Mount Kabangama - World First - 10 Days
Imagine standing on the highest point of a mountain, a small rocky outcrop with incredible uninterrupted views in every direction. Then imagine the feeling knowing that no other human being has stood in that spot before you, you are an explorer!
*All images used on this expedition page are from nearby Mount Giluwe (4365m). Seeing as we have never been to Mount Kabangama, and neither has anyone else, there are no photos to illustrate it. We expect the terrain to be very similar to that on Giluwe.
- Be part of a World First climb of Mt Kabangama massif
- Climb one of PNG's 4000m peaks (4104m)
- Trek some of the most remote parts of PNG
- Uninterrupted views in every direction from her summit
- Have the option to add Mt Wilhelm to your expedition (4509m)
Mount Kabangama is a total mystery. There is virtually no information out there on this mountain. The Lehy Brothers went around its summit in 1934 and wrote a few notes, since then, nothing. We have seen its prominence on previous expeditions from vantage points like Mount Gilluwe and Mount Wilhelm, and know it is a large open alpine plateau with a steep summit and surrounded on all sides by thick jungle.
Mount Kabangama's summit sits at 4104m above sea level with a prominence above its surrounding area of 2284m. Between 2600m and 3600m her slopes are surrounded of course by thick virgin jungle. There are no reports or records of anyone ever climbing to her summit. PNG's Highlands are an incredibly wonderful environment with massive mountain ranges and valleys, waterfalls and jungles and people that are more culturally diverse than any other place on the planet.
Of course we are not setting out to just climb to the summit. We intend on traversing the massif like the Leahy brothers, taking in the entire range with all her beauty and hardship.
This is a real adventure, full of challenge and the unknown. If you like the idea of heading out into places the man kind has never been, then this expedition is for you!
Life on the mountain
Mount Kabangama is an extremely remote part of a wildly remote country. Once we leave the last village, there will be no man made structures. Above 3400m the jungles part are reveal open alpine grasslands, and thus we are exposed to the elements. Water is plentiful but firewood is not.
At night temperatures can drop below zero. Frost and occasional snow has been witnessed. Strong, cold winds are common and rain and mist can occur suddenly reducing visibility to only a few metres.
The sky around Kabangama is usually clear in the early morning, but by 9am the fog that is laying low in valley, lifts. Large cloud formations gather at higher altitudes and by midday intermittent mist and showers can occur, usually until sunset. Our summit attempt will be made around 1am to avoid the mid-morning clouds. Views from the summit at sunrise are simply awesome.
Health And Safety
This expedition should not be underestimated. Exposure to the elements can be a problem, whether it's the cold or sunlight.
A combination of wind, wet clothing, fatigue and hunger, even if the air temperature is well above freezing, can lead to hyperthermia. Likewise, you can burn deceptively fast. There is less atmospheric protection at higher altitudes and the fact you're not hot doesn't mean you're not boiling.
- While this is a non-technical trek, it is a difficult walk. In several places a steep scramble is required. This expedition requires a reasonable level of fitness to complete.
- Travel insurance including medical evacuation is considered mandatory
- Visas are available from the nearest PNG consul (or Australian consul if a PNG one is not available)
Day 1: Arrive in Port Moresby and transfer to Holiday Inn
Day 2: Transfer to the Air Niugini domestic flight. Fly to Mt .Hagen airport. Transfer to Minj and Uinba Village for overnight stay.
Day 3: From Uinba we head off into the jungle for approximately 6 hours to a campsite just above the tree line. Overnight camp there.
Day 4: From this camp we head out to base camp at 3900m asl. We are not sure where this will be as there are no records of anyone doing this trip.
Day 5: Today is summit day if weather permits. The summit is probably a scramble however we will bring ropes and harnesses just incase. From the summit we will head back down to base camp and explore the vast area below us.
Day 6: After breakfast we will head over the main ridge line and down to the unknown southern slopes. We should have a good idea of the direction as we would have surveyed the area on our summit day the previous morning.
Day 7: Break camp and head further down the mountain hopefully making camp somewhere within the forest towards a village called Angilbal.
Day 8: Through the forest we will continue with a great chance to see wonderful wildlife. We should arrive in Angilbal late in the afternoon. Overnight in Angibal.
Day 9: As there are no roads on this side of the mountain we may need to transfer via chopper or fixed wing back to Mt Hagen. Transfer to afternoon flight back to Port Moresby and overnight at Holiday Inn.
Day 10: Fly home.
Please note: If you wish to go on and climb Mt Wilhelm on this trip as an extension, this is possible. On Day 9 the transfer will take you to Kundiawa. This trip extension would be $1400. The Itinerary would look like this:
Day 9: Transfer to Kundiawa and overnight there.
Day 10: Transfer to trail head and start trek up the mountain. 4 hours.
Day 11: Rest day at the lake for acclimatisation
Day 12: Summit day and then back to Bettys Lodge (13 hrs)
Day 13: Transfer to Goroka and then fly to Port Moresby
Day 14: Fly home
This expedition costs $3600* twin share, ex Port Moresby.
*minimum number of bookings required, see ts & c's for full details.
- All domestic scheduled flights
- 2 nights accommodation in Port Moresby at Holiday Inn
- Government Taxes
- All meals on the expedition component (9 Breakfast, 7 Lunches and 7 Dinners)
- All accommodation outside of Port Moresby
- 1 x Local Guide and an Australian Guide throughout
- 7 nights accommodation along the trek.
- Return airport transfers
- Refreshments at the end of track
- Tents and all camping gear such as pots, cups, knives, forks, spoons etc
- International airfares
- Travel insurance
- Dinner in Port Moresby
Note the below items can be added at the time of booking.
|Mt Kabangama - World First - Fully booked!: Mon, 13th Aug 2018 Wed, 22nd Aug 2018 $3600.00||Book Now|
|Location:||Highlands, Papa New Guinea|
|Difficulty Rating:||Grade 4 - Very Difficult|
|Comfort Level:||Expedition Camping|