If you do not have aspirations of climbing peaks unguided, then simply choose a guided ascent instead of a course. The focus of these ascents is on providing you a safe and exhilarating mountain experience on one of NZ's premier peaks, rather than the 'ground up' instruction of our courses. We will require you to submit a list of tramps and climbs over the last 5 years, plus details of your fitness training before we accept you for a pure ascent.
For our ascents programme we generally plan for a 6 or 7 day expedition and a guide:client ratio of 1:1. It needs to be recognised that with shorter ascents there is less time to allow for any unfavourable weather, although we will allow some flexiibility if guiding schedules allow. We use our more experienced guides for these ascents, so you need to book well in advance.
Additional Information on peaks:
1 or 2 participants only per guide.
Get in quick and book before the 30th April 2014 to qualify for the 2013-14 season prices!
|2014-15 Season: Price per person in NZ$ (valid 1 May 2014 - 30 April 2015)|
|NZ$100 returning client discount, if you have been on an Alpine Recreation trip before.|
|Guide-client ratio||No. of days||Price|
|Short Ascent Options|
For all of the ascents access is by foot or 4WD where possible. Flying is not an option.
|The Footstool 2764m||1:1||3||2380|
|Mt. Barth 2456m||1:2||4||2070|
|Advanced Ascent Options
Flights are not included in these prices.
|Mt. Tasman 3497m||1:1||6||4690|
|Mt. Aspiring 3027m||1:1||6||4590|
|Mt. Sefton 3151m||1:1||7||5470|
|Mt. Dixon 3004m||1:1||5||3980|
Please note that on public holidays there will be a surcharge of NZ $190 (incl. GST) per person per day for 1:1 climbs and NZ$95 (incl. GST) for 1:2 climbs.
New Zealand public holidays 2014: New Year 1/1 & 2/1, Waitangi Day 6/2, Good Friday 18/4, Easter Monday 21/4, Anzac Day 25/4, Queen's Birthday 2/6, Labour Day 27/10, Christmas Day 25/12, Boxing Day 26/12.
New Zealand public holidays 2015: New Year 1/1 & 2/1, Waitangi Day 6/2, Good Friday 3/4, Easter Monday 6/4, Anzac Day 27/4, Queen's Birthday 1/6, Labour Day 26/10, Christmas Day 25/12, Boxing Day 26/12.
Included: guide, hut accommodation, all food & surface transport ex Lake Tekapo, all climbing equipment including crampons, ice axe, helmet and boots, National Parks concession fees, 15% GST.
For travel to West Coast venues an additional NZ$300 for the vehicle applies, to be shared amongst participants.
Meals and accommodation before/after tour are NOT included.
» Advanced Ascents use public huts that cannot be booked, and in the case of smaller huts (eg. Colin Todd) a tent may need to be used in peak season.
» The huts work on a first come first served basis.
» Climbers must carry their own sleeping bags, personal gear and some of the group equipment, food, stove, fuel, and cooking utensils (all provided by us) to the hut.
» The shorter ascents listed in the above section all require the carrying of camping equipment and there is no flying access.
Why go with Alpine Recreation?
Alpine Recreation provides all mountaineering equipment, including boots. A detailed equipment list will be sent at time of booking. Outdoor clothing and packs can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary.
Accommodation pre-/post- tour:
As our equipment check takes place at 8am on the morning of departure, you need to book accommodation in Tekapo the night before. After the tour, it is recommended to overnight in Tekapo again, or in Mount Cook. Accommodation options in Tekapo.
In case of accident New Zealand's Accident Compensation scheme (ACC) will cover the majority of costs (about 80%) involved with evacuation and injury treatment, even for visitors to New Zealand. However you still need ordinary travel insurance to cover such things as your cancellation if an injury prevents you taking part on the trip, or a close relative suddenly becomes ill; and medical insurance in case you become ill. More information re Accident Compensation. The New Zealand Alpine Club provides a good mountaineering specific travel insurance.
How green are we?
Alpine Recreation reduces its carbon footprint and environmental impact through such things as:
- restricting group size
- using fuel efficient vehicles
- minimising use of vehicles and aircraft
- recycling, re-using, composting, avoiding "consumerism"
- minimal impact huts
- bulk buying of food supplies
- promoting conservation of native flora and fauna
- supporting community efforts to encourage appreciation of the natural environment
For details please refer to our Environmental Care Action.
(1 or 2 participants per guide.)
Elie de Beaumont (3109m) is technically easy and is best climbed from Kelman Hut or Tasman Saddle Hut at the head of the Taman Glacier either during a Ski Touring week or during an Intermediate Climbing Course. Late summer the route can be cut off by large crevasses on the lower Anna Glacier, left. Hence ascents of Elie de Beaumont should be planned for spring/early summer.
(1 participant per guide.)
Mount Malte Brun (3198m) is located on the eastern side of the Tasman Glacier. It enjoys more favorable weather conditions than the peaks on the Main Divide. Malte Brun provides some fine rock climbing and can be combined with good rock routes on Aigille Rouge, the peak to the south of Malte Brun. An ascent of Malte Brun involves several camps.
(1 participant per guide.)
Mount D'Archiac (2875m) is a remote peak at the head of the Godley Valley of the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. It is climbed from the Godley Hut or from a bivouac higher on the mountain.