A Remote and Exotic Seven Summits Peak

Carstensz Pyramid

Possibly the most exotic mountaineering location on earth, Carstensz Pyramid in Western Papua is a large limestone escarpment jutting out of the rainforest. Coveted as the highest peak in Australasia, Carstensz Pyramid is the most remote of the Seven Summits.

Whilst travel in this region of the world is often problematic, the rewards of the adventure into this wild corner of the globe are substantial. Unlike any other peak you climb, this expedition will enable you to redefine adventure.

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Difficulty Level High ?
Fitness Level Very High ?
Duration 15 days
Elevation 4,884M / 16,023FT
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We fly by helicopter to Base Camp, allowing us to start the climb fresh - Mike Roberts

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3-wire bridge on the summit ridge - Mike Roberts

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Rope refresher and training prior to the climb - Mike Roberts

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At the base of the climb - Mike Roberts

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Topping out onto the summit ridge - Mike Roberts

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AC team on the summit - Mike Roberts

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The trek crosses through incredible and varied landscapes - Mike Roberts

From Mar 03 to Mar 17, 2018
Departs from Bali, Indonesia
$22,900 USD $
From Aug 04 to Aug 18, 2018
Departs from Bali, Indonesia
$22,900 USD $
From Oct 27 to Nov 10, 2018
Departs from Bali, Indonesia
$22,900 USD $
  • Overview

    • Equatorial mountaineering adventure
    • Exhilarating rock climbing
    • A remote and exotic Seven Summits peak

    Adventure Consultants has been operating expeditions to Carstensz Pyramid since 1990, climbing the North Face in a long day from Base Camp.

    arstensz appears as a mysterious and relatively unvisited climbing objective, flanked with glaciers and rising like a shark’s fin out of the mist of the jungle.

    This expedition has the attributes of a classic rock climb combined with a rare cultural experience. It is a journey of discovery and achievement, and most likely your best chance of experiencing this part of the world and standing on the summit of this exotic peak.

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and support staff, whom are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams and the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

    Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • All domestic flights from Denpasar (Bali) to Western Papua and return
    • Helicopter flight from Timika to Base Camp
    • Fixed wing flight from Sugapa to Nabire
    • Accommodation (twin share) ex Bali
    • All meals after departing Bali and before arriving back in Bali
    • Tents and group climbing equipment
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • All climbing and trekking permits
    • All supplies necessary to make a strong and safe bid for the summit
    • All expedition staff including qualified western Mountain Guide(s) and local support staff
    • Up to two nights’ accommodation and meals in Papua prior to the climb and one night following the climb (in case of delay)
    • Transport of 20kg personal equipment from Timika to Base Camp by helicopter
    • Porterage for up to 15 kgs of personal equipment from Base Camp to Sugapa


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • International Air travel to and from Denpasar, Indonesia
    • Indonesian tourist visa charges and airport taxes
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal travel insurance, trip cancellation insurance and medical / security evacuation insurance
    • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
    • Customary gratuities to local expedition staff, porters and guides
    • Personal domestic excess baggage costs
    • Hotel accommodation and meals in Bali
    • Accommodation in Papua, beyond the 3 nights
    • Costs for delays that are beyond the control of the expedition

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitters account.

    We can accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) plus a 3% credit card fee.


    A non-refundable deposit of US$5,000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.


    The balance is payable 90 days prior to the start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    An expedition member may cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 89-60 days of the trip commencement date, we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee
    • For cancellations within 59 days of the departure date, a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation Insurance and can be obtained through your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    CarstenszThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Carstensz Pyramid Expeditions.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Carstensz Pyramid Expedition Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The team will have a minimum size of 3 members and 1 Adventure Consultants guide (plus local guides) and a maximum size of 7 members and 2 mountain guides (plus local guides).

    Our Guides

    Your expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our trip leaders to the Seven Summits peaks have extensive experience at high altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility.

    Mike Roberts croppedMike Roberts
    Expedition Leader - October 2017

    Mike Roberts has been guiding for nearly 30 years and during his career has climbed many of the world’s highest mountains including 9 ascents of Everest including back to back ascents of Everest and Lhotse.

