"Mt. Hagen - the centre of Papua New Guinea" Mount Hagen by Bwana_Brown

Mount Hagen Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 7 photos

The further west one went in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, the 'rougher' things seemed to get! My second trip after arriving in PNG was a flight into Mount Hagen, a rough and ready town in the middle of the central mountain ranges. I had another two or three trips there before my 3 years were up, sometimes driving up from the coastal city of Lae or vice-versa as I dealt with various power system problems on the 66,000 volt transmission system and the hydro & diesel power stations serving various small communities in this part of the country.

It was always nice to experience the cooler airs and different landscape of this highly populated and rugged part of PNG. I ran into this local wandering around town not far from my hotel on the first visit, dressed in the traditional 'working' outfit of a Western Highlander. The cloth frontpiece is called a laplap, with the bare buttocks being covered by a sheaf of long grass stuffed down through his belt. He was trying to sell me a couple of artifacts, including the set of boar's teeth on a necklace of seed-pods.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Getting deep into the Highland tribes areas
  • Cons:Now getting as lawless as Dodge City!
  • Last visit to Mount Hagen: Mar 1982
  • Intro Updated Dec 14, 2006
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  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    I have a few books about the Mt Hagen Festival and seriously consider to visit this place one day. Mouthwatering page, Glenn! :))

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    How interesting it must have been to live in PNG! The traditional celebrations sounds fascinating!

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Fascinating page, especially your description of the Highlander celebrations. How lucky you were to be able to attend them!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    "losers of the competitions simply attacked the winners! As a result, a decision was made to award prizes to all participants!" Haha, how clever! they should do that in Europe for football matches!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2007 at 8:04 AM

    Yes, another exciting description of your early experiences :-)) That tree kangoroo looks fun, what a big tail compared to the rest of his body ! And these highland shows... amazing !

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2006 at 2:52 AM

    Fascinating destination - thanks so much for building this fine little page! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2006 at 11:56 AM

    Never heard of a tree kangaroo before. I always learn something from your pages.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2006 at 10:09 PM

    what an interesting place to go, Glenn ! Its interesting to see these old warriors, I am sure that kind of culture will be gone soon or getting just simply a "tourist-trap"

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