Monday, August 17, 2015

Carstensz Pyramid Trekking Itinerary

18 Days Trekking Via Sugapa Village

Day 1: I recommend you arrive in Bali on an early flight to make best use of the day. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner. If you follow my instructions you won’t have to rearrange your gear to leave your flight bag. You should try to catch a nap.
Day 2: 11.00 PM check out. Yes, that’s 11 PM. We’ll be flying to Timika on the West Papua island at 12:15 AM. At 7:00 AM you’ll arrive in Timika. You’ll enjoy a breakfast, have a 2nd gear check, since Timika is the last place you can purchase some items that you might have misplaced or forgotten.
Day 3: You’ll take off in a small charter flight from Timika to the Sugapa-Bilogai airstrip. You’ll be taken to a local official’s hut where we’ll hire porters and distribute all of our gear. You’ll travel here by Go-Jek, the Indonesian motorcycle taxi. Hang on tight for the trip from Sugapa to the Muara river, where we’ll continue on foot to Suanggama, the last village we’ll be staying in.
Day 4: Trekking from Suanggama to Camp I
Day 5: Trekking from Camp I to Camp II (Enda Tsiga)
Day 6: Trekking from Camp II to Camp III (Ebay) [pronounced E-bai]
Day 7: Trekking from Camp III to Camp IV (Nasidome)
Day 8: Trekking to Carstensz Base Camp along the lakeshore.
Day 9: We’ll take off in the dark for our climb of Carstensz Pyramid, Puncak Jaya, the highest point of the Oceania continental group. We’ll spend the night again at basecamp.
Day10: Basecamp – Nasidome camp
Day11: Nasidome – Enda Tsiga [passing Ebay – making good time downhill with lighter loads]
Day12: Enda Tsiga – Camp I Riverside
Day13: Camp I Riverside – Sugapa
Day14: Fly out to NABIRE in small planes
Day15: fly to Bali via Kaimana-Ambon-Makassar or Jayapura (route depends on available flight and day returning). Some flexibility is required because we’re not exactly certain how long travel will actually be in these remote and primitive conditions. Hence the reserved days, below.
Day 16-18: Reserved days for bad weather, flight delay, etc. It’s an excellent idea to get a flight out on the 19th day, and have a relative or friend who can make a change for you and add a couple days if they do not get a confirmation message from you upon your arrival in Nabire or Bali. Bali is a beautiful place to spend a few days relaxing, with excellent scuba diving and water sports.
Me with one of our guides for Carstensz Pyramid Trek Expedition in 2013
Me with one of our guides for Carstensz Pyramid Trek Expedition in 2013

Included in trekking expedition cost:

  • All required permits in Indonesia, Jakarta and Papua
  • Airport transfers in Jakarta/Bali and Timika or Nabire
  • Accommodation based on twin share in Bali, Timika, Nabire and camping
  • Domestic flights (between Bali,Jakarta, Timika, Nabire as per itinerary)
  • Chartered flight (between Timika, Ilaga, Nabire, Sugapa as per itinerary)
  • Meals as per itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • Camping, dining, and cooking equipment (incl. cutlery)
  • Camping gear (shared tent, kitchen equipment, dining tent,serving table, chairs)
  • Experienced mountain guide, cook & field assistant
  • Satellite Phone for guide’s group daily report and some emergencies
  • Fixed rope maintenance on Carstensz Pyramid wall
  • Porters up to 17kgs per client (that’s 37 lbs, pack as per instructions)
  • Basically most expenses Bali to Bali

Not Included in trekking expedition cost:

  • Airfare to Bali and return to your home location
  • Insurance
  • Overweight on all flights
  • Airport tax (about USD $20, but must be paid in Rupiah)
  • Personal climbing and camping equipment
  • Extra food and beverages (outside provided meals)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone call, hotel minibar, SIM cards, etc)
  • Evacuation or rescue cost
  • Any additional expenses due to flight delay or cancellations
  • Additional days in Bali waiting for flights home, etc.
  • Indonesia Re-entry Visa USD $25/person – Visa Upon Arrival
Go-Jek, motorcycle taxi outside Sugapa Village as we leave for our Carstensz Pyramid climb and expedition trekking
Go-Jek, motorcycle taxi outside Sugapa Village as we leave for our Carstensz Pyramid climb and expedition trekking

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