Mount Aspiring Climb
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A mountaineering course and classic alpine climb on New Zealand's most beautiful mountain
Mt Aspiring is a magestic, soaring peak and a challenging climb. Known to the indigenous people of New Zealand – the Maori, as Tititea, ‘the glistening one’, Mt Aspiring exemplifies much of what a real ‘classic’ mountain represents. From some aspects it has formidable sheer faces and from others it has fine graceful lines that culminate in it's sharply defined summit. In short – Mt Aspiring inspire the urge to strap on those crampons and climb! With a 1:1 guide ration, this trip will provide a mountaineering experience where your partner looks after the detail and leaves you to concentrate on the climbing. The descent and walk out option provides an amazing transition from the snow and ice of the Bonar glacier, through the high alpine tussocks and the beech forests of the valley below.
- Meet and Greet your professional NZMGA qualified guide in Wanaka
- Experience the adrenaline rush of the helicopter ride from road end to mountain side
- Revel in the views from the summit with endless glaciers and snowfields stretching from coast to coast
- Enjoy the company of fellow climbers and the shelter of a small mountain hut perched high on Aspiring’s NW ridge
- Brush up on your climbing techniques as part of a warm up ascents on some of the smaller peaks nearby over the next two days
- Attempt summit of Mount Aspiring - all 3027m!
- Wind down from your high as you move back down the valley enjoying the transition from snow to tussock to beech forest. Mountaineering Instruction with qualified guides
Day 1 Meet and briefing in Wanaka, fly to Southern Alps
Meet your guide in Wanaka, check gear, drive to the road end and fly into the mountains in the early afternoon. A two hour walk across the Bonar Glacier takes us to Colin Todd hut. Alternatively we may opt to camp in our tent camp on Bevan Col.
Days 2-3 Training in Alpine techniques while on the mountains
Your guide will take you through several skills sessions including basic snowcraft and cramponing skills, crevasse rescue, climbing alpine rock and ascending steep snow and ice.
Day 4 Mountaineering
Acclimatisation day, ascend a smaller peak such as Mt Bevan or Rolling Pin.
Day 5 Summit day OR contingency day
Summit day, start 3am, and finish as late as 7pm - OR contingency day.
Day 6 Mountaineering
Commence walk out, reaching French Ridge hut or a bivvy site in the West Matukituki valley OR contingency day.
Day 7 Walk out/fly back, finishing in Wanaka
Complete walk out to road end, or fly out on back flight (weather permitting) to vehicle at the road end.
- Guide Fees and hut fees
- All meals and snack foods whilst on the trip
- Group equipment such as ropes, tents and stoves
- Group technical equipment
- Course manual (A Climber’s Guide to NZ Mountaineering Techniques, by Guy Cotter and Mark Sedon)
- A NZMGA/IFMGA qualified mountain guide
- Department of Conservation fees
- ground transport ex Wanaka
- NZ Goods & Services Tax (GST)
- 7 day trip
- 7 days trekking & mountaineering
- 6 nights camping
Group Size Min
Group Size Max
Specialist gear is required on this trip (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).
What You Carry
You will need a quality expedition size backpack for your luggage. You may also carry a separate bag for your gear for in towns. This can be safely stored at the Adventure Consultants office while you are in the mountains. During the climbing parts of the trip you will have to carry your own pack with all of your personal gear, clothing and climbing gear.