[well]Puncak Jaya Facts:

  • Tallest mountain in Oceania
  • Summit elevation is 16,024 feet (4,884 m)
  • It is the shortest of the Seven Summits
  • Highest summit of Mount Carstensz
  • Tallest island peak in the world.


Puncak Jaya

Puncak Jaya, of Mount Carstensz, is the highest mountain in Indonesia, the entire island of New Guinea, and all of Oceania. The summit is also the highest island peak in the world. This statistical significance along with the aesthetic presentation of the mountain is what earned it the designation as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Oceania.

As the tallest mountain in Oceania, the mountain reaches an elevation of 16,024 feet (4,884 m). There are some that argue that Indonesia is part of Asia, but as part of the New Guinea islands, it really belongs to Oceania.

Puncak Jaya is also called Carstensz Pyramid named by the Dutch explorer Jan Carstenszoon who witness the summit in 1623. The mountain was created as the tectonic plates of Australian and Pacific collided. The primary composition of the mountain is Miocene limestone.

There are no glaciers or ice at the summit, but there are a number of glaciers on the different slopes of the mountain.

Where is Puncak Jaya

Puncak Jaya is located in the highlands of Indonesia as part of the Sudirman Range. Visitors will find it in the western highlands of the Papua Province. The mountain is now part of the Lorentz National Park and serves as a highlight for visitors looking to experience wonders of nature.

What is the best way to Experience Puncak Jaya

Climbing Puncak Jaya requires a permit and access by local adventure tourism services. Although lower in elevation than Mount Kilimanjaro it is considerably more challenging to climb. It is considered one of the more demanding climbs amongst the Seven Summits group.

The best way to experience is to hope and pray for a clear day that will allow you to view the mountain from strategic viewing overlooks.