I arrived in Bali about 6am GMT. We are 8 hours ahead here. I didn't sleep a wink on the 17-hour journey, proper tired! But I did see some good films!
Its mega hot here, humid and about 32 degrees! I met some of the team, from all over the world - Canada, New Zealand, Germany and France, there's 5 of us in total. My roommate lost his wife to breast cancer 3 years ago and is climbing Everest in support next year.
I have had little rest this week. I haven't had a proper nights sleep since before summit day on Kili. Packing before I left was mega tough too, I had to pack a drum to send on to Everest base camp, a bag for the North Pole for my folks to meet me with in the hotel and another for my trek in to Everest base camp! My head hurts!!
We leave at midnight today to fly Timika in Papua and maybe on to Sugapa where we should start the trek in to base camp from. We might have an overnight in a hotel before, will have wait and see!
I am excited about climbing Carstensz though and the adventure that lies ahead.
Here is my schedule so you know what is planned, subject to change as always!
Day 1 - Arrive Denpasar (Bali) Exped briefing, gear checks etc and meet the team
Day 2 â€“ Fly to Timika in Papua. Onward flight to Sugapa or overnight in hotel
Day 3 â€“ Fixed wing flight to Sugapa (2100m)
Day 4 â€“ Meet Porters and prepare for trek
Day 5 â€“ Short day trekking down to river through villages to Suwamggwa (5 hrs)
Day 6 â€“ Trek through jungle, camp at 2200m (7 hrs)
Day 7 â€“ Trek through jungle, camp at 3200m (9 hrs)
Day 8 â€“ Trek through open meadows, camp at 3600m (6 hrs)
Day 9 â€“ Trek through open meadows, camp at foot of New Zealand Pass, 3700m (5 hrs)
Day 10 â€“ Climb up to Larson Lake and over New Zealand Pass (4400m) to Base Camp, 4250m (4 hrs). Rest afternoon and prepare for the climb to summit.
Day 11 â€“ Summit day, return to base camp
Day 12 â€“ Spare summit day or hike to Glacier near East Carstensz Peak
Day 13 â€“ Short day trekking out over New Zealand Pass, 3700m
Day 14 â€“ Trek through open meadows to camp near the jungle, 3200m (9 hrs)
Day 15 â€“ Trek through jungle (8 hrs)
Day 16 â€“ Trek to Sugapa (8 hrs)
Day 17 â€“ Fly to Timika
Day 18 â€“ Flight back to Bali.