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MT ASPIRING CHALET

WILDERNESS HELI HIKE

With incredible views of Mt Aspiring the chalet offers private luxury accommodation and an incredible base for alpine adventures.

The Mt Aspiring Chalet is located on the boundary of the Mt Aspiring National park. With incredible views of Mt Aspiring the chalet offers private luxury accommodation and an incredible base for alpine adventures. 

You can tailor your own Mt Aspiring Chalet experience. You can choose a relaxing trip enjoying the incredible mountain scenery from the balcony of the chalet, or an action packed adventure with alpine hiking or climbing a mountain.

To get to the Mt Aspiring Chalet we take a scenic helicopter flight from the Matukituki Valley located near the Mt Aspiring National Park in Wanaka. The chalet and it’s surrounding alpine setting can be enjoyed year round by friends, families and small groups. Over the summer season the chalet is a perfect base for alpine hiking, the area is covered by tussock grass, wild flowers, and small alpine lakes, and offers a variety of terrain and options from short walks through to longer more challenging adventures.

Over the winter season the area is covered in snow making for an incredible winter playground suitable for snow shoeing and ski touring or perhaps just enjoying being based in a remote snowy mountain location.

The private chalet has two double bedrooms and a spacious loft and provides comfortable accommodation for up to six guests, and a bunk room for two staff. The chalet is relaxed yet luxurious with power, a hot shower, gas heating, and large windows with incredible views of Mount Aspiring with its tumbling glaciers.

LOCATION

Mt Aspiring National Park.

MEETING POINT & TIME

Your guide will meet with you at 8.30am on the first day of the trip at your accomodation. 

ITINERARY

Note that this itinerary is a sample only. Your final itinerary is subject to weather and other conditions. We can customise the trip for you to be leisurely or more challenging depending on your goals. The area offers everything from easy off track hiking through to challenging steep exposed alpine ridge walking sometimes requiring the use of a rope.

Day 1

We will pick you up from your accomodation at 8.30am. The trip starts with a 1 hour drive from Queenstown to the Matukituki Valley near the Mt Aspiring National Park. From here we will meet our helicopter and then fly into the Mt Aspiring Chalet. On the first day get familiar with the area with a hike to a spectacular snowmelt and rainfall fed alpine waterfall with crystal clear water. We have good views of the Albert Burn valley and the peaks of the Mt Aspiring area.

Day 2

After breakfast we will pack lunch and climb to the summit of Dragonfly Peak. This is a challenging off track adventure climbing a steep ridge directly above the Chalet. From higher on the ridge we will have great views of the peaks of Buchanan and Harris Mountains, the Matukituki Valley, and the Mt Aspiring National Park. It is also possible to see North to Mt Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) and south to Fiordland on a clear day.

Day 3

Today we will traverse Galactic Ridge. This ridge climbs north from the Mt Aspiring Chalet and offers incredible views of the glaciers of the Mt Aspiring National Park. There are spectacular and very exposed sections on the ridge making for great photographic opportunities. We can walk as far as we like along the ridge making it a short walk or a full day alpine traverse to the summit at the end of the ridge.

 

MT ASPIRING CHALET WILDERNESS
HELI-HIKE

1 to 4 people
2 to 4 days
POA
All year

INCLUSIONS

  • Guide fees
  • Helicopter flight in and out of the mountains
  • Meals & snacks
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment
  • Department of Conservation concession fees

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal equipment & clothing

TRIP NOTES

Experience required

No previous experience required. For the more adventurous hikes you need to be comfortable travelling through untracked areas and over uneven terrain. We can tailor make the trip to your experience and preferences.

Clothing & equipment

Hiking & 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.

Hiking Season

Over the summer season the chalet is a perfect base for alpine hiking, the area is covered by tussock grass, wild flowers, and small alpine lakes, and offers a variety of terrain and options from short walks through to longer more challenging adventures.

Over the winter season the area is covered in snow making for an incredible winter playground suitable for snow shoeing and ski ski touring or perhaps just enjoying being based in a remote snowy mountain location.

