Carstensz Pyramid

A climber and Adventure Consultants guides Steve Moffat and Mike Roberts smile widely as they celebrate on the summit of Australasia's highest peak, Carstensz Pyramid.
Climber on Carstensz Pyramid
The imposing Carstensz Pyramid Western Papua

Possibly the most exotic mountaineering location on earth, Carstensz Pyramid in Western Papua is a large limestone escarpment jutting out of the rainforest. Coveted as the highest peak in Australasia, Carstensz Pyramid is the most remote of the Seven Summits.

Whilst travel in this region of the world is often problematic, the rewards of the adventure into this wild corner of the globe are substantial. Unlike any other peak you climb, this expedition will enable you to redefine adventure.

Adventure Consultants has been operating expeditions to Carstensz Pyramid since 1990, climbing the North Face in a long day from Base Camp.

Carstensz appears as a mysterious and relatively unvisited climbing objective, flanked with glaciers and rising like a shark’s fin out of the mist of the jungle.

This expedition has the attributes of a classic rock climb combined with a rare cultural experience. It is a journey of discovery and achievement, and most likely your best chance of experiencing this part of the world and standing on the summit of this exotic peak.

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  • Equatorial mountaineering adventure
  • Exhilarating rock climbing
  • Exotic and remote Seven Summits peak

Climbing Ability

Climbing Ability







11 days



Bali, Indonesia


Arrive in Denpasar, Bali


Day in Bali, gear checks and contingency for lost baggage recovery
Depart for Timika in the evening or early the next morning


Arrive in Timika, Western Papua. Overnight in hotel


Early morning helicopter flight to Carstensz Pyramid Base Camp 4,200m/13,779ft

DAY 5 - 6

Acclimatisation days


Summit climb on Carstensz Pyramid 4,884m/16,023ft


Spare summit day or hike to Glacier near East Carstensz Peak


Fly from Base Camp to Timika

DAY 10

Contingency day for flight delays

DAY 11

Flight back to Denpasar, Bali. Trip ends

3D Map of Carstensz Pyramid

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
Start/End Pricing Book
5 Aug - 15 Aug 2024 $26,900 USD $
21 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 $26,900 USD $
24 Feb - 6 Mar 2025 $26,900 USD $
4 Aug - 14 Aug 2025 $26,900 USD $
20 Oct - 30 Oct 2025 $26,900 USD $

Looking for a specific date? Book a private expedition



You should have a high level of fitness to be prepared for our long summit day. 

Due to the uncertain nature of travel in West Papua, we must be prepared for changes in itinerary which may include trekking into or out from the mountain, if necessary. A regular, strenuous programme should be followed for several months to achieve the level of fitness required. We suggest a programme tailored to mountaineering such as those from Uphill Athlete.

Technical Experience

You should be a proficient rock climber, with the ability to climb routes up to Australian Grade 16/US 5.8 in your mountaineering boots. Experience using a jumar will be beneficial, however your guide will instruct you in their use before the climb starts.

Altitude Experience

Prior experience at high altitude is recommended but not mandatory.

A climber negotiates the limestone slabs on Carstensz Pyramid
Why Adventure Consultants?

Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and support staff, whom are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams and the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

Climbers make their way up the lower reaches of Carstensz Pyramid with the yellow tents of base camp below.

This fee includes the following:

  • Professional, qualified guides
  • Experienced local staff
  • Flights from Denpasar (Bali) to Western Papua and return
  • Return helicopter flights between Timika and Base Camp
  • Excellent food and catering
  • Expert logistics
  • Regular dispatches for families and friends to follow your expedition
  • Comprehensive support from our New Zealand office team
Climber ecstatic on summit of Carstensz

Ecstatic moments on the summit of Carstensz Pyramid in Western Papua. Put yourself in this picture with Adventure Consultants!

Climbers on summit ridge of Carstensz Pyramid

Ascribe to the golden rules and you will succeed. Proper prior preparation prevents poor performances!

Climbers resting by a lake at Carstensz base camp

Fulfill your Seven Summits dreams with the most experienced and successful guides there are, guides who focus first on your wellbeing and your success.

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A helicopter takes off from Carstensz Pyramid Base Camp

"I think you have excelled yourselves on this trip purely from the relationship you have with local guides and porters. The fly in option is a massive bonus."

Neil Long, Australia
A climber crosses the 3-wire bridge enroute to the summit of Carstensz Pyramid

"AC provided a great experience, which I would not hesitate in recommending to friends. Based on my experience, AC's reputation as a premium guiding company is consistent with the high level of service they provide."

John Riley, Australia
An Adventure Consultants team stands at the base of Carstensz Pyramid, the imposing limestone escarpment towering above.

"AC simply has the resources, the means, and the know-how to enable busy professionals to climb logistically challenging mountains."

Jason Spellberg, United States
Climbers practice rappelling ahead of their climb of Seven Summits peak Carstensz Pyramid with Adventure Consultants

"I have dealt with AC previously and always found them to be friendly and helpful regardless of the number of questions asked!"

Nathan Anderton, Australia
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