Papua New Guinea Tours

Mount Hagen Festival - August 2023

We have one confirmed Papua New Guinea tour this year. Don’t worry – we’ve picked a good one!

Come visit one of the world’s great civilisations as they celebrate the Mount Hagen Festival in style.

Every August, previously warring tribes come together in peace and friendship to show off their individuality. It’s a spectacle full of colour song and dance.

We’ll also be adding an optional extension tour to the lesser visited island of Bourganville. Enquire for more info!

Take a look at the itinerary below. Dates don’t work? No worries, we can organise your trip on your dates. Just let us know!


Port Moresby - Mount Hagen - Goroka - Madang - Port Moresby (Bourganville)

August 16 - 24th, 2023

PNG has visa on arrival for most nationalities. If you're not sure if you qualify just ask and we'll let you know.

The group tour below costs €2795

The Itinerary

Port Moresby – Mount Hagen – Goroka – Madang – Port Moresby.

August 15th - Port Moresby
  • Own arrival in the capital Port Morseby and transfer to the hotel.
  • Meet your guide at the hotel at 4pm. (More details closer to the date)
  • Head out for a group dinner and some drinks at the yacht club. We will discuss the trip in more detail and it will also give you a chance to get to know your guide and fellow travellers.
  • Overnight in Port Moresby
August 16th - Mount Hagen
  • Early morning ride to the airport to catch our flight to Mt. Hagen.
  • Upon arrival, we will meet our local guides and transfer to the hotel/guesthouse.
  • After check-in, we will check out Mt Hagen’s main market where you can see all kinds of tribal artefacts unique to the New Guinea highlands.
  • Afterwards we head out into the surrounding mountains and we will see birds of paradise, highland echidnas and cassowaries if we’re lucky.
  • Head back to Mt Hagen for dinner and overnight.
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August 17th - Mount Hagen
  • We go deep into the highlands to a local village.
  • The villagers will prepare a pig mumu lunch for us. This involves the slaughtering of a pig, which is then prepared and cooked in a hole under hot rocks. While we wait for it to cook, the villagers will introduce us to different customs and traditional skills such as fire making and archery.
  • After a massive feast, we will go for a trek to the nearby waterfall where we can swim and enjoy the ice cold water.
  • Head back to Mt. Hagen for dinner at the Kaibar, a local hole in the wall restaurant.
  • Overnight in Mt Hagen.
August 18th - Mount Hagen
  • After breakfast we will drive out to the Luglamp community.
  • We’ll mingle with villagers of this community at the school’s cultural day. It is like a mini-Mount Hagen festival organised by students and teachers. Contrary to the actual Mount Hagen Festival, we will definitely be the only foreigners in sight!
  • Drive back to Mt. Hagen.
  • Lunch.
  • Visit a local coffee plantation and factory. Mount Hagen is world renowned for the quality of the beans they produce.
  • We head back to the city for dinner at the Highlander Hotel.
  • Overnight.

August 19th - Mount Hagen

  • Today is the big festival day! We head to the local rugby ground which will host the Mount Hagen festival. We get there early enough to witness the participants preparing their costumes.
  • We can partake in some traditional games and slap on some face paint (extra charge)
  • After the show we will head back to the hotel for dinner.
  • Overnight in Mt Hagen.

August 20th- Mount Hagen

  • Another day at the show with more dancing, mingling and incredible photo opportunities. 
  • Night out in Mt Hagen to celebrate the end of the festival.
  • Overnight in Mt Hagen.

August 21st - Goroka

  • We leave Mount Hagen to see more of the highlands region.
  • We will stop for lunch in the city of Goroka. This is the site of another major festival in Papua New Guinea.
  • We stop by the J.K McCarthy Museum in the city which is made up of several rooms showcasing everything from WWII relics and traditional PNG objects.
  • Overnight in Goroka.
August 22nd - Lae
  • Drive to the beautiful coastal town of Lae through mountains and dense jungle. It’s also PNG’s most important port.
  • This is where some of the fiercest fighting took place between the Australian and Japanese forces during World War II.
  • Picnic lunch in the Ramu Valley.
  • City tour of Lae including a visit to the WWII cemetery. See the shipwreck of the Myoko Maru.
  • Dinner and overnight in Lae.
August 23rd - Port Moresby
  • We take the early Air Niugini flight from Lae to Port Moresby.
  • End of tour. 
  • If you fancy continuing on, enquire for more info on our optional extension to Bourganville Island!
What else?
  • Hotels

    Hostel accommodation in twin share.

  • Entrance fees

    All entrance fees (unless otherwise stated) including the Mount Hagen festival ticket.

  • Guides

    Both an expert local guide and english speaking tour leader.

  • Transport

    All transport in country to complete the itinerary.

  • Domestic flights

    Both domestic flights included.

  • International Fights

    Flights to and from Port Moresby.

  • Some Meals

    Most meals are not included.

  • Visa Fee

    Visa & visa fees.

  • Tips

    Tip are encouraged for your local guides.

August 15 - 23rd, 2023

Start / Finish in Port Moresby

Bourganville Extension

Optional add on to Bourganville Island

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