Date Saturday 4 August. PX184 POM- HGU dep 15.10 arr. 1705 Sunday 5 August
Location and activity Port Moresby: Meet at AirNuigini domestic at 1.30pm for flight to Mt Hagen via Lae
Mt Hagen area. Volcanic lahars, highlands agriculture, Kuk archaeological site
Accommodation Highlander Hotel, Mt Hagen (675) 542 1355 Highlander Hotel
Monday 6 August
Tuesday 7 August
Wednesday 8 August
Travel by road to Keglsugl through Wahgi
Valley the upper Simbu. agriculture, karst landscapes
Climb to Mt Wilhelm glacial lakes Mt Wilhelm glacial features and vegetation history
Mt Wilhelm Descend in the afternoon
Hostel at (8000ft, 2400m)
Hostel at Keglsugl
Thursday 9 August
Drive via Daulo Pass to Goroka. Highlands caves
Bird of Paradise hotel, Goroka 675 731 3100
Friday 10 August PX961, PX856 GKA10.45 Arr 13.30
Fly to Popondetta. 1956 volcanic eruption and pyroclastic flow, Mt Lamington.
Lamington Popondetta 675 329 7222
Saturday 11August PX 857 Dep 13.50 Arr 14.25
Visit Oro Bay. Popondetta to Port Moresby. Holocene lakes and savannah.
Lamana Hotel, Moresby 675 323 2333
Sunday 12 August
Port Moresby- Cairns or other destination
Morning tour for those departing in afternoon
We will mostly be in the highlands (1600-2000m) with pleasant days and possible afternoon rain and cool nights. In the lowlands Popondetta and Port Moresby can be hot (30°C) and sunny.
Travelling to Mt Wilhelm. The drive to Mt Wilhelm is spectacular but also arduous and unpredictable, lasting at least 5hr from Mt Hagen. The road is rough and narrow so we will need to be prepared for some delays (sometimes the road is washed away). Once we have reached Kegusugl, the village at the base of Mt Wilhelm, we will arrange local accommodation for our stay. You will need your own sleeping bag and mat for this. Camping in tents here is not recommended.
Climbing Mt Wilhelm. Climbing Mt Wilhelm is the highlight for many travellers coming to PNG. If we are lucky and the day is clear we will be able to see the northern coastline of New Guinea from the summit. If we do not reach the summit there is still some fantastic glacial landscapes in the alpine region. We will organise guides to help us up the mountain and there are 2 huts (one a former ANU fieldstation) at 3500m asl that we can use to stay overnight.. There are 2 options for our stay in the area. (1) is to spend the day walking between Kegusugl and Lake Pindaunde viewing forest to alpine transition and glacial features on the way, returning the next day. This is not very difficult and is recommended. (2) On Wednesday some of us will attempt to reach the summit (4509m asl), which is a hard 7hr walk (up and then back to Keglsugl) requiring an early morning start (from Lake Pindaunde hut at ~4am) to reach the summit ridge by early morning to have a chance of getting a view. The climb to the summit is not technically difficult but should only be attempted by those who are fit and able to cope with the effects of high altitude and quite cold temperatures. Those who stay at the huts can climb a shorter route to Imbuka Ridge for a view to the north.