Escape the crowds and discover the many hidden treasures of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park on one of our guided day hikes or overnight huts.
Our professional mountain guides will take you safely on an “off the beaten track” tramp while sharing their extensive knowledge of the local area. We also provide all the gear you will need for the day and a picnic lunch.
Alpine Guides Day Walks Include:
Experience and Fitness
Previous trekking /hiking experience is essential. Our hikes involve leaving marked and formed trails, uphill and downhill travel, stepped and natural surfaces.
You must have good aerobic fitness, and able to walk for at least 5 hours over the day on uneven terrain carrying a small backpack (4 to 5 kg).
Please bring the following on all day hikes:
We can provide rain jackets, pants, gaiters, backpacks, and hiking poles. We also have boots available to hire.
Price: From $190 per person (Based on 4 pax) – $310 pp (Based on 2 pax)
Duration: 8 Hours approx.
Difficulty: Three out of five
Departs: 8:30 am
Mount Wakefield is a full-day guided hike at Mount Cook for fit walkers taking about 7-8 hours, return.
Mt Wakefield dominates the eastern skyline of Mount Cook Village and sees very few hikers, although it is probably the best day hike at Mount Cook.
Our guided hike offers a 700-metre ascent to a scenic point above Wakefield’s mighty scree fans. The climb begins steeply, under remnant beech forest, then through grassy meadows of Mt Cook Lilies and Celmissia.
Our stopping point, home to NZ Falcons, gives uninterrupted views of Lake Pukaki, Tasman Glacier, and the ice-draped peaks of the Main Divide.
Fit parties who move well on rough terrain may continue to one of several small ‘peaks’ between 1,800 and 2,000 metres elevation. The descent is by the same route.
Mount Sebastopol at 1,468 metres is the closest peak to Mt Cook village. This a fun ascent, mixing hiking with scrambling and utterly spectacular views. Total height gain is 750 metres and the rip will take 4 to 6 hours return depending on your level of fitness.
You meet your guide at 8:30 am at the Alpine Guides base. The climb follows a maintained track to red tarns for approx 300 vertical metres and then by an unmarked route to the breathtaking summit
Higher on the ascent you must be confident on uneven ground. The scrambling section requires the use of hands and some ‘exposure’ near the summit. The guide may use a rope for some sections.
The summit gives uninterrupted views down the length of the Tasman Valley to Lake Pukaki, and across to the glaciated peaks at the head of the Tasman Glacier. Kea are common visitors up here.
In cooler months there can be snow on the upper route and your guide will provide crampons.
The descent is by the same route, with a possible scree-run for those keen for some adventure. The trip takes on average 5-6 hours.
Looking for a day hike that gets you into some big mountains and rewards you with the kind of huge alpine views usually reserved for serious mountaineers? Then you can’t do better than the hike up to Mueller Hut! No other formed track in New Zealand gets you into the heart of the Southern Alps amongst some of New Zealand’s highest mountains like this one does.
A trek to Mueller Hut is an unforgettable experience, surrounded by majestic, glacier clad peaks. The trip is available all year, for fit hikers. There is over 1,000 vertical metres of ascent, over a 8-10 hour day. You need to be fit.
Follow in the footsteps of a young Sir Edmund Hillary to Mueller Hut and if you are keen you can walk onto the rocky peak of Mount Ollivier at 1900 metres. Mueller is one of the more accessible alpine huts in NZ. Above it stands Mount Ollivier (1,933 metres) – known as the first peak Sir Edmund Hillary climbed. This is an unforgettable location, flanked by the glacier-draped peaks of the Main Divide.
Winter conditions (May – October) can bring avalanche risk. You guide may elect a different itinerary if conditions are not safe.
Mueller Hut is a long day (up to 10 hours return). A high level of fitness is required.
Mueller Hut is one of the more accessible alpine huts in New Zealand, above it stands Mount Ollivier at 1,933 metres – known as the first peak Sir Edmund Hillary climbed, an unforgettable hiking location, flanked by the glacier-draped peaks of the main divide.
Alpine Guides offers both a guided single day hikes for fit people, or an overnight trek for those who like to savour their time in the mountains. The rocky peak of Mount Olivier looks down over Mueller Hut and Mount Cook village. with Mt Olivier’s summit is reached by an achievable hike/scramble (or crampon assisted mission) about 40 minutes hike from Mueller Hut.
The Overnight option allows time for a comfortable, unhurried ascent to the hut and the opportunity to appreciate the spectacular sunrise and sunset light show that only Aoraki Mount cook can arrange.
The 1,000-metre ascent to the hut takes around 6 hours, with time for breaks and photographs. The peak of Mount Ollivier is a 40 minute climb from the hut – a great opportunity for aspiring climbers.
Follow in the footsteps of a young Sir Edmund Hillary to Mueller Hut and if you are keen you can walk onto the rocky peak of Mount Ollivier at 1900 metres. This is a 1,100 vertical metre hike following a marked trail to the hut, before scrambling to the summit.
Looking for an extraordinary experience? Alpine Guides’ Plateau Hut Overnight trip is the perfect ‘easy’ mountain adventure and a trip to one of New Zealand’s most iconic alpine locations.
Stay at a modern NZ alpine hut, and enjoy the thrill of glaciated ‘big-mountain’ terrain, accompanied by your professional guide.
Then, roped for glacier travel, safely trek to the summit of Glacier Dome (2,452 metres) – a beautiful snow-clad but non-technical peak on the flanks of Aoraki Mount Cook itself!
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