Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya)

Carstensz Pyramid, or Puncak Jaya, is the highest mountain of Oceania and one of the Seven Summits. It is the highest point between the Himalayas and the Andes, and the highest island peak in the world. The mountain lies in the Sudirman Range of the western central highlands of Papua province, Indonesia. Access to the peak requires a government permit. The mountain was closed to tourists and climbers between 1995 and 2005. As of 2006, access is possible through various adventure tourism agencies. While Carstensz Pyramid's peak is free of ice, there are several glaciers on its slopes, including the Carstensz Glacier and the Northwall Firn. Being equatorial, there is little variation in the mean temperature during the year and the glaciers fluctuate on a seasonal basis only slightly. Carstensz Pyramid is one of the more demanding climbs in one version of the Seven Summits peak-bagging list (it is replaced by Mount Kosciuszko in Australia in the other version). It is held to have the highest technical rating, though not the greatest physical demands of that list's ascents. The standard route is up the north face and along the summit ridge, which is all hard rock surface. Despite the large mine, the area is highly inaccessible to hikers and the general public, requiring a 60 mile hike from the nearest town with an airport, Timika, to the base camp, which usually takes about four or five days each way.

Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by bruceparker

6 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Jul 5, 2014. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Normal , Normal and Trekking Via Sugapa or Ilaga village and by helicopter.

Others who’ve summited Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya)

  • dennyengka

Routes Used trails & approaches

60% Normal

20% Normal

20% Trekking Via Sugapa or Ilaga village and by helicopter


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16,024 ft / 4,884 m


16,024 ft / 4,884 m

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Papua, Indonesia

Summited by

  • bruceparker
  • climbarz
  • dennyengka
  • Toczeck
  • nickibranch

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