lower down the river and are more reticent. There’s not the same concentration of artistic skills that you find on the Middle Sepik, but nature lovers will find this the most exciting part of the river. From Ambunti the river narrows and the land it flows through becomes hilly with denser vegetation. In many areas, trees grow right down to the water’s edge.
There are few villages after Yessan and there is a long uninhabited stretch between Mowi and Tipas. The Upper Sepik is more isolated than the Middle Sepik and, as villages tend to move, there are lots of deserted settlements.