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Mount Aspiring as seen from Mount Bevan
Mount Aspiring : 3027m
The "Matterhorn of the South"
Great views from the summit of Mt. Aspiring
Stunning views
Climbers enjoying the summit of Mt. Aspiring
Climbers on the NW Ridge of Mt. Aspiring
Multiple route options
Climbers ascending alpine rock on the NW Ridge
Climbers ascending the upper snow slopes of Mt. Aspiring
UIAGM / NZMGA mountain guides
Climbers ascending snow slopes above the "Ramp" route
Kea and Colin Todd Hut in front of Bevan Col
Colin Todd Hut
Keas are regular visitors

Mount Aspiring

Tititea/Mount Aspiring Guided Ascent

Known as the "Matterhorn of the South" due to its asthetic shape, Mount Aspiring stands alone as the only 3000m peak outside of Mount Cook National Park. The mountain offers a selection of routes on alpine rock, snow and ice and can be climbed with or without helicopter access - this is a rare opportunity to climb a 3000m peak purely under your own power. The foot approach to the mountain via the grassy flats of the Matukituki Valley, through beech forest then on rock up to Bevan Col and across the Bonar Glacier, is a rewarding adventure in itself!

"I thought the level of organization and planning at every level was excellent. The office staff was very quick to respond to emails from the beginning, the food was well proportioned and varied, and the guides organized the week well to take advantage of the weather. I also think my guides were exceptionally good. Compared to other trips Gernot and Elke were more knowledgeable about New Zealand routes and conditions than other guides who had perhaps been here fewer seasons. This meant that they chose awesome routes, and were very efficient setting up belays during the climbs which saved time." - G. Hall, Canada.


Guide Availability


The peak climbing season for Mount Aspiring ascents is November to April, but it is sometimes possible to climb the mountain outside of these dates, depending on conditions. 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: Colin Todd & Aspiring Huts


Colin Todd Hut is located at 1800m below the NW ridge of Mt Aspiring. It is a basic 12 bunk hut with a water supply, toilet, radio and an amazing view. The hut is often crowded so it may be necessary to use a small tent. Aspiring Hut in the Matukituki Valley is situated at 470m. It is a 38 bunk fully serviced hut with solar lighting, heating and cooking facilities.

Colin Todd and Aspiring Huts are publics which cannot be booked in advance.



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 helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice-axes. Outdoor clothing, packs and boots can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary. Please see the equipment list for further details.

Alpine Ascents Clothing & Equipment list.