Join the IMGA/NZMGA-certified AC mountain guiding team on an ascent to Mt Aspiring (3,033M)! It's ideal for experienced mountaineers who love treks in the snow!
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
Come join us in Mount Aspiring, New Zealand! Situated in the Southern Alps, this summit will allow you to reach high peaks of 3,033 meters and trek over glacial planes.
Mount Aspiring is alternatively known by the New Zealand Maori people as “Tititea,” meaning “glittering peak.” And with a guide ratio of 1:1, none of this extensive trek will pass without bustle, as we do many different activities over the course of 5 days.
To begin, there is an option to walk through the Aspiring Region in order to reach the Bonar Glacier, but this takes about 12-16 hours. Most of our mountaineers opt to take a helicopter over to our accommodation site in order to be physically rested for the glacial trek and the eventual ascent to the summit, therefore, the aviation flight is included in the trip price. Still, once the glacial trek is over, we retire to our accommodation at either Bevan Col or Colin Todd Hut, which is then to be used as a base for the remainder of the trip.
To reach the summit, there are many routes that we can traverse, and we make the selection based on the time of year and at the discretion of your level of technical skill, as the treks range in skill difficulty.
One of our mountaineering treks leads us by way of The Ramp, which ascends from the Bonar Glacier up the West Face of Mount Aspiring and intersects with the North West Ridge halfway to the summit. This route is typically taken until late December.
There is also the route option of the North West Ridge, which is seen as the least difficult in terms of climbing. This route follows the Northwest Face of Mount Aspiring all the way to the summit. We tend to take this rocky route from mid-to-late December onward.
And for the more technically-skilled mountaineers,we offer the route of The South West Ridge. This route takes us up the icy, steep arête of the Southwest Face of the Mountain. Mountaineers choosing this route will have needed previous mountaineering and ice climbing experience, and the decision whether or not to climb this route is generally made once we have arrived to the area.
Each of the routes above takes an average of 14-16 hours total, which is why the trip takes place over a period of 5 days and includes transportation, lodging and meals in the trip price. More still, Group gear such as ice tools are also provided on this trip for activities like snow climbing.
So, if you are a mountaineer who likes glaciers and “glitter,” this is the trip for you! And if you enjoy the snow, feel free to check out our other excursions ice climbing in Wye Creek, glacier trekking in Aspiring national park and skiing in the Southern Alps!
Meet up with your guide at our office (address listed below) in Wanaka, New Zealand at 9 a.m.. We then do a gear check and fly into the mountains in the early afternoon. There will then be a 2-hour trek across Bonar Glacier. From there, we will go to the Colin Todd Hut or camp in Bevan Col. should that be your preference.
We will use this day to acclimate to the high altitude by ascending the smaller peak of Mt Bevan and learning some acclimatization skills with your guide.
Wake up at 3 a.m. to make the summit and finish as late as 7 p.m. Alternatively, this could be a contingency day.
Begin exit from mountain range, reaching the French Ridge Hut or a bivvy site in the West Matukituki Valley. Or contingency day.
Complete trip and exit mountain range entirely by either walking all the way to the transportation vehicle back to Wanaka or by paying an optional fare to take a flight back to the transportation vehicle.
Bevan Col or Colin Todd Hut
All of our guides carry a cell/radio/satellite phone in order to maintain a channel of safety between our office and the Department of Conservation headquarters.
Our office, at 20 Brownston Street, Wanaka at 9 a.m.
We are a group of 46 certified mountain guides, guiding during the winter and summer, in New Zealand but also all around the world. Our organisation is affiliated to the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA), New
Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) and a corporate member of the American Alpine Club (AAC).
We perform to IFMGA/UIAGM standards and are world leaders in high altitude guiding.
We organise large expeditions, trekking and skiing trips. We also have a climbing school.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to have more information and details about our mountain guides organisation and the guiding trip we do.
Great trip to Gillespie Pass! The organisation was great, and in particular my guide Cameron was really professional and very well prepared, and we had a lot of fun on some spectacular hikes and chilling out afterwards at the excellent huts. An absolute highlight of my New Zealand trip!
Group of 1
|NZD 5413 Each|
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- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Flight to the start
- Transportation start and back
- Permit and entrance fees
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