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As we have been trekking and exploring the furthest reaches of Papua for the past 20 years,
Many of the places we will visit we've already trekked to and my local guides know the terrain well, but we have never done it all in one big push. It is important for anyone interested in going on this expedition to understand that the route we are taking has never been done before.
An expedition like this requires extensive research and coordination, especially among government agencies, police, tribal leaders and local guides.
All of this must be done well in advance. This is not something that can be done casually
In order to make an undertaking like this a success, as we have said, advanced planning and coordination is essential. Also you need to accept the fact that Papua is not a cheap place to travel, and cutting corners in an attempt to save money could in fact jeopardize the entire expedition. Unlike Bali or Java where food, transportation, petrol etc. is cheap. Basic staples such as rice, vegetables, cooking oil are at least 4 times more expensive in Papua. Thus, making the costs of many items comparable to many western countries. Travel using boats for example are extremely expensive. One liter of petrol on the Mamberamo river where we will be traveling is $5 per liter($20 per gallon). The places we are going to are remote and petrol is scarce. Also, we'll have to buy and have petrol waiting for us when we arrive. It will have to be brought in by plane and across very rugged terrain by truck.
Before the expedition starts we will visit smaller villages in the Wamena area to recruit strong, young, hard working Papuan men instead of the usual porters from Wamena. Times have changed and the usual porters who don’t get much work anymore and have grown a bit lazy.
We'll be sending these strong porters ahead to Yokhimo (Dekai). They will wait there for us to arrive and carry our gear from there up to Wamena. As well as carrying gear down to the Mamberamo River. And through the Waropen area to Nabire.
Having these special porters is crucial to our success. Porters for an expedition like this will get 3 times their usual pay because of the degree of difficulty and we will have to pay for their food and accommodation while they wait in Dekai before we arrive and again from Nabire back to Jayapaura and then onto Wamena. After we are finished with them when we arrive in Nabire, we'll send them back to Wamena via Jayapura. The costs will be considerable for their transportation, food and lodging. But it is necessary for the success of the expedition.
We will have to use local boats at least 3 times on this expedition with the pick ups
Special visa will be prepared for everyone. It will be a social visa that is good for 6 months but will have to be renewed after 60 days. All passports will go to immigration office in Denpasar, Bali where they will be extended while we are trekking. When we're all done, we'll pick them up.
A preliminary trek will be made by my guide and I to many places along the route in advance of the actual expedition to make sure that everything is in place and minimize unexpected situations. We will do our best but as anyone who has traveled in this part of the world can tell you, it is an adventure, expect the unexpected. This advance logistical run in itself is extensive requiring numerous flights and considerable expenses.
Remember, it's the behind the scene support crew which enables all expeditions to be carried out successfully. Much in the way that climbs on Everest and K2 are dependent on the locals for ferrying supplies to higher camps, laying fixed ropes, etc. We to will have such a support team. The cost for this expedition isn't cheap.
The expedition cost is $US 40,000 per person and there would have to be
You may want to see if you can raise sponsorship for yourself as well to help cut the costs.
Since the Trans Papua expedition has been up on our website, I've already had a great number of people contact me about the expedition. Many of the people interested have already been to Papua several times and have done some really nice and difficult treks. They realize that this is a chance of a lifetime for them to trek across the island and visit at least 37 different tribes along the way. But, others who have never been to Papua, but have done extensive trekking in other parts of the world have also shown a keen interest.
As you can see we are being very thorough in our preparation for this historic endeavor and we appreciate any input you may have to offer. Also, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask them. We hope you will be joining us!
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