Carstensz Pyramid

Climb one of the seven summits

20 days/19 nights ● from/to Denpasar, Bali ● 14 nights in tent ● min 6 pax/max 12 pax ● Level of difficulty: 5*****

During this 20 days/19 nights group expedition from/to Bali you will climb the Carstensz Pyramid, also known as Puncak Jaya. At 4,884 meters, the Carstensz Pyramid is the highest peak in Oceania, making it one of the famous 7-Summits, the highest peaks of the seven continents. The Carstensz was first climbed in 1962 by the Austrian Heinrich Harrer. And even today, expeditions to this mountainous region of New Guinea require complex approval procedures. Due to his experience and network, Dr. Weiglein is one of the few experts for Papua who can successfully guide and organize expeditions to the Carstensz region. From the wet and muddy jungle to the glaciers of Carstensz mountain, this trekking expedition in Papua is a real challenge for the truly adventurous.

Price per person
from/to Bali

On request
  • 07.02.-26.02.2022
  • 18.09.-07.10.2022

Day 1: Denpasar airport, Bali – Kuta
Arrival in Bali and transfer to Kuta

Upon arrival at Denpasar Airport in Bali, you are welcomed and picked up by your driver, Mr. Ketut. He drives you to your hotel in Kuta where you can rest before the big Carstensz adventure in Papua! In the evening, you can easily walk to the nearby Kuta beach and watch the sunset. Near the hotel, you have many possibilities for lunch and dinner.

Transportation: 30 minutes of airport transfer. Accommodation: Hotel Ida Beach. Breakfast included.

Day 2: Kuta, Bali – Denpasar airport, Bali
Free day in Bali

Today you enjoy a day off while our team takes care of the travel permit for our upcoming trip to the Carstensz Pyramid. Since the Ida Hotel is very centrally located, you can take a walk in the surrounding shopping streets or go to the beach. Or you can spend the day with a private day trip in Bali – Ketut, our driver, can easily organize this for you. After dinner, you get ready for your upcoming flight to Papua. Around midnight Mr. Ketut picks you up at the hotel and takes you to the airport for the Garuda Indonesia flight to Timika, Papua. The departure time is around 01:50am. Night on the plane.

Transportation: 30 minutes of airport transfer. Accommodation: Hotel Ida Beach (with late check-out). Meals: breakfast.

dense forest people back view
First, through the jungle
gras landscape mountain view trekking group
Then, through the highland savannah

Day 3: Denpasar airport, Bali – Timika
Arrival in Timika, Papua

You land in Timika at 6am and are greeted by Werner Weiglein. Werner has led more than 250 successful expeditions in New Guinea. With more than 30 tours to the Carstensz Pyramid, he is the unofficial current world record holder for tours to this mountain. Our driver transfers us to the Komoro Tame Hotel in the city center, where we make the final preparations for the expedition that starts tomorrow. In the afternoon we may need to weigh the entire team and our luggage, as the charter flight is scheduled for very early the next morning.

Transportation: Flight from Bali to Timika: 3:30 hours. 30 minutes of drive. Guide included. Accommodation: Hotel Komoro Tame. Meals: full board.

Day 4: Timika – Ilaga
Arrival in Ilaga Valley and recruitment of porters

Early in the morning we take our charter flight to Ilaga, the starting point of our trekking expedition to Carstensz Pyramid. Once in the Ilaga Valley, we hike from the airstrip to the nearby village of Pinapa. We set up camp for the night, and after lunch we recruit our porters. We also visit the local government offices to register with our travel permits.

Transportation: 30 minutes of drive. 40 minutes by charter plane. 30 minutes hiking. Guide and cook included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

Day 5: Carstensz expedition
1st day of trekking

Today a long and very exhausting route awaits us. So we start our trekking as early as possible. The climb is steep and we have to reach the ridge behind Ilaga for our tent camp. Camping on the way is not possible. The beautiful views and wonderful nature ease a little the strain.

Full day of trekking. Guide, porters and cook included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

Day 6: Carstensz expedition
2nd day of trekking

Today we hike mainly through open terrain. We pass vast landscapes with constant but easy climbs and descents. We set up our tent camp for the night in a beautiful river valley with tree ferns.

Full day of trekking. Guide, porters and cook included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

landcape grass cave tents
Tent camp
mountain valley lakes clouds
The Meren Lakes

Day 7: Carstensz expedition
3rd day of trekking

This morning we hike over a huge plateau. In the afternoon the landscape changes and we hike into a primal forest area. Tonight our camp has a beautiful view over the pyramid region.

