trip duration TRIP DURATION
6 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Southern Alps
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
1 person
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period BEST PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP


At 3724 m, Mount Cook (also called Aoraki in Maori language) is the highest mountain in New Zealand. 

It’s a massive peak with five sides, six faces and seven main ridges.

This is a challenging climbing, as there’s no easy route to the top and it involves ascending on ice, snow and rock surfaces. However, reaching the summit will make you feel satisfaction and a deep sense of achievement.

In fact, due to the complicated terrain, I decide to organice expeditions for just one climber at a time.

The starting point of this trip will be the city of Wanaka, from where we’ll go to Mount Cook Village. Once there, we’ll take a flight to get to Plateau Hut. 

Although it’s possible to walk there (it takes from 12 to 16 hours), I recommend flying because we can save the time of the usual recovery day. That way, we can spend more time actually climbing in the high mountains.

Besides, we can take advantage of the fine weather ‘windows’, a typical feature of the maritime climate of New Zealand. It’s worth mentioning that the trip’s price includes the access flight.

If you are interested in this great adventure, please get in touch with me. You can also check other of my trips in New Zealand mountains, like climbing Tititea / Mount Aspirin.


Day 1

Wanaka - Mount Cook - Plateau Hut

Meet your guide in Mount Cook Village or in Wanaka for the drive to Mount Cook.

Check gear and fly into the mountains to Plateau Hut in the early afternoon.

Day 2

Acclimatization day

To consolidate our skills we might ascend a practice peak such as Mount Dixon.

Day 3

Summit day.

We start at 1 AM, and finish around 7 PM. Or we climb part of the route and then bivvy out overnight.

Day 4

Extra day

Second day of climb, rest day, contingency day (or optional flight out on back flight to Mount Cook Airport at extra cost).

Day 5

Extra day

Weather contingency day. Or we start to walk out. We can take an optional flight out on back flight to Mount Cook Airport at extra cost.

Day 6

Extra day

Weather contingency day, second day of walk out or alternative activity (such as rock climbing).

Price per person

1 Person 6300NZD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Permit and entrance fees

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Ex Wanaka, New Zealand.


- Plateau Hut

More info

- We'll give you a climbing manual as a gift: "A Climbers Guide to New Zealand Mountaineering Techniques 2010", published by Adventure Consultants.
- The price includes the concession fees for the Department of Conservation (37125-GUI) and 15% of New Zealand Goods and Services Tax.