Trekking

Trekking Carstensz Pyramid

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We have 6 expeditions with trekking and by helicopter access 100% successful in this year 2017.

By doing trekking access to carstensz base camp, we suggest you should prepare by doing the exercises: physical, technical climbing (jumar and rapell), and mental.

With trekking you will pass through all the heavy terrain, such as: up and down hills, crossing the river, walking on fallen trees, tree bridges, on roots, mud, every rainy day, snow, and wind. and also daily trips take 7-8 hours.

Expedition with trekking; 6 days trekking, 2 days acclimation and summit, and 4 days return trekking with same track.

We prepare all camping supplies during expeditions, such as: sleeping tents, dining tents, dining tables, chairs, and cooks.

The highest summits of Australia and the Pacific Islands, which together form the continent Oceania, lie in New Guinea. New Guinea may look like an insignificant speck on the map, but it is in fact the second largest island on earth. It’s highest, snow-capped peak is the Carstensz Pyramid, which was discovered by the Dutch explorer Jan Carstensz in the 17th century.
The Carstensz Pyramid (in Indonesian “Puncak Jaya”, which means peak of glory), with its height of 4,884 m, is the highest mountain of Oceania. This makes it not only the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Andes, but also one of the famous “Seven Summits”, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.
The first ascent was accomplished on February 13 in 1962 via the north face by Heinrich Harrer, Philip Temple, Russel Kippax and Albert Huizenga, who were assisted by 100 carriers.
Although Puncak Jaya is one of the lowest of the seven summits, from a technical viewpoint, it is among the most difficult ones to ascent. The climbing difficulty, up to grade V, is much higher than the climbing difficulty at Everest or Denali (Mt. McKinley). On the other hand, we don’t encounter the same high altitudes and extreme temperatures which make Denali and Everest still a greater challenge.
What’s exceptional about this journey is the 5-day trekking through the lush jungle and wet marshland. There are many steep, slippery slopes to climb, often in persistent rain. Around the summit, clouds start gathering early in the afternoon. Clear days with view onto the faraway Arafura lake are rare. The famous Colijn Expedition had to retreat due to thick fog, snowstorms and thunder.
At the Grasberg mine, which was discovered in 1936 by Dozy during the Colijn expedition, the yearly rainfall is 4,000-5,000 mm. The mine is both the largest gold mine in the world and the copper mine with the lowest mining costs. It is also at the same time the source of wealth and the source of extensive damage to the environment of West-Papua and Indonesia.
Choosing to summit the Carstensz Pyramide means that you will enter another world and another time – a truly exotic expedition!

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Day 1- Arrival in Denpasar/Bali

Transfer to a hotel near the airport. Bali is well worth a visit, not least because of its charming atmosphere, sunny weather and sandy beaches. We’ll enjoy the place and explore some of its many sights. Overnight stay at a hotel.
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Day 2- Flight To Timika/Papua

Shortly after midnight flight to Timika/Papua with Garuda Indonesia
A 3-hour flight will bring us to Timika, a small but nevertheless important city. It is the supply point of the Grasberg Mine. This makes it the workplace of many people, which is why Garuda Indonesia offer direct flights to Timika. Here, we’ll make last preparations for the expedition. Overnight stay at a hotel.
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Day 3-Flight Timika (80m)–Sugapa (2244m)–Suanggama (2018m)

We’ll fly across the seemingly impenetrable Papuan rainforest, which gives us the change to inspect it from above and take in its vastness – we’ll explore it on foot soon enough! Upon landing on the bumpy runway, we are sure to be greeted by many curious spectators. We’ll continue as soon as possible, on the back seat of a motorcycle. During the first stretch up to the bridge, which 2011 was still in construction, we might well be stopped by local landowners demanding payment for crossing their land. After some discussing and besoothing, however, we should be able to continue on our way. The end of our adventurous drive is our camp in Suanggama. Flight time: 1h; driving time: 1 h.
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Day 4-Suanggama (2018m)–Salt Factory camp (2380m)

From Suanggama, the last village, we’ll descend down to the river. More or less following the course of the river, we are at times high above it, at times very close to it. We’ll pass a house (Salt Factory) at a small bridge, from where on we’ll continue for another 2 hours to our camp site in the middle of the jungle. Chances for rain are very high, after all, we are in the deepest rainforest. Thus, good preparation and planning at Suanggama are very important. Ascent: 970 m/ descent: 660 m; distance: 15.50 km; hiking time: 6-8 hrs.
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Day 5-Salt Factory camp (2380m)–Indisaga camp (3230m)

