Mount Cook Aoraki Ascent

As for the Mt Cook trip, it was absolutely brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed it and the 10 day course taught me a lot! I'm already thinking of what I would like to climb next.... Possibly something in the Himalayas. Just need to keep up the fitness (and save up a lot of money!!).

Alex M. | Wakefield, UK
 
 

Best of Southern Alps Trek

This is the best trek to not feature in any NZ guide book. Packed full of highlights, this stunning tour includes the ascent of two 2000m peaks, exploring a remote lake and valley system as well as admiring the splendour of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring from high on remote ridges - thanks to spectacular helicopter transfers. Your trip begins with a drive to the highland lake of Lake Tekapo, the starting point of this outstanding trek. The first night on the trail is spent at Rex Simpson Hut where you'll enjoy the superb alpine and lakeside vista. The next day you'll trek east along a ridgeline to the summit of your first 2000m peak. At Aoraki Mount Cook we spend a day walking in the National Park, hiking high on the ridge overlooking the Hooker Glacier and directly across from the spectacular Mt Sefton with its rumbling avalanches of ice and rock. Accommodation in the secluded Lake Ohau Lodge accesses shorter hikes before we move onto Wanaka where we take a cruise and hike on the picturesque lake that sits at the base of the Southern Alps. This amazing trek ends in sensational style as you enjoy a breathtaking helicopter ride to nearby tarns from where your ridge top day walk begins along to your second 2000m summit overlooking the stunning Matukituki Valley, Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring. If you want spectacular Southern Alps scenery without the crowds, you've found your trip.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Christchurch, drive to Lake Tekapo, trek to Rex Simpson hut
DAY 2 Trek along ridge to summit of nearby 2000m peak, return to Lake Tekapo
DAY 3 Lake Tekapo to Mt Cook Village
DAY 4 Mt Cook Village to Lake Ohau Lodge
DAY 5 Lake Ohau to Wanaka
DAY 6 Helicopter to nearby tarns for ridge walk to summit overlooking the Matukituki Valley and Mount Aspiring, heli-lift back to vehicle, drive to Queenstown, trip concludes

traveller reviews

I was extremely happy with the trip overall; great views, great accommodation, excellent trek leader = a very enjoyable trip

I. Wilkinson WA. Australia

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Trip Code: SAT
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  6 days
Activities:  Trekking Day Walking
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Next Trip:  09 November 2014
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