Lorentz National Park is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia. This is a protected area but is open to tourists to visit. It has the highest island peak in the world, Mount Carstensz Pyramid (Mount Puncak Jaya), at an altitude of 4884 meters in the Jayawijaya range, and is surrounded by beautiful glaciers. It is located in southwest and central Papua.
This national park has an area of around 2,505,600 ha. This National Park, located in Timika Regency, is famous to foreign countries. To be able to visit it, you can use planes and also ships.
3 Reasons To Visit Lorentz National Park
National Park in Papua is a must-visit if you are a true adventurer and have a thirst for new challenges. There are a lot of things to see and to do at this place. If you curious, these are 3 Reasons why you must visit this national park
● Home to Hundreds of Species of Birds and Mammals
This national park is home to more than 630 species of birds and 123 species of mammals. 70% of Papua’s bird species can be found in this park! Some of these are the famous birds of paradise, tree kangaroos, and pig-nosed turtles. They also stand as a testimony to the history of the earth, transformations, and geological features. If you are an animal and nature lover, this is the place to visit.
You can bird watch at Lake Habbema in the highlands of the Habema Valley. It contains several ecosystems: grasslands, marshes, ocean beaches, rainforests, and alpine mountains topped by rare tropical glaciers. The best time to visit this awesome place is between August and December.
● Many Indigenous Tribes Live Here
The following reasons why you must visit Lorentz National Park are indigenous tribes. This national park has many indigenous tribes, including the Asmat (Nakai), Dani, Amungme (Damal), Sempan, Komoro, and Nduga. These tribes go back thousands of years and still follow a semi-nomadic lifestyle with basic farming. Of course, it would be amazing if you had the chance to meet them.
You can visit Asmat villages, where you can meet the native Agat tribe, famous for their wood carvings. Don’t forget to visit the Baliem Valley and discover the unique culture of local tribes. Discover cultural specialties such as mummification, trading, and fashion in the traditional clothing of the Dani people.
● Climbing The Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya)
The primary motivation for visitors to come to this area is to conquer one of the highest peaks on seven continents, namely the Carstensz Pyramid. Many tourists are willing to spend money and time to climb this 4,884-meter-high peak. Here, you can also enjoy a rare natural panorama, where snowy mountains are in the tropics.
Climbing the Carstensz Pyramid will start from the base camp at Tembagapura Freeport. Please note that this is a very technical mountain and challenging to climb. So please prepare yourself before climbing and get proper guidance in doing so.
There are several cities near this place, and you can find lodging easily, such as Timika, Wamena, Fak-Fak, and Merauke.
It’s not hard to visit this park. To reach this place, you should fly to Wamena, Biak, Jayapura, or Timika and head there. Wamena is the best option as you may get permission to enter at the Forestry Conservation Office (or you may have it done by a local travel agent). You can also take the Pelni boat to Timika, Agats, Fak Fak, or Merauke.
That’s 3 Reasons Why You Must Visit Lorentz National Park. Hope you can visit this place as soon as possible.