Trip Planner: South Pacific / Papua New Guinea / Highlands Region / Mount Hagen / Mount Wilhelm
Stand at the top of the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea, Mount Wilhelm. Recommended only for fit trekkers, this hike to this peak crosses grassland, rainforest, alpine trees, and granite outcroppings. While ropes and high-altitude gear is not required, the climb is still taxing. During the best months to climb, from May to November, be prepared for hot days and cold nights. Some accommodation is offered along the way, and locals recommend that tourists stay overnight to adjust to the elevation change. Climbing the mountain too quickly often causes illness for visitors. Put Mount Wilhelm into our Mount Hagen holiday planning tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Mount Hagen.
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Mt Wilhelm is the highest mountain and the best place on earth. Its truly heaven on earth. you will be surprised to see the landscape you did not expect to see and experience the temperature you did..... more
Mt Wilhelm is the highest mountain and the best place on earth. Its truly heaven on earth. you will be surprised to see the landscape you did not expect to see and experience the temperature you did..... more »
I stayed at Betty's Lodge (2,800 meters at the base of the mountain). Betty was extremely hospitable and her lodge offers warm beds, a fire place, and fantastic meals with fresh vegetables and trout.... more
I stayed at Betty's Lodge (2,800 meters at the base of the mountain). Betty was extremely hospitable and her lodge offers warm beds, a fire place, and fantastic meals with fresh vegetables and trout.... more »
A beautiful hike. Take your time because of the altitude. And please bring all your plastic trash down off the mountain. Go climb one of Oceania's highest mountains at 4509m.
Pretty difficult climbing. Mount Wilhelm is in the equator, meaning there's no snow but mud and ice. It is highly recommended to climb with a local guide- they mostly know when is best to climb to you don't get stuck in the ice, and more importantly they know the misleading way to the summit. Meeting a guide is easy in Denglagu- the closet village. The first day- better walking around morning, last around 6 hours getting to the cabin by the lakes. The cabin is pretty empty- not even a mattress. This point is high enough so the water are almost frosen and there's always tiny drops of rain (as high as a cloud). The second day- better start walking around 1-2am so you'll reach the summit by sunrise. It is almost impossible seeing the path, and very easy to lose it once you reach the rocks. The rocks are the most dangerous part in the mountain, they might be icey and slippery, and more importantly they aren't marked so without your guide you wouldn't know the way. It takes around 4-5 hours reaching the summit from the lakes. The summit is marked with a big metal structure and the view from there is magnificent. If you reached the summit before 8am the weather is actually very nice! Sunny and warm. Going down is very hard and dangerous- be careful! Rocks and mud are everywhere and falling is very easy.
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