CARSTENSZ PYRAMIDE

  • Adventure Factor
    brave
  • Experience Value / Emotion
    unforgettable
  • Fitness / Struggle
    challenging
  • Risk
    low objective hazards
  • Travel Comfort
    simple

Probably the most exotic of all Seven Summits.

The Carstensz Pyramid with its 4.884 m, is the highest mountain of Austral-Ozeania and at the same time the smallest of the Seven Summits. But you should not let yourself to be misled by the small size of this mountain. The “Puncak Jaya” – “Victory Mountain” as it is called in the native language, is deemed as the most challenging of all Seven Summits from a climbing point of view. It is situated on the second biggest island of the world, in the province of Papua which is part of Indonesia – amidst green and dense jungle.

And this jungle has its perfidies and pitfalls. In order to reach the Base Camp on the overland route, a crossing of the rainforest is inevitable and especially during heavy rain, you should not forget to bring your rubber boots and some extra endurance. If the Base Camp has been reached, the hardest part is not over yet. There are still several hours of climbing, partly supported by fixed ropes ahead before the summit is in sight. Arrived at the Summit, a breathtaking scenery awaits us, with the possibility to see two oceans at the same time if the weather is in our favor. A moment, you will never forget.

But the Carstensz Pyramid is not just considered the toughest peak amongst the Seven Summits but also the most exotic. During this travel, we have the chance to relax at the most beautiful beaches, fight our way through the high moors and jungles of the back country and cool down our exhausted body in the snow at the summit. In addition, the friendly indigenous Danis tribe is welcoming us to learn about their customs and traditions which remind us of a life, far away from the modern hustle and bustle and brings us closer into the here and now. Right here, to the foot of the Carstensz Pyramid.

Highlights:

  • Helicopter expedition 
  • Highest summit of Austral-Oceania
  • Diverse landscape
  • Cultural highlights when visiting the indigenous people
  • Most challenging of all Seven Summits 

 

DATE:

 

21 - 30 August 2019 (10 days from/to Bali)

Booking Code: PAP219

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Helicopter expedition Carstensz pyramid

Price: € 13.990,00

Minimum 3 people 

 

Included services:

Organization of the journey

German speaking guide

8 nights according to the program, if possible on a double room basis

Meals according to the program (4x breakfast, 5x lunch, 5x dinner)

Domestic flights in economy class (Bali - Timika - Bali)

Helicopter flight Timika - Carstensz Basecamp - Timika

Personal luggage for helicopter flight: maximum 15kg

All transfers

Local guide / cook

Camping equipment

Satellite phone

All fees and permits

Not included services:

International flight to / from Bali (we are happy to make you an offer, currently at around € 950)

Excess baggage charges on domestic flights and on helicopter flights

Meals not mentioned in the procedure

Beverages

Personal insurance

Visa (USD 35 for 30 days "on arrival visa")

Personal medication

Tips

Personal equipment

Additional hotel nights / costs when changing the procedure

All services not included in the services included

 

 Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures GmbH, Hoehenstrasse 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, phone: +43 (0) 512 204134, mail: info@furtenbachadventures.com

This travel leads into a very remote, political unstable region, which makes it a very difficult expedition to organize. We try our best, to carry out this tour according to the planned schedule. However, every expedition member should bring a certain amount of flexibility and openness, since the route is likely to change due to weather conditions or political circumstances. Furthermore, we are going to get in touch with the indigenous Dani people, who still live like in the stone-age – please be aware that no western standards or customs should be expected here. In return, this gives us the unique possibility to immerse into a totally sealed off culture.

 

THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE IS PLANNED:

The exact procedure depends on the local conditions (such as weather) and may be changed according to the circumstances.

Day 1 (21 August 2019): Arrival in Bali

Arrival at the airport in Bali and transfer to the hotel. Meeting all the team members and free time for the rest of the day.

Hotel; (- / - / -)

Day 2 (22 August 2019): Preparation and night flight to Timika

Preparation and discussion of the expedition. At 10:30 pm we leave the hotel for the airport and fly to Timika.

Plane; (- / - / -)

Day 3 (23 August 2019): Timika

Arrival in Timika at about 06:00, transfer to the hotel and time to rest. Packing the equipment, final preparations, check and meeting.

Hotel; (- / M / A)

Day 4 (24 August 2019): Timika - Carstensz Basecamp

Helicopter flight to Carstensz Base Camp "Yellow Valley". Set up and some free time - first acclimatization.

Tent; (F / M / A)

Day 5 (25 August 2019): Carstensz Basecamp

Further acclimatization day in the basecamp.

Tent; (F / M / A)

Day 6 (26 August 2019): Basecamp - Summit Carstensz Pyramid – Basecamp summit

Passages up to IV. Difficulty level UIAA with mountain boots in the ascent. The normal route of the 700 m high north face begins with easy climbing in the II.-III. degree of difficulty. Only the last 80 meters to reach the summit ridge are really steep and require climbing in the IV. difficulty level, which are mitigated with fixed ropes by the mountain guide. Once the summit ridge has been reached, another sharp cut must be made before climbing the summit to 4.884 m. Rappelling on the ascent route.

Tent; (F / M / A)

Day 7 (27 August 2019): Basecamp - Timika

Return flight by helicopter from Basecamp to Timika. Depending on the flight connection, overnight stay in Timika or onward flight to Bali.

Hotel; (F / M / A)

Day 8 (28 August 2019): Bali

If not yesterday, then today flight to Bali and some free time.

Hotel; (- / - / -)

Day 9 and 10 (29 – 30 August 2019): Reserve days

If the two reserve days are not needed for the expedition, we will have two days in Bali (free time). Last day individual home flight (departure best in the evening).

Hotel; (- / - / -)

General 
An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization. 
Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.
If you are not sure whether taking part in an expedition is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per emaillukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Difficulty / Technique
The ascent always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

Physical fitness 
A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. Mental training is also advised for this very challenging expedition. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

Equipment 
You need to bring your own personal equipment including a sleeping bag with a comfort zone for -20° C. Please consider that the temperature is likely to drop below -30° C, and a strong win-chill-effect and storms can occur. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

Health 
We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

Experience 
We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of a high mountain! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about - or refresh their knowledge of - all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations

Indonesia
Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a 6 months’ valid passport. Visa is only required if the purpose of travel is not of touristic nature or extends 30 days.

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

 

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

 until 30 days prior to departure............................... 30%
29 - 20 days prior to departure.......................... 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure.......................... 70%
9 - 4 days prior to departure.............................. 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours).........100%
on the day of departure....................................... 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.

 

Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG” [European Travel inscurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

 

 

 

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Furtenbach Adventures GmbH
Höttinger Gasse 12
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

+43 (0) 512 / 204134

office@furtenbachadventures.com

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