Start with a dramatic helicopter flight to a mountain col before embarking on an incredibly scenic alpine traverse to climb a peak near Mt Aspiring. You'll travel across glaciers, snowy peaks, alpine herbfields, steep bush covered ridges and finally walk out via the beautiful Matukituki Valley.
Meet your guide in Wanaka for a briefing and to collect your equipment before heading to Mt Aspiring National Park. Boarding your helicopter you’ll head on a scenic flight into the mountains. The pilot will leave you on a remote alpine col on the edge of the Bonar Glacier, with a view of snowy peaks that seems to go forever.
Your guides will teach you the essential climbing techniques for getting around in the mountains and glaciers as you head off for a total of four days. You will learn glacier skills and how to use your ice axe and campons, along with practicing climbing with ropes and snow anchors.
The third day is summit day! The climb begins by climbing up the Bonar Glacier to the "Quarter Deck". You are able to leave your main pack here and tackle the final part of the climb unencumbered. The summit is always a place to celebrate and reflect on the efforts of the day and a place to appreciate the grandeur of the surrounding mountainous terrain.
The descent route takes you down French Ridge to another high alpine hut. This hut is perched above 'Gloomy Gorge' and has spectacular views of Mt Rob Roy and over the Matukituki Valley.
The final day is a walk out down the Matukituki Valley itself. The ridge drops into the beech forest and is a reminder that climbing is not all about snow and ice.
The group will have a minimum size of one guide and two climbers and a maximum size of two guides and eight climbers.
The weather in the mountains can change very quickly with a temperature range of 0-30 degrees Celcius. This trip requires a good forecast to proceed, in particular the helicopter flight demands fine settled weather.
You will need to supply your own clothing and some equipment. Specialised mountaineering equipment will be included. A full equipment list and description of clothing requirements will be given at the time of booking. Some clothing and equipment is available for hire.
A good fitness level and some previous hiking or tramping experience is required. The main asset one can have is a sense of adventure!
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.