Hiking to the top of Indonesia, Carstensz Pyramid Expedition Mt. Jayawijaya, West Papua

Indonesia is well known as a country with many major volcanoes, with the majority of the 130 still active. Situated along the equator, the country boasts a unique biodiversity. This makes Indonesia a hot destination for hiking fanatics around the world.

Mountains and especially volcanoes are challenging to hike and there are some special requirements before taking to Indonesia’s slopes. Mountains around the world have different characteristics which influence the degree of difficulty. A 3,000 metre above sea level mountain in Nepal or in Europe may be an easier slope, with pleasant weather making it an easy hike. This is not the case in Indonesia, with even 2,211 MASL Mount Salak in Bogor being a demanding hike with steep inclines, humidity and year round rain.

Novice hikers require special training before taking on a mountain, including running and staircase walking on a medium speed at least twice a week. This type of cardio helps oxygen circulation in the body as well as training would-be hikers in learning to control the lungs. Additionally, hikers must become used to hiking with a heavy backpack. While porters are common and assist in carrying camping gear.

For climbers taking on Indonesia’s humid summits a high protein diet is needed, unlike in the Himalayas where a high carbohydrate diet helps to prevent altitude sickness. But, Indonesia is diverse in its offerings for hikers. And the Carstensz Pyramid – also known as Puncak Jaya – is the highest peak in Indonesia – on the Australasian continental plate.

Rising like a shark’s fin out of the mist of a jungle far below, 16,023-foot Carstensz Pyramid is the highest peak in Australasia and one of the most remote of the Seven Summits. It stands in the Jayawijaya Mountain Range, a limestone protrusion that spans the equatorial island of New Guinea from Irian Jaya (formerly Dutch New Guinea) in the west, through to Papua New Guinea in the east. The mountain was first climbed in the 1960s and has seen relatively few ascents since then.

Being close to the equator, the weather pattern is the same all year round with generally clear skies until midday and then a heavy downpour in the afternoon. During the walk in we must pass through and sometimes stay in very remote villages which your guides will make financial donations to for permission and safe passage. They are some of the most remote villages on earth and expedition members are expected to respect the local customs and realize itineraries may change to accommodate the locals. The toughest two days of the trek are through the jungle in thick deep mud and are very physical.


  • Intermediate rock climbing ability
  • Ability to rappel
  • Ability to jumar or to follow 5.8

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