Mount Aspiring course & ascent in New Zealand

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Reach the summit of Mount Aspiring (3033 m) on this 7-day adventure to one of the most beautiful mountains in the Southern Alps.

Southern Alps

7 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec

Fit

Intermediate


Description

I invite you to join me on this unique 7-day adventure to the Mount Aspiring (3033 m) summit, one of the most beautiful mountains in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. 

We’ll take advantage of the ascent to do a mountaineering course. You’ll be a competent mountaineer by the end of the week!

Mount Aspiring (3033 m) is a mountain in the Otago region of New Zealand, also known as the “Matterhorn of the South”. The Maori people of New Zealand also call it Tititea, which means “glittering peak”.

This mountain offers several high-quality climbing routes and different levels, from the North West Ridge to the South West Ridge. All of them take around 14 to 16 hours to complete.

The starting points to climb Mount Aspiring is either Bevan Col or Colin Todd Hut. A helicopter or ski-plane will take us there. This will allow us to save days of heavy load-carrying so we arrive fresh to the base. At the same time, we can concentrate on our climbing objective and take advantage of the good weather periods.

The summit of Mount Aspiring offers stunning views of deep glacial valleys on the west, as well as the Tasman Sea beyond. For further information regarding this trip, you can find the complete the itinerary below.

Please contact us to join us on this Mount Aspiring ascent. We will be happy to show you this amazing spot in New Zealand’s southern island.

Itinerary

Day 1: To Colin Todd Hut or Bevan Col

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.

Day 2 to 3: Mountaineering course

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: Acclimatization Day

Acclimatization day, ascend a smaller peak such as Mt Bevan or Rolling Pin.

This could also be a contingency day.

Day 5: Summit Day

Summit day, start 3am, and finish as late as 7pm – OR contingency day.

Day 6: To French Ridge Hut

Commence walk out, reaching French Ridge Hut or a bivvy site in the West Matukituki valley OR contingency day.

Day 7: Return

Complete walk out to road end, or fly out on back flight (weather permitting) to vehicle at the road end.

 

Details

Accommodation

Colin Todd Hut. Camping.

More info

-Aircraft access costs are included in the price. -You will get a manual as a gift: "Course manual - A Climbers Guide to New Zealand Mountaineering Techniques 2010", published by AC mountain guiding team. -Due to the nature of the terrain and duration of the walk out we often use the option of flying out on a back flight at the completion of the climb. This is an additional cost and we can advise you of the price estimate at the time of booking.

Meeting point

Ex Wanaka, New Zealand.

Photos


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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Prices per person

Group of 1

NZD 6650 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Helicopter drops as described

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner




 

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