This sample itinerary is based on a Mt Cook Glacier Trekking Expedition trip run at the head of the Tasman Glacier from Tasman Saddle Hut. The final location of the trip will depend on the weather forecast for the duration of the trip. Other locations include the Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers and the Mt Aspiring National Park. There are lots great options all with incredible scenery and large glaciers.
Your guide will pick you up from your accomodation in Queenstown at 8.30am. After checking your gear it’s a 3 hour drive to Mt Cook airport. Once we arrive at the airport we will do an aircraft safety briefing before flying into the mountains by ski plane or helicopter, the scenery from the air is incredible as our aircraft takes us up the path of the glacier to our landing spot on the Neve at the head of the Tasman glacier and Tasman Saddle Hut. In the afternoon your guide will teach you how to use an ice axe and crampons.
Please note the New Zealand mountains are subject to periods of poor weather and sometimes the aircraft cannot fly into the mountains on the first day. If we are delayed we will base ourselves at Mt Cook village and explore the incredible local hiking tracks and scenery. We will fly into the mountains at the first opportunity.
Good morning! You are now waking up in a New Zealand alpine hut situated on one of New Zealand’s largest glacier, the scenery is simply incredible! Today we will explore our local surroundings with a climb to Aylmer Col, a spectacular view point on the main divide of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, from the col you can look down over the west coast glaciers and out towards the Tasman Sea. The day starts with a lesson on glacier travel on how to travel safely on a rope while walking amongst crevasses.
Today we will hike to the north western side of Hochstetter Dome and Lendenfield Saddle. For fit and adventurous groups a climb of Hochstetter or Mt Aylmer is possible.
Todays adventure takes us on a journey down the Tasman Glacier, we will zig zag our way down crevasse fields under the mountains on the eastern side of the main divide travelling until we meet the confluence of the Darwin and Tasman Glaciers where we will meet our helicopter or ski plane for a flight out of the mountains. We will then drive back to Queenstown.