First eco-tourism product in Bundi, Madang opens

The first eco-tourism product in the remote mountain village of Snow Pass in Bundi, Madang Province has opened its doors to the public following the successful launch recently.

The new five mountain bedroom cabin at the Snow Pass Eco-lodge was named after American medical doctor Marc Richmond who carries out voluntary health outreach program in the area.

The “Richmond Haus” lodge is located at mid-point between the majestic Ramu plains and the lofty ridges of Mt Wilhelm.

Local and international visitors can enjoy the peaceful scenery as 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 tracking, bird watching, star gazing, culture and the rich flora and faunas.

Founder of Kumura Foundation and Snow Pass Eco-Lodge managing director, Vincent Kumura said the lodge will help boost tourism in the area and grow the local economy and provide job opportunities.

The launching saw a colorful display of amazing cultures from all over Bundi, Kongi in Asaro and Gembogl, Simbu. 

A total of nine cultural singsing groups and one string band participated at the event including the exotic Imuri Fire Dance of Karizokara Village, Upper Bundi. 

The launch saw over 4,000 locals attend to witness an historic cross-border event.

Visiting American medical doctors Dr Richmond from California and Dr Maury Krystel from North Carolina and other guests who support the initiative also attended the event.

Kumura thanked everyone that supported the event which also saw the launch of the Kumura Foundation.

Quintina Naime