Mount Hagen is the major town in the highland region of Papua New Guinea and home to one of PNG’s major festivals – the Mount Hagen Cultural Show. The town itself has an interesting and thriving market and a number of decent places to stay. Most people come here as a starting point for further exploration of the highlands, to seek out birds of paradise from one of the nearby lodges, or see the famous cultural show which takes place in August each year.
This show is now one of the largest cultural shows in Papua New Guinea and attracts a large variety of regional and provincial groups who come to celebrate their indigenous tribal culture with an enormous sing-sing. This in turn attracts a lot of international tourists and so it you wish to visit Mount Hagen in August it is best to book early!