Mount Wilhelm

Mount Wilhelm
Photo by Rick Warnett, all rights reserved.

Mount Wilhelm is the highest mountain of Papua New Guinea. It is sometimes considered one of the "seven summits", the highest points on each of the seven continents, since the highest peak of Australia/Oceania is generally considered to be Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid), which is located on the western half of the island of New Guinea, which politically belongs to Indonesia, an Asian country.

Regardless of whether Mount Wilhelm is officially proclaimed to be one of the seven summits, it is a rugged mountain with an excellent trail leading to its summit. The ascent crosses diverse and beautiful terrain, with open grasslands on the slopes between 10,000 and 12,000 feet, and glaciers and granite predominant in the higher elevations.

Elevation (feet): 14,793
Elevation (meters): 4,509
Continent: Australia/Oceania
Country: Papua New Guinea
Latitude: -5.779966
Longitude: 145.029316
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Nearest major airport: Nadzab, Lae,, Papua New Guinea
Convenient Center: Goroka,, Papua New Guinea

Trip Reports

There are 22 trip reports for Mount Wilhelm.

  • Log #21396 - by Lori on Aug 25, 20083.00 stars
    I climbed Mt. Wilhelm with 10 of my friends. The hike to the cabin on the lake is challenging. My girlfriends and I hired bag carriers at K40 per carrier, K20 for the trip up and K20 for the trip...
  • Log #13902 - by Dave Stanford on Aug 13, 20043.00 stars
    These are my experiences of Mount Wilhelm taken from the book I am presently writing. 1967. With the Department of Lands, Surveys and Mines. There was a major push on to complete a...
  • Log #13903 - by Jeremy Dunlop on Aug 11, 20043.00 stars
    Read the story of my ascent here
  • Log #13904 - by David Mugford on Aug 05, 20043.00 stars
    Great experience, no pictorial memories though as my #@!? camera wound over itself, the whole trip.
  • Log #13905 - by A .B. Paterson on May 13, 20043.00 stars
    On the 22nd may 1944 an fa-7[liberator]no.73052 struck the peak of mt. Wilhelm,in the early hours of the morning...myself,Bill Taylor and Bob Brown[dec]were manning a spotting station at 8500ft at...
  • Log #13906 - by charlee Griffiths on Sep 13, 20033.00 stars
    Iwas medical superintendent at Kundiawa Hospital for three years would make regular trips to the summit.
  • Log #13907 - by Tilmann Mueller-Wolff on Aug 28, 20033.00 stars
    Me and my brother climbed this mountain back in 1986. We didn't have any real trecking clothes or shoes. We hired a guide in the village, up to the lake. Tere he left us alone.
  • Log #13908 - by ciorgio stojnic on Aug 08, 20033.00 stars
    excelent.congratulations.your photos and information are symply spectacular.ihave never summited a peak but looking at these fhotos a fell as i summited all of them.
  • Log #13909 - by Michael Earley on Apr 27, 20033.00 stars
    The first time I climbed it was with a group that kept stopping every half an hour or so to rest, because they were working themselves too hard. I ended up getting altitude sickness because (I think)...
  • Log #13910 - by Vaughan Pratt on Nov 29, 20023.00 stars
    The day after our pig-roast wedding feast on a hill overlooking Goroka on ground-hog day 1969, my wife, mother, and parents-in-law flew from Goroka via Chimbu to Keglsugl to see how far up Mt....
  • Log #13912 - by Nancy Staus on June 10, 20023.00 stars
    We started from the huts at 2:30am in complete darkness and summited at 7:45am. The view was incredible although there were clouds at the coast and we couldn't actually see Madang or Lae. Saw a pair...
  • Log #13913 - by John Bursa on June 09, 20023.00 stars
    Organised by Lae Adventurers Group. Unfortunate the weather was not in our favour, no visibility at all. Great walk and experience, the lakes are just beautiful, and refreshing to say the least...
  • Log #13915 - by Dirk Werner-Lutrop on June 09, 20023.00 stars
    This was a tough one. Actually going down was even harder. We (3 guys, 1 girl in our 30s) carefully planned the trip with making sure we acclimatise properly before doing the final assault on the...
  • Log #13917 - by James Blowers on Feb 11, 20023.00 stars
    I was only 15 or 16 at the time. It was spectacular. The valley of the Planet of the Apes was awesome. It was clear at the top, could see forever! Slid down in the mud.
  • Log #13918 - by Dennis Arguelles on Sep 04, 20013.00 stars
    PNG is a beautiful and exciting country and summiting Mt. Wilhelm is a must for anyone traveling through the highlands. Betty's trout farm and lodge at the base is a great place to stay, but those on...
  • Log #19224 - by Daniel A. Kyba on Nov 14, 20063.00 stars
    I climbed this peak several times cs 1976-1977. Would fly in on Friday evemning from Hagen to Keglsugl, borrow the key to the research hut, then walk up arriving in the dark; a quick snooze then up...
  • Log #19448 - by David Blowers on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    We made our first climb the day Chris went missing. Also you can find the names of the crew of the US aircraft that crashed at the site. Both climbs were memorable.
  • Log #20604 - by John Christiana on Jan 16, 20073.00 stars
    First of all, this trip was awesome, and we met so many friendly locals on the muddy dirt road up to Betty's Lodge. This is actually one of the 7 summits, as it is the highest mountain on the...
  • Log #20349 - by Jon Davis on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    1st trip with father (Ben Davis, Lutheran missionary), mother, and 7-yr old brother. I was 8. 2nd was with Dad, brother, uncle (short term teacher), and uncle's buddies. I was 10 and home from...
  • Log #21192 - by David Blowers on Feb 17, 20083.00 stars
    I climbed with two brothers and my son and three of his cousins. Perfect climbing weather. I took a couple of hours longer to get to the summit than when I last climbed it in the 70's. My father,...
  • Log #21845 - by michaelweare on Dec 30, 20093.00 stars
    Climbed Mt Wilhelm over three (3) days in early December 2009 with my buddy Karl Turnbull. Stayed at Camp Jehovah Jirah (Kegsugl) at 2800m which has only been open a year or so. Martin (owner)...
  • Log #21981 - by Prof Farnsworth on May 31, 20103.00 stars
    Fantastic climb more for the walk in and the journey up than the climb itself. Fly to Mt Hagan and then 7 hours in the back of a pick up on the worst roads does nothing for the bum.... Go via...