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|Climb Carstensz Pyramid|
CLIMB CARSTENSZ PYRAMID
This highest peak in Oceania - Carstensz Pyramid (16.023 feet/ 4884m) one of the most exotic world's famous SEVEN SUMMITS the most spectacular adventures in Irian Jaya, climbing the glacier covered Puncak Jaya or Carstensz Pyramid located in the Mount Lorenz Reserve National Park. Trekking to the Carstensz Pyramid is one of the most beautiful treks Papua can offer. Although it is demanding the things you'll see and experience on the way, are wonderful and absolutely unique.
It begins at the height of 2000 m in an area of mountainous rain forest. You wade through rivers, climb over logs and primitive bridges, and then the biotope changes into a short belt of misty forests, which opens to the Kembalo Plato that is situated at 3500 m. Here, the endless forest of the giant tree ferns begins. This forest reaches all the way to the Snow Mountains, where the giant mountains begin. The massive of the Carstensz Pyramid towers over the Kembalo Plato with super elevation of 1500 m. The route to the New Zealand Pass is an alpine experience.
Then you climb to the height of 4500 m. The short trek, between the mountains resembling the world's most beautiful mountain parks, is concluded by a descent to the Merell Valley. Our Base Camp is situated on the foothill of the Carstensz Pyramid in this valley. At this place you are at the height 4200 m, and even here it snows in the morning.
The carstensz Summit climb was exciting. It was a mixture of free - climbing, jumaring and scrambling with moderate difficulty, 5.8 for short steps, but most of the climbing is scrambling.
The ascent to the summit of the Carstensz Pyramid is possible only using experienced climbing techniques. There are several routes leading to the summit. The simplest one is the “normal” route, which was taken in 1962 by Heinrich Harrer, the first conqueror of the Carstensz Pyramid.
The normal route is up the north face and along the summit ridge, which are all hard rock surfaces. This carstenz pyramid route follows a series of gullies up the north face for 600m of solid rock before breaking out on the ridge. Riddled with notches, the summit ridge undulates for half a kilometer from this point to pitch and leave a rope fixed to jummar on our return. On our descent we will rappel short distance and down climb most of the way.
The rock is extremely good, rarely loose, and always provides good friction even in wet weather, and it is very abrasive so it necessary to wear gloves while climbing. It is important that you have basic rock climbing and are comfortable with rappelling and jumaring
From BC you can see Carstensz Summit, Jaya Summit (Ngapulu) and East Carstensz. Summit attack is usually starting on 3 or 4 o clock in the morning. The normal climbing duration for summit take around 10 - 12 hours, from BC and return to BC. This is depend on your rock climbing skill and weather condition.
Carstensz Pyramid climbing using fixed rope, artificial climbing skills is very important here. First pitch for the first rope is around 1.5 hours walking from the BC to the Wall; climbing the first rope will need ascender to climb up 60 high walls. You will do this climbing trough some rope until you get the big terrace, this flat terrace give rest before start summit ridge.
Ascending to summit reach will be more difficult with up to 50m high Wall and will take you to summits ridge. From the summit ridge you can see the landscape of mining below, the virgin rain forest jungle of Papua. However you can all of these only in the clear day and no cloud below the summit ridge.
When you are walking on the summit ridge the path here is only 1-2 m wide - walk carefully. From this point need about 1.5 hours to the summit. Before get the summit the climbing will be more difficult, you should pass 3 gaps. There are two options to pass the firs gap, with higher difficulty level then the first climbing. First is rappelling down, walk pass the bottom of this gap and ascend in a vertical ascending (about 10m). The other way is crossing the Tyro lean or bridge using pulley and belay rope. This is very interesting and challenging part. After pass this most difficult part, you are in the summit step. After the summit when you going down mostly rappels using Figure of eight or similar.
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