The Remarkables Alpine Hike visits the lake Alta area just beyond the Remarkables Ski Field Boundary.
The highlight of the trip is climbing Wye Peak. From the summit you will have incredible views of the glacial carved mountain landscape. On a clear day it is possible to get views of Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook, and the Fiordland mountains.
The Remarkables area is well known for it’s mirror flat glacial tarns, golden tussock hills, schist outcrops and bluffs, streams and waterfalls, unique flora and fauna, and spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu. Single and Double Cone the highest mountains in the Remarkables range dominate the landscape towering above the glacial valley.
The prominent vegetation is snow tussock but the area also includes a wide variety of other special plant species including small alpine flowers that cover the Remarkables area in the spring and summer seasons.
Cairns mark the path of our journey through the alpine wetlands as we climb up to a glacial cirque and Lake Alta. From Lake Alta we climb to Wye pass and then on to the summit of Wye Peak to gain views of the Remarkables and the surrounding peaks of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
This is an exciting and rewarding half day of alpine travel. You will need a medium level of fitness and be confident at moving on uneven terrain where no trail exists. Your guide will lead the trip from the front breaking trail through the soft pristine backcountry powder snow. All of our guides are specialist professional mountain guides that normally guide high alpine peaks so you will be in safe hands. Our guides will assist you and inform you about mountaineering and skiing in the backcountry and high glaciated mountains.