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At an altitude of 2,861 metres Kumul Lodge is one of Papua New Guinea's best-known eco-tourism lodges. Constructed entirely from local materials, it is owned and managed by local people and employs local guides.

The self-local management approach ensures that the revenues generated by your stay remain in the immediate area to support local people and preserve the surrounding forest as a home for some of the most beautiful and unusual birds in the world. The lodge uses its funds to work to raise environmental awareness in the local population, with the ultimate aim of the area being declared a national park.

The area around the property has a network of tracks and trails, but for safety reasons it is recommended that you are always accompanied by a member of the friendly and helpful staff. During your stay you can enjoy a variety of half-day and full day activities (at additional cost). These include bird watching, orchid finding, nature walks to find orchids, frogs and insects, trekking up Hagen Mountain – staying in a cave hotel near the mystic summit, star gazing, local village visits, special events such as the Mount Hagen Cultural Show. The lodge has a choice of rooms in the main building or private cabins – all of which have en suite shower and toilet. Meals are served in the dining area, and packed lunches can be arranged for full day trips. With notice a traditional earthhole meal (mumu) can be arranged in the grounds.

Key info

This accommodation is located in:

Mount Hagen

The Mount Hagen area is the home of the Melpa people, a people with a strong culture, who still live largely traditional subsistence lifestyles. From the lowland rainforest to alpine grasslands, it is a land of colour and vibrancy and one of the best places to see Papua New Guinea’s birds of paradise.

  • Where: Western Highlands
  • Ideal for viewing: King of Saxony bird of paradise, Macgregor’s bowerbird, Stephanie’s astrapia, Loria’s bird of paradise, Huon tree kangaroo
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching