“After midday, we entered the “Heart of Darkness” The jungle, every bit as geography books described it with long, thin tree trunks reaching up for the sun and, in the gloom below, a tangle of ferns, creepers, and spiky palms. It became apparent that jungle traveling is quite difficult, especially where there was so much rain, making it muddy and swampy in places and difficult to walk through the tangle of creepers.”

—Doug Scott, quoted in Seven Summits: The Quest To Reach The highest Point on every continent, by Steve Bell


Carstensz Pyramid Fast Facts

  1.   Carstensz Pyramid sits in Irian Jaya, which is part of Indonesia.
  2.   Carstensz Pyramid entails the most consistently steep and technical climbing of all the Seven Summits.
  3.   Some native tribes in Papua still practice cannibalism.
  4.   Patrick Morrow was the first person to finish the Seven Summits with the Carstensz variation.


Altitude: 16,024feet (4884m)

Summit GPS WayPoints: S404.733, E13709.572

Elevation Gain (base camp to summit): 3124feet (952m)

Distance: 1 mile (1.5km) (base camp to summit)

Difficulty ratings: Technical: 5, Physical: 3

Time: (door to door): 21 days

Season: All year



Deep in the heart of the Sudirman Range in the western central highlands of Irian Jaya lies Carstensz Pyramid (or Puncak Jaya to Indonesians). Irian Jaya comprises the western side of the island of New Guinea; the eastern part is Papua New Guinea. Irian Jaya (formerly West New Guinea or Dutch New Guinea) is part of Indonesia, a large collection of islands in southern Southeast Asia northeast of Australia. The bare, rocky, and near-vertical slopes of Carstensz Pyramid rise above the lush jungle environment and small settlements that characterize the moderately large island of New Guinea. Carstensz Pyramid is also known as Puncak Jaya by Indonesians.

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