Mount Wilhelm and Mount Giluwe

Mount Wilhelm and Mount Giluwe

From £3,625
Altitude 4,368m Grade: 1B

Enjoy this remote journey into the depths of Papua New Guinea. Climb Mt Giluwe the highest volcano on the Australasian continent and Mt Wilhelm the highest mountain on Papua New Guinea.

Enjoy this remote journey into the depths of Papua New Guinea with Adventure Peaks. We start by acclimatising on Mt Hagen before attempting Mount Giluwe 4,368m the second highest mountain in Papua New Guinea, and the highest volcano on the Australasian continent. It is made up of a series of volcanic plugs left over from the original volcano, which formed over 700,000 years ago and, like Mount Kenya it has twin summits. The ascent takes you through jungle, grassland, past innumerable tarns and lakes but don’t expect home comforts. The climb is magnificent but it’s wild, and remote.

Acclimatised we transfer our energy onto Mount Wilhelm the island's highest peak at 4509m, our aim is to climb it from the remote village of Keglsugol. This is a wild and remote approach that presents the opportunity to experience ancient cultures and tribe’s people that are still largely intact, leave behind any western ideas of comfort; it is a journey back in time. The paths are remote, crossing rivers, alpine grassland, glacial valleys and moss forests, the home of several birds of paradise. Once on the summit your efforts are rewarded with stunning views from the roof of the world’s most mountainous island.

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Dates & Prices

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Flight Inclusive
With Flight
Land Only
With Flight
10th Aug 2024 - 23rd Aug 2024 Spaces14 £3,625£4,875 Book Now
14th Sep 2024 - 27th Sep 2024 Spaces14 £3,625£4,875 Book Now
8th Feb 2025 - 21st Feb 2025 Closed14 £3,625£4,875
14th Jun 2025 - 27th Jun 2025 Spaces14 £3,625£4,875 Book Now
19th Jul 2025 - 1st Aug 2025 Spaces14 £3,625£4,875 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.


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

Alotau Peninsular (2 days) --+2 days
Loloata Island --+2 days
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 to Port Moresby (Flight inclusive package) 
  • Domestic Flights from Port Moresby to Mt Hagen (Flight inclusive package)
  • Adventure Peaks expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader. 
  • 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 valley/town accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb. 
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies
  • All team members will receive a free logoed trip T-Shirt with the name of your Expedition on it.
  • 24 hour back up and support from UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Flights unless booked as Flight Inclusive
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified
  • Personal medical supplies 
  • 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 - 3 International Flight

Arrive Port Moresby. Midafternoon Domestic flight to Mt Hagen, where we then transfer to our first mountain lodge which is about 45 minutes away and is set in a very peaceful area. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

From the lodge we acclimatize on Mount Hagen (3,834m) for around 5-6 hours, perhaps not reaching the summit but we should observe orchids, exotic plants, insects and beautiful birds as you walk through the rainforest. Views out to Giluwe and Mt Wilhelm from the summit – 8 hrs. round trip Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5

4WD transfer to Mailka village around 1½ hours away, then trek with porters from the local village through the forest before we exit onto undulating alpine grasslands. In the grasslands and innumerable tarns and lakes. You may see exotic wildlife including birds of paradise and the rare tree kangaroos (c3700m). 7-9 hours Overnight camp (B,L,D)

Day 6

Climb to summit of Mt Giluwe 4368m starting at 5.00am to reach the summit around 8.00am. We return to base camp for breakfast and then trek out to the road head for our journey back to the Lodge. (C or Ld, B, L, D)

Day 7

Road Transfer to Mt Wilhelm and cultural visit approx. 3-4 hrs drive along bumpy track. Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8

Leaving the village we head up to base camp 3575m through the forest on a fairly good path. (C, B, L, D)

Day 9

We leave camp before first light to make our 6-8 hour ascent to the summit of Mt Wilhelm (4,509m), the highest point on Papua New Guinea. Reaching the summit early is the prime time as the mountaintops are usually clear of cloud at this time in the morning. The summit is marked by a rock cairn and a trigonometric marker giving breath-taking clear views of the North Coast including Bagabag and Kar Kar Islands. Leaving the summit, we head back down to base camp and then return to our Lodge (L, B, L, D)

Day 10

Spare summit night transfer to lodge or Cultural visit (L, B, L, D)

Day 11

Transfer back to Mt Hagen 4hrs and continue to Port Moresby on an afternoon flight. Transfer to hotel (H, B,)

Day 12

Day in Port Moresby if not used in the mountains.

Day 13

International flights or extend (2 days) your stay to explore the island more with a visit down to the Alotau Peninsular that reaches out into the South Pacific. There you can explore the local villages and even take a tour about the ww2 battle of Milne Bay. Or you can stay on Loloata Island for some snorkelling and relaxation.

Day 14

Arrive home.


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 –


Jaime · 6 years ago ·

[Trip leader was a] great person...very pleased with Adventure Peaks for this trip

Stephan · 6 years ago ·

Excellent expedition leader, very informative for a good preparation... took care of all members of the group, handled the group very well, good guiding on mountains, a good chat and fun as well. Magic Mountain Lodge was excellent...unforgettable memories.

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