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2 Day Aoraki Mt Cook Guided Trek

Days
2

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$810

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Overview

Climb up the Ball Ridge and confront the mighty Caroline Face of Aoraki Mount Cook. On this guided hike you will go as close as it's possible to get to Mount Cook on foot without actually being on the mountain.

The Aoraki Mount Cook Trek is an easier 2 day option compared to our Ball Pass Crossing. It is designed for people who want to enjoy a high alpine experience without the strenuous and long crossing of Ball Pass on Day 3. Day 1 remains the same as for the Ball Pass Crossing, while on Day 2 you will descend back into the Tasman Valley. Maximum walking time will be 4-6 hours on any one day, instead of the challenging 8-12 hours on Day 3 of the standard Ball Pass Crossing.

You will experience this beautiful area and spend one night at our Caroline Hut in its stunning location, straight opposite the awesome Caroline Face of Aoraki.

Tour Grading: D

  • This alpine adventure is suitable for fit hikers and backpackers, able to climb 850m over rugged, untracked terrain in up to 6 hours.
  • You need to be sure-footed, have good balance and have previous hiking, tramping or bushwalking experience. Crampons and ice-axe are not required.
  • For an easier option, we recommend the Tekapo Trek

Mt Cook as seen from lower Hooker Valley

Climbing up the Ball Ridge

After some steep climbing the Ball Ridge flattens out

Buttercups flower on high alpine passes

Dawn in the Tasman Valley

Ball Pass to Hooker Valley - Gaash Hazan

checking the rain guage - Gaash Hazan

Ball Pass to Hooker Valley

Snow Marguerites in full bloom

Mt Tasman through Cinema Col

Keas are playful and sociable

snow at Caroline Hut

Full moon above Tasman Glacier

Fergun's Knob on the Ball Ridge - Francoise Therin

Leaving Caroline Hut

south face of Mt Cook

descent from Ball Ridge

Austin Deans rests

Fergun's Knob on the Ball Ridge

Storm clouds on the Western Divide

Itinerary

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Day 1Lake Tekapo to Caroline HutHike 4 - 6 hours

Make sure you book your Lake Tekapo accommodation, as you will need to stay here the night before and after.

Meet at our office at Lake Tekapo at 8am. Travel to Mount Cook (about 1 hour), and the end of the Tasman Glacier. Hike up the old Ball Hut Road, parallel to the glacier. From Ball Shelter, climb 850m up the Ball Ridge to Caroline Hut at 1800m/6000ft, perched right opposite the awe-inspiring Caroline Face of Mount Cook. The panorama includes Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, all the mountains adjoining the Tasman Glacier, and Lake Pukaki.

As the hut is fully stocked we only need to carry some fresh items of food (e.g. bread, fruit, vegetables, meat) and our personal clothing and equipment.

Day 2Caroline Hut to Lake TekapoHike 4-6 Hours

Option to climb Fergun's Knob on the ridge above Caroline Hut before returning via the Ball Ridge and Tasman Valley, finishing at 5-6pm back in Tekapo.

Cost per person

November 2020 - April 2021

  • Single: NZ$1020*
  • Group of 3:  NZ$930
  • Group of 4-6: NZ$890
  • Group of 7-8: NZ$810

* On public holidays a surcharge of NZ$100 per person per day applies

NZ$300 per person deposit on booking, balance 60 days before travel.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Lake Tekapo to Caroline HutHike 4 - 6 hours

Make sure you book your Lake Tekapo accommodation, as you will need to stay here the night before and after.

Meet at our office at Lake Tekapo at 8am. Travel to Mount Cook (about 1 hour), and the end of the Tasman Glacier. Hike up the old Ball Hut Road, parallel to the glacier. From Ball Shelter, climb 850m up the Ball Ridge to Caroline Hut at 1800m/6000ft, perched right opposite the awe-inspiring Caroline Face of Mount Cook. The panorama includes Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, all the mountains adjoining the Tasman Glacier, and Lake Pukaki.

As the hut is fully stocked we only need to carry some fresh items of food (e.g. bread, fruit, vegetables, meat) and our personal clothing and equipment.

Day 2Caroline Hut to Lake TekapoHike 4-6 Hours

Option to climb Fergun's Knob on the ridge above Caroline Hut before returning via the Ball Ridge and Tasman Valley, finishing at 5-6pm back in Tekapo.

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