If conditions or weather don't allow us to access the Tasman Glacier we may try our other glacier locations so that you experience an amazing day if possible.
Fitness level required: low to moderate Trip Duration: 3-4 hours
Cost includes: two helicopter or skiplane flights, guide, boots if required, crampons and ice axe/ski pole.
Minimum of 4 people required (if you have less than 4 people in your group, we will do our best to put you on a trip with other people).
Minimum age is 8 years
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This is our famous trip heli trekking on Aoraki Mt Cook and the Grand Plateau Glacier. The scenery will certainly hold you in awe! A spectacular helicopter flight landing right under Aoraki Mount Cook reminds you of the grandeur of the area. We have an exciting glacier trek on the flanks of Aoraki Mount Cook and your guide will teach you to rope up for glacier travel and then it’s time to trek to the Plateau Hut for lunch and great views through the maze of crevasses and amazing scenery.
What to Bring
We close for the month of June, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
HERE'S WHY WE HAVE SO MUCH ICE AND SNOW ON THE TASMAN GLACIER!
Start time: 9.00am. We meet at the Old Mountaineers Cafe next door to the DOC visitor information centre.
What to bring: Dress warmly. We can supply all the necessary gear. Bring your lunch or we can supply a lunch.
Cost: $750 per person. Minimum numbers required. CALL US TO MAKE YOUR GROUP BOOKING FOR THIS EXCITING DAY OUT.
Join us on a beautiful one day expedition to our remarkable destinations. Fly with your guide to either the famous Tasman Glacier or the Grand Plateau by helicopter or the famous Mount Cook Ski Planes. At over 7000ft or 2200 metres, enjoy spectacular views of the east faces of Aoraki Mount Cook and the vast expanse of glacial terrain of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland National Parks.
WHAT TO BRING:
3 - 4 layers of warm upper body clothing
Sunglasses and sun protection.
A day pack, a drink and snacks are useful. (we can usually get glacier fed water from the ice pools!)
Your own boots and raincoats may be suitable.
Warm hat and gloves
The guide will teach you some basic skills, then it is off on the adventure of a lifetime, trekking and hiking down the easy gradient of one of these mighty glaciers. Along the way we'll visit ice caves and view some very large crevasses and view thundering ice-falls and the occasional avalanche - all from a safe distance. We'll be trekking close to spectacular ice-falls. It is stunning scenery and an unforgettable day out. Lunch is included. Bring your camera!
At the end of the day it's another spectacular scenic flight back to Aoraki Mount Cook airport and then we return to The Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Restaurant, Bar & Historic Photographic Gallery, for some well-earned refreshments.
Our glacier destination will be decided on the day after weather and snow conditions have been checked by your guide.
These trips operate as private charters for private groups or families. Minimum of 4 people required. $790 per person.
Fitness level required: Good level of fitness
Trip Duration: 5-6 hours
Our guides are members of The New Zealand Mountain Guides Association
We reserve the right to cancel or change any part of any trip. This could be due to adverse snow,avalanche, mountain or weather conditions or any other mountain related scenario. We have a strict 36 hour cancellation policy which means that if WE cancel the trip due to any of the above conditions will give you a full refund. If you decide not to do the trip within 36 hours of the trip start time for any reason (you sleep in, have a vehicle breakdown, an unexpected illness or injury etc) or we cancel your booking because of client unsuitability due to poor fitness or health there will be no refund. Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover all potential cancellation scenarios
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