The most challenging task on carstensz expedition is getting to Carstensz Pyramid Base Camp

carstensz pyramidFrom Jakarta or Bali, you take a regular flight to Timika, then by charter flight to Sugapa. It is around 5-6 days hard and tough trekking through the stone-age culture, 6-7 hours walk in one day, cloud-rain forest, hilly terrain, muddy trail, highland swamp, crossing streams with rain shower around 4-7 hours a day. Normally 4 days return from Base Camp to Sugapa village. It's a Indiana Jones type of adventure...

Another route, when the Freeport mine gave permission to use their road to the mine. This is a long gravel road all the way from Timika at the coast through and over the mountains. You pass embagapura, which is a 20,000 people town in the middle of the mountains, built especially for the miners. The road continues up the mountain, through some tunnels until it ends up at the pit. Instead of driving through the tunnels you can also use the Swiss made cable car to get from 2700m to 3500m quickly. At the east side of the the pit is a narrow muddy track where you enter the park. From the mine it is a few hours walking to the mountain. You climb up a muddy track, pass the "Zebra Wall" then continue along some small lakes in the Merenvalley until you climb up to the Basecamp valley. This route takes you from sea level to Carstensz Pyramid Base Camp ONLY within 7 hours !!! Unfortunately, currently the mine routes are closed.










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