Mount Hagen Cultural Show

4 Days
from AUD$ 4,948

Highlights

  • Try ‘mumu’, a local dish cooked in a stone oven
  • Witness tribes preparing their body decorations, colourful traditional costumes and vibrant face painting
  • Experience the impressive Mount Hagen Cultural Show
  • Walk amongst the dancers and mingle with the tribes

Perhaps the most famous cultural show in Papua New Guinea amongst locals, the Mount Hagen Show brings together sing-sing groups from all over the country in an amazing conglomeration of colour, beauty and culture.

The Mount Hagen Cultural Show was first staged in 1964 by many different tribes from the Western Highlands Province. The show was for the purpose of sharing cultural experiences with each other, calming the ever present tribal animosities by bringing all tribes together in one cultural event to expose the positive side of life and to celebrate the diversity of cultures amongst the natives. Join Crooked Compass in witnessing this festival for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as the tribes dance, sing and perform wearing some of the world’s most fascinating tribal ware.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Port Moresby to Mount Hagen

Welcome to Papua New Guinea! Upon arrival Mount Hagen airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for lunch and time to freshen up.


Mt Hagen City and Paikona Village

Later this afternoon enjoy a city tour around Mt Hagen City and time permitted you will drive to Paikona Village where you can enjoy learning about village life, the people of the Central Highlands region, the famous face painting done by Mount Hagen women, and try ‘mumu’, a local dish cooked in a stone oven.

Continue on foot to a nearby village to witness the WAIPA dance, a dance performed by young males and females who are courting.


Meals
Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation
Overnight Jiwaka Mission Resort or similar

Service
Airport Transfer
Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 2 - Mount Hagen Festival

Sing-Sing Tribal Gathering and Mount Hagen Festival

Enjoy an early breakfast this morning before you depart to visit the Sing-Sing (tribal gathering groups) groups from different provinces in their camps. Witness how their body decorations, colourful traditional costumes and vibrant face painting are done. Your guide will offer explanations outlining the various types of costumes and their significance in the cultures of these tribespeople.

Proceed into the showgrounds to witness hundreds of warriors, all dressed in their very finest traditional regalia, dancing and singsing, each group in their own cultural style and language with the intention of outclassing all the other groups. You will then have the truly unforgettable opportunity to walk amongst the dancers, even shake their hands and meet them, before enjoying a picnic lunch right in the middle of the action at the showground.

Later in the afternoon, you will return to the hotel.


Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation
Overnight Jiwaka Mission Resort or similar

Service
Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 3 - Mount Hagen Festival

Full Day at the Mount Hagen Festival

Following breakfast, transfer to the showground to enjoy another full day at the Mount Hagen Festival. Immerse yourself in the upwards of 100 tribes peacefully sharing their cultural traditions through costume, dancing and music. Disguised in anthropomorphic body paint, clad in elaborate headdresses, jewellery made of shells boars’ tusks and skirts made from leaves and fur, the groups perform their primal dances; the tribe that garners the most applause and the biggest reaction from the crowd wins.

Enjoy lunch at the showgrounds again today and return to your hotel later in the afternoon. Dinner this evening is in your hotel.


Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation
Overnight Jiwaka Mission Resort or similar

Service
Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 4 - Departure

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Mount Hagen Airport for your flight back to Port Moresby.


Meal
Breakfast

Service
Airport Transfer

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What’s included

  • Meet and greet service on arrival at Port Moresby and Mount Hagen
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English-speaking local guide
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fees, sightseeing and permits
Exclusions
  • International & Domestic flights
  • Drinks unless otherwise mentioned
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Inoculations
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place plus any additional airfares. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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Start Date
16th Aug 2024
End Date
19th Aug 2024
Duration
4 Days
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Price
$4,948 AUD
Start Date
15th Aug 2025
End Date
18th Aug 2025
Duration
4 Days
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$5,447 AUD