Carstensz Pyramid

The highest summit of Australasia

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Accessed by remote jungle and rock, the most exotic of the Seven Summits offers a truly unique expedition. The highest island peak in the world, known locally as Puncak Jaya, Carstensz is the only rock climbing peak of the famed Seven Summits.

Upcoming Dates

November & December

Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m / 16,023 feet) is the highest summit of Australasia, located in the the Sudirman Range of the western central highlands of Papua Province, Indonesia. It is also the highest point between the Himalayas and the Andes, and the highest island peak in the world. A relatively unvisited and remote climb, Carstensz offers a truly unique expedition, from our 6-day approach and acclimatization trek through dense jungle, to high technical rock, snow and ice, as well as extraordinary cultural exchange with remote native tribes of Papua New Guinea.

Carstensz is a relatively unvisited and remote climb, offering a truly unique journey from dense low jungle to high technical rock, snow and ice, as well as extraordinary cultural exchange with remote native tribes of Papua New Guinea.

Carstensz Pyramid summit day is a one day climb, necessitating a pre-dawn departure to avoid the afternoon equatorial precipitation. The climbing is a moderate technical challenge, involving mostly rock scrambling and a few sections of mid 5th class difficulty.  Proficiency with fixed ropes, ascenders, rappelling, and experience rock climbing are required.

Climbing and traveling in Papua entails a great deal of uncertainty and requires tremendous flexibility. In addition to the fickle equatorial weather amplified by high altitudes, political and bureaucratic challenges exist and can hinder the progress of the expedition. For these reasons we build additional flexibility into our itinerary and request that all team members fully understand the nature of where we are going, and the unforeseeable changes to our day to day itinerary that may occur.

  • Cost


    Minimum of 3

  • Duration

    17 days

  • Location

    Central Highlands, Papua Province, Indonesia

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Day 1
Arrivals in Bali. Your guide will meet you at the airport to transfer to our hotel for a trip briefing and gear check; overnight in hotel

Day 2
Fly from Bali to Timika / Nabire; overnight in hotel

Day 3
Fly from Timika to either Sugapa or Ilaga; overnight in hotel

Days 4 to 9
Trekking to Carstensz Base Camp

Day 10
Rest day for acclimatization at Base Camp

Day 11
Summit Day

Days 12 to 14
Spare summit / travel days

Day 15
Helicopter flight to Nabire or Timika, overnight hotel

Day 16
Flight from Nabire or Timika to Bali, overnight hotel

Day 17
Departures from Bali

Getting There
Travel to Jakarta, Bali typically takes 25 - 35 hours from the U.S. depending on your departure city, available connections, and flight times. Flights arriving in Jakarta should arrive on Day 1 of the itinerary in the afternoon or evening, or very early morning of day 2 i.e. just after midnight of Day 1. Departing flights may be booked for any time on the final day of the program.

Travel and flight Information
It can take months to make your travel plans and to obtain the necessary passport for your trip. We strongly recommend that you begin this process as soon as possible. PLEASE CHECK YOUR FLIGHT ITINERARY WITH THE BBE OFFICE BEFORE BUYING!

Entry Requirements
A valid passport is required when traveling to Bali / PNG. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date. U.S. passport holders may stay up to 30 days without a visa. As of summer 2017, Indonesia waives visas for nationals of Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA. for short visits Check with the consulate before you travel, as an exact date has not been announced. We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a backup. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact. Please confirm any current travel advisories/warnings as well as passport and visa requirements with the U.S. Department of State.

Airport Arrival
Upon arrival at the airport, proceed to the Immigrations desk for foreign travelers. They will provide you with an entrance permit adequate for your stay. Please check the date to ensure it covers your complete stay in Indonesia. Once you receive your bags from Baggage Claim, you will proceed to Customs. There will be a random selection of bags for inspection. Be sure to keep all your bags together. Once you have met your guide, a private shuttle will take your to your hotel.

Cash machines are readily available in Bali, but become increasingly difficult to find further into the trip. Credit cards are accepted in most, but not all, areas, of Bali. Everyone has a preferred way to carry money. Some use money belts, others have hidden pockets. Whatever you do, be aware of pickpockets and thieves in any area which caters to tourists.

