The Highlands of Papua New Guinea were discovered less than a century ago when Australian prospectors hiked deep into the mysterious interior of PNG, only to discover vast mountains and valleys, and large tribal settlements living within them, living as they had done for thousands of years. Even today, the Highlands people still maintain much of their traditional ways of life. Much of the land here is virtually untouched; with fresh mountains streams running across rolling mountains, grasslands and thick jungle landscapes. Mount Giluwe itself has be climbed by only a small selection of visitors. At 4,360 metres, Giluwe is the second highest mountain in Papua New Guinea.
From Mount Hagen area it is less than a two day climb to reach the summit of the mountain where hikers are rewarded with the stunning vista of the valley laid out below them. Experienced local guides and porters will accompany hikers from start to finish. This trek is suitable for semi to serious hikers and adventurers. *The Highlands of PNG experience rain throughout the year, however it is typically dryer from May to October, making for more ideal trekking conditions.
SUMMARY – 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
2 nights – Rondon Ridge, Mount Hagen
2 nights – Base Camp. Mt. Giluwe
Upon arrival in Port Moresby, Trans Niugini Tours staff will greet you for your onward flight to Mount Hagen. Upon arrival in Mount Hagen, you will be met and transferred to Rondon Ridge. This location promises the visitor eternal spring weather and magnificent views of the Hagen Range, Mount Giluwe, the Sepik Divide, the Baiyer Gap and the Wahgi Valley. Overnight: RONDON RIDGE (D)
Early this morning you will depart the lodge and drive to the foot of Mount Giluwe, where you will begin your ascent of the mountain to Base Camp at 3,000 meters. The steep flanks of this mountain are covered with forest of beech, oak, pine, karuka and bamboo. The trek to the base camp will be between 5-6 hours. Camp is made beside a river at the edge of the forest. Overnight: BASE CAMP (BLD)
On day two of the trek you will arise early in the morning and leave Base Camp, to begin the 2 – 3 hour trek to the mountains’ summit. Many consider Mount Giluwe to be the most beautiful of Papua New Guineas’ mountains. From the summit one is privileged with a stunning view of the Highlands valley stretching across toward the Papuan lowlands. After resting and taking in the magnificent views you will begin your descent back to base camp. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon resting and soaking up the quiet of the untouched wilderness.
Overnight: BASE CAMP (BLD)
Your final day involves a 4-5 hours trek back down to the vehicle, where you will drive back to the comfort of Rondon Ridge Lodge for a well-earned rest. Overnight: RONDON RIDGE (BLD)
Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Port Moresby. Transit to your ongoing international flight out. (B)