Carstensz Pyramid

Please note you will be emailed a set of Carstensz Pyramid 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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