Puncak Jaya, Tembagapura, Mimika Regency, Papua, Indonesia
Alpine lake in PapuaI climbed Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid), the highest mountain in the Australasian continent. Before getting to the higher altitude scenery (very alpine in fact), I trekked across a muddy and rainy jungle for several days, I was accompanied by Papuan indigenous people, I walked past the largest gold mine in the world, eventually summiting the 16,000ft mountain (well, after a steep class-5 wall). A gorgeous adventure, yet not for the faint-hearted
almost 8 years ago
Crossing the Papuan jungle
Walking with rubber boots in deep mud is a demanding physical workout and the fun only continues with the river crossing: this is sometimes by means of a bridge (sort of), sometimes by practicing own balance skills on the mid-size logs laid across. Some rivers are simple streams, others are roaring masses of water probably worth a good class-4 rafting .