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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.

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.

Cost: $4029 plus flight access costs to Grand Plateau (Helicopter or ski-plane).
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 for 3 nights. 
(One way Charter flights to the Grand Plateau are currently approx. $766 - Sept 2013)

Additional days are charged @ $595/day plus Food and Plateau hut fees. 

Note:  Departs Wanaka or Mt. Cook village.
Timing: We attempt the peak 1-2 times a year in Nov/Dec/early January. Access through the Linda glacier can be very difficult due to large and complex crevasses. For this reason we do not routinely conduct ascents after early January.
Note: Clients require prior proven mtn skills and fitness w/MtnRec

(Click here for
Equipment List) (Click here for Trek/Course Notes) and
(Registration Form)

(Also see Private Guiding Expeditions)

MountainRec. Director Geoff Wayatt was the 1st person to ski Mt. Cook and last person to climb to old high peak -12349ft, before it avalanched. He has 27 ascents to his credit (1968-Nov.2013) plus 88 ascents/Mt Aspiring.

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)

EQUIPMENT:Separate list supplied . see Equipment List  

: Mt Cook Nat. Park 1:50,000 ($14.50 from MtnRec)
History: Aoraki/Mt Cook has a long and interesting geological and cultural history including the beliefs of the indigenous people, the Nga Tahu tribe. This was recognised with a status change in 1998. For more information visit their
Nga Tahu web site.

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