Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Carstensz Pyramid is also called Puncak Jaya and is located on the island of New Guinea the 2nd largest island in the world after Greenland. New Guinea is divided into two parts. The western half contains 2 provinces of Indonesia and the eastern half forms the mainland of the country of Papua New Guinea which gained its independence from Australia in 1975. At 4,884 meters, 16,024 feet, the Carstensz Pyramid is the highest island peak in the world and considered to be one of the 7 summits - the highest mountain on each of the 7 continents depending on which list you look at. Some 7 summit lists include Mt Kosciuszko in Australia and others include the Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania, an area which includes Australia and the surrounding islands . The debate is ongoing so most climbers who wish to climb the 7 summits climb both.