Puncak Jaya or Carstensz Pyramid is one of the peaks of Sudirman mountain range in Papua, Indonesia. It is 4,884 meters above sea level and the highest peak in Southeast Asia. Carstensz Pyramid has glaciers which are only found in any tropical areas in Indonesia or Southeast Asia. Having the phenomenal snow on the highest peak in a tropical country, Carstensz – which has been admitted one of the seven summits – has attracted climbers and alpineers from all over the world to step their feet on top of this mountain.
Carstensz Pyramid is not just a row of high mountains though. There are abundant of enjoyable attractive spots while climbing to the top or along the trekking route. If you go through the trekking route in Sugapa, Suanggama and Ilaga, you will pass a spot called New Zealand Pass. These trekking routes are full of rocky-lined pathway and some beautiful lakes. The view appears to be like in New Zealand – that is why the spot is named so by the first Carstensz epxlorers. Here you will find beach sand. Yes, it is like sandy beach at the altitude of 4100 meters above sea level!
Is that all? No! There are plenty of other phenomenal and panoramic views to see in Carstensz Pyramid area. Here are some of those unique facts.
- The down-up flow of Nabu river
It is located at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. This could be a visual illusion, but no one has examined it scientifically. The river remains flow to higher direction.
- The giant rock that stands against the law of universal gravitation.
The phenomenon of rock against gravity is at an altitude of 4700 meters about sea level. The rock seems to fall, but stands still in perfect balance in the slope of 900.
- The human skulls and skeletons
The human skulls found in cliff cracks at an altitude of 4300 above sea level. These skulls and skeletons are believed to belong to Moni tribe ancestors who climbed the mountain for hunting. The hunters died and buried in the caves around the mountain.
It is a large area covered with grass that looks like a meadow. It is located at the altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level. Growing and spreading over 3,000 meters above sea level, this grassland, the climbers called it to be hanged in the sky. The route to reach it, however, is very hard. But the real adventurers see it as a challenge to conquer.
- The Savanna
The savanna is located at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level. In other words, it is 1000 meters higher above sea level than grassland. This savanna is a beautiful area covered with grass and dominated by pakia trees (Cyathea muelleri).
If you take trekking, you may stop in a village called Ugimba which located at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. The village belongs to Intan Jaya regency and it is the closest village to Cartsensz peak. There are around two hundred people living in this village. Almost 90 percent of them are Moni tribe and the rest are Dani tribe.
You may used to think that most part of Papua was totally covered by dense forest, but if you go through Carstensz trekking routes, you will find stunning villages with beautiful natural scenery. Ugimba is one of the villages and the closest to the mountain peak. It may not as famous as Jayapura, Merauke, Biak and Nabire. However, its potential tourism is not inferior to the places above or any other places in Papua.
Now you can see that Carstensz Pyramid expedition is not only about climbing the mountain. Beautiful views as well as phenomenal objects are presented by the nature in Carstensz Pyramid area only to lucky people who come to Carstensz. In addition to your curiosity about Carstensz, dingos and tree kangaroos are two typical animals living around this mountain. Tree kangaroos are found in high forest and subalpine bushes at Sudirman Mountain, Papua. This type of tree kangaroos has black fur with a combination of white on the chest. Dingiso, on the other hand, is a kind of animal that is similar to Australian koala in terms of shape.
It is the color that distinguishes dingisos from koalas: the dominant color of their fur is black. They live at an altitude of 4000 above sea level and never come down to lower region. It is possible for you to meet these rare and beautiful animals, if you are in love with Carstensz and make your dream comes true on top of one of the Seven Summits.
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