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the CDCʼs Internet site at

Travel Advice
Make two photocopies of valuables such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers’ cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home. Be sure to inform your credit card company as well as your bank you will travel internationally into Argentina. This will eliminate any credit card holds for fraudulent activity.

Travel Insurance and Rescue Insurance
We require the purchase of insurance plans to protect you from the unexpected. Please consult with your insurance company with any specific questions, regarding coverage, and policy details, and if you have any questions contact our offices. Coverage should include lost or damaged baggage, BBE is not responsible for the personal items or baggage of its members at any time.

Food and Snacks  **MEMBERS TO BRING**
Please bring lunch materials in addition to snacks to supplement the mountain snacks and dinners for 10 days. We may have a chance to purchase additional food in Jayapura, but we recommend you take what you need and only supplement with local food if necessary. Please bring energy bars/shots for summit day according to personal preference.

Excellent physical conditioning significantly increases your ability to acclimatize. The key to climbing high is proper acclimatization. Our program follows a calculated ascent profile which allows time for your body to adjust to the altitude. In addition to a proper rate of ascent, your performance is often related to how well you have taken care of yourself throughout the hours, days and weeks prior to summit day. Proper hydration, nutrition, and warmth must be maintained on a daily basis throughout the expedition

Your Responsibilities
People climb for many reasons. Some just love being in a wild places, while others want to challenge themselves physically and mentally, and for some it is to fulfill a lifelong dream. Climbing Carstenz is serious business and a summit attempt requires a very deep sense of commitment and dedication. So please ask yourself, what are you goals in Indonesia Try to take an introspective look at the risk vs. reward as you make your decision. Any ascent at this altitude involves a certain amount of risk. Our use of conservative, experience-based, decision making will help minimize those risks and increase your chances for success, but ultimately, big mountains can be unforgiving and require serious commitment and reflection.

Team members are ultimately responsible for their own well being. This includes making all the necessary preparations to ensure good health and excellent physical conditioning both before and during an expedition. Our guides will oversee and discuss important issues along the way, but you should arrive in Bali very well prepared.

At BBE, safety is paramount, and our proven success rate reflects our decades of experience. In addition to our exceptional knowledge of the routes we climb, backed up by a phenomenal support staff in base camps and weather forecasting via satellite, we are prepared for every outcome, with rescue, medical equipment, and support always standing by. Our climbs and acclimatization programs are meticulously planned for the most enjoyable ascents possible, focussing on our teams’ safely to give you the experience of a lifetime.

Location: Central Highlands, Papua Province, Indonesia

Length: 17 Days

Trip Dates: Your choice

The route is suitable for rock-climbers of modest experience as long as they have some recent fixed rope experience, or are prepared to undertake some training prior to departure. Members should be prepared for all weather types and the very remote nature of this expedition.

Primary Goals:
Summit the most exotic of the Seven Summits; a classic rock climb combined with a rare cultural experience.

Guide Ratio: 3:1

Max: 9 climbers

Group Cost: $TBD minimum of 3

Deposit: $5000

Trip fee includes:

  • All permits in Jakarta and Papua
  • Round trip domestic airfare from Bali to Papua
  • Airport transfers in Bali and Papua
  • Hotel accommodations in Bali and Papua (shared rooms*)
  • All meals in the mountains and during trek (breakfast lunch dinner)
  • Porters during trek
  • Group camping and climbing equipment

Trip fee does not include:

  • Trip cancellation Insurance
  • Medical/evacuation and trip insurance
  • Personal camping / climbing equipment, personal snacks
  • Restaurant meals in Bali, Nabire or Timika, Sugapa or Ilaga
  • Personal extras (e.g. branded drinks, laundry, phone calls, hotel mini bar etc.)
  • Evacuation or rescue fees
  • Indonesia re-entry visa fee (U$D 35 per person)

*NB Accommodations are based on double occupancy. A Single Supplement Fee will be charged to those occupying single accommodations by choice or circumstance. The single supplement is not available in huts, tents, or in all hotels.