About the tour. The lowest and most remote of the Seven Summits, Carstensz Pyramid (or Puncak Jaya) is also one of the most technically challenging. Flanked by glaciers, the peak rises like a shark’s fin from the jungle. Those considering a climb of Carstensz Pyramid should bear in mind that the expedition involves a degree […]
The lowest and most remote of the Seven Summits, Carstensz Pyramid (or Puncak Jaya) is also one of the most technically challenging. Flanked by glaciers, the peak rises like a shark’s fin from the jungle.
Those considering a climb of Carstensz Pyramid should bear in mind that the expedition involves a degree of uncertainty and may require last-minute changes to the itinerary due to possible political instability in the region. Climbing Puncak Jaya can therefore be classified as a perfect ‘adventure trip’, full of achievement and discovery, with the promise of rare cultural experiences and classic rock climbing.
The route traverses challenging terrain. It is a tough, long trek to and from base camp. The main challenge of the Carstensz Pyramid climb is technical rock climbing and not just (or not so much) high altitude climbing. All group members need to be familiar with the techniques and master the skills of ropework and rock climbing. The round-trip from base camp usually takes 12-14 hours. The trek from Sagapa village to base camp is 67km. On the north face and up to the summit ridge, the route follows fixed ropes over slabs and corners. The lower part of the route involves scrambling and rock climbing of the ‘difficult’ category. There are three notches on the ridge, the first of which requires the use of a Tyrolean traverse.
Physical fitness required to climb Puncak Jaya
All participants in the Carstensz Pyramid Climb must be in excellent physical shape and condition in order to integrate properly into the team and to enjoy the trip personally. Physical fitness is also required in the interest of both personal success and safety. Adequate training and experience of carrying heavy packs (approximately 30 lbs or more) for several days is required to achieve the appropriate level of fitness.
Day 1. Meeting at Timika airport, transfer to the hotel, meeting with the guide, check of equipment and receipt of permits. Dinner and instructing the group.
Day 2. Helicopter flight to the base camp of Carstesz Pyramid (4100m), easy acclimatisation walk, test of equipment use.
Day 3. Testing the use of the equipment, acclimatisation.
Day 4. Climbing the Carstesz Pyramid (4884m), 10-12 hours of 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.