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  • Mount Sarawaget Traverse - 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 how few other human beings have stood in that spot before you. YOU are an explorer!
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Location: Highlands, Papa New Guinea
Activity: Exploratory Expeditions,
Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty Rating: Grade 4 - Very Difficult
Comfort Level: Expedition Camping
Season: Aug,

Overview

 

*All images used on this expedition page are from nearby Mount Giluwe (4365m). Seeing as we have never been to Mount Sarawaget, and neither has anyone else that we have found, there are no photos to illustrate it. We expect the terrain to be very similar to that on Giluwe.

Highlights

  • Summit Mount Sarawaget at 4121m above sea level
  • Explore untracked alpine slopes and grasslands above 3600 meters
  • Climb a 4000m@+ peak no one has climbed before
  • Witness awesome views from her summit 
  • Trek some of the most remote parts of PNG
  • Have the option to add Mt Wilhelm (PNG's highest peak) to your expedition (4509m)

Overview

Papua New Guinea has only 12 recognised 4000m+ peaks. We know there are more, we've been to some of them! We are working to extend this list and looking for adventure travellers to join us on the journey. We were one of the first groups to do the full traverse of Mt Wilhlem (PNG's highest peak), we were the first to traverse Mt Giluwe (Australasia's highest volcano) and the first to traverse Mt Kabangama. This year, we will head to Mt Sarawaget (4121 meters), north of Lae, to climb and explore another unnamed and unrecognised 4000m peak. 

This area is rarely visited and as such is new territory for a commercial venture of this type. Our itinerary below is fluid. Plans will change. You will need to pack a great sense of adventure and ensure you have the skill to adapt to an ever-changing environment. 

Once we reach above 3600 meters, the landscape will open up into grasslands. This will enable us to make plans to either stick to the itinerary or if time and terrain permits, try our luck at other ridges and peaks not yet recognised.

If you are up for adventure off the beaten track (if there is even a track to start with!), then join us on this incredible trek into the highlands of PNG.

As usual, we are not just setting out to climb a summit, we intend to traverse this extensive ridge, taking in the entire range with all its beauty and hardship.

This is a real adventure, full of challenge and the unknown. If you like the idea of heading to places that mankind has never been, then this expedition is for you! 

Life on the mountain

Mt Sarawaget is a remote part of a remote country. From the trailhead, we will likely see no man-made structures. From about 3400-3600m the forest gives way to open grassland and exposes us to the elements - water is plentiful but firewood is not.

At night the temperature can drop below zero. Frost and occasional snow have been witnessed. Strong, cold winds are common and rain and mist can occur suddenly turning visibility to only a few metres. 

While we will have the usual amounts of support and guidance on this expedition, it is important that you have the ability to be semi independent and manage yourself in regard to the weather and your own comfort. 

Health And Safety

This expedition should not be underestimated. Exposure to the elements can be a problem, whether it's the cold, wind, rain 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 at higher altitudes. There is less atmospheric protection up high and the fact you're not hot doesn't mean you're not boiling.

Note:
- 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) 

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Port Moresby and transfer to Holiday Inn
Day 2: Transfer to the Air Niugini domestic flight. Fly to Lae airport. Transfer to the trailhead. Overnight stay in Village.
Day 3: From Bungalamba 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 a large open plain where an alpine lake is situated. We will establish our base camp here. 
Day 5: Today we will summit Mt Sarawaget if weather permits. 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 ridgeline and across to the unknown western 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 across the mountain hopefully making another ridgeline with several 4000-meter peaks.
Day 8: Today is a little sketchy as we hope to be heading down from here, though the ridge may take us a little further and another possible 4000-meter peak.
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 Lae. Transfer to afternoon flight back to Port Moresby and overnight at Holiday Inn.
Day 10: Depart for 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 trailhead and start the 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

Cost

This expedition costs $3890* twin share, ex Port Moresby.

*minimum number of bookings required, see ts & c's for full details.

Inclusions

  • 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 the track
  • Tents and all camping gear such as pots, cups, knives, forks, spoons etc

Exclusions

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Port Moresby

Extras

Note the below items can be added at the time of booking.

Dates

Departures
Mount Sarawaget Traverese: Mon, 5th Aug 2019 Wed, 14th Aug 2019 $3890.00 Book Now
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Location: Highlands, Papa New Guinea
Activity:. Exploratory Expeditions
Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty Rating: Grade 4 - Very Difficult
Comfort Level: Expedition Camping
Season: Aug,