Mount Wilhelm Climb

Departure/Return Location
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Trek Departure Date
See dates listed below
Trek Length
Day Trek plus 2 travel days
Very Hard
12 Years and Above
April - October
Group size
1 Trekker or More
  • Expedition Led by Peter Doa
  • PNG Guides on the mountain ratio-1 guide to 2 climbers.
  • Personal Porters
  • Group porters
  • All meals
  • Road transfers (Mt Hagen – Mt Wilhelm – Mt Hagen)
  • 2 night's accommodation at Mt Wilhelm Lodge
  • 1 night's accommodation at Base Camp
  • Base Camp Fees
  • Track Permit Fees 
Not Included
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport & Visa costs.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Accommodation in Port Moresby if required. This can be arranged by PNG Trekking Adventures if required
  • Domestic airfares POM-Mt Hagen-POM. Please book these at the same time as booking international fares. Please book domestic airfares as per the itinerary. 

Location: Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea

Mt Wilhelm is the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea and Oceania has rugged peaks with a well formed trail leading to its summit. The ascent crosses diverse and beautiful terrain with open grassland on the slopes and granite predominant in the higher levels. It is not a technical mountain to climb and takes 3 – 4 days to ascend.
There are no ropes involved or high altitude gear or equipment required. You WILL feel the effects of altitude on Wilhelm. Although we do our very best to have a 100% success rate to the summit, safety is our highest priority. This mountain lends itself to all age groups and would expect anyone wanting to ascend to be in good physical condition. Please do not underestimate how physically hard this mountain is. It will be one of the hardest and taxing days physically that the majority of people will undertake. Those of you who have done Kokoda this day is many times harder as any day you did Kokoda.


This area has to be one of the most scenically spectacular areas of Papua New Guinea. The terrain is rugged and to see gardens on these steepest of slopes is truly amazing.
We trek through three echo systems, tropical, temperate forest and alpine. You will see amazing wild orchids and trek through a savanna of cycads. If you want to truly experience the highlands of Papua New Guinea this is a must do trek. If you don't want to climb the mountain take the leisurely walk to base camp or you may chose to stay at the Lodge which is a remarkable experience in itself.
Meet the family and friends who run the trout farm here and walk around the magnificent garden. All our guides have their special places to go in PNG this is Pam's the owner of PNG Trekking Adventures favorite place in PNG. Mt Wilhelm can be climbed all year round. Although the best months to climb is from May to November. The weather is warm during the day but can become quite cool in the evenings. On the mountain it can get down to –5 degrees celcius and taking in the win chill factor it can get down to –15 degrees Celsius.
Accommodation at Betty Lodge is clean and rustic. The accommodation at Base Camp is very, very basic. Its up high and gets very cold at night. You must be very fit to climb the mountain. The summit day is 12-14 hours long.
You may like to take along some extra local currency to tip the local porters and other guides if you feel they have done a good job. This is not compulsory.
Please note that we are restricted on numbers by vehicle capacity. Our vehicles take 4-5 pax each. Ground transport into the mountain is expensive due to the condition of the roads.

Equipment List

·        Bottom Layer-                    Polyprop long sleeved top. (bottoms optional)

·        Second Layer-                     Long Sleeved quick dry shirt

·        Third Layer-                        Long Sleeved Merino or similar top

·        Forth Layer-                        Fleece Jacket

·        Fifth Layer-                          Gortex jacket 

·        Long trekker pants

·        Wet Weather pants

·        Gaiters

·        Heavy wool/merino socks

·        Trekking Boots 

·        Ski gloves or woollen gloves

·        Beanie

·        Merino/wool neck gaiter or scarf 

·        Sleeping Bag-Must be minimum -5 degrees

·        Sun glasses

·        Base ball cap/sun hat

·        Toiletries-Toothbrush/paste, toilet paper, soap, small towel, shampoo

·        Antiseptic hand gel 

·        Day Pack-Must be 35 litres or more

·        Large pack or 60-70 litre soft bag

·        Camel Pack – 3 litres

·        2 trekking poles

·        Head Torch with plenty of extra batteries and spare bulb

·        Small personal medical kit-Band Aids/Blister Packs

·        Aspirin/Neurofen (no sleeping pills)

