The Baliem Valley
A lush and fertile valley, surrounded on all sidesby towering peaks of 2,500- 3,000 meters, lies in Wamena Regency which has its own airport for tourists to reach it. The valley is about 80 km in length by 20 km in width and lies at an altitude of about 1,600–1,700 metres (5,200–5,600 ft).
There are three main tribes inhabiting the Baliem Valley area: The Dani at the base of the mountains , The Lani to the west , and The Yali in the southeast. Each tribe has a distinctly different culture. One sure way to tell them apart is the unique style of koteka, or penis gourd, that is worn by the males in each of these tribes.
The tribal people here are still living very much like how they have always been. Cultures (mummy and tradings) also become part of uniqueness in tour programme here. One of interesting customs in their community w hich involves funeral ceremonies. When a family member dies, all related females voluntarily cut off part of a finger as a way of showing their grief. Dani tribe finger cutting is well-known . After was done using a special cutting tool, then the finger was burned to ashes, which were then stored in a special place.