    He has also managed to fit in 14 seasons mountain and ski guiding in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, 18 seasons in Antarctica as a Field Leader / Guide to the USA and NZ Antarctic Programs, SAR Leader for the Joint Antarctic Search and Rescue team, has worked as a Professional Ski Patroller / Avalanche Forecaster and is a qualified Physiotherapist. Mike is also a fully qualified IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Client Liaison

    Kelly brings a vast knowledge of AC expeditioning to her role as 'Rest of the World' Client Liaison. Having worked for AC since 2004 Kelly oversees those trips outside of New Zealand, Europe or the Himalaya.

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice, including information on immunisations and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    What You Carry

    During the 4 day trek out from Base Camp, you will have a personal porter to carry a maximum of 15kgs of your equipment and you must carry the remainder of your own gear plus your lunch and snack food for the day. This should equate to around 7-10kg or more if your gear becomes drenched by the frequent rainfall. Due to the uncertain nature of travel in Papua we must be prepared for changes in itinerary which may include trekking into the mountain if necessary. For these reasons we cannot emphasise enough that team members must be pack fit and willing.

    Should you wish to employ an extra porter to carry your equipment out of Base Camp please let us know well in advance so we can arrange that facility for you.

    While on the mountain you will simply carry your pack containing water, snacks, camera, jacket and extra warm clothes.

    Specific Training Recommendations

    In order for your Carstensz Pyramid expedition to be both more enjoyable and to increase your chance of success you need to train specifically for the expedition during the months prior to your climb. We cannot stress enough the strenuous nature of the approach (and egress) trek and many a seasoned 7 Summiteer has been caught out through lack of physical preparation. This is nothing like Elbrus or Kilimanjaro, the level of preparation required is more akin to what you’d need to do for Denali.

    The trek out through the jungle to Carstensz Pyramid is unlike any other that you are likely to undertake in your mountaineering career. Arduous days of 8-10 hours trekking through thick jungle and mud are norm and some preparation now will certainly pay off in the long term. Rescue is difficult or almost impossible except in the case of an extreme emergency and even then it may take days to effect a rescue, so take the time to ensure any niggling injuries are well dealt with now and make sure you inform us of any pre-existing conditions or injuries you might have, no matter how insignificant they may seem. A minor issue could become significant on this trip and should not be ignored.

    A focus on pack carrying on steep and varied terrain is requried, aiming to carry 5-10% more than the required pack weight. Expedition porters carry a maximum of 15kg loads so anything above this allocation you will be carrying yourself, usually equating to 15-18kg. Thus training to carry 20kg loads should see you well prepared. If you do not live close to any significant elevation gain, train on a Stairmaster or treadmill, whilst wearing a pack, but also on varied terrain such as grass, gravel or hilly sand dunes for a more complete training outcome. You should also incorporate downhill training to increase your quad strength for the descent.

    Endurance training is also important as you will have to be able to trek, carrying a pack, for up to 10 hours a day.

    In the 4-6 weeks prior to departure you will need to add in back-to-back days of pack carrying; either in the form of overnight backpacking or with the first day on stairs or in the gym, building up to the 1000m ascent required on the toughest trekking day, and a second day of flatter, outdoor walking with a lighter pack. During the expedition you will need to trek for 6 consecutive days so if possible try to include a longer backpacking trip before you leave home.

    Interval training can help prepare your body for exertion at altitude – see our Fitness Training Programs page.

    You will also need to brush up on your rope skills, so if you are not a regular rock climber schedule some sessions at your local gym, aiming to climb routes up to 5.8 (grade 16 Australian) in your mountaineering boots.

    Hopefully you’ll have a 4-6 month lead in for training prior to your expedition to Carstensz Pyramid but if you only have 2 months to go before your departure, there is still time to get ready for this unforgettable journey!


