About the tour
The lowest and most remote of the Seven Summits, Carstensz Pyramid (or Puncak Jaya) is nevertheless one of the technically hardest to climb. Flanked with glaciers, the summit rises like a shark fin amidst jungle.
Those considering a Carstensz Pyramid climb, please keep in mind that the expedition will contain a degree of uncertainty and may require last minute itinerary changes due to possible political instability in the region. So, climbing Puncak Jaya can be classified as a perfect “adventure travel”, full of achievement and discovery, which comes packed with promises of rare cultural experience and classic rock climbing.
The route passes though challenging terrain. It is a tough, long trek to and from Base Camp. The main challenge of Carstensz Pyramid climb is technical rock climbing and not just (or not so much) climbing at high altitude. All group members need to be familiar with techniques and master the skills of ropework and rock climbing. The round trip from Base Camp is usually about 12–14 hours long. The trek from Sagapa village to Base Camp is a 67 km trek. On the north face of the mountain and up to the summit ridge, the route up slabs and corners follows fixed ropes. The lower section of this route involves scrambling and rock climbing of “severe” grade. On the ridge, there are three notches to overcome, the first of them requiring the use of Tyrolean traverse.
Physical Conditioning Required for Climbing Puncak Jaya
All participants of Carstensz Pyramid climb must be in excellent physical shape and condition in order to integrate properly into the team and enjoy the trip personally. Physical fitness is required also in the best interest of both personal success and safety. In order to achieve appropriate shape, adequate training is required along with prior experience of carrying heavy packs (about 30 lbs or more) for several days. Along with physical fitness, climbers must be mentally prepared, too, to deal with strenuous and stressful situations that may occur at high altitudes.
7-Day Itinerary of Carstensz Pyramid Climb with guide (helicopter throw).
Day 1. Meeting at the airport of Timika, transfer to the hotel, meeting with the guide, checking equipment and receiving the permits.
Day 2. Helicopter flight to the base camp of the Carstesz Pyramid (4100m), light acclimatization walk, testing the usage of equipment.
Day 3. Testing the usage of equipment, acclimatization.
Day 4. Climbing Carstesz Pyramid (4884m), 10-12 hours of rock climbing of varying difficulty, the region often has rainy weather – be prepared for this.
Day 5. Reserve day.
Day 6. Flight to Timika.
Day 7. Departure.
Included in the price of Carstensz Pyramid climb:
- Experienced English-speaking guide
- Local guides
- Helicopter transfer to and from base camp
- Accommodation in double rooms in hotels
- Necessary permits for climbing
- Equipment, wages, and insurance for the stuff
- Meals (three meals a day) and fuel in the hike and in the Base camp for participants.
- Ecological fees
- Dining tent
- Fixing of the ropes
- All transfers by the program
- Equipment for the group (ropes, ice screws, radios, first aid set, satellite navigators/GPS
Not included in the price of Carstensz Pyramid climb:
- International flight to Timika (Indonesia)
- Indonesian visa
- Local porters
- Medical insurance
- Private equipment
- Expenses in case of leaving the expedition earlier
- Any expenses in case of flights’ delay or cancellation
- Overweight on airplanes
- Changing of the hotel or single accomodation.
Equipment for climbing Carstesz Pyramid peak.
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Medical Insurance
- Backpack. 50-60l
- Sleeping bag, comfort temperature from -15C to -5C
- Sleeping mattres
- Trekking poles
- Carbines, 5pcs
- Belay device
Clothes and footwear:
- Trekking boots.
- Sneakers (for cities)
- Waterproof layer – Jacket + trousers. The industry offers a wide range of products from simple membranes 5000/5000 to products from Gore-Tex.
- Fleece costume.
- Thermo underwear layer – top and bottom
- Thick gloves.
- Thin gloves.
- LED headlamp
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Chemical heaters (not necessarily, but can be very useful)
- Personal first aid kit
- Elastic bandage and / or supporting bandage.
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