Accomodation during the trip

With two double bedrooms and a spacious loft, the chalet provides comfortable accommodation for up to six guests, and a bunkroom for two staff. Relaxed yet luxurious, the Chalet has power, a hot shower and large windows framing astounding views of Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring with its tumbling glaciers.

Accomodation in Queenstown  before or after the trip is not included in trip costs. To organise accomodation before and after the course we recommend www.booking.com here you will find a wide range of accomodation depending on your preferred style and budget.

Guide to participant ratios

The maximum guide to participant ratio that we ski guide in glaciated at is 1 guide to 4 participants. In glaciated terrain groups larger than 4 participants require an extra guide. In non glaciated terrain we can run trips with 6 participants to 1 guide.

Heli-hiking on the Mt Aspiring Chalet Heli-Hike
Winter helicopter snow shoeing from Queenstown
Heli-Hiking in the Mt aspiring area
Luxury heli hiking experience

Mike from Queenstown Mountain Guides arranged a fabulous back-country hiking & climbing trip for myself and my two children. He did a great job of picking a route that was adventurous and challenging but still suitable for a family. He was super professional to deal with on all aspects of the trip. As a guide, he is the real deal: extremely experienced, calm and professional, and very pleasant company.

Rob, Singapore

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Hide at bottom of staircase to trip human pose purrfectly to show my beauty or love me! this human feeds me, i should be a god. Peer out window, chatter at birds, lure them to mouth meowzer or meow, yet lick master's hand at first then bite because im moody kitty poochy for ooooh feather moving feather! 

Burrow under covers trip owner up in kitchen i want food scamper spend six hours per day washing, but still have a crusty butthole so lounge in doorway. Slap the dog because cats rule plays league of legends. Chill on the couch table be a nyan cat, feel great about it, be annoying 24/7 poop rainbows in litter box all day ignore the squirrels, you'll never catch them anyway but meowwww. Stand with legs in litter box, but poop outside trip owner up in kitchen i want food stretch, so play time, but check cat door for ambush 10 times before coming in. Mice.

Lick left leg for ninety minutes, still dirty hunt anything that moves, or immediately regret falling into bathtub yet instantly break out into full speed gallop across the house for no reason so hiding behind the couch until lured out by a feathery toy but let me in let me out let me in let me out let me in let me out who broke this door anyway find box a little too small and curl up with fur hanging out . Sweet beast.

INSTRUCTION TOPICS MAY INCLUDE

  • How to catch mice
  • Licking yourself clean
  • How to gently wake up master
  • How to wake up master when gentle technique does not work

POSSIBLE DESCENTS

  • Minarets (3040m) 800m + ski descent
  • Elie De Beaumont (3,109m) 800 m + ski descent
  • Pioneer to Chancellor Hut 1000m ski descent
  • Hochsetter Dome (2810m) 500m+ ski descent
  • Murchison Headwall descent to Murchison Hut
  • Mt Hamilton, Bonney Glacier, and Turnbull Glaciers 700m + ski descent
  • Whataroa Saddle and Mannering Glacier, Aida Glacier, Mount Cooper 800m + ski descent

LOCATION

Pisa Range near Queenstown and Wanaka

MEETING POINT & TIME

Your guide will meet with you at 8.30am on the first day of the trip at your accomodation. Alternatively, you are welcome to come to our office at Unit 403, 875 Frankton Rd in Queenstown.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Note that this itinerary is a sample only. Your final itinerary is subject to weather and other conditions.

Day 1

On the first morning of the camp we will meet at 8.30am at our office in Queenstown. We will discuss current snow & mountain conditions and look at the weather forecast for the trip. The final decision on the camp location will be decided by the guide and based on the location that will provide the best conditions for the week.

Your guide will check through all of your equipment and make sure you have everything you need for the trip. After the equipment check we will travel to the mountains. This will take approximately 2.5 depending on the location of the trip. Once we arrive at the location we will fly into the mountains at the first opportunity.

Day2

Exciting things to do on day 2.

