Summit Hike of Mt. Aspiring in Mount Aspiring National Park

Summit Hike of Mt. Aspiring in Mount Aspiring National Park

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Sporty
  • Duration: from 5 days to 6 days
  • Cancellation policy: 
    strict1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Accommodation transfers included, alternatively please meet at Lake Wanaka Tourism, 99 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Experience the guts and glory of an altitude climb on this summit hike to Mt. Aspiring (3,033m).

Travel to the ‘Matterhorn of the Southern Alps’ on this expedition in Mt. Aspiring National Park. A serious climb that will test your courage and commitment, Mt. Aspiring offers aspiring climbers the chance to test their mountain proficiency via two distinctive routes over 5 days – traversing the area’s infamous glaciated terrain and exposed couloirs.

Access
This activity is run and operated from Colin Todd Hut in Mt. Aspiring National Park. The standard North West Ridge route includes 1,220 vertical metres of climbing, travel across glaciated terrain and pitched climbing. South West Ridge via the Bonar Glacier includes an overnight bivouac.

Activity
Travelling to the horned peak of Mt. Aspiring includes all the risks and rewards of true alpine climbing. From scree escarpments to icy couloirs, there is no easy route to the top of this enigmatic peak, however, two routes are available based on your group size, experience and technical proficiency. This 5-day Mt Aspiring mountaineering expedition can be attempted by climbers with basic experience via the North West Ridge or the classic SW Ridge - a challenge for the more experienced alpinist.

The North West Ridge (NZ Alpine Grade: 2+):  The standard access to Mt. Aspiring takes 10 to 12 hours and includes glacier travel, pitched climbing and a 1,220-metre vertical ascent. The lower section of the mountain can be climbed either by pitched climbing up 40° snow or on mixed snow and rock. The upper part of the mountain involves moderate snow and ice up to the summit.

South West Ridge (NZ Alpine Grade: 3+):  The SW ridge is a challenging climb for more experienced alpinists on a strict 1:1 basis. Access on to the ridge is via the Bonar Glacier with an overnight bivouac and takes 12-14 hours. The South West Ridge runs into a steep couloir with an exposed multi-pitch climb 55-60° on snow and ice. Because of snow conditions, the route is often in best condition earlier in the season (before the end of December).

Accommodation & Catering
A fully-catered package, base camp is at Colin Todd Hut (1,800 metres) - an alpine serviced 10-bunk hut in Mt. Aspiring National Park. All cooking & camping equipment is provided as standard. Camping may sometimes be required due to the limited bed capacity at Colin Todd Hut. Alpine Guides will provide tents and other camping gear, if required.

Conditions
Mountaineering on Mt. Aspiring in the summer has a relatively low hazard rating. Suitable for participants with moderate/advanced alpine climbing skills, a high level of fitness and previous rock, ice and snow climbing experience is required

Egress
It is possible to fly out from Bevan Col, but the usual practice is to walk out. This can either be via the Bevan Col route (a very long days walk and climb over difficult terrain) or to the Quarter Deck Glacier and then down French Ridge to French Ridge Hut.

Offers

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Mount Aspiring - North West Ridge

The standard North West Ridge route makes a great option for 2 friends booking together. Available on a 1:1 or 1:2 guide/guest ratio, if you want to book as a party of 2 climbers, you must have climbed together before and share a similar ability level.

Objectives

- Sort gear and fly to Colin Todd Hut
- Work around changing weather and snow conditions
- Attempt a 'training' peak (if required)
- Attempt Aspiring summit
- Fly or walk out

Itinerary

Unless otherwise arranged, the Expedition will start at 08:30 in Wanaka, and finish at 17:00 on the last day of your trip. A morning start makes most effective use of time, allowing you to fly into the mountains by lunch time.

Activity requirements

- At least 5 days crampon experience, including 30º to 35º snow/ice
- Competence on rock - seconding to AU 14 or US 5.7
- Confidence scrambling with exposure
- Ascents of 2 or 3 significant peaks involving some exposure (NZ Alpine 1+ to 2+)
- High level of aerobic fitness - able to carry an 8 kg backpack 1,000 vertical metres in 3 hours.

Special terms

Your guides appraisal of your competence and route conditions will determine whether the climb can be attempted, or an alternative ascent considered.

Do not forget to bring
  • Full Kit List on Booking
Sensation Level:Adventurous
Fitness level:Sporty
Duration:6 days
Minimum Age:minimum 18 y/o
Meeting point:
Accommodation transfers included, alternatively please meet at Lake Wanaka Tourism, 99 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Included:
  • Alpine Guides Technical Manual
  • All meals
  • Hut fees
  • National Park fees
  • Local transport
  • Technical Equipment
  • Local Accommodation
  • Aircraft Access
Excluded:
  • Cost of flight out of mountains ($ 250 - 500 NZD)
2
Mount Aspiring - South West Ridge

The classic SW Ridge offers a challenge for the more experienced alpinist. The highest peak in the region, rising 2,500 metres from the Matukituki Valley floor, a bivouac is normally required the night before the climb on the exposed glacier. Due to the more technically-demanding route, the guiding ratio is at a strict 1:1 guide/guest.

Objectives

- Sort gear and fly to Colin Todd Hut
- Work around changing weather and snow conditions
- Attempt a 'training' peak (if required)
- Attempt Aspiring summit
- Fly or walk out

Itinerary

Unless otherwise arranged, the Expedition will start at 08:30 in Wanaka, and finish at 17:00 on the last day of your trip. A morning start makes most effective use of time, allowing you to fly into the mountains by lunch time.

Activity requirements

- At least 10 days on crampons within the past 2 years
- Experience climbing with 2 tools on 45º to 50º snow and ice
- Experience of several 16-20 hour days on alpine ascents (NZ Alpine 1+ to 3)
- Competence on rock - seconding to Australian 16, or US 5.8
- High level of aerobic fitness - able to carry an 8 kg backpack 1,000 vertical metres in 2.5 hours

Special terms

Your guides appraisal of your competence and route conditions will determine whether the climb can be attempted, or an alternative ascent considered.

Do not forget to bring
  • Full Kit List on Booking
Sensation Level:Adventurous
Fitness level:Sporty
Duration:5 days
Minimum Age:minimum 18 y/o
Meeting point:
Accommodation transfers included, alternatively please meet at Lake Wanaka Tourism, 99 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Included:
  • Alpine Guides Technical Manual
  • All meals
  • Hut fees
  • National Park fees
  • Local transport
  • Technical Equipment
  • Local Accommodation
  • Aircraft Access
Excluded:
  • Cost of flight out of mountains ($ 250 - 500 NZD)

Meeting point

Accommodation transfers included, alternatively please meet at Lake Wanaka Tourism, 99 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand Get directions
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