Carstensz Pyramid, Australasia 16,023 feet (4884 M)
Carstensz Pyramid is 16,023 feet (4884 M). It is located in the Papua province on the Indonesian island of New Guinea, the world’s second largest island. This Indonesian Province was called Irian Jaya until 2005. It is the pinnacle of the Snow Mountain range rising dramatically above endless tropical jungles that surround it on all sides. At only 4 degrees south latitude but still being over 16,000 feet tall it is subject to a variety of weather conditions from sun to wet tropical conditions to snow storms that continue to fortify four glaciers in the region.
Team members fly to Manado Indonesia after an overnight stop in Singapore. After completing our logistics and picking up our permits we embark on a long travel day on flights that take us to Biak, then Nabire, and finally to Enarotali where we spend the night. From here we fly via helicopter to Zebra Wall base camp at 12,467 feet (3800 M). From here we move to our high camp at Lakes Valley at 13,779’ (4200 M). We will spend time acclimatizing here before making our attempt to the 16,023’ (4884 M ) summit. There are several days built in to our itinerary so we can be ready for a good opportunity for a good summit attempt.
The climbing is over steep rocky terrain rated anywhere from Class 3 to low 5th class. Team members should have previous experience with rock climbing techniques from hand and footwork, to using ascenders for self belays, and rappelling.
Participants should come with an open mind and an adventurous spirit. Not only is this mountain remotely located but access to Carstensz Pyramid only reopened in 2005 and the logistics for this trip are still in constant flux.
The combination of a challenging rock climb and a unique cultural experience make this trip an adventure like no other in the world. Join us!
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Included in trip cost: Professional guides, hotels, breakfasts and dinners while on the mountain, all group equipment (tents, stoves, fuel, cooking gear, ropes, climbing gear, and more).
Not included in trip cost: Extra hotel nights due to logistical or weather delays, meals in restaurants, airline tickets, visa fees, airport taxes, and tips.