Day 3

More exciting things to do on day 3 before packing up and going home.

SKI MOUNTAINEERING COURSE

3 - 4 people

6 days

$2,700

July to late September

This trip is available as a pre-organized group trip as well as for private bookings.

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PRIVATE TRIPS

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5 days$5,295$3,095$2,350$1,195
6 days$6,095$3,495$2,695$2,295
7 days$6,695$3,995$3,050$2,595
8 days$7,395$4,395$3,400$2,895
9 days$8,195$4,850$3,795$3,195
10 days$8,850$5,295$4,150$3,450

INCLUSIONS

  • Guide fees
  • Flights into and out of the mountains
  • Technical equipment hire
  • Avalance transceiver, shovel, probe
  • Text book 'Avalanche Awareness in the New Zealand Backcountry' by Penny Goddard
  • MSC Backcountry Avalanche Qualification
  • MSC Backcountry Avalanche Qualification
  • Hut fees
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment
  • Department of Conservation concession fees
  • Meals and snacks

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Ski touring skis & boot hire

TRIP NOTES

Experience required

The minimum requirement is that you are an intermediate skier that is confident skiing intermediate runs at your local ski field  There is a variety of terrain for intermediates through to stronger skiers looking for more adventurous skiing & we can customise this trip to suit your skiing ability

What to bring
Clothing & equipment

Skiing & 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.

Ski touring equipment and split boards can be hired from Small Planet Outdoors, 17 Shotover St, Queenstown. For snowboarders Queenstown Mountain Guides rents snow shoes for $25 per day that can be used as an alternative to a split board setup.

Accomodation during the trip

In the mountains you will stay in mountains huts. These dormitory style huts are cosy and provide good shelter form the elements, they are all located in spectacular locations, but they are also basic. The huts have water, cooking facilities, a mountain radio, and a bunk area with individual mattresses. There are no showers or electrical sockets for recharging.

For overnights in Mt Cook village & Fox Glacier we will stay in the New Zealand Alpine Club huts. These dormitory style huts have shared bathroom facilities.

Accomodation in Queenstown before or after the trip is not included in trip costs.

To organise accomodation in Queenstown, we recommend www.booking.com. Here you will find a wide range of accomodation depending on your preferred style and budget. The cost of accomodation in Queenstown is not included in your trip costs.

Daily trip logistics

Every day in the mountains is different with changing weather, snowpack, and access conditions. When you book your trip with Queenstown Mountain Guides we will discuss your goals for the trip and the general plan. When you meet with your guide on the first morning of your trip your guide will discuss with you the weather forecast and current conditions and make a final plan for the trip. It is best to be flexible so we can ensure that you will make the most of your time with us.

At the start of the trip we will fly into the mountains at the first possible opportunity.

Each day in the mountains will typically start at 7.00am. On some days we may start earlier, for example if we have a serious ski mountaineering objective that requires an early start.

On any poor weather days it is possible to learn skills inside the hut - for example crevasse rescue, navigation, weather theory, avalanche awareness.

On the final day of the trip we will aim to have you back in Queenstown by approximately 5.00pm.

Guide to participant ratios

The maximum guide to participant ratio that we ski guide in glaciated at is 1 guide to 4 participants. In glaciated terrain groups larger than 4 participants require an extra guide. In non glaciated terrain we can run trips with 6 participants to 1 guide.

Man in green jacket standing in skis
Mountain hut
Digging into snow
Man skiing by rocky mountain

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Mt Aspiring Chalet Wilderness Heli Hike

The Mt Aspiring Chalet is located on the boundary of the Mt Aspiring National park. With incredible views of Mt Aspiring the chalet offers luxury accommodation and an incredible base for alpine adventures. You can tailor your own Mt Aspiring Chalet experience. Queenstown Mountain Guides offer trips ranging from a relaxing trip enjoying the incredible mountain scenery from the balcony scenery or an action packed adventure with alpine hiking or climbing a mountain.

1 to 4 people
2 to 4 days
POA
All year