Carstensz Pyramid Expedition Access by Helicopter
The Carstensz Pyramid (in Indonesian “Puncak Jaya”, which means peak of glory), with its height of 4,884 m, is the highest mountain of Oceania. This makes it not only the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Andes, but also one of the famous “Seven Summits”, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.
The first ascent was accomplished on February 13 in 1962 via the north face by Heinrich Harrer, Philip Temple, Russel Kippax and Albert Huizenga, who were assisted by 100 carriers.
Although Puncak Jaya is one of the lowest of the seven summits, from a technical viewpoint, it is among the most difficult ones to ascent. The climbing difficulty, up to grade V, is much higher than the climbing difficulty at Everest or Denali (Mt. McKinley). On the other hand, we don’t encounter the same high altitudes and extreme temperatures which make Denali and Everest still a greater challenge.
What’s exceptional about this journey is the 5-day trekking through the lush jungle and wet marshland. There are many steep, slippery slopes to climb, often in persistent rain. Around the summit, clouds start gathering early in the afternoon. Clear days with view onto the faraway Arafura lake are rare. The famous Colijn Expedition had to retreat due to thick fog, snowstorms and thunder.
At the Grasberg mine, which was discovered in 1936 by Dozy during the Colijn expedition, the yearly rainfall is 4,000-5,000 mm. The mine is both the largest gold mine in the world and the copper mine with the lowest mining costs. It is also at the same time the source of wealth and the source of extensive damage to the environment of West-Papua and Indonesia.
Choosing to summit the Carstensz Pyramide means that you will enter another world and another time – a truly exotic expedition!
- Pick up at Labuhan Bajo airport & in between to Hotel that already specified (4 Star Hotel)
- Resting at Hotel / Free Day
Live Boat Trip by Star Labuan Bajo
- Breakfast at Hotel – 07.00 AM
- Departure from hotel Towards Labuan Bajo Port at 8.00 Morning
- Island Padar / Pink beach / snorkeling / Kalong Komodo / Komodo Island
- Overnight in Boat (Lunch & Dinner prepared at Boat)
- Breakfast is served in Boat
- Manta Point (feeding Manta fish) / Trekking & taking pictures on Kanawa Island
- Lunch & Return to Hotel Labuan Bajo
- Free Event
- Breakfast at Hotel
- Check – Out Back to Jakarta
Includes / Excludes
- All required permits in Jakarta and Papua
- Airport transfers in Jakarta/Bali and Timika or Nabire
- Accommodation based on twin share in Bali (1 night per arrival/before leaving to Timika/Nabire) & at Timika or Nabire
- Domestic flights (Bali/Jakarta – Timika/Nabire -return)
- Chartered flight Timika-Ilaga OR Nabire-Sugapa & return
- Meals as per the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
- Camping gears (sharing dome tent, kitchen equipment, dining
tent,serving table, chairs)
- Experienced mountain guide, cook & field asisstant
- Satellite Phone for group daily report
- Fixed rope on Carstensz Pyramid wall
- Camping, dining, and cooking equipment (incl. cutlery)
- Porters up to 17kgs per client
- Overweight on all flights
- Personal climbing and camping equipments
- Extra food and beverages
- Personal expenses (laundry, phone call, hotel’s minibar)
- Evacuation or rescue cost (but we provide helicopter for emergency)
- Any expenses due to the flight delay or cancel
- Indonesia Re-entry Visa VISA ON ARRIVAL
Puncak Jaya or Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m) is the highest summit of Mount Carstensz (/ˈkɑrstəns/) in the Sudirman Range of the western central highlands of Papua province, Indonesia (within Puncak Jaya Regency). Other summits are East Carstensz Peak (4,808 m), Sumantri (4,855 m) and Ngga Pulu (4,863). Other names include Nemangkawi in the Amungkal language, Carstensz Toppen and Gunung Sukarno.
At 4,884 metres (16,024 ft) above sea level, Puncak Jaya is the highest mountain in Indonesia, the highest on the island of New Guinea (which comprises the Indonesian West Papua region plus Papua New Guinea), the highest of Oceania (Australian continent), and the 5th highest mountain in political Southeast Asia. It is also the highest point between the Himalayas and the Andes, and the highest island peak in the world. Some sources claim Mount Wilhelm, 4,509 m (14,793 ft), as the highest mountain peak in Oceania, on account of Indonesia being part of Asia (Southeast Asia).
The highlands surrounding the peak were inhabited before European contact, and the peak was known as Nemangkawi in Amungkal. Puncak Jaya was named “Carstensz Pyramid” after Dutch explorer Jan Carstenszoon who first sighted the glaciers on the peak of the mountain on a rare clear day in 1623. The sighting went unverified for over two centuries, and Carstensz was ridiculed in Europe when he said he had seen snow near the equator. This name is still used among mountaineers. The snowfield of Puncak Jaya was reached as early as 1909 by a Dutch explorer, Hendrik Albert Lorentz with six of his indigenous Dayak Kenyah porters recruited from the Apo Kayan in Borneo. The predecessor of the Lorentz National Park, which encompasses the Carstensz Range, was established in 1919 following the report of this expedition.