This will be the most strenuous of all our trekking days! Our path still leads through the rainforest, sometimes over, sometimes under the large rootes, around mud parches, then again straight through the next one – a proper jungle! Swinging through it on vines might be less exhausting… After the Salt Factory camp, our path first ascends steeply, the goes up, down and steeply up again, until we reach a small camp (Blind’s camp). Though it may seem as if the Indisaga camp were closeby as well, that’s sadly not true! We’ll be climbing through the steep rainforest for another 2-3 hours. At 3200m, just shortly before our camp, the rainforest suddenly ends. A large clearing follows, which is where we’ll set up our camp. Ascent: 1115 m/ descent: 275 m; distance: 17.00 km; hiking time: 8-10 hrs.
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Day 6-Indisaga camp (3230m)–Ebay camp (3584 m)

The first hour of our trek will lead through light, open forest to the next plane and finally up to the ridge, which separates the first valley from “our” valley, where part of our route will lead through. Following the ridge for 2-3 hours, we’ll reach our penultimate camp after a short descent. Ascent: 760m/ descent: 420m; distance: 11.01km; hiking time: 6-7 hrs.
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Day 7-Ebay camp (3584m)–Nasidome (3734m)

We’ll descend into the beautiful valley. The wild landscape here will take us back millions of years, to a time when ancient beasts roamed the vast forests… Reaching the riverbank, we’ll cross the river on a natural stone bridge. On top of the next ridge, we’ll meet up with the other route option (via Illaga). We’ll wade through swampland and shortly reach the last camp before base camp and the New Zealand pass. Ascent: 780m/ descent: 630m; distance: 13.00km; hiking time: 6-7 hrs.
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Day 8-Nasidome (3734m)–New Zealand pass–Base Camp (4273m)

The most difficult part of this section is the New Zealand pass (you could use the plural form here, since it is actually several passes following each other). There’s a 50 metre long climbing passage which may be quite difficult on a rainy day. Once we’ll have mastered it, we’ll descend to the base camp at the foot of the Carstensz Pyramid. Ascent: 920m/ descent: 350m; distance: 8.64km; hiking time: 6-7 hrs.
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Day 9- Ascent of the Carstensz Pyramid (4884m)

Starting early in the morning, we set off to our destination: the Carstensz Pyramid. We’ll cross a small pass to reach the entrance point to the highest mountain of Oceania. Straight from the beginning, we’ll hook our jumars into the fixed rope – and off we go! We’ll have to be alert from the very start, for there are many loose rocks lying around; kicking one of them off can have severe consequences. We will discuss the ascent route in more detail at the information meeting in Bern. To date, Kobler & Partner could guide dozens of people to the summit of this mountain. Given that rain and snowfall can occur towards midday, the exact programme of the day will be set on site. Summiting the Carstensz Pyramid via the West Ridge (UIAA III-IV) requires confident climbing skills and endurance.
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Day 10-13 Hike back from base camp–Illaga or Supaga

We will take the same way as on the walk in. Knowing it already, we should be quicker on the journey back so that we can save one day.
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Day 14- Flight Illaga or Sugapa–Nabire or Timika–Denpasar

Today, we’ll fly via Timika back to Bali. We’ll be brought to our hotel, where we can relax, drinking a toast to our hard but wonderful travel. Overnight stay at a hotel.
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Day 15- Flight back

We’ll enjoy a few last hours in Bali in the morning before leaving for the airport in the late afternoon.
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Day 16-17- Reserve day for bad weather or delayed flight etc.

Include

*    All required permits in Jakarta and Papua

*    Airport transfers in Jakarta/Bali and Timika or Nabire

*    Accommodation based on twin share in Bali (1 night per         arrival/before  leaving to Timika/Nabire) & at Timika or Nabire

*   Domestic flights (Bali/Jakarta – Timika/Nabire -return)

*    Chartered flight Timika-Ilaga OR Nabire-Sugapa & return

*    Meals as per the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

*    Camping gears (sharing dome tent, kitchen equipment, dining

      tent,serving table, chairs)

*    Experienced mountain guide, cook & field asisstant

*    Satellite Phone for group daily report

*    Fixed rope on Carstensz Pyramid wall

*    Camping, dining, and cooking equipment (incl. cutlery)

*    Porters up to 17kgs per client

Exclude

 *    Insurances

 *    Overweight on all flights

  *    Personal climbing and camping equipments

 *    Extra food and beverages

 *    Personal expenses (laundry, phone call, hotel’s minibar)

 *    Evacuation or rescue cost (but we provide helicopter for emergency)

 *   Any expenses due to the flight delay or cancel

 *    Indonesia Re-entry Visa USD 35/pax – VISA ON ARRIVAL