6-day ascent to Mount Tutoko in the Darran Mountains, NZ

Join one of our IFMGA certified mountain guides in this wonderful 6-day ascent to Mount Tutoko (2723 m), the highest peak of the Darran Mountains range.




Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range

Darran Mountains

People per Guide

1 person

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Dominating the Darran Mountains, in New Zealand, there is an incredibly charming peak called Mount Tutoko. Located in Fiorland National Park, rises to a height of 2,723 m to embellish the view of the range.

    To take a closer look at it, I created a great 6-day program that starts with a flight to Ngapunatoru Plateau, where we will spend the night camping. On the following day, we will traverse through sharp and snowy slopes for several hours, to reach the Northwestern Ridge of Mount Tutoko.

    The summit day will include a lot of scrambling and taking rock steps, all leading to a final summit headwall with a crux of approximately AUS Grade 14/US 5.6. There, you will be able to admire the picture-perfect Tasman Sea and other fascinating peaks all across the Southern Alps.

    There is another plan, if conditions allow it. We can take the Southeast Ridge route instead, which takes two days of climbing. The most amazing part of this alternative: we could camp under a massive overhanging rock! This has a similar headwall with a crux of about AUS Grade 14/US 5.6.

    Whichever routes we decide to take, remember that they are technical. This trip is designed for those who have a strong climbing background and are physically prepared for the challenge.

    Don’t wait too long to book this unique 6-day ascent to this wonderful mountain in New Zealand.

    If you want another New Zealander challenge, don’t miss this 6-day ascent to Mount Tasman.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    6850 NZD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     The price also includes the Department of Conservation concession fees (37125-GUI),15% New Zealand Goods and Services Tax, as well as aircraft access and egress.


    • Day 1Meeting and climbing

      We will meet in Wanaka or Queenstown and check our gear. Then, we will drive to Milford Sound (4-5 hours) and will enjoy an afternoon walk or climb. We will overnight at Homer Hut.

    • Day 2Flight and acclimatization

      In the morning, we will fly into Ngapunatoru Plateau. We will acclimatize, consolidate skills or ascend a practice peak. We could alternatively move camp closer to the NW Ridge.

    • Day 3Traverse and camping

      We will traverse off the plateau and around to the base of the NW ridge. We will set camp and spend the night in tents.

    • Day 4Summit day of Mt Tutoko (2723 m)

      We will start early (3-4am) and climb up the ridge to the summit. At the end of the day, we will descend back to the tent camp.

    • Day 5Contingency day or alternative activity

      If we had bad weather on the previous days, we can use it to complete the climb of Mt Tutoko. Alternatively, we could practice rock climbing.

    • Day 6Flight out

      We will fly out from Ngapunatoru Plateau and head back to Wanaka/Queenstown via Te Anau.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required

    Extremely Fit

    Meeting point

    Wanaka or Queenstown, New Zealand.


    At Homer Hut and at a camping site.

    More info

    We guide Mt Tutoko on a 1:1 client: guide ratio due to its technical nature.


    The nature of the New Zealand mountains dictates that we utilize helicopters or ski-planes when accessing the backcountry. This saves days of heavy load-carrying and allows us to concentrate on the climbing objective whilst making the best use of fine weather days.


    About the Guide


    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.

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    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!
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