First Bundi eco-tourism product to be launched

The first eco-tourism product in Upper Bundi, Madang Province, will be launched from February 18-19.

The Snow Pass mountain cabin is located at mid-point between the majestic Ramu plains and the lofty ridges of Mt. Wilhelm. It is a major transition point for migrating birds passing up and down.

The cabin is settled at 2,200m on a ridge top bordering three provinces, namely Eastern Highlands, Chimbu and Jiwaka.

The eco-lodge specialises in offering eco-tourism products and services such as trekking, bird watching, star gazing, culture and the rich flora and faunas.

The project was first established in 2014 with initial three-bedrooms that could sleep a maximum of six backpackers or trackers.

It now has five-bedrooms that can accommodate up to 16 people.

Snow Pass Eco-Lodge managing director, Vincent Kumura, said eco-tourism simply is a tourism activity that focuses on appreciating, preserving and adding value to the local culture, natural environment and lifestyle of the people in and around an area.

Kumura highlighted that the cabin is a place where pristine nature and peacefulness meets, only to be complemented by a wonderful culture and friendly hospitable Gende people.

The opening of the cabin is expected to attract over 4,000 people.

Activities will include more than 10 cultural singsing groups from as far as Kongi, Asaro, Yommy, Jimi and Simbu and all over Bundi. 

Some of the iconic culture groups are the famous Bundi Butterfly Dance, the Imuri Fire Dance of Karizokara and the Dengwand Culture Group of North Simbu.

Quintina Naime