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Mount Aspiring

Mount Aspiring Climb in New Zealand (5 days)

Join Tim, a certified mountain guide, on an unforgettable 5-day Mount Aspiring climb in New Zealand. Put your mountain climbing skills to test and discover this breathtaking peak at the junction of the Bonar, Volta and Therma glaciers.




5 Days


Jan - Apr, Nov, Dec






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  • Discover the stunning Mount Aspiring in New Zealand.
  • Put your mountaineering skills to test on a challenging and rewarding climb.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the beautiful surrounding landscapes.


Would you like to explore one of the best mountains to climb in New Zealand? Then join me on this unforgettable 5-day Mount Aspiring mountaineering program.

Mount Aspiring, also named Tititea, which means Glistening Peak in Māori, is located in the southwest of New Zealand, just 30km away from the great Lake Wanaka. It boasts an altitude of 3,033 m (9,951 ft) and is the highest mountain in New Zealand outside of the Aoraki/Mount Cook region.

Climbing this mountain requires technical climbing skills that vary according to the season. Route options include the NW Ridge Ramp (spring), the NW Ridge (summer), and the SW Ridge, which is the most challenging of the three.

Depending on the route and season we choose, skills you will need to climb this mountain include ice climbing, mixed, and multi-pitch rock climbing, belaying, rappelling, glacier travel, and cramponing. Additionally, access from the French Ridge Hut to the Quarterdeck can be challenging. It is also easy to get lost, which is why going with a certified guide is paramount.

The actual Mount Aspiring climb takes between 8-12 hours. However, on this program, we will also enjoy a training climb on Rolling Pin. Furthermore, depending on how we plan our itinerary, we might walk or fly out of the mountain. You can find a tentative itinerary below.

So, are you ready to discover one of the best mountain climbing spots in New Zealand? Then contact me about this amazing Mount Aspiring climb and let’s start planning an unforgettable adventure together!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Local flights

- Transport during the trip

- Rope

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

Transport from Wanaka by car and flights into the mountains are included in the trip. Group equipment such as ropes, rack, cooking equipment are also included. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten- or lactose-free diets can easily be accommodated at no extra charge. NOT INCLUDED: Flight out, accommodation costs when not in mountain huts.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Colin Todd Hut

Meet in Wanaka, do equipment checks then helicopter flight into Bevan Col. Stay at Colin Todd hut.

Day 2: Rollin Pin

Training climb on the Rolling Pin or Summit Day.

Day 3: Possible summit day

Weather or Summit.

Day 4: French Ridge

Walkout to French Ridge or Aspiring Hut.  Summit day if flying out.

Day 5: Wanaka

Fly out or continue walking out to Wanaka.

