Carstensz

Puncak Jaya (pronounced [ˈpuntʃaʔ ˈdʒaja]) or Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m) is the highest summit of Mount Carstensz /ˈkɑrstəns/ in the Sudirman Range of the western central highlands of Papua Province, Indonesia (within Puncak Jaya Regency). Other summits are East Carstensz Peak (4,808 m), Sumantri (4,870 m) and Ngga Pulu (4,863 m). Other names include Nemangkawi in the Amungkal language, Carstensz Toppen and Gunung Sukarno.

At 4,884 metres (16,024 ft) above sea level, Puncak Jaya is the highest mountain in Indonesia, the highest on the island of New Guinea (which comprises the Indonesian West Papua region plus Papua New Guinea), the highest on the continent of Australia (which comprises New Guinea, the country of Australia, Timor, other islands, and submerged continental shelf), the highest in Oceania, and the 5th highest mountain in political Southeast Asia. It is also the highest point between the Himalayas and the Andes, and the highest island peak in the world. Some sources claim Papua New Guinea’s Mount Wilhelm, 4,509 m (14,793 ft), as the highest mountain peak in Oceania, on account of Indonesia being part of Asia (Southeast Asia). The massive, open Grasberg mine is within 4 kilometers from Puncak Jaya. — Wiki

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After your Carstensz Pyramid climb, the beaches of Bali

After your Carstensz Pyramid climb, the beaches of Bali

Do you have what it takes to climb Carstensz Pyramid?

Carstensz Pyramid, otherwise known as Puncak Jaya, at about 16,000′ tall is the highest peak in Indonesia. It’s one of the Seven Summits, one of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. The continent of Australia has a rather small bump of a mountain named Kosciuszko, and at around 7,000′ it’s less than half the elevation of Carstensz, and there’s really no technical or logistic difficulties involved in climbing it. For this reason there are two common lists of Seven Summits, the Bass List, which includes Australia and Kosciuszko and the Messner list, which extends the boundaries of Australia to include the continental shelf out in the ocean, taking in the country of Indonesia, and Carstensz.

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Carstensz is indeed a logistical nightmare. There are only a mere handful of local operators able to handle the convoluted system of permits and porters and hiking trails that get you to the bottom of the cliffs of Carstensz. Then you have 2,000′ of climbing on steep limestone and gravel gullies with ratty fixed lines with poor anchors. While not technically severe in grade, the climbing has a fair amount of exposure, or perception of steepness and a deadly drop into the abyss between your heels. It’s not like Kilimanjaro, on which any reasonably fit person could walk up to the top. — from the preface to Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age on AMAZON

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Porters bring their children on the trek to Carstensz Pyramid

Porters bring their children on the trek to Carstensz Pyramid

The Seven Summits Quest Difference

That’s me. I’ve been to Carstensz and climbed it in horrendous conditions. I’ve become good friends with all of my guides and local logistics operators. I’ve worked hard to get you the best price I can while still providing the same or better level of service I received.

I want you to succeed on this amazing mountaineering adventure

You get extra careful personal attention with gear selection and planning. You get training advice. You get climbing advice. You can even come visit with me in Salt Lake City and we can go out for a fun climb together on steep limestone so you can get a feel for how your boots will do on summit day.

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Basecamp panorama - click for larger view

Basecamp panorama – click for larger view

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