Summit 6 – AUSTRALASIA – Carstensz – 4,884M
Carstensz – Nov 2012
We flew into Sugapa at 2000m and after a 6 day trek through jungle and swamp we arrived at the base of Carstensz 4200m. Getting up at 3am the next morning we headed for the summit.
An hours walk and we were at the fixed ropes for a 400m vertical rock climb, which took 3 hours. We traversed the ridge and across the Tyrollean pass (a 20m gap) on ropes above a 100m drop!
An hour later at 11:30am on the 12th of October Myself and my co climbers.. Rohan,Juarez,Yoshi and Abi were at the summit!! Number 6 completed
Puncak Jaya or Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m) is the highest summit of Mount Carstensz in the Sudirman Range of the western central highlands of Papua province, Indonesia (within Puncak Jaya Regency).
Other summits are East Carstensz Peak (4,808 m), Sumantri (4,855 m) and Ngga Pulu (4,863 m). Other names include Nemangkawi in the Amungkal language, Carstensz Toppen and Gunung Sukarno.
At 4,884 metres (16,024 ft) above sea level, Puncak Jaya is the highest mountain in Indonesia, the highest on the island of New Guinea (which comprises the Indonesian West Papua region plus Papua New Guinea), the highest of Oceania (Australian continent), and the 5th highest mountain in political Southeast Asia. It is also the highest point between the Himalayas and the Andes, and the highest island peak in the world.
Some sources claim Mount Wilhelm, 4,509 m (14,793 ft), as the highest mountain peak in Oceania, on account of Indonesia being part of Asia (Southeast Asia). The Grasberg mine is located some kilometers from Puncak Jaya.