Puncak Jaya, the Jayawijaya Mountain range and the grasberg

copper mine,





Location:The Jayawijaya mountain range, West-Papua.

Photos: 18 available online, more available in archive.



Jayawijaya mountains

Jayawijaja comprises a western portion of the Maoke Mountains. Puncak Jaya (4,884 m), is located here, as well as the large Grasberg copper and gold mine.


Puncak Jaya

Puncak Jaya or Carstensz peak, is the tallest peak in Oceania, and the highest point between Himalaya and the Andes. The peak of Puncak Jaya is 4884 meters above sealevel and its considered one of the seven summits. Puncak Jaya was named "Carstensz Pyramid" after Dutch explorer Jan Carstenszoon who first sighted the glaciers on the peak of the mountain on a rare clear day in 1623. Today the name Puncak Jaya seem to be more used.


Grasberg mine

The grasberg open pit mine is located near the peak of Puncak Jaya, it is the largest gold mine and the third largest copper mine in the world. The rim of the open pit is at about 4,270 metres.





 Puncak Jaya Glacier. (November 2004)


 Puncak Jaya Glacier. (November 2004)


Puncak Jaya glacier (August 2004)


The road from Timika to the mining town Tembagapura. (September 2007)


View over the grasberg open pit mine(January 2007)


Grasberg. A wide angle view show the scale of the operations. (January 2007)


Grasberg.(January 2007)


Plateau near Puncak Jaya. (November 2004)


(November 2004)


(January 2006)


(January 2010)


(January 2010)


Lake Habema, located west of Baliem Valley. (August 2010)


Lake Habema. (August 2010)


Airstrip north of Puncak jaya, im not sure of which one it is. (August 2010)


Airstrip, west of Baliem Valley. (February 2007)


Airstrip, west of Baliem Valley. (February 2007)






Řystein Lund Andersen © 2012

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