Carstensz Pyramid Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get there?
Most climbers will travel from their home country to either Denspasar (Bali) or Jakarta. There are daily flights from both these cities to Jayapura (the meeting point for the expedition). We are scheduled to return to Jayapura on the specified date, but add three contingency days in case of delays. If you get done early, Jayapura has gorgeous beaches or you can go to the beach in Bali for a few days!
What kind of insurance do I need?
We invest in insurance coverage for commercial liability and medical and disability insurance for our employees while participating on our programs. We cannot insure you for your personal needs, but we do expect you to be as fiscally responsible as we are. We require that you insure yourself against potentially expensive difficulties that may arise. First, Trip Cancellation Insurance may provide financial relief should you be forced to withdraw from the program before it even happens. Next, make sure you have adequate Travel Insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip. Medical care and evacuation in remote locations can be expensive. For more information, please see our page on Trip Cancellation and Travel Insurance.
What immunizations will I need?
No immunizations are currently required. It is recommended that you consider the following:
- Tetanus-Diphtheria: You should already have. Do you need a booster?
- Polio: You should already have. Do you need a booster?
- MMR: You should already have. Do you need a booster?
- Meningitis: Recommended. Consult your physician.
- Hepatitis A: Recommended. Consult your physician.
- Hepatitis B: Not a bad idea. Ask your physician.
- Cholera: Ask your physician. Not usually recommended or available any more.
- Typhoid: Not a bad idea to be safe. The tablet form, Vivotif Berna, is good for five years.
- Rabies: The new vaccine is easy.
- Japanese Encephalitis: Recommended. Consult your physician.
- Yellow Fever: Consult your physician.
- Malaria: We recommend Malarone, once a day. Start two days before exposure and go one week after the trip.
Please consult your physician or local health department for their recommendations.
You should also ask your physician for a prescription for a course of the antibiotic azithromycin ("Z-Pak"). Please consider this to be part of your required equipment.
We recommend that you visit the travel clinic at a major University Hospital or your local Public Health Department for the most up to date info on travel requirements, or check the Center for Disease Control Website at www.cdc.gov.
What's included in the trip cost?
- Guides, porters, group equipment, food
- Roundtrip domestic flights starting in Timika
- Ground transfers
- Climbing permits
- Rooming based on double occupancy
Cost Does Not Include:
- Medical/evacuation and trip insurance
- International flights
- Visas, airport tax, excess baggage charges
- Personal climbing equipment
- Personal expenses
- costs incurred as a result of delays or events beyond the control of IMG
- required travel insurance policy (for trip cancellation, medical treatment, evacuation etc.)
- and customary but optional tips for IMG guides