·        Sunscreen/lip balm

          ·        Runners for traveling

·        Dry clean clothes for traveling and at Betty’s Lodge in the evening




Day 1: Transfer to domestic airport to connect with POM- Mt Hagen  PX180   08:30-09:30

- To be booked by Client

On arrival at Mt Hagen, group will be met by our PNG representative and transported to Mt Wilhelm Lodge at Kegsugel, which is where client’s accommodation is for the night. The drive is along a very rough road, and will more than likely be sitting on the deck of a truck, which is the best place to view the spectacular scenery and conditions along the way in which the people live. Takes approximately 5-6 hours. Accommodation: Overnight Lodge (L/D)

Day 2: Trek to Base Camp

After a leisurely breakfast the group will start walking up to Base Camp. Taking time to acclimatise and enjoy the scenery, walking under the jungle canopy, spotting wild orchids and maybe some bird life then out into a swampy fern lined valley up to the lakes where base camp is situated. 3-4 hours walking. Very basic hut. Accommodation: Base Camp Hut (B/L/D)

Day 3: Climb Mount Wilhelm

A long day awaits the group today. After retiring early to bed the previous night, the group will rise at mid night; have a cup of tea/coffee and light breakfast. You will pack up gear to be left in the hut. You will then start climbing Mt Wilhelm no later than 1am, which will result in summiting close to, or just after sunrise. Take lots of breaks and climb at a steady pace to assist in acclimatisation. On reaching the summit make sure to take plenty of photos and absorb the views before beginning the long descent back to the Lodge. Stopping at Base Camp for a short period to have a hot drink and something to eat and then head down the hill back to the Lodge. This is an extremely long, hard physical day. Please do not underestimate how hard this day is going to be. 14-15 hours walking. Accommodation: Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 4: Drive Mt Hagen Mt Hagen-POM

PX183 13:15-14:15-To be booked by Client

An early start this morning, after breakfast guests will be transferred to the airport for your trip back to Port Moresby and connect with international flights (B)

*International travelers may require accommodation in Port Moresby either side of the package. PNG Trekking Adventures can book this for you.

AUD$395/room based on twin share, inclusive of Breakfast and Airport Transfers.


Day 5 – Kegsugel

Clients can choose to stay another day with Betty at Mt Wilhelm Lodge. This is a magnificent area to explore and well worth looking at as an optional extra. Spend the day walking down to the school and visiting the families of the guides that took you up Mt Wilhelm. Accommodation: Lodge (B) Extra night AUD$215.00 per person

Trek Dates

25/04/18 - 28/04/18
08/05/18 - 12/05/18
20/07/18 - 23/07/18
14/09/18 - 17/09/18
19/04/19 - 22/04/19
20/07/19 - 23/07/19
26/09/19 - 29/09/19

Dates to climb can be arranged to suit clients.

Attend a Cultural Show:
An option after your climb or trek in PNG add on a Cultural Show. Immerse yourself in PNG culture. Attend one of the below famous Cultural Shows. POA.

Mt Hagen Festival
Mt Wilhelm Climb         12-16 August 2018
Mt Hagen Show             17-19 August 2018
Mt Wilhelm Climb          11-15 August 2019
Mt Hagen Show              16-18 August 2019

Goroka Festival
Mount Wilhelm Climb   09-13 September 2018
Goroka Show                  14-17 September 2018
Mount Wilhelm Climb   09-13 September 2019
Goroka Show                  14-17 September 2019

Kenu & Kundu Festival
Mount Wilhelm Climb   26 Oct-1 November 2018
Kenu & Kundo Festival  02-04 November 2018
Mt Wilhelm Climb          27-31 October 2019
Kenu & Kundu Festival  01-03 November 2019 (TBC)

Mt Hagen & Goroka Show Festivals guests must book early to secure accommodation.


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