Monday, September 22, 2014

Rainforest Tour in Arfak Mountains near Mupi Gunung

by Charles Roring
Tropical Rainforest in Mupi Gunung
As a private tour guide I frequently accompany tourists on various trekking and camping trips in the tropical rainforest of West Papua. The region is now under the administration of the Republic of Indonesia. The most popular destination is Arfak mountains.
There, visitors will be able to see pristine rainforest which is the natural habitat of birds, mammals, insects, and reptiles. Most of the visitors who go trekking in the Arfak range stay for at least 3 days/2 nights to 4 days/ 3 nights. They watch paradise birds, western parotia, and cuscus possum and tree kangaroo.

Mupi Gunung
There is a very small hamlet located deep inside the jungle of the range. Its name is Mupi Gunung. We need to walk up and down steep the slopes of the range through dense forest for full day to reach Mupi Gunung. From that base of trekking, we can explore the forest to see its wildlife. Tree kangaroo, cuscus possum, porcupine, lesser birds of paradise, wild pigs and deers live in the forest.
I highly recommend Mupi Gunung as your next destination for rainforest tour if you really want to see pristine rainforest ecosystem. You have to be physically fit and strong to do this tour.

Where is Mupi Gunung?
Mupi Gunung is a forest area located in Arfak mountains. It is in the south of Manokwari city - the capital of West Papua province.



WARMARWAY - The Alternative Trekking and Wildlife Watching Destination

If you are looking for a nice place and more affordable location for rainforest tour, I will recommend Warmarway. It is located further south of Manokwari. Here, the rainforest is similar to Mupi Gunung.
The animals are also the same. You can watch Lesser Birds of Paradise and Cuscus Possum if you really want to see wild animals of Arfak mountains. Tree Kangaroo may be seen in higher elevation area of the range.
In Warmarway, you can combine two activities as follows:
  • Snorkeling over coral reef (if the sea is calm with good visibility). You may be able to see parrotfish, butterflyfish, moorish idol, damselfish, surgeonfish, various kinds of corals including table coral, leghorn corals and etc.
  • Trekking in the jungle - In addition to watching paradise birds, you can also interesting plants such as terrestrial orchids, bamboos, birdwing butterflies, and etc.
How to get there?
  • Take an international flight from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
  • After that fly from Jakarta city to Manokwari. Airlines that fly to Manokwari are Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya, Express Air and Lion Air
  • When you have arrived in Manokwari, call me (Charles Roring) or send text message to my cell phone (+6281332245180). I will arrange your trekking trip to Mupi Gunung or to Warmarway.
Tips
  • Change your money to Indonesian Rupiahs when in Jakarta
  • Bring watershoes or jungle boots if you want to go trekking in Arfak mountains
  • You need insect repellent lotion
  • Bring extra batteries and memories for your camera
  • You need to do regular exercise for at least one or two months before taking this tour.
Please, contact me by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com if you are interested.

Also read: Trekking and Watching Tree Kangaroo