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Steep quality schist crags and scenic alpine lakes make the Remarkables a classic multipitch alpine rock climbing venue.

Queenstown Alpine Rock Climbing on the Remarkables mountain range.  The Remarkables offers excellent multi-pitch alpine rock climbing and a variety of different styles and grades of climbing to suit all levels.

Options include steep multi-pitch climbs to reach the summit of single and double cone, through to easy scrambles on warm rock in the sun taking in the views on offer in this amazing alpine environment.

Most climbing area can be reached within an hours hike of the access road making this an ideal venue for single day climbing trips or multi-day climbing trips based from a spectacular campsite in an alpine meadow close to Lake Alta.

The Lake Alta Slabs are Queenstown Mountain Guides favourite multi-pitch alpine rock climbing areas. The lake Alta slabs are distinguished by excellent rock quality and spectacular views of Lake Alta and the surround Remarkable’s Range. This area has 3 pitch climbs from grade 15-19. Descent is by abseil back to the base of the climbs.

The east face of Single Cone offers classic alpine rock with good traditional gear placements and a trip to the summit of Single Cone. The routes on the east face of Single Cone are NZ 12 to 16.

DB EH? is a super classic 5 pitch grade 17 on the east buttress of Double Cone. Strong previous climbing experience on naturally protected alpine routes is needed before attempting this route. Climbing with a pack containing food, water, jacket and shoes is needed to succeed on this route so you should be comfortable seconding grade 19-20.

The classic north east buttress of Single Cone is a multi-pitch rock route leading to the summit of Single Cone. The route involves steep and exposed scrambling high above Lake Alta with some pitches of steeper rock. This is an excellent alternative to the standard ascent route on Single Cone if you are looking for a more interesting and challenging climb.


Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown.


8.00am. Your guide will meet with you at 8.00am at your accomodation. Alternatively, you are welcome to come to our office at Unit 403, 875 Frankton Rd in Queenstown.


Approximately 8 hours


If we cannot operate the trip because of bad weather we will operate the trip on the next good weather day.


Our guide will meet you at your accommodation at 8:00am and after introductions  will check your clothing and equipment.

From Queenstown its a short drive to the carpark on the Remarkables, from here we load our gear into our packs and start the hike towards the very scenic Lake Alta. Lake Alta is surrounded by steep crags and is the access way to the Remarkables alpine rock climbing areas. From lake Alta you can access the Lake Alta Slabs, the east buttress of Double Cone, and the north east buttress of Single Cone.

We generally leave most of our equipment at the base of the route we are climbing, if the route is long and requires a walk off then you will climb with a pack containing food, water, jacket, and shoes. Carrying extra equipment is one of the challenges of climbing an alpine rock route.

You can expect to be back at the carpark by 4:00pm and back at your accomodation by 5:00pm.


1 to 2 people
1 to 2 days
From $450
December to April



  • Guide fees
  • Technical equipment hire
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment


  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Lunch & snack food


Experience required

You should have some previous outdoor rock climbing experience.

What to bring

In addition to the clothing and equipment you will need to bring food and snacks for the day, and enough water for the day. The amount of water you will require will depend on your personal hydration habits. As a guideline we recommend a minimum of 1.5 litres of water.

Clothing & equipment

Climbing in the New Zealand mountains requires that you have high quality equipment and clothing due to the extremes of weather we experience. Please ensure you look carefully at our equipment checklist. At the start of the trip your guide will go through your equipment and make sure that you have everything that you need for the trip. Please organise to have your extra equipment stored at your accomodation for the duration of the trip.

It is important that you keep as close as possible to the equipment checklist. The focus is on ensuring that you have the equipment you need, but also on keeping your pack as light as possible. If your guide is meeting you at your accomodation for the start of the trip it would be helpful if you have all your equipment and clothing organised and laid out in a logical fashion so they can check that everyone has the right equipment and clothing for the trip.

Guide to participant ratios

The maximum guide to participant ratio for Remarkables Alpine Rock Climbing is 2 participants to 1 guide. On more difficult climbs the maximum guide to client ratio is 1:1.

Climbing on the east face of Double Cone Remarkables
Belaying above Lake Alta
Climbing on the Telecom Tower, west face Remarkables
Multi-pitch climbing on schist rock on the Remarkables in Queenstown

My husband and I booked a day trip with queenstown mountain guides on our last full day in NZ. I highly recommend going with this company for a personalized experience that Is not only going to meet your expectations, but absolutely exceed them. Our guide, Chris, was highly knowledgeable about the terrain, techniques, history of the area, and about safety. Chris made sure that he assessed our climbing ability before allowing us to climb and ensured we were properly equipped. For example) we ran into 2 other groups at one location and NONE of their leaders had their patrons wearing helmets. One of the belayers couldn’t even tell the difference between taking in the slack and providing slack to the LEAD CLIMBER! If you want to make sure you have a safe experience, go with this company. If you want to have an overall amazing experience, something to remember for years to come, go with this company. Thank you so much for helping to make this one or best memories from our honeymoon!!

L Arlington, Virginia