Equipment you will need to bring

Boots – La Sportiva – checkout the ‘Nepal’ range for the ‘Evo’ or ‘Cube’, or the Trango series for late summer. Scarpa Mont Blanc or Triolet series, Millet Brenva Evo, and Mammut also have suitable products. La Sportiva Karakoram’s or similar are lighter and may be sufficient for mid to late summer ascents. (Please speak to me about your situation) Plastic boots aren’t necessary but are adequate (especially if you own a pair already) for early season or mid winter climbs – I will be climbing in leather boots with standard gaiters. Approach shoes – Something that will allow you to float up the valley. This can be an old set of runners, trail shoe or light weight trekking boot. 2-3 Pairs of socks and/ or liner socks if that makes your boots fit and your feet protest less. Climbing pants – Lightweight. These pants are great for the walk in when it can be rather hot. You can use these for the climb, upgrading the insulation by wearing thermals underneath (see below) Fleece pants and Merino, Polypro or capilene thermals/ long johns – some climbs will warrant either or both of these depending on the weather and altitude. Storm Pants – Gore Tex or E-Vent style with full-length zips. Long sleeve tops – At least 2 of the following combinations. Merino or Fleece or Polypro (eg 1 x 100 weight, 1 x 200 weight). Preferably with a high zip collar. Fleece Jacket or Windstopper style soft shell. Lighter gauge rather than thick and heavy Parka/ Storm Jacket – Gore Tex or E-Vent style climbing jacket. Down Jacket – with or without hood. Can be a lightweight PrimaLoft, but a full on Goose down jacket is better, mainly for use at camp, over your sleeping bag or as a belay jacket while climbing. Situation dependent, so please speak to me. Climbing Gloves – 1 X Fingered polypropylene and 1 X Mittens. can be lightweight polypro and dachstein woollen mitts. You can invest in a dedicated leather climbing glove for rope work or try a decent pair of all leather gardening gloves with the polypro gloves inside. Waterproof Over Mitts – so that’s 3 sets of gloves in total. Don’t lose those digits. Sun Hat – Baseball or Legionnaires Neck Gaiter – Cheese cloth or Buff (one costs $1, the other costs $40). Could also be a balaclava. Wool/ Fleece/ Windstopper hat that fits under your helmet Gaiters– standard alpine gaiter Technical Gear Crampons – Black Diamond Sabre tooth or G12 (not G10’s). I rate the fit of the plastic toe bail well above the metal one. Make sure your crampons fit nicely to your boots. For more technical trips vertical front points (BD Cyborg or Grivel G14) are more aggressive and stick into steep ice better. Harness and belay device – Can be the BD Alpine Bod harness, or similar. If you already have a rock climbing harness that’s fine too. The Alpine Bod style harness is light and easy to get in and out of with crampons on. Important for toilet stops. If you don’t already own a belay device get the Petzl Reverso4. Locking carabiners – X 5 (Two large pear shaped and 3 small D shaped) Snaplock carabiners – X 2 Ice Axe and hammer – BD Venom style, Grivel Air tech evolution or Matrix, Petzl Summit axe / Quark Hammer. Prusiks – 6mm nylon cord (must be rated rope) 2 medium length (navel to chin when tied) and one long (toe to navel when tied) Helmet – one that your headlamp attaches to easily e.g. BD Half Dome Walking poles – Optional. Ice Screws – I recommend one BD turbo express 22cm. Snow stakes – You don’t need to purchase these. If you own one and want to bring it let me know Sewn slings – 90cm X 18mm or 120mm X 12mm (somewhere in that range) this is to construct a cows tail or safety line. You may substitute the sewn sling for a 3m length of dynamic UIAA rated (1) single climbing rope. Plus a 60cm x 12mm (to construct a runner with your snap gate carabiners) you can substitute with a quickdraw if you already own one. *Avalanche Transceiver, Shovel and Probe – Certain conditions, objectives or snowpack may warrant us carrying this equipment. Needing one means needing all three. Personal Camping Gear Expedition Pack minimum 55-65 litres (that allows you to fix your crampons and snow stakes to the outside) Sleeping Bag – Rated (2-3 seasons for high summer hut use, 3-4 seasons tenting or winter) *Sleeping Pads – Thermarest/ ExPed/ Ensolite. Bring your repair kits too. A cheap closed cell foam pad can give you extra comfort. *Tent – Please let me know if you have a suitable tent that you want to test out, otherwise leave it at home. Miscellaneous Personal Gear Water Bottles – 2 x 1litre Nalgene style bottles. Buy or make an insulating pouch to allow you to keep hot water hot and stop liquids from freezing. Camelbak or Platypus hoses freeze quickly and are not ideal. *Cup, Bowl, Spoon and knife – Camp life will be just fine without a fork. We will mostly eat foods that are chopped finely, easy to chew and digest. Watch – Preferably with alarm and Altimeter Ear Plugs – Oink, snore and wind proof Camera, memory cards and batteries. Headlamp – BD ReVolt style with spare batteries. Save us all and bring rechargeable. Sunglasses and Snow Goggles – BOTH please! With maximum UV protection. Julbo style glacier glasses with blinkers. Stuff Sacs/ dry bags – Don’t have to be the Sea to Summit style, but make sure they are sturdy if they are plastic. It’s amazing how much more organized your gear will be with different coloured bags. Zip lock bags – For your notebook, camera, maps, phone. Note pad and Pencil (Or iPhone) – For jotting down your memoirs. The best ideas are hatched in the hills. Hand Sanitizer and personal toiletries Pee bottle – This can be your Nalgene. The hardened mountain criminals have no problems cleaning them with boiling water, ready for oral use again. It makes a good story too. Personal Medications Blister Kit (compulsory) – Tape AND Moleskin or Second skin or Compede) I will be carrying a group first aid kit. Sun Cream – No tanning cream. Preferably 50+ SPF Lip Balm –Also with SPF 30 minimum, preferably 50+ SPF Chemical Hand warmers – For summit day 2×2 Simple Pain relief – Aspirin, Tylenol, Panadol Insect repellant (trip dependent)

About the guide: Tim

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Mountain Guide

I am originally from Tokoroa, New Zealand, but I'm now based in Interlaken, Switzerland. I started rock climbing at 19 years and moved on to alpine climbing two years later.

I began guiding in 2003 and am now a fully qualified IFMGA Climbing and Ski Guide. Apart from having extensive experience in New Zealand's Southern Alps, I also know the European Alps very well.

When guiding, I enjoy helping people achieve their dreams: whether it is climbing a summit or acquiring the skills to travel in the mountains. I like watching the dawn turn into a sunrise high on a summit when most people are still asleep and, when rock climbing, I enjoy unlocking a sequence that seemed impossible at first.

When not climbing, I like to ski long, steep, deep powder runs.


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What people are saying about Tim



Tim was a great guide.  I had an amazing time and experienced some great routes.  We packed in a lot of different styles of climbing for a single day trip, and Tim did a wonderful job of selecting routes that would challenge me while keeping them obtainable and exciting.  He also took time to provide training in areas I have been working on.  He covered lead climbing techniques as well as proper safety measures.  I highly recommend Tim as a guide, and hope there’s a chance to climb with him in the future.  I expect I’ll be returning to Interlaken and will plan for more days of climbing when I do.

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