Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hiking in Anggi Lakes of Arfak Mountains

Lake Anggi Giji in Arfak Mountains
A few days ago I went hiking in the mountains around Anggi lakes that were located in southern region of Arfak mountains. I visited Mount Sensenemes and Mount Kobrey. The elevation of the mountains were between 2,500 and 2,730 meters above sea level. It was very cold but it was also very beautiful.
While walking on tops of the mountains, I saw a lot of species of high altitude wild flowers and unique plants.
Rhododendron Flowers in Arfak range
There were rhododendron, orchids, nepenthes, ants nests. I spent 5 days/ 4 nights traveling across the hills, slopes and valleys of Arfak range. I met the indigenous people too. They were friendly and were very happy to receive us staying for a few days in their traditional house. They burned firewood in their house to keep warm. Unfortunately, there was no chimney in the house. So, the smoke filled all of the spaces in the house. My eyes could not stand with the smokes. Tears kept on forming in my eyes.
There were two lakes in Arfak mountains, i.e. Anggi Giji and Anggi Gida. Both of them were very beautiful. As a tourist guide, I could organize hiking trips for tourists who want to visit Arfak mountains. If you are interested, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send whatsapp message to my number: +6281332245180.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Traveling around Anggi Lakes of Arfak Mountains

Lake Anggi Gida in Arfak Mountains - West Papua
I have just completed a 5-day/4-night tour around Anggi Lakes of Arfak Mountains today. It was a nice and unforgetable experience. We visited Cirinohu village located near the top of Mount Sensenemes. It was one of the tops of Arfak mountains.
The scenery from the tops was very beautiful with various high altitude flower shrubs thriving in the mountains. Some of them include rhododendron flowers, orchids, nepenthes and other unique plants that cover the steep slopes and hills of Anggi lakes.
Lake Anggi Gida in Arfak Mountains - West Papua
During the trip, we stayed in the traditional house of the indigenous people. They were very kind to us and were happy to share their fire-place with us.
If you want me to guide you for traveling around Anggi Lakes to see beautiful nature, meet the indigenous people and see various colorful flowers, please, contact me by email: peace4wp@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Wildlife Watching in the Rainforest of Arfak Mountains

Arfak mountains have been an important destination for visitors who want to see wild animals of New Guinea. Most tourists who go to Arfak mountains are birdwatchers. Their main goal is to watch birds of paradise.
As a matter of fact, the are other animals which tourists can see while walking in the jungle. Some of them include soa-soa lizards, wild pigs, snakes, frogs, birdwing butterflies, cuscus possum, tree kangaroo, and bandicoot. Insects have also been the focus of attention of some scientists who travel to Arfak mountains.
Trekking and Camping
The best way to explore the bio-diversity of the rainforest environment of Arfak range is by camping in the jungle and do the exploratory walks during the days and nights. The chance to see wild animals is higher if we stay in the jungle and explore deeper forest area. As a tourist guide, I have accompanied a lot of visitors on trekking and camping trips in the forest. They usually stay between 3 to 5 days.

Mawowi Forest of Arfak Mountains
I highly recommend Mawowi forest because it is still in pristine condition. Here, visitors can watch Lesser Birds of Paradise in the morning, explore trees, shrubs, lianas and mushrooms during the day and do night walk to find cuscus possum and Papuan frogmouth bird at night.

Itinerary
Here is a typical itinerary for visitors who want to go trekking and wildlife watching in Arfak mountains:
Day 1
Arrive in Manokwari
Getting Travel Permit (Surat Jalan) from local police station
Transfer to Arfak mountains
Overnight stay in the jungle tent

Day 2
Wake up early in the morning at around 4.30
Drink tea, or coffee. Leave the camp at approx. 05.00 for the display trees of Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor). Watch birds until 09.00.
Return to base camp. Have breakfast. Take a rest.
At 11.00, we can do the exploratory jungle walk to see tropical trees, bamboo, lianas, wild flower plants on the ground and orchids in high trees.
We can return to our camp again during the day or continue our trekking tour deeper and higher into the mountains.

Day 3
We can walk down the forest and continue exploring the forest in the lowland area of Arfak mountains.
We can built tents by a small river and do jungle walk during the day and at night.
Overnight stay in the jungle.

Day 4
We can dismantle our tents and walk back to the main road and return to Manokwari city by car.

Price: 5 million rupiahs/ person
The cost includes transportation between Manokwari city and the entrance point at the foot of Arfak mountains, food in the jungle, local guides.
The cost does not include airfare, travel insurance and hotel accommodation in Manokwari city. I can help you book a room in a hotel in this city.

How to go there?
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
  • Continue your trip to Manokwari city by a domestic airline such as Garuda, Sriwijaya, Express Air, Nam Air. 
  • I can meet you at the airport or at the hotel where you stay and arrange your trip to the mountains.

Booking
Please, use the contact form in the top right side of this blog or send your email directly to my email: peace4wp@gmail.com


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