Hello Climbers! How is your preparation to climb Carstensz? Of course, you have prepared a variety of climbing tools and supplies that are enough to climb to the top of Carstensz. Do not forget to maintain your health before climbing. Here are some tips on what to do to help you summit healthily:
- Eat well and sleep enough.
Carstensz is different from other mountains in Indonesia. The weather at Carstensz tends to be rainy and sometimes snowy. Climbers sometimes tend to sleep at tents and not interested to do other activity when facing this condition. In fact, adequate food intake is needed so that stamina is maintained during the ascent. In addition, sleep for ± 6 hours before climbing will help you stay fit and awake when climbing in the early hours.
2. Acclimatize for 1-2 days.
Carstensz Peak is at an altitude of 4884 masl. You have to take a helicopter from Timika for about 20 minutes to get to Basecamp. The temperature in Timika tends to warm to hot, while in the Basecamp area is very cold. In a short time, you will feel the temperature difference that is very large when leaving from Timika to Carstensz. Most climbers will feel an unbearable headache and choose to rest in a tent. If you want to get rid of the opportunity to get to the top, continue to sleep; if not, get up and acclimatize (adjusting body temperature to the surrounding area). There are some climbers who fail before going to the top because they choose to stay sleep, take medication and end up unable to continue the expedition because their conditions are getting weaker. To avoid this situation, you must acclimatize by walking in the area around Basecamp for 2-3 hours. Take photos for a moment and enjoy the incredible natural scenery, while training your body with the altitude while occasionally doing light exercise near the climbing track. Your body will slowly adjust to the cold temperature at Carstensz.
3. Bring enough food to the summit.
You will begin the climb to the Carstensz Peak between 3:00 to 4:00 in the morning. Don’t forget to eat the food prepared by Cook, so that your body is strong enough to climb the stone wall. You need to bring enough supplies like 1 bottle of water (1 Liter), snacks (chocolate, bread, biscuits), and medicines needed. Avoid carrying too many things because you need a lot of energy to get to the top.
4. Always consult your condition with the Guide.
If you use the services of an operator, there will be a Guide in charge of helping you during the expedition. If you feel unwell when you arrive at Basecamp or when climbing, consult with the Guide what you feel. The guide who accompanied the guest to Carstensz was not an ordinary climber. They are trained to handle guests in the worst conditions. Be honest with your body condition; don’t force yourself to get to the top. Walk slowly; adjust to your body’s abilities. Remember that the ultimate goal of a climb is home.