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).