Mount Wilhelm

Photo of Mount Wilhelm

Photo by Rick Warnett

Details

Elevation (feet): 14793
Elevation (meters): 4509
Continent: Australia/Oceania
Country: Papua New Guinea
Latitude: -5.779966
Longitude: 145.029316
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Nearest major airport: Nadzab, Lae,, Papua New Guinea
Convenient Center: Goroka,, Papua New Guinea

Description

Mount Wilhelm is the highest mountain of Papua New Guinea. It is sometimes considered one of the "seven summits", the highest points on each of the seven continents, since the highest peak of Australia/Oceania is generally considered to be Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid), which is located on the western half of the island of New Guinea, which politically belongs to Indonesia, an Asian country.

Regardless of whether Mount Wilhelm is officially proclaimed to be one of the seven summits, it is a rugged mountain with an excellent trail leading to its summit. The ascent crosses diverse and beautiful terrain, with open grasslands on the slopes between 10,000 and 12,000 feet, and glaciers and granite predominant in the higher elevations.

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