Seven days with a top guide and some of the greatest mountains in the world! You decide with your guide what objectives are best for you.
We can customize an itinerary for you depending on your aspirations and skills. You can tackle an objective that you have long desired or leave it up to your guide to design the holiday of a lifetime based on your ability and goals. Many people prefer to combine instruction with guided ascents. Our guides are specialists at putting your desires first. Wanaka is the perfect location; we not only use Aspiring National Park but have easy access to both Mount Cook National Park as well as Westland Park. We have terrain that will suit all climbers and can adjust trip locations to suit the weather, an important consideration in a wild climate such as New Zealand.
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Summit Weeks come in all shapes and sizes. We usually meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30 on the first day of the trip. Here you will meet you guide and do any last minute equipment and food organizing. Though our correspondence we will have a good idea of you objectives and your guide will discuss with you the trip plan as well as weather and conditions.
Aspiring Guides location in Wanaka is your secret weapon. We have easy access to our local Mt Aspiring National Park as well as both the east and west side of Mt Cook National Park. With a wide variety of venues to choose from we can design a course that will take advantage of where the weather and conditions are best.
We have a range of venues available. Not being tied to one location allows you pick an area based on factors such as weather or snow conditions. Here are two popular locations, Westland National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park.
Minarets --- grade 2
Jervois --- grade 2+
Mt Lendenfeld --- grade 2 (from Marcel Col)
Mt Lendenfeld, Hamilton Berry Route --- grade3+
Mt Haidinger, West Ridge --- grade 3
Douglas Peak – grade 5
Rolling Pin --- grade 2
Mt Bevan --- grade 2
Avalanche Peak --- grade 2
Mt Aspiring, North West Ridge --- grade 2
Mt Aspiring, South West Ridge --- grade 3+
Mt Aspiring, South Face --- grade 4+
Our 1:1 guide ratio applies for our more technical climbs; alternatively a 1:2 guide ratio allows you to develop a climbing partnership on less demanding, but rewarding routes.
Comprehensive trip notes are supplied, which will assist in your trip planning, equipment selection and purchase advice, what you can expect to be doing on a day to day basis, and much more. A reasonable standard of fitness makes any mountain experience more fulfilling.
With just you and your guide you will be able to push yourself as hard as you like! Alpine climbing is a strenuous activity and the better shape you are in the more you will be able to achieve. We supply a complete physical workout program for those wanting to get in shape for their trip.book now from $4600
Summit Weeks are privately guided trips so you can make it as hard or easy as you like. There are “walk-up” peaks for first-timers or you can tackle some of the hardest routes in the Southern Alps! Glacier travel, crampon and ice axe skills, and technical rope work will all be required but don’t worry, for those new to the sport or needing a refresher, our guides will start right at the beginning.book now from $4600
New Zealand is famous for its changeable weather. The mountains here are characterized by long sunny fine periods mixed with sudden and sometimes heavy rain or snow. Our experienced guides are well equipped to provide the best