Elevation

16,024 ft / 4,884 m

Prominence

16,024 ft / 4,884 m

Range

Sudirman

Summits

6 summits

Top climbing months

October   33%

February   16%

March   16%

Most climbed route

Normal

Highlights
  • Carstensz Pyramid, also known as Puncak Jaya, is the highest mountain in 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 (it is replaced by Mount Kosciuszko in Australia in the other version).
  • Has the highest technical rating (though not the greatest physical demands) of the Seven Summits peaks.
  • The standard route is up the north face and along the hard rock summit ridge.
  • 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 f4 to 5 days each way.
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