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Carstensz Pyramid Expedition

Carstensz Pyramid

Introductory 11 Days West Papua
Located on the remote Island of West Papua, the Carstenz Pyramid is a mesmerizing limestone peak that rises high above the dense jungle below. Topping out at 16,024’/4,884m above sea level, the Carstensz Pyramid is the tallest peak in Oceania.
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Standing at 16,024′/4,884m, the Carstensz Pyramid is the tallest peak in Oceania. Rising out of the remote jungle of Papua New Guinea, it is often regarded as the most exotic of the 7 Summits. This steep limestone peak is the only Seven Summits that involves rock climbing, making it a unique experience for Seven Summiteers and adventure seekers alike.


Climbers should be in great physical shape. While this climb is not a long and sustained multi-day climb, the summit push is a big day and will require great physical fitness.

Technical Experience

Climbers will need to have prior multi-pitch experience and be able to climb up to 5.8.


Prior experience at altitude is recommended but not required.

Carstensz Itinerary

Day 0

Today you arrive in Bali, Indonesia. We’ll use this day to allow the team to arrive and get settled to start the expedition.

Activity: Arrive in Bali, Indonesia
Sleeping Elevation: 100’/30m
Lodging: Hotel in Bali
Meals: None

Day 1
Rest & Organize in Bali

After your long travel day, we’ll spend today resting and organizing gear.

Activity: Rest and Organize in Bali
Sleeping Elevation: 100’/30m
Lodging: Hotel in Bali
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2
Fly to Timika

Today we’ll fly to the remote Island of Western Papua. Arriving in the city of Timika in the morning, we’ll spend the rest of the day making sure that our gear is all dialed for the helicopter flight to Carstensz base camp the next morning.

Activity: Fly to Timika/Organize gear
Moving Hours: 4 hours
Sleeping Elevation: 100’/30m
Lodging: Hotel in Timika
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Fly to Base Camp

From Timika, a short helicopter flight will see us arrive at the foot of Oceania’s tallest peak. We’ll set up base camp as we start to acclimatize at 13,780’/4,200m.

Activity: Fly to Base Camp
Moving Hours: 40 min
Elevation Gain/Loss: +13,600’/4,145m
Sleeping Elevation: 13,780’/4,200m

Day 4

We’ll spend the day acclimatizing and resting before our summit push. We’ll get to bed early to prepare for an early start tomorrow morning.

Activity: Acclimatize/Rest
Sleeping Elevation: 13,780’/4,200m
Lodging: Base Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5
Summit Bid

Starting bright and early, we’ll make our way from base camp to the start of the “Harrer” route on the North face of the Carstensz Pyramid. 1,640’/500m of rock climbing and scrambling will see us make the summit ridge. From the ridge, an exposed traverse will take us to the summit of the Carstensz Pyramid. After a short celebration, a series of rappels and some trekking will see us back in base camp.

Activity: Summit Carstensz Pyramid
Distance Covered: 1-2 miles
Moving Hour: 10-12 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss: +/- 2,244’/684m
Sleeping Elevation: 13,780’/4,200m
Lodging: Base Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Days 6-8
Extra Days

We’ve built in some extra days in case of weather delays etc. If we don’t need these days, we’ll head out of base camp and back to Timika and onto Bali.

Day 9
Return to Timika/Bali

Today we’ll take a helicopter flight back to Timika, and either overnight in Timika or connect through to Bali to depart for home.

Activity: Fly to Tamika/Bali
Moving Hours: 1-4 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss: -13,600’/4,145m
Sleeping Elevation: 100’/30m
Lodging: Hotel in Timika/Bali
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10
Fly Home

Carstensz Pyramid Guides

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