02.09.19 - 21.09.19
20 days/ 19 nights from/to Denpasar, Bali
Travelling to remote areas of Papua is difficult, the conditions are harsh, there is no comfort at all. If you can handle such conditions, you will enjoy this trip. If you have any doubts, ask us before you book it. Tours to Carstensz Pyramid are physically very demanding.
At 4,884 meters above sea level, the Carstensz Pyramid is the highest mountain on all of New Guinea and one of the famous “seven summits”, the highest summits of the seven continents. In 1962, the mountain was first climbed by Austrian Heinrich Harrer, and even today, expeditions to this mountainous region of New Guinea require complex permitting procedures.
Due to his network of contacts, Dr. Weiglein is one of the few Papua experts who successfully guided and organized many expeditions to this region. This expedition, from the jungles to the icy mountains of the Pacific, and the Carstensz Summit, is a truly unique adventure.
Minimum 6 persons (maximum 12 persons). Level of difficulty: 5*****
Climbing of the summit occurs at your own risk!
It is possible to leave the base camp by helicopter. This will shorten the itinerary, reduce the physical demand, but increase the price. If you are interested, please contact us.
Our representative will welcome you and transfer you to our partner hotel Ida in Kuta. We will handle all of the important formalities for your travel permit. For the rest of the day, there is no program (breakfast included).
Free day in Bali for acclimatization. In the meantime, our staff in Jakarta arranges the last formalities with the authorities for the travel permit to Carstensz Pyramid (therefore the stamped Indonesian arrival visa is necessary). Around midnight, we provide pick up at the hotel and the transfer to the airport, for a Garuda Indonesia flight to Timika.
Bali – Timika
Around 01:45 am, we depart with Garuda Indonesia to Timika. Arrival is around 06:00 am. You will be welcomed by Dr. Weiglein and transferred to the Hotel Komoro Tame. Today, the last preparations for the expedition must be done. In the afternoon, we may have to weigh the complete team and our luggage, in case the charter flight is scheduled for very early next morning.
Timika – Illaga
In the morning we will provide the transfer to the airport for charter flight to Illaga (flight time 40 minutes). Today, the whole group, including luggage, equipment, and food should be flown to Illaga by one flight. That night we will sleep in a tent camp planned in the village of Pinapa in the Illaga Valley. The rest of day is free; porters must be recruited and local government authorities must be visited.
1st trekking day
Today, a long and very exhausting route awaits us, and we start our trekking as early as possible. The climb is steep and we must reach the mountain crest behind Illaga for our tent camp. Camping on the way is not possible. Although it is a tough climb, the views and nature are amazing.
2nd trekking day
Today, we mainly hike through open area, we pass sweeping landscapes, with constant but easy ascents and descents. We stop and set up tent camp in a beautiful river valley with tree ferns.
3rd trekking day
Today’s route leads us over a huge plateau and later in the afternoon into a primeval forest area. We set up tent camp with view on the Pyramid Region.
4th trekking day
We cross wonderful highland moor landscapes, with several lakes and numerous rivers. At the high water mark, the crossing of these watercourses might cause problems and delay us, but our guides are well prepared to anticipate these possibilities and adapt as necessary. We set up tent camp at the end of the Larson drainage (close to Latolampege cave).
5th trekking day – arrival basecamp
Today, we must cross the New Zealand Pass, and it is important to take the shortest way to basecamp! When the weather is okay, and the paths are in good condition, we will reach the so-called “Yellow Valley” around noon. Here, we raise our camp close to the mid lake. This will be our base camp and starting point for the upcoming days.
Full day at basecamp. Today, we want to go to the north face at the foot of Carstensz Pyramid, and explore and prepare our starting point for the climb.
Full day at basecamp. Today we hopefully (weather permitting) can climb the Pyramid!
Full day at basecamp. If necessary, we will try again to reach the summit today.
1st trekking day back
We will take the same way back to Illaga, which we know already. Altogether five days are scheduled for the descent.
2nd trekking day back
Full day trekking
3rd trekking day back
Full day trekking
4th trekking day back
Full day trekking
5th trekking day back
Full day trekking. Today, we plan to arrive in Illaga.
Illaga – Timika
We catch a charter flight back to Timika. After arrival, transfer to Hotel Komoro Tame. For the rest of day there is no program. Lunch and dinner will be provided at the hotel.
Timika – Bali
In morning, we provide a transfer to the airport for the Garuda Indonesia flight to Denpasar, arrival around 13:45 local time. We provide the transfer to Hotel Ida. For the rest of day there is no program (breakfast included).
Transfer to airport for your next destination.
Price in EUR per person sharing a double room/tent
Price per Person1/2 double room/tent