Itinerary: Mt Wilhelm 2013
International Flight to Port Moresby (Not Included) - Trekkers arrive 30th June 2013
Your Mt Wilhelm adventure begins when you arrive in Port Moresby (POM), where you will be met by one of our Investa Treks staff and transferred to the Hotel for the night.
You will be briefed in on the events of the coming days events.
Day 1: 1st July Port Moresby - Tombil
Our Investa Treks Mt Wilhelm package is enjoyed over a few days to allow trekkers to enjoy their experience and also to allow for people to acclimatise to the altitude.
Early in the morning the group will rise and enjoy breakfast before returning to their rooms to grab their gear before meeting in the foyer, awaiting the transfer to the airport.
The Flight from POM to Mt Hargen will take 1 hour 15 minutes, where the group will meet Investa Treks staff who will journey with you for the coming days.
From Hargen the group will travel for a short ride to Tombil where the group will enjoy a tradition warm welcome as the locals visit some very speacial guests. That night the group will enjoy some local fresh vegetables and cooking, and the locals will sing and share about their lives in the local area.
Day 2: 2nd July Tombil - Kegla
At 8am after breakfast, the group will return to the main road and head toward the Chimbu Province. Along the way you will travel through numerous small villages and there will be opportunity to stop for pictures.
Turning of Kundiawa the group will start the amazing drive up the through the mountains into some amazing awe inspiring surrounds. From Kundiawa, it is a quite a drive taking around 3-4 hours and trekkers will get numerous opportunities for pictures and toilet stops if needed.
Arriving at Kegla for a later lunch, and accommodation for the night.
That night the group will enjoy a fresh local meal, including vegetables and local trout (other options are also available).
Day 3: 3rd July Kegla - Base Camp
The group will wake around 7am and after breakfast set out for Mt Wilhelm Base Camp. The trek to camp will take around 3 hours and is not a hard trek, and the group will walk at a comfortable pace.
At Base Camp lunch will be shared before taking a walk to the lake to enjoy the beauty that surrounds. Trekkers will have a relaxing afternoon, however trekkers need to take a walk up to the top lake (Puinde) before returning back to lake Aunde and the guesthouse. Early evening the group will share a nice early tea that warms the body. Your accommodation is in the guesthouse where mattresses are available. The night can get cold so warm drinks are shared, and trekkers hop into bed early to get some rest before rising again at 1:15am (make sure to have warm clothes as the night get cool).
Day 4: 4th July - Base Camp - Mt Wilhelm - Kegla
After waking at 1:15am, a nice warm breakfast is served, and the trekkers will leave their packs at Base Camp and start trekking towards the summit at 2am with a daypack. Trekkers need to have a good quality head torch with spare batteries just in case. The group will move at an easy pace realising that the darkness brings additional risk. Guides are spread between the group, at a ratio of 1 guide per 2 trekkers, to make sure that each person is Ok and safe.
Due to the altitude is can get extremely cold and trekkers must have adequate cold and wet weather clothing including rain coat/poncho gloves & beanie. For this reason also there is a number of stops along the way, to reduce the chance of altitude sickness.
The group will arrive at the summit before sunrise to have the best possibility of enjoying the 360 degree view. The area at the peak is fairly small and trekkers make the most of getting some pictures of their achievement. A call will be made back to our Investa Treks office in Australia, and loved ones will be informed of the success of the trekkers.
Once the sun rises the weather will set in and the vision will be hindered as the mist rises.
After enjoying the peak, the group will slowly descend back to Base Camp for lunch, then continue back to the Kegla guesthouse for the night, where you will enjoy a warm wash and another beautiful meal.
Day 5: 5th July Kegla - Tombil
After enjoying a great rest, the group after breatfast will board the transport and head back towards Kundiawa, then onto Tombil, where the group will have the opportunity to share with the partcipants of the building project.
After enjoying this achievement, there is much celebration from the locals and the Investa Trekkers on the project at the village. On this day we suggest trekkers take a walk into the village to see all that the village has to offer. You will visit the school and hospital (if desired) and there is the opportunity to give gifts to the students and/or the patients. A game of football can also be shared with the youth. In the evening a celebration meal is enjoyed with a traditional sing sing and dance.
Trekkers may also wish to get involved in the project as we work alongside the locals.
Day 6: 6th July Tombil
Today Mt Wilhelm Trekkers will have the opportunity to get involved in the building project, and explore the village.
Day 7: 7th July Tombil - POM
Rising early with an air of sadness (after breakfast), the group will bid farewell to the locals who have shared the last few days together. Pictures will be taken and and the group will board the transport and start to travel back to Mt Hargen for the afternoon flight back to POM. The group will stop for lunch and stop in Hargen for a short break before the flight.
In POM you will be transferred to the last nights accommodation at the Gateway Hotel. Trekkers enjoy nice shower and will meet for a final meal together.
Home Day: 8th July POM - International Flight Home (not Included)
This day trekkers are free to make the most of the hotels facilities before being transferred to the airport for the flight back to Australia.
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