Carstensz Pyramid

Carstensz Pyramid

From £13,750
Altitude 4,884m Grade: 4B/4C

A Carstensz Pyramid Expedition is a wild and remote adventure to the true summit of Australasia. The price and duration differences offered refers to three different options into and out of Base Camp : a magnificent trek supported by the mysterious Dani Tribe (16 days land only), by helicopter for a fast simple approach (10 days land only), or a combination of the two by trekking in and helicoptering out (14 days land only).

Adventure Peaks continues to lead the way on expeditions to Carstensz Pyramid with 100% client success on all expeditions over the past decade.

Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m) is the highest peak in Indonesia and Australasia, making it a significant challenge as part of the Seven Summits. The remote Carstensz maintains a sense of mystery, rising from the dense jungle of Papua and often shrouded in mist. An expedition to this intriguing landscape is not just a climbing venture, but a journey back in time through tribal ancestries and an incredible rich and rewarding experience.

Logistically climbing Carstensz Pyramid it is a difficult mountain to access – almost impossible for an individual. Tourism is in its infancy here and you will almost certainly need the expertise of a commercial operator or a trusted local provider, to break through the bureaucracy and bribery required to cross the varying tribal communities. Adventure Peaks can bring together a magnificent trek into Base Camp, supported by the mysterious Dani Tribe. You must however leave behind any western standards of time and service, Papua is what makes it special; ‘time has no meaning’, food will be basic, the tribes people walk with machetes and you stop when it rains! It is an experience not to be forgotten. If time is short we offer the option of a helicopter in and out of Base Camp BUT ask yourself why you are doing it? as you will miss out on the most rewarding part of an expedition to Carstensz Pyramid, yes you will get the peak ticked, but your memories will be short lived! Savour the whole experience, be relaxed and enjoy it ALL.

To climb from Base camp on this limestone mountain you will definitely need previous rock climbing and scrambling skills. You should have climbed a number of multi pitch climbs at Severe (5.3-5.4) grading ideally in boots and not just rock shoes, know how to abseil/rappel with confidence and finally completed a number of grade 3 scrambles. The Skye Cullin Ridge, Aonach Eagach Ridge and Crib Goch all make for the ideal training.

We offer three approaches into and out of Base Camp: a magnificent trek supported by the mysterious Dani Tribe, by helicopter for a fast simple approach and exit, or a combination of the two trekking in and helicoptering out.

We have had 100% success on all our expeditions including: 1st Irish Ascent (Ian McKeever & Grania Willis) 1st South African (Sibusio Vilane).

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Dates & Prices

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Flight Inclusive
With Flight
Land Only
With Flight
8th Oct 2024 - 21st Oct 2024 Guaranteed14 £13,750£15,535 Book Now
2nd Nov 2024 - 15th Nov 2024 Spaces14 £13,750£15,535 Book Now
3rd Jan 2025 - 16th Jan 2025 Guaranteed14 £13,750£15,535 Book Now
7th Oct 2025 - 20th Oct 2025 Spaces14 £14,250£16,035 Book Now
1st Nov 2025 - 14th Nov 2025 Spaces14 £14,250£16,035 Book Now

* A deposit of £2,000 will be required at checkout.


Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

Adventure Peaks Logoed Kit Bag (Non UK addresses + Postage) £85

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader.
  • Transfers to and from the in country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks.
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel and other accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies.
  • Communication equipment (each member on a Grade 3B or above are normally provided with a radio whilst on the mountain and the team is often supported with a Satellite Telephone and e-mail facilities on extended expeditions at Base Camp.
  • All team members will receive a free logoed trip T-Shirt with the name of your Expedition on it.
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop.

What's Excluded

  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Transfers to and from the in country airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early.
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances.


Days 1 - 2

Fly to Makassar & Arrive Makassar, evening in hotel

Day 3

Fly to Timika in Western Papua

Day 4

Final Preparations

Day 5

Helicopter to Carstensz Base Camp

Day 6

Acclimatisation and skills refresher

Days 7 - 10

Ascent of Carstensz Pyramid

Day 11

Return Helicopter and on to Makassar if time allows

Day 12

Return to Makassar or day in Makassar

Days 13 - 14

Return international flight


It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services. Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue, in particular for peaks over 7000m:

We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

Expeditions and Treks under 7000m - Campbell Irvine Direct :

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
J S Insurance: Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number –


Jason · 9 years ago ·

As expected an amazing trip. I know Martin your guide from a previous trip and he was as good as ever. A leader when required and the friendliness of a regular team member. His climbing experience was very useful.

The difference between the walk-in and the the climbing day was brilliant - spending time with the Dani Tribe was probably the best part for me.

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