New Zealand Alpine Trekking

Quick Facts

November-April, ex Lake Tekapo. Check dates.

3 days | 2-8 participants | NZ$1200
5% returning client discount available.

Prerequisites: high level of fitness, multi-day hiking/trekking experience with 6+ hour days.

Current snow conditions.

A trekker on Ball Ridge in front of the Caroline Face of Mount Cook.

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Contact us. Ring free on 0800 006 096.

We recommend to settle guiding dates well in advance since peak season times are often booked up. Please allow extra time in case you are held up in the mountains due to weather.

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Trekkers on the upper Ball Glacier, with the Tasman Glacier in the background.

Ball Pass Summit Trek

One of the most popular and spectacular treks in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park – for experienced hikers.


Day One is a challenging 850m climb up to the superbly located Caroline Hut, on the Ball Ridge, directly opposite the mighty Caroline Face of Aoraki Mount Cook and overlooking the Tasman Glacier. Spend two nights here and experience the crack and thunder of ice avalanches tumbling down the Caroline Face, New Zealand’s highest ice face. On Day Two you’ll summit Kaitiaki Peak (2222m) and climb up onto Ball Pass (2121m) to look deep down into the Hooker Valley on the other side and across to Mt Sefton and the Copland Pass. On Day Three, you will return to Mt Cook Village via the Tasman Valley, possibly stopping for a swim in Blue Lake.

The views of Aoraki Mount Cook and surrounding mountains, the highest in New Zealand, are breathtaking. The unique alpine flora and bird life are impressive.


The Ball Pass Summit Trek does NOT cross Ball Pass. Please refer to the Ball Pass Crossing, if you wish to do the full crossing.


This trip is beginner mountaineering, and there is not an established trail to follow. Please read the "Trekking Fitness & Experience" section carefully to make sure this is what you are after...

Alpine Recreation owns Caroline Hut and is the sole operator of the Ball Pass Summit Trek.


"I just wanted to jot you a note and thank you once again for the fantastic guiding experience that both Martin and you provided our team. The guys are still raving about it – with some describing the trip as being one of those "bucket list" experiences!! I know that we were all a bit sore on Thursday night, but after a great soak in the hot pools and a hot meal we were as happy as I've ever seen the team. I couldn't praise you more for the absolute professionalism and commitment you showed to our team. As I said in my speech at the end, we talk a lot about leadership at Sanitarium – and both Elke and Martin demonstrated what it means to be a true leader – in spades! I would have no hesitation to recommend this trip to other (fit) executive teams – and my personal view is that it is a first rate team building exercise. Thanks again for a wonderful and safe trip, and for wonderful memories of the Mt Cook National Park, Ball Pass, and the Caroline Hut experience!"

Todd Saunders, General Manager, Sanitarium, Australia. February 2013.

"Thank you for one of the best adventures I have ever had. It was beautiful and tough at the same time, and I had an absolute ball." - A. Moras, Australia. April 2012. More client comments.


+ Ball Pass Summit Trek: Highlights

+ Aoraki - a special mountain, a special area

+ Group size, prices, discounts, what's included

+ Venue: Caroline Hut

+ Trekking Fitness & Experience

+ Mountain Weather & Conditions

+ Itinerary

+ Additional Information