Summiting: Puncak Jaya, Papua New Guinea
If you are looking to add one of the seven summits to your resume, why not start with the one that sits on an island nation? As the highest summit of the Oceanic region, Puncak Jaya regularly hosts climbers from across the globe. The actual summit climb is not that tough; it's the multi-day approach through the jungle that will test you.
"I have been climbing for years and this has to be the most remote, but beautiful climb I have ever done," says Jim Walkley of Path to Everest. "You are literally hiking through jungle populated by Stone Age tribes."
You will experience torrential rains, innumerous river crossings, all forms of insects, and impenetrable jungle as you climb to your ultimate goal Puncak Jaya or the Carstensz Pyramid. The actual summit climb from base camp takes one day to top out at 16,024 feet. This is a remote adventure and you will require professional guides to ensure your safety. Rainier Mountaineering Inc. has been taking climbers to the summit for years.