    Carstensz Toppen, or Carstensz Pyramid, is a Dutch name, deriving from the 1623 voyage of exploration undertaken by the Dutch Empire as they strove to rule the lucrative trade routes of the East Indes. The navigator, Jan Carstensz, recorded his surprised sightings of ice-covered mountains soaring high above the Arafura Sea.

    In 1872 Captain J.A. Lawson led an exploratory expedition inland, reporting an ascent to 7500 metres on a Mount Hercules! This sparked rumours that Carstensz was higher than the recently surveyed Mt Everest.

    Ensuing Dutch and English expeditions failed to climb this legendary peak, but confirmed extensive glaciation in mountains so close to the equator.

    The New Zealand expedition led by Philip Temple in 1961 finally got to the base of Carstensz Pyramid after an epic trek through the jungle but was forced to retreat after a failed airdrop of supplies. The following year Temple was asked to guide Heinrich Harrer over New Zealand Pass, the key to reaching Carstensz. Harrer and Temple then pioneered the steep rock climbing route to the summit. The pair went on to make ascents of many other peaks in the region.

    In recent years, Carstensz Pyramid has become regarded as the highest peak on the continental landmass known as Australasia and thus one of the coveted Seven Summits.


    Our expeditions are renowned for the quality of the food but we are only able to provide basic fare on Carstensz as it must be carried to Base Camp and weight is an issue. Hence please note it will be basic, although completely adequate, compared to our normal fare. Please bring a supply of your favourite snack food for the summit day.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Expedition members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.

  • Itinerary

    1 Arrive Denpasar (Bali)
    2 Expedition briefing & gear checks
    3 Day in Bali, gear checks and contingency day for lost baggage recovery, depart for Timika in the evening, or early the next morning 
    4 Arrive in Timika (Western Papua), overnight in Timika hotel
    5 Early morning helicopter flight to Carstensz Pyramid Base Camp (4,200m)
    6 Acclimatisation days
    7 Summit climb on Carstensz Pyramid
    8 Contingency summit day or hike to glacier near East Carstensz Peak
    9 7-9 hr trek out over New Zealand Pass (3,700m)
    10 9-10 hr trek through open meadows to camp near the jungle (3,200m)
    11 8-10 hr trek through jungle
    12 9-11 hr trek to Suwamggwa
    13 Motorbike to Sugapa, fly to Timika
    14 Contingency day for flight delays
    15 Flight back to Denpasar, Bali, trip end

    The approach to the mountain involves flying from Denpasar (Bali) to the town of Timika in Western Papua. We fly by helicopter directly to our Base Camp at 13,000 feet (4,200 metres). We rest and acclimatise over 3 days/nights before attempting the climb to the summit of this illusive peak. The Base Camp is at a very high elevation to fly to but our options are limited for access. Helicopter access will enable us to avoid many days of difficult jungle trekking and arrive fresh and ready for the climb.

    We will climb the mountain via the North Face, in a long day from the base of the peak to the summit and back. The guides will attach fixed rope to the most difficult sections of the route to enable quick access to the summit ridge and a rapid descent afterwards.

    Some of the terrain can be climbed without ropes and is little more than scrambling, but other sections will require the ropes fixed over technical rock slabs. In addition, some parts of the razorback summit ridge, while technically straightforward, are very exposed and there is even a three wire bridge to negotiate.

    The mountain is coarse limestone, which provides excellent friction for climbing boots but can be particularly rough on un-gloved hands.

    The route is suitable for climbers of modest experience as long as they have some recent fixed rope experience, or are prepared to undertake some training prior to departure.

    After the climb we walk back to Sugapa over five days, allowing us our full ‘jungle experience’ and fly out to Timika, followed by another flight back to Denpasar (Bali) for a well-earned rest after the climb.

    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 out 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 realise itineraries may change to accommodate the locals. Cannibalism has not been practised for several years. The toughest two days of the trek are through the jungle in thick deep mud and are very physical. Despite this, the jungle trek out experience is not to be missed for those seeking a true adventure into the heart of a remote and wild part of the world!

