Aoraki/Mt Cook Climbing
July 2023 Update
Aoraki/Mt. Cook is the largest and highest peak in NZ and a formidable climb by any route. To reach the summit at 3754m (remeasured by Otago Uni w/Geoff to 3724mtrs) 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.
The 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 with heavy packs. Currently, most parties use a return flight from Plateau to Mt. Cook Village at additional cost.
BOOKING: A completed registration form
EQUIPMENT:Separate list supplied . see Equipment List
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