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Climb to the summit of Single Cone, the highest point of the Remarkables. A classic New Zealand mountain adventure.
Single Cone is a classic Queenstown climbing experience. The guided Single Cone climb by the standard south ridge is suitable for first time climbers wanting to experience an exhilarating day of climbing and experience the incredible views from the summit of the Remarkables. 

A climb of Single Cone takes you to the highest point on the Remarkables mountain range. The view from the summit is incredible with the 2000m west face of the Remarkables sharply dropping away to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. In the summer months climbing is straightforward, walking on tussock and rock with a steep climb up the final gully, followed by a steep and very exposed ridge traverse to reach the summit.

In the winter season the use of ice axe and crampons are required. The climb involves crossing snow fields with snow shoes or crampons and ice axe. Above this we climb the final snow and ice couloir to reach the summit ridge. It normally takes 4 -5 hours to reach the summit.

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Queenstown Mountain Guides run guided mountaineering trips all year round on the Remarkables. The nature of the climbing changes with the season.

Winter – Expect heavy snow cover on the Remarkables. This time of year is more suited to snow and ice climbing. Expect cold temperatures. Good mountaineering clothing and equipment is required at this time of year.

Spring – Remarkables are covered in snow but the rock faces and ridge lines are now free of snow making it possible to climb the rock alpine ridge lines. This is a good time of year for the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone.

Summer – The winter snow is now mostly melted away leaving only the occasional snow field. By the end of the summer there will be no snow left on the Remarkables. This time of year suits climbing rock routes to the summits of Single and Double Cone and is also a great time of year for the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone.


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 offer the option of running the trip on the next good weather day or offering a full refund if you are unavailable or the guide is unavailable due to pre-booked work commitments.


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

From Queenstown its a 30 minute drive up to the car park on the Remarkables. From here we hike through the ski field and into the backcountry towards Single Cone. We hike past lake Alta and climb towards Wye Saddle where we will have very good views of the Remarkables mountain range and the other high mountain areas surrounding Queenstown. These mountain areas include the Mt Aspiring National Park, the Richardson Mountains, and the Harris Mountains.

As we gain height on the mountain hiking terrain turns into climbing terrain and a rope is required on the upper mountain. Some exposed pitched climbing leads to the very exposed summit ridge line of Single Cone. It is normal to summit Single Cone between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

From the summit on a clear day it is possible to see Mt Aspiring, Mt Earnslaw, Cecil Peak, and in the far distance Mt Cook. The views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu are incredible.

We are normally back in the carpark by 4:00pm and will have you back to your accomodation in Queenstown by 5:00pm.



1 to 2 people
1 day
From $450
All year



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


  • Lunch & snack food
  • Personal equipment & clothing


Experience required
For this trip, the minimum requirement is that you have an intermediate level of fitness and an interest in learning mountaineering skills. No previous mountaineering experience is required.
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 litre 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
For the Single Cone Climb we operate at a 1:2 guide to client ratio.

We operate at a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 4 participants when alpine climbing in the Remarkables. For some routes for example the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone we operate at a 1 guide to 2 participants maximum ratio with very experienced participants in good conditions.

For less experienced clients or in more difficult conditions (for example winter & spring) we operate at a 1:1 participant guide ratio.

Climbing on the lower mountain of Single Cone
Summit of Single Cone in Winter conditions
On the summit of Single Cone in summer
Climbing the NE ridge of single cone in summer conditions
The best thing I did in Queenstown and one of the best experiences of my life. Mike and Rupert were very helpful and friendly right from last minute initial inquiry to the full day of instruction and guided climbing. Getting to summit single cone was spectacular! Rupert was great to chat to throughout the climb and I knew I was in good hands at all times. Highly recommend giving them a call if you’re interested in climbing!
J Kean, USA