The Seven Summits

Carstensz Pyramid

The highest summit of Australasia

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.

Overview

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.

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In my experience, few provide a more complete, safe and rewarding expedition experience than the Benegas Brothers. When it comes to expedition judgement, safety and climbing ethics, Willie and Damian set the bar as high as the mountains they climb.

There’s a lot more to high altitude climbing expeditions than just getting to the top. Team dynamics, the opportunities to learn skills, making life long friends, enjoying new cultures and cuisine are some of the important elements of an expedition. In my experience, few provide a more complete, safe and rewarding expedition experience than the Benegas Brothers. When it comes to expedition judgement, safety and climbing ethics, Willie and Damian set the bar as high as the mountains they climb. My son Matt and I have 100% trust and confidence in Willie and Damian and when I’m not climbing with Matt, it’s reassuring to know he’s with Benegas Brothers.

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