JAYAPURA - About 80 mountaineers plan to scale Mount Carstensz in Papua's Puncak District, Papua, up to its peak to clear it of garbage left by previous climbers, a local official said.
The climb is part of a 'Clean up and Survey Expedition Base Camp Carstensz Pyramid' program, Papua governor's special staff member, Ronald Tapilatu, told reporters here Friday (Oct. 16), adding that the activity would take place October 22 through 24, 2009.
During their stay on Carstensz's peak, the climbers including eleven from Austria, Switzerland and Germany, would clean up the area.
"From the information we got, pieces of garbage left by previous climbers are scattered around, so now the group is going to clean up the peak," said Ronald.
He said, Carstensz's peak is one of The Seven Summits and is still covered by snow till now, although it lies in a tropical region.
Besides cleaning up, the climbers would also do other things considering that in the future, Carstensz will be one Papua's tourism destinations.
"Every year, around 200 to 300 climbers from overseas scale Carstensz. But the peak still lacks adequate facilities. Therefore, climbers must use their own facilities," Ronald explained.
He said besides professional climbers, the activity was also being participated in by dozens of journalists.