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MOUNTAIN CLIMBING CARSTENSZ PYRAMID, HELICOPTER TRIP

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As one of the Seven Summits, Carstensz Pyramid is a prestigious mountain, a goal for many climbers in the world as an outstanding achievment for them. Anticlinal peak with an altitude about 4.884 meter above sea level, emerged from the bottom of deep sea millions of years ago due to collision of Pacific and Hindia-Australian plates. Form a highest point of Indonesia-Oceania in chain of Sudirman mountain ranges, covered with tropical glaciers located in the middle of the jungle in Papua Island, the second largest island on earth. Another summits part of Lorentz National Park with icecaps are Jaya Peak (4.864 m), Sumantri Peak (4.872 m) and East Carstensz Peak (4.813 m). Only a small snowy area left of ​​hundreds kilometers in the massive of Middle Mountain-ranges with an old limestone rock divides that island.
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Jan Carstensz was a Dutch sailor who recorded it specifically while sailing in the southern coast of Papua Island. It became a burlesque when he reported it to the country about his first sight of equatorial glacier in the mountains. However, several hundred years later the evidence of glaciers in fact exposed in two other areas near the equator line, uncovered in Kilimanjaro-Africa and also in Peruvian Andes-South America. Unfortunately, this only three remaining tropical glaciers of the world, these days are beginning to shrink due to global warming, and are expected to disappear in the next few decades.

Helicopters are the fastest alternative way to basecamp in the Carstensz area, cuting the long journey about 50 kilometers of treking in the dense tropical rainforest of Papua Island. Surely, acclimatization is mandatory and very important here, as you will fly directly to basecamp at an altitude of over 4.000 meter above sea level from Timika city located at only 300 meter. Climbing Carstensz Pyramid is quite technical, the 600-meter-high bigwall became the last part of this journey, requires basic climbing skills using a fixed rope to reach the highest point before returning to basecamp.

ITINERARY
 

DAY 1 / ARRIVAL BALI

Welcome to the famous Bali, the most touristic place part of Indonesia, allocate your time for rest and preparation for trekking. The guide will pick you up at the airport, then drop you off at the hotel to relaxing from jetlag or a bit of sightseeing on the beach.

DAY 2 / IN BALI

You have a short time in this beautiful ‘island of gods’, in the capital of Denpasar everything is quite complete. Today briefing will check all of your personal gear, because if there’s a miss, it's easier for you to find it here. Finish as soon as possible all your needs until the afternoon, because our next flight to Timika is scheduled for midnight.

DAY 3 / IN TIMIKA

Timika is a city located in the southern coast of Papua Island that's growing due to mining activities.The city is visited by foreign workers abroad, so some necessities can still be obtained even at higher prices. Arriving in Timika early morning, we will go straight to the hotel, not many choice locations for sightseeing or restaurant here.

DAY 4 / TIMIKA – YELLOW VALLEY BY HELICOPTER

Prepare to wake up and pack your stuff early, because our flight here is very dependent on weather, it’s usually scheduled in the morning. Occasionally chartered helicopters are also delayed or even canceled. Some trips must finally choose an option walking through the forest, another way to get to the Carstensz region. If we lucky enough to fly that day, from the window we will be spoiled to views of the forested mountain cut by the deep river valley. After landed, we have entered the northern side of Sudirman mountain ranges below the steep gray rock towers. From the camp site, we can look at the scenery of Carstensz Pyramid.

DAY 5/ REST DAY AND ACCLIMATIZATION IN BASECAMP

Our camp surrounded by mountain walls, one step ahead to the highest point of Indonesia. Rest and acclimatization are good choices for climbing preparations at midnight. Our journey will be through a part of heavy route, steep climbing in the sharp rocks, scrambling with hands in a slope.

DAY 6/ SUMMIT DAY TO CARSTENSZ PYRAMID

After midnight we have to get up, take breakfast, and prepare the equipment because we had to start moving up before dawn. Once ready, walk about 500 meters to the foot of Carstensz wall, then begin to ascend using a fixed rope. Have a good grip on ascending technique with the Jumar is necessary during this section up to the summit ridge.

 

Continue climbing the thin ridge until it reaches Tyrollean traverse, the big crack in the width of approximately 30 meters. Nowadays, is installed Burma-bridge that triggers your adrenaline. After that, there are still some other sections of crack that need extra attention when crossing. Continue rest of the ridge until it reaches the end of this high stepping above the cloud, standing on the highest peak of Oceania, Carstensz Pyramid. For a moment taking documentation, we have to come back before noon because the weather will changes, the cloud begins to rise as it descends to Basecamp.

DAY 7/ SPAREDAY

Spareday for contingency

 

DAY 8/ YELLOW VALEY BASECAMP – TIMIKA BY HELICOPTER

Flight back by helicopter to Timika, or alternatively you can also ask another challenge to descend. Trekking back 4-5 days about 50 km in the dense forest from basecamp to tribal village of Suanggama, then continue flight from Sugapa directly to Timika. We can arrange that option according to your request.

DAY 9/ TIMIKA – BALI

Morning flight from Timika to Bali. Enjoy your rest day on the exotic island of Bali, traditional culture mixed with modern life. Relax by the beach, farewell dinner or a little partying at the nightclub.

DAY 10/ BALI – AIRPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE OR ADDITIONAL PROGRAM

To Bali International Airport for departure, or additional days for another exciting tour program.

 
INCLUDED
  • Domestic flight (as mentioned in the program )

  • helicopter from Timika to Yellow Valley Basecamp (return)

  • Guide, Assistant (English Speaking) & Driver

  • Accomodation (twin sharing room)

  • Private car and other transportation during (charter)

  • Travel permit and Entrance fee

  • Breakfast (B) in Hotel, Meals on the mountain (B,L,D) and mineral water

  • Group equipment

  • 16 kg total weight allowed for personal equipment

  • Pre-departure travel consultation

 
NOT INCLUDED
  • International flight (round trip)
  • Indonesian Visa
  • Meals - Lunch (L) and Dinner (D) (other than mentioned)
  • Additional Helicopter moving/standby cost from another base to Timika (if applicable) or RTB/Return to Base (bad weather)
  • Insurance
  • Documentation (by request)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, snack and beverages etc)
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Medical expenses and evacuation cost
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Ticket cancelation, reschedule, etc
  • Tips for Guide, Assistant or Driver
  • Additional day, program and tour
  • Climbing training program before departure
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The unpredictable situation in Papua due to minimalty of access and transportation, lack of facilities and social conditions of locals who aren't yet mindful of tourism should be understood by guests. For example, if we are unluckily blocked by a group of villagers who ask for money. Many things are sometimes difficult to predict here, but we have experience and always try our best to anticipate and solve this problem. Provide guests with excellent service and solutions for a team in order to successfully complete the journey safely and comfortably. You should also prepare flexible time and flight schedule for contingency.
10
days

US$10.000/pax*

*group of 4 persons
 
STARTING POINT
Denpasar, Bali
ENDING POINT
Denpasar, Bali
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bali

  • Carstensz Pyramid

  • Yellow Valley

  • 7 Summits

  • Highest in Papua

NEXT SCHEDULE
  • Mar 2019

  • Oct 2019

  • by request

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