Full day of trekking. Guide, porters and cook included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

Day 8: Carstensz expedition
4th day of trekking

Today’s route leads through beautiful high moorland landscapes with several lakes and rivers. If the rivers have a lot of water, we might have difficulties crossing them. But our team is used to such obstacles and we are well prepared for them. We pitch our tents at the end of the Larson drainage, near the Latolampege cave.

Full day of trekking. Guide, porters and cook included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.  

Day 9: Carstensz expedition
5th day of trekking and arrival at the base camp

Today we cross the New Zealand Pass and take the shortest way to the base camp! If the weather is good and the trails are not too muddy, we reach the so-called “Yellow Valley” around 12 o’clock. Here we set up our base camp with tents and kitchen near the lake. This is our starting point for the second part of the expedition: the climbing of the Carstensz Pyramid!

Full day of trekking. Guide, porters and cook included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.  

rocks mountain back ground porters
Porters during the trek
Zebra wall

Day 10: Carstensz expedition
1st day at base camp, preparing for the Carstensz climb

Today we explore the northern area at the base of Carstensz Pyramid to familiarize ourselves with the surroundings. We want to make the necessary preparations for tomorrow’s climb.

Full day of trekking. Guide, porters and cook included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

Day 11: Carstensz expedition
First attempt to climb the Carstensz Pyramid

From the base camp we prepare for the ascent and hike to the starting point. Hopefully the weather is good enough to climb the pyramid!

Full day of trekking/mountain climbing. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

Want to read more about Harrer’s first ascent of the Carstensz Pyramid? See our blog post about Papua’s most famous adventurers

Day 12: Carstensz expedition
Extra day: Second attempt to climb the pyramid, or climb the neighboring peaks

If yesterday’s attempt failed, we have an extra day to try again. Otherwise, we can either choose to climb the neighboring peaks like Ngga Pulu or leave base camp a day early.

Full day of trekking/mountain climbing. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

ice glacier with mountain climber and clouds
A glacier nearby the Carstensz summit
The last steps to the summit

Day 13 to
Day 17: Carstensz expedition – Ilaga

Trekking back to Ilaga village

Today we leave our base camp and hike back to Ilaga village. We follow the same path as for the ascent, which we already know. The descent requires a total of 5 days trekking.

Full days of trekking. Guide, porters and cook included. Accommodation: tent. Meals: full board.

Day 18: Ilaga – Timika
Flying back to Timika

Today we leave Ilaga village and walk to the airport to catch our charter flight to Timika. Once in Timika, we are transferred to the Komoro Tame Hotel and we enjoy the afternoon by the pool. Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Transportation: 40 minutes by charter plane. 30 minutes walking. 20 minutes of drive. Guide included. Accommodation: Hotel Komoro Tame. Meals: full board.

Day 19: Timika – Kuta, Bali
Return to Bali

In the morning, we are transferred to Timika airport for our flight back to Denpasar, Bali. We fly with Garuda Indonesia. We arrive in Bali in the early afternoon and Mr Ketut is here to drive us to our hotel in Kuta. The rest of the day is free.

Transportation: 30 minutes of drive. Flight time to Bali: 3:30 hours. Accommodation: Hotel Ida Beach. Meals: breakfast.

Day 20: Kuta – Denpasar Airport
End of the tour

Today is your last day in Indonesia. We say goodbye to each other and matching your departure time you are transferred to Denpasar airport for your international flight. End of the tour.

Transportation: 30 minutes of airport transfer. Meals: breakfast.

PRICE & CONDITIONS

Carstensz Pyramid ● 20 days/19 nights ● Group Tour
Price per person from/to Denpasar, Bali
on request
  • 07.02.-26.02.2022
  • 18.09.-07.10.2022
INCLUDES
DOES NOT INCLUDE

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. We are happy to help!

We ask for a deposit of 15% of the tour price at the time of booking. The balance is due no later than 4 weeks before the start of the tour. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months when entering Indonesia. Most nationalities receive a visa on arrival (free of charge). Please check with your embassy if you need a special visa for Indonesia and about the procedure. For the special surat jalan travel permit each participant must bring 1x passport copy and 2x passport photos. A list of equipment will be sent with the booking confirmation.

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