Mountaineering

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Southern Alps Guiding Aoraki Mt Cook is located among some of the most spectacular alpine terrain in the world. We are based in the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and offer personalised service. We cater for any adventure you wish to pursue.

Low Guide-to-Client ratios on courses and guided ascents ensure that your safety, enjoyment and expectations are fulfilled. Climbing and ski mountaineering with a guide is the safest and most informative way to extend your climbing and skiing abilities...whether you are contemplating a trans-alpine crossing, ascending the highest peaks, ski touring the glaciers or climbing technically demanding routes.


 


Private Alpine Instruction

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most qualified and instructors on our Private Instruction Course program.

Private Instruction Courses give you the option to create your own itinerary and content. Whether you aspire to further your skill base through a course in a specific discipline (such as ice climbing) or you require individual attention from your guide to develop skills at your own pace, the Private Instruction Courses are the best option.

Contact us to discuss your aspirations and schedule and we will work with you to design an appropriate and stimulating course format. These courses are best suited to groups of two or more.


Pricing Table

Climber on a large mountain side.

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars, and priced per person.

  4 Days 6 Days 8 Days
2 People $ $ $
3 People $ $ $
4 People $ $ $

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These prices include guide fee, food, huts, DOC permit fees and GST. Aircraft access is NOT required on 4 day trips to Sefton Bivy. Skiplane access is included on the 6 and 8 day trips only.

We can put together longer courses if required and prices can be given on application.


Mountain Guiding & Classic Ascents

 We offer one day or multi day climbs from the Aoraki Mt Cook village utilising skiplanes and helicopters. High peaks can be climbed to suit your time schedule and budget.

Trips on Offer

  • Mount Elie De Beaumont 3109 metres
  • Mount Hochstettor Dome 2810 metres & Mount Aylmer 2700 metres
  • Mount Sealy 2600 metres
  • Mount Dixon 3004 metres

There are many more notable peaks that can be climbed in the National Park.

 

 

 

NB. Clients must be fit and have some previous mountaineering experience.

 

Contact us to enquire about our classic ski mountaineering trips on the glaciers at Aoraki Mount Cook.

 

Aoraki Mount Cook

The most popular and standard route on Mt Cook is the Linda Glacier route / North East arete. This trip leaves from the Plateau Hut area and follows the Linda Glacier, Linda shelf and then onto the North East arete via the summit rocks to the summit. This trips starts with a ski plane or helicopter flight to the Plateau hut area on the eastern flanks of Aoraki Mt Cook. Price on application for 6 days. This includes mountain guide fee, food and fuel, hut fees, DOC permit fees and 12.5% GST.Helicopter or skiplane aircraft access is included. The ratio is 1:1. Aircraft eggress out can be arranged at extra cost.

NB. Clients must be fit and must have previous mountaineering experience. The trip will only be done if conditions are good at the time.

Mount Tasman

At 3497 metres Mt Tasman is the second highest peak in the country and in many ways the technical and aesthetic equal of Aoraki. It benefits from a longer duration of the season during which conditions are at the optimal for a successful ascent. Where conditions can forbid attempts of Aoraki/Mt Cook sometimes from the latter parts of January on, Mt Tasman will often still be in very good condition through to late March (especially from the Western side, or the North ridge) The timeframe and costs differ from the above rates and you can expect the personal commitment and length of the summit day to be very similar to Aoraki/Mt Cook. This is a mighty mountain.

Price is available on application, for 6 days. Includes guide fee, hut fees, food during the trip, Cessna Skiplane access, GST and DOC permit fees.

Other truly classic climbs also include Mount Aspiring, Malte Brun and other classic 3000m peaks. Arrangements can be made to make ascents on other spectacular peaks or combinations as you wish. It's your trip, let us know what you'd like to do. Mount Aspiring or Malte Brun are guided climbs that can be guided on a 1:2 ratio. Prices on application.


Department of Conservation Approved  

Registration Form

SOUTHERN ALPS GUIDING - MOUNTAIN AND SKI GUIDES REGISTRATION FORM

Given Names:.......................................

Surname:...........................................

Address:...........................................

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Telephone:..............Fax:.......................

Age:............ Male/Female

Email Address:......................................

Trip Type:

Mountaineering Instruction... [ ]

Private Instruction...........[ ]

Private Guiding...............[ ]

Mt Cook - Classic Ascents.....[ ]

Ski Mountaineering/Touring....[ ]

Tasman Glacier Skiing.........[ ]

Heli Skiing...................[ ]

Level of Fitness: Not great but loves a good time in the mountains / Average/ Really fit

Relevant Experience:.................... ........................................

I wish to state the following medical conditions:

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Dietary Requirements : (Vegetarian / Meateater etc)...........................................

Where did you hear about Southern AlpsGuiding:

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PAYMENT: A deposit of NZ$500 per person is payable at the time of booking. Balance payable at commencement of trip.

Credit Card detail: Card number:.................

Name on Card:...................................

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Disclaimer: I understand that mountaineering, skiing and flying in the mountain areas carry a certain element of risk. I assume all risks and will hold Southern Alps Guiding and their agents or associates free from any and all liabilities of every kind and nature whatsoever. These terms shall serve as a release and assumption of risk for myself and all members of my family. Southern Alps Guiding and its agents finalise all arrangements for these tours upon the express condition that they shall not be liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of weather or any defect in any vehicle or aircraft or through the acts of default of any company or persons engaged in conveying the passengers or carrying out of arrangements of the tour.

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Gear

Climber.

Mountaineering Gear

  • Climbing boots
  • Rock shoes (optional)
  • Ice axe
  • Ice hammer
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Locking karabiner x 2
  • Standard karabiner x 4
  • Ice Screw x 2
  • Assorted rock protection
  • Belay device
  • Prussik cord 1x2m & 2x3m
  • Cordellete 5m
  • Several slings
  • Climbing rope
  • Snow stake

Field Gear

  • Pack / Rucksack (multi day)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Maps
  • Note book and pencil
  • Headlamp (spare bulb)
  • Spare batteries for headlamp
  • Waterbottle/s
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Sun protection
  • Compass

Clothing

  • Parka (Gortex or similar)
  • Overpants (Gortex or similar)
  • Long underwear (top & bottom)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Socks (min 2 pair)
  • Fleece or wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Gloves (storm)
  • Finger gloves
  • Neck gaiter (optional)
  • Underwear
  • Gaiters
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Scarf
  • Balaclava
  • 1 Change of clothes for the hut

Camping

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Foam mat / Therma rest
  • Bivouac bag
  • Stove and fuel container
  • Billy / pot
  • Bowl, mug, knife, fork, spoon
  • Lighter and matches
  • Repair kit
  • Pocket knife

Staying Alive! A Technical Mountaineering Training Film DVD

78 minutes of action, instruction and great mountain scenes. A great tool to help you with your trip preparation. Cost is $30. See Here!

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