Aoraki/Mt Cook Guided Climb
Aoraki/Mt. Cook is the largest and highest peak in NZ and a formidable climb by any route. To reach the summit at 3754m requires a day climb of over 1500m from the Grand Plateau Hut. Using the Linda Glacier route is the least technical and fastest.
A high level of fitness is required and because the peak is 600 metres higher than surrounding ridges, it is exposed to high winds and rapid changing weather conditions.
Climb: Meet in Wanaka or Mt Cook. Fly by chartered ski
plane or helicopter flight to Grand Plateau. Plateau hut is situated at
2200m. The ascent
from the Grand Plateau hut involves an initial descent across the Gnd.
Plateau to 2100m. Then follows 1,645m of climbing. It includes 5hrs of glacier/crevasse
crossing access, steep ice and rock through the Summit Rocks. Finally, a
gruelling 250m follows in the thin air and energy sapping cramponing on
the the wind-hardened Ice-cap. And then the return culminating in an arduous day
of 17 - 20 hours.
The descent to the Mt Cook village from the Grand Plateau is steep and a moderate to long day including considerable moraine crossing. A back flight is possible in fine weather at a small additional cost.
$3,995 plus flight access costs to Grand Plateau (often shared flights
in ski-plane or helicopter). Included in above cost are: Guiding fees for
the 3-4 day trip, food, group
& personal alpine eqt., Nat. Park fee, Grand Plateau
hut fees - 3 nights plus gst.
Departs Wanaka or Mt. Cook village.
MountainRec. Director Geoff Wayatt was the 1st person to ski Mt. Cook and has 25 ascents to his credit (1968-Nov.2012)
BOOKING: A completed registration form and 50% deposit are required to confirm the booking. See Cancellations & Refunds section. We will endeavour to allow a 6/7 day window for the expedition to optimize weather prospects.
ACCESS: Travel via Intercity from Christchurch daily arriving early afternoon. Chartered ski plane flight to Grand Plateau. (Travel & Location Notes)
ACCOMMODATION: NZ Alpine Club's Unwin Hut, 3klms from Mt Cook Village or YHA, Mt. Cook.
FITNESS: Strong mtn fitness is vital to the successful enjoyment of the climb along with competence with Ice Axe and Crampons. Details are required with booking. (See Previous expeditions - Mt. Cook GT article)
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