The total number of days for your trip includes all travel to and from your destination, with some exceptions. Please call our office to confirm that your flight itinerary is correct. For this trip you will need to arrive in Denpasar, Bali in Indonesia. The capital city, Denpasar, is located on the east coast of the Island of Bali and is known for its white sandy beaches and offers a great stopover on the way to Carstensz or on your return home. From Denpasar you will fly to Timika.
This trip necessitates an overnight flight from the U.S. beginning on day 1 of the itinerary. You will cross the dateline in mid-flight to Asia thus losing a day. Don’t worry, you’ll make it up on the way home. Your return flight will take 2 days to arrive back home. Book your return flight to leave Timika to Denpasar, Indonesia on day 17 and on to your home city.
Please contact our office for any help needed with flight schedule.
Carstensz Pyramid Day by Day
Travel to Denpasar, Bali.
Mountain Madness staff will meet you at the airport. You will transfer to your hotel
We will spend Day 3 having a team meetings and doing equipment checks in preparation for our early morning flight to Papua. We wrap up last minute paperwork and secure our permit with the Indonesian government. Welcome dinner with the team.
We fly to West Papua and transfer to our hotel. Flights are generally early morning which gives us the rest of the day to prepare for our morning helicopter flight to base camp.
CARSTENSZ BASE CAMP
We’ll get an early start, depending on weather, for the helicopter flight to base camp.
CARSTENSZ BASE CAMP
Acclimatization. Spend the day at base camp acclimatizing to the altitude and preparing for the summit climb.
We’re off to the summit! The route is relatively straightforward and follows a line up the north face. After scrambling approximately 1,640 feet / 500 meters over mostly solid rock we will break out on the summit ridge where lines will be fixed in preparation for our descent. Our route here follows the ridge crest with grand exposure along the way. We pass four small notches as we rappel and use ascenders to negotiate these tricky sections. Our descent entails multiple rappels and scrambling. We will be on good, clean rock that provides excellent friction even in wet weather. This will be a long, difficult day of 12 – 18 hours roundtrip.
EXTRA WEATHER DAYS
These extra days are to allow for a better weather window or extra days for acclimatization if needed.
Carstensz basecamp to Timika. Morning helicopter flight to Timika. Hotel in Timika
We fly back to Denpasar, Bali and our hotel where we will celebrate our expedition.
Helicopter flights are subject to weather delays, sometimes lasting several days. We allow contingency days to accommodate delays. It is strongly advised that you allow a delay of up to one week should an extended delay occur.
Note on Itinerary: Although we do our very best to follow the schedule listed, this itinerary is subject to change due to inclement weather, unsafe route conditions, or other reasons beyond our control and in the guide’s best judgement.