Explore New Zealand's largest glaciers
Trekking across the upper Tasman Glacier
Gear hire is included - no hidden costs
Maximum of 4 participants per guide
Sunset over Mt. D'Archiac from Kelman Hut
Perched high above the Tasman Glacier
Mount Cook Glaciers Trek
The ultimate glacier experience!
Experience the vast upper nevés of two of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park's major glaciers, the Tasman and the Murchison Glaciers. Combine glacier trekking and some introductory level mountaineering for a great alpine adventure. Surrounded by the Southern Alps, with many peaks over 3000m, this is a truly awesome place to be!
This 4-day trip has been developed for trekkers who have already done the Ball Pass Crossing and seek something of a similar level of difficulty, or slightly harder. The trip begins with a flight up to Tasman Saddle Hut. Trekkers explore the upper reaches of the Tasman Glacier. A climb of Hochstetter Dome may be possible, depending on client experience and abilities and snow and ice conditions. On the third day descend the Murchison Headwall and explore the Murchison Glacier before flying out again.
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- IFMGA/NZMGA certified mountain guide
- National Park fees
- Hut accommodation
- Local accommodation for any nights required during the trip
- Free transport (Tekapo - Mt. Cook return)
- ALL meals (including snacks & energy bars) for the duration of the trip
- ALL mountaineering and trekking equipment
Meals and accommodation before/after the trip are NOT included.
+Minimum & Maximum Numbers
A minimum number of 2 participants is required to run this trip. If you end up being the only person booked on the trip, you will be offered the choice of:
- paying an additional fee of NZ
- rescheduling to another trip/date
- a full refund
The maximum number of participants per guide is 4. The maximum group size is 8, with 2 guides.
Take advantage of our group booking discounts and get a group of family and friends together. The amount of discount you will be eligible for will depend on the group size - the more people you book, the more your discount will be! If our scheduled dates don't suit your group's travel plans, please contact us as we can reschedule a trip to suit (subject to guide availability).
Please note that group bookings are not private bookings - if you wish to keep your group closed (ie. you have a private guide just for your group), a surcharge will apply. Alterntatively you can book a group of 4 or 8 (which will ensure there are no others in your group).
Mount Cook Glaciers Trek dates are scheduled on a case by case basis - please contact us with the dates you would like. We recommend that you settle guiding dates well in advance as guide availability during peak season is limited. Please allow extra time in case you are held up in the mountains due to weather.
Venue: Kelman, Tasman Saddle & Murchison Huts
↑ Tasman Saddle Hut
Kelman, Tasman Saddle and Murchison Huts, the bases for this glacier trek are public huts that cannot be booked. The huts work on a first-come first-served basis.
Participants must carry their own sleeping bags, personal gear and some of the group equipment, food, stove, fuel, and cooking utensils (all provided by us).
Previous Experience & Agility
Fitness & Endurance
Regular aerobic fitness training is a pre-requisite along with stamina to hike with a full pack (approximately 20kg) over uneven, rough ground for 9-10 hours.
Previous Experience & Agility
Previous mountaineering experience and good cramponing skills are essential. Your guide may elect to take snowshoes if conditions dictate. No prior experience of these is necessary and they are provided at no extra cost.
8am gear check at the Alpine Recreation office, 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo. Drive to Mount Cook (1 hour 15 mins). Fly from Mt Cook airport to Tasman Saddle, deposit gear and food at Tasman Saddle Hut. Refresh crampon, ice-axe and self-arrest skills and take a tour around the ice caves below the hut. 4 hours.
Hike up to Lendenfeld Saddle, 2419m, on the Main Divide to look down the Whymper Glacier and Whataroa Valley. Traverse across to Kelman Hut. 5 hours.
Cross Tasman Saddle (2435m) and descend the headwall of the Murchison Glacier. This is a steep descent and the guide will provide a fixed belay. Hike across to Starvation Saddle, 2204m, for a look down the Mannering Glacier, then on to Murchison Hut. 5 hours.
Traverse the Murchison Glacier and ascend to Classen Saddle (2213m) for a great view down into the Classen Glacier, feeding into the upper Godley Valley. Hike down the Murchison Glacier as far as possible. 6 hours.
Helicopter back to Mount Cook Village, and drive back to Lake Tekapo.
There is some flexibility with this programme to work around unfavourable weather or crevasse conditions. We recommend this trip during the months November through to March inclusive. Please email us to request your dates.
All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide. Alpine Recreation provides packs, helmets, harnesses, crampons, ice-axes and any outdoor clothing, pyou may require at no extra cost. Please see the equipment list below for further details.