The Carstensz Pyramid with its 4884m, is the highest mountain of Austral-Ozeania and at the same time the smallest of the Seven Summits. But you should not let yourself to be misled by the small size of this mountain. The “Puncak Jaya Victory Mountain” as it is called in the native language, is deemed as the most challenging of all Seven Summits from a climbing point of view. It is situated on the second biggest island of the world, in the province of Papua which is part of Indonesia – amidst green and dense jungle.
And this jungle has its perfidies and pitfalls. In order to reach the Base Camp on the overland route, a crossing of the rainforest is inevitable and especially during heavy rain, you should not forget to bring your rubber boots and some extra endurance. If the Base Camp has been reached, the hardest part is not over yet. There are still several hours of climbing, partly supported by fixed ropes ahead before the summit is in sight. Arrived at the Summit, a breathtaking scenery awaits us, with the possibility to see two oceans at the same time if the weather is in our favor. A moment, you will never forget.
But the Carstensz Pyramid is not just considered the toughest peak amongst the Seven Summits but also the most exotic. During this travel, we have the chance to relax at the most beautiful beaches, fight our way through the high moors and jungles of the back country and cool down our exhausted body in the snow at the summit. In addition, the friendly indigenous Danis tribe is welcoming us to learn about their customs and traditions which remind us of a life, far away from the modern hustle and bustle and brings us closer into the here and now. Right here, to the foot of the Carstensz Pyramid.
his travel leads into a very remote, political unstable region, which makes it a very difficult expedition to organize. We try our best, to carry out this tour according to the planned schedule. However, every expedition member should bring a certain amount of flexibility and openness, since the route is likely to change due to weather conditions or political circumstances. Furthermore, we are going to get in touch with the indigenous Dani people, who still live like in the stone-age – please be aware that no western standards or customs should be expected here. In return, this gives us the unique possibility to immerse into a totally sealed off culture.
The exact procedure depends on the local conditions (such as weather) and may be changed according to the circumstances.
- Helicopter expedition
- Highest summit of Austral-Oceania
- Diverse landscape
- Cultural highlights when visiting the indigenous people
- Most challenging of all Seven Summits