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 extremely fit and in very good physical condition. Please do not underestimate how physically hard this mountain is. It will be one of the hardest and most 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.
REMEMBER IT IS OPTIONAL TO GET TO THE TOP BUT COMPULSORY TO GET DOWN
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 eco 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 high and gets very cold at night. You must be extremely 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 in 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.
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
Fifth Layer- Gortex
Long trekker pants
Wet Weather pants
Heavy wool/merino socks
Ski gloves or woollen gloves
Merino/wool neck gaiter or
Sleeping Bag-Must be minimum -5
Base ball cap/sun hat
toilet paper, soap, small towel, shampoo
Antiseptic hand gel
Day Pack-Must be 35 litres or
Large pack or 60-70 litre soft
Camel Pack – 3 litres
2 trekking poles
Head Torch with plenty of extra
batteries and spare bulb
Small personal medical kit-Band
Aspirin/Neurofen (no sleeping
Runners for traveling
Dry clean clothes for traveling
and at Betty’s Lodge in the evening
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)
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)
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)
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.
OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY
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. Bird watching. Accommodation: Lodge (B) Extra night AUD$215.00 per person
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 11-15 August 2019
Mt Hagen Show 16-18 August 2019
Mt Wilhelm Climb 11-15 August 2020
Mt Hagen Show 16-18 August 2020
Mount Wilhelm Climb 09-13 September 2019
Goroka Show 14-17 September 2019
Mount Wilhelm Climb 09-13 September 2020
Goroka Show 14-17 September 2020
Kenu & Kundu Festival
Mount Wilhelm Climb 26 Oct-1 November 2019
Kenu & Kundo Festival 02-04 November 2019 (TBC)
Mt Wilhelm Climb 27-31 October 2020
Kenu & Kundu Festival 01-03 November 2020 (TBC)
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