SUMMITS & PROGRAMS
Carstensz Pyramid (4,884mt) Indonesia.
Carstensz Pyramid or Puncak Jaya is the highest summit of Mount Carstensz in the Papua province, Indonesia. Its elevation is 4,884 mt (16,024ft) and it was first climbed in 1962. Puncak Jaya was named "Carstensz Pyramid" after Dutch explorer Jan Carstenszoon who first sighted the glaciers on a rare clear day in 1623. The sighting went unverified for over two centuries, and Carstensz was ridiculed in Europe for saying he had seen snow near the equator.
Because of the presence of one of the biggest (gold, copper) mines in the world, access to the Papua province is highly regulated and the fighting for independence from the free Papua movement over the last 30 years has sometimes proven lethal for travelers.