International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Carstensz Pyramid

Indonesia  •  16,023'  •  4,884m

Carstensz Pyramid with International Mountain Guides

Carstensz Pyramid Frequently Asked Questions

This information should answer many of your initial questions and also guide you through the next stages of preparing for the expedition. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need javascript enabled to view it

How do I get there?

International Mountain Guides has worked for many years with the staff at CTT Destinations to provide professional travel service for participants in our programs. For help with your plans, we urge you to contact Pirjo at CTT Destinations: 800-909-6647 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need javascript enabled to view it

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 Ciprofloxacin. 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

What's included in the trip cost?

Cost Includes:
  • 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
Tyrolean Traverse on the Carstensz Pyramid climb with International Mountain Guides
Eric is on top of everything. Frankly I don't know how he does it. I'm pretty old to have a hero but he is it for me. I have been trying to think of what sets IMG apart from other companies. I suppose others are competent, organized, but Eric and Phil really and truly care about the person. Eric knows when to come on strong and when to be the gentle giant...
~Phil J.
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