Ball Pass Summit Trek
This exciting adventure offers a three day alpine trek, exploring the Tasman Valley up to Ball Pass. With ten of peaks over 3000m, the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park offers stunning alpine scenery and is New Zealand's premier climbing region. Most of the peaks are accessible only to experienced mountaineers however alpine trekkers can also enjoy the forays up-close to Mount Cook, in the company of experienced mountain guides, along the Ball Pass Crossing. The trail follows the Ball Ridge high above the Tasman Glacier and opposite New Zealand's highest icefall - the mighty Caroline Face of Mount Cook. You will spend two nights at the private Caroline Hut at 1830m, using the middle of the day to climb Kaitiaki Peak (2222m) and explore the Ball Glacier. During your time in the National Park you will encounter rich alpine flora and unique birdlife, but it's the uninterrupted views of New Zealand's highest peaks that will truly take your breath away.
|DAY 1||Join Lake Tekapo, drive to Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier terminus, begin 850m ascent to the Caroline Hut|
|DAY 2||Basic mountaineering instruction and a short climb on Kaitiaki Peak (2222m)|
|DAY 3||Return to Mount Cook Village via the Tasman Valley, enjoying the all-encompassing views of the Tasman Glacier. Return travel to Lake Tekapo.|