    Please be aware that many companies offer shorter expeditions and will promise to ‘smuggle’ you through the Freeport Mine, or get a permit to travel through the mine. These methods are illegal at best, or dangerous, and sometimes a combination of both. We encourage you to consider carefully your selected operator as many people have been detained by the mine for 10 or 12 days only then to have to walk out for another four days.

  • Add Ons

    Bali is a popular holiday destination in its own right, so if you are lucky enough to have time to explore the Island of the Gods after the expedition, we are happy to help. From tropical beaches, warm hearted locals, temples, quaint villages, surfing and local markets, we are happy to arrange additional accommodation, provide travel advice and arrange tours. 

    Our expedition itinerary is planned on a fly in / walk out basis, allowing climbers to experience the unique jungle environment and cultural aspects of West Papua, while still arriving fresh and ready for the climb. However, some climbers elect to fly out following the climb, rather than trek out.

    It is not a cheap or easy proposition to helicopter out from Base Camp and flights are subject to helicopter availability, helicopter loadings and an appropriate weather window, and can vary greatly in price. Pricing is dependent on where the helicopter is stationed and which machine is available for use.

    The expedition leader will advise on the available options and pricing to those interested in this option, however please ensure you arrive physically prepared for the trek out.

    Please contact our office if you are interested in a fly in / fly out expedition.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance


    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.

    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.

    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.


    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverages to its clients.

    Check out their latest promotional video or click here to learn more.


    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      Please note you will be emailed a set of Team Reference Notes, upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip; from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips. The following is to serve as a helpful guideline but please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

      A few outfitters ‘claim’ to have the same level of experience and prestige with that of Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you a first choice for your climbers?
      Guided climbing on Carstensz Pyramid was pioneered by Adventure Consultants' very own Rob Hall in 1990. Since then we have been the only operator regularly visiting the mountain and have spent time building relationships with our agents and the local tribes without whose help, we would not be able to access the mountain. Given the uncertain nature of travel in Indonesia, we have continually evolved our expeditions to match the current situation and have multiple contingency plans in place to make this trip run smoothly.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the expedition?
      Given the remote location and relatively short duration of this expedition, showers and laundry facilities are not available during the trip. Showers are available at the hotels prior to and after the trek but during the trek, it is not possible. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for an impromptu wash along the way.

      Would you let us know what food will be available?
      You’ll get breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks, as well as ample hot and cold drinks. Our expeditions are renowned for the quality of the food but we are only able to provide basic fare on Carstensz as it must be carried to Base Camp and weight is an issue. We can cater for vegetarians as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed of this prior to the trip. All of our expeditions provide excellent local and western food! If you have any special treats that you like, we encourage you to bring some along.

      What are the hotels like? Can I have my own room?
      Prior to and after this expedition, we stay in a fantastic hotel right on the beach in Kuta, Bali. Once in Papua, we stay in local hotels and when at Base Camp and on the trek, you will be sleeping in tents on a twin-share basis. If you prefer a private room, we can book these as need be at an added cost.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
      No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. You are welcome and encouraged,to arrive a bit earlier to explore your arrival and departure city if you have the time. Please do not book to depart before the final day of the expedition in case we experience any delays due to weather or other circumstances.

      My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
      'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in most locations. Do ensure you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you, as this allows you to change your flight in the event that this is required.

      When should I book my ticket?
      For the majority of our expeditions, we generally ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights, then ensure that you can make changes to your tickets and it is a good idea to purchase trip cancellation insurance, in the event that you need to cancel.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to your ticket. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel, as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings to our expedition and trek destinations.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      Our international expeditions generally originate in the particular country's main airport. An Adventure Consultants guide or representative will be there to pick you up off your flight on the scheduled arrival date. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can often make arrangements for a pick-up, though taking a taxi is generally the easiest form of transport before your trip starts.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit. We do also have a dedicated Equipment Coordinator who is happy to provide advice and answers to any questions you may have.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared. Please bring everything on the list apart from items listed as optional.

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be?
      A sleeping bag rated to -10 to -15C (0-14F) is recommended. Due to the wet conditions experienced on the jungle trek, a synthetic bag is preferable to down which quickly loses its warmth retaining properties when damp. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear some clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can greatly improve a bag's warmth.

    • Acclimatisation

      I will be climbing at altitude, so does Adventure Consultants take this into consideration?
      On all of our programs, we seriously take into consideration the altitude and ensure that all of our itineraries allow for sufficient acclimatisation and rest days, if required. Due to our rapid ascent by helicopter to Base Camp at 4,200m, the team will take Diamox (Acetazolamide) prophylactically starting in Nabire to speed up the acclimatisation process.

      What altitude medication will be available on the expedition? Do we need to take tablets before/ during the expedition?
      All our guides carry extensive medical kits including Diamox, Dexamethasone, Nifedipine and Sildenafil for altitude illness. You need to bring any medications that you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them) plus extra. Also bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many guides will be assigned to our group?
      The team will have a minimum size of 3 members and 1 Adventure Consultants guide (plus local guides) and a maximum size of 7 members and 2 mountain guides (plus local guides). Porters are assigned depending on the group size and will assist with carrying a proportion of the group equipment.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, nationalities and skill levels…from those seeking skill development, to those seeking assistance with the world's highest mountains or purely adventure.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of 8000m peaks such as Manaslu and Kanchenjunga, all Seven Summits and remote destinations such as Antarctica. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost effective.

    • Health & Fitness

      How much weight can we carry on the trek?
      During the 4 day trek out from Base Camp, you will have a personal porter to carry a maximum of 15kgs of your equipment and you must carry the remainder of your own gear plus your lunch and snack food for the day. This should equate to around 7-10kg or more. Due to the uncertain nature of travel in Papua, we must be prepared for changes in itinerary which may include trekking into the mountain, if necessary. For these reasons, we cannot emphasise enough that team members must be pack fit and willing. Should you require additional porter support, please contact our office for pricing.

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for this expedition?
      We invite you to check out our Fitness Training for Expeditions page and recommend checking with your physician before embarking on strenuous physical activity. For this expedition, you should be comfortable trekking for up to 12 hours a day with a medium weight pack, multiple days in a row. You should also brush up on your rope skills, so if you are not a regular rock climber schedule some sessions at your local gym, aiming to climb routes up to 5.8 (grade 16 Australian) in your mountaineering boots.

    • Communications & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage?
      Yes, our expedition guides carry satellite phones which you are welcome to use at a cost is of US$3 per minute. Usage is dependent on charging capabilities.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      Our expeditions send regular internet dispatches which you can follow via out webpage, and we receive updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries etc. available throughout the expedition?
      We are unable to offer charging facilities on this short duration expedition due to the mostly overcast weather conditions and thick jungle canopy which limit solar charging capabilities.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      Please arrange travel insurance and in particular, medical evacuation and repatriation insurance for when mountaineering with a guide. Please read your policy's fine print to make sure it covers you for trekking or climbing, depending on what trip you have booked and that it covers you for helicopter evacuation.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and third world medical services. In the unlikely event you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have booked on for a trip with us, we will send you information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself.

      What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all of our trips, including our courses. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (minimum numbers are not reached or travel to a country becomes too dangerous) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card however, this does incur a 3% fee. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country, should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are; internationally qualified western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client:guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on a trip is to call our offices or complete our online booking form. Return this with the trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information is on our trip notes downloaded from the specific trip page) or by using our secure credit card page. Phone our New Zealand head office on +643 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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Neil Long

I think you have excelled yourselves on this trip purely from the relationship you have with local guides and porters. The fly in option is a massive bonus.
Carstensz Pyramid, 2016

Neil Long
climbingmt blanc

"AC provided a great experience, which I would not hesitate in recommending to friends. Based on my experience, AC's reputation as a premium guiding company is consistent with the high level of service they provide."
Mont Blanc Ascent 2016

John Riley
Gary Lewis I

Excellent experience, exactly what I was looking for.
Private Instruction Course, NZ, 2017

Gary Lewis