Welcome to Carstensz Pyramid
Expedition, the most popular expedition in Indonesia.
Carstensz Pyramid is the highest mountain in
Australia and Oceania. It is the seven summit in the Seven summits
project (7 summits on 7 tallest mountains on 7 Continets). Carstensz
Pyramid is situated in west Papua (now named Papua Province Indonesia).
This Indonesian Province was called Irian Jaya till 2005.
It lies in New Guinea, which is the world’s second
Expedition to Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m) is one
of the most exotic mountaineering trips imaginable. It is
considered the highest peak of the seventh continent
(Australia/Oceania) for climbers attempting the Seven
The mountain, locally known as Puncak
Jaya or “Victory Peak” is located in the western center
highlands of West Papua (formerly known as Irian Jaya),
which has cultural richness. The locals have had relatively
little western influence, the 'stone age' Dani lifestyle and
rituals have been able to continue in a somewhat authentic manner.
Today most of the climbers call it Carstensz
Pyramid after Jan Carstensz, a Dutch explorer, who was the
first European to sight the peak of the mountain in the
1623. In 1962, Heinrich Harrier became the first foreigner
to reach the summit of this peak.
Although it is on the equator, at 16,024 feet it is
high enough that we had snow and hail on the summit. It
also had lots of rain.
Carstensz Pyramid is certainly more
challenging than the Kosciuszko of Australia. Its
remoteness, jungle environment and technical rock climbing
make it a de facto member of the "Seven Summits.