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The Mt Wilhelm Trek

This trip can be taken as a weekender or any day during the week. Fly to Goroka, travel by road to Mt Wilhelm, either climb to the summit or enjoy casual day hikes around the Mt Wilhelm lakes, and return to Goroka. You could take an extra night and make it a 4-night trip so that you can spend an extra night at Base Camp and do some day hiking around Lake Piunde in order to acclimatise to the high altitude before attempting to climb to the summit. Warm wind-proof clothes and an alpine sleeping bag are essential but Mt Wilhelm is a non-technical climb and no special gear is required. Light hiking boots or sturdy trainers are adequate footwear.
 
* Airfares POM/GKA/POM are not included – you can book these through us. Port Moresby - Goroka return: from 340 US$ 
 
PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
  •  Meet and greet at Goroka airport
  •  Road transfers to Mt Wilhelm and return
  •  Two (2) nights share twin or triple accommodation at JJ Lodge (or similar) including meals
  •  One night accommodation at Base Camp guest house including basic dinner, breakfast and tea flask
  •  Guides to carry water, tea flask, torch, first aid kit, spare blanket and assist you with the climb
  •  Local trekking fees
  •  Tour monitoring and 24-hour assistance
EXCLUSIONS:
  • Airfares
  • Bar drinks, snacks, tips, souvenirs, personal items
  • Meals not specified as included eg lunch on Day 1 and Day 4
  • Aadditional excursions in excess of those specified in the itinerary
  • Sleeping gear (BYO sleeping bag, inflatable mattress and pillow).
  • Personal gear such as water bottle, rain poncho, personal backpack and personal first aid kit
  • Mobile phone or satellite phone
Rates per person in USD for treks departing from Goroka are:

1 person $1800 

2 people $1150

3 people $1050 

4 people or more $900

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If you are not pressed for time, it is possible to do the trek using public transport, as public transport cannot be guaranteed to turn up everyday, and leave early in the morning. This is not possible during the Goroka Festival period around mid-September. If choosing this option it is best to plan for the fourth night to be in the Bird of Paradise Hotel in Goroka with a flight out the following day to allow for delays and late departure. 

1 person $840

2 people $750

3 people  $705

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: ARRIVE MT WILHELM Depart Port Moresby on Air Niugini morning flight to Goroka. At the airport you are met by your vehicle and driver. You may wish to stop for lunch at a local hotel or restaurant before commencing the drive to Mt Wilhelm (or pick up take-away pizza or Chinese). There is also plenty of fresh fruit available from roadside stalls along the way. The drive to Mt Wilhelm takes about 4 hours along the scenic Highlands Highway, via the mountain ranges of the Chimbu Province and through the provincial capital Kundiawa, arriving at the little town of Kegesugl late afternoon. You will overnight here before continuing on foot tomorrow morning. Overnight Kegesugl (2 star lodge, includes all meals).
 

DAY 2: MT WILHELM Commence hiking with your guides up the scenic lower slopes of Mt Wilhelm, arriving at Lake Piunde in the afternoon (a packed lunch is supplied by the lodge). Lake Piunde is the base camp for climbing to the summit. Here you will stay at the base camp guest house which is rather more basic but adequate for resting up and getting used to the higher altitude. After a hot dinner, turn in early to get some sleep before rising in the middle of the night to climb to the summit. Overnight base camp guest house (1 star! includes meals).
 
DAY 3: MT WILHELM Rise at 01.00am and commence the 6-hour climb with your guides to the summit. The track is clear with guides and and reasonably easy to follow in the dark by moonlight or torch light. Clear views from the summit of Mt Wilhelm are only possible at sunrise before cloud cover obscures the vista so it is important to reach the summit by 07.00am. 

Your guides will carry hot tea flasks to keep you warm. This is not a technical climb and no special equipment is required but you will need to be fit, you will need warm clothing and you must be aware of the possibility of altitude sickness. (If you have any doubt about your ability to gain the summit, you can wait at base camp.) By 08.00am, descend from the summit, stop for lunch at base camp and continue down to Kegesugl arriving late afternoon in time for dinner. Overnight Kegesugl (2 star lodge, includes all meals).
 
DAY 4: DEPART MT WILHELM Depart Kegesugl after breakfast arriving Goroka around lunchtime. Your driver will take you to check in at the airport for the afternoon flight to Port Moresby, or drop you at a hotel or elsewhere if you are taking other arrangements. If you are staying for the night in Goroka you may wish to take our optional half-day tour.
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