To all adventurers:
Should you be perplexed as to which guide service to use on your trip to Carstensz in Indonesia then this may help you decide.
I climbed with Adventure Indonesia and was extremely happy in all aspects of the service. I have been on 14 expeditions including several Himalayan, Andes and European. I normally use one of two well known western guides services. I do very thorough research on each mountain and possible guide service for each particular mountain.
I chose Adventure Indonesia above the western services for the following reasons:
First, they are local and speak the native language and know the local customs. When you trek through Papua you will encounter many different tribes. Between the guides and local porters we had at least one person that could speak the tribal language and were aware of the particular customs. This proved invaluable to us on more than one occation.In addition these porters have made the trek many times and knew the route and alternative routes if the weather became a factor which it did.
Secondly the food was excellent, abundant and the guides were happy to adjust as our request were made from time to time.
Third, the guide and porters would allow you to trek at your own pace but never out of sight. We had different skill levels which resulted in our group getting spread out on most legs with hours between the fastest and slowest members. This was great for all and made for a more cohesive team.
Fourth , From our arrival to our departure Adventure Indonesia was there to ensure we were greated,checked in, had the proper gear and at the end of the climb accommodated all of us as we all had different agendas over the remaining days.
This was a very enjoyable experience with very professional support and attention to details that made our many demands be realized with no inconvenience to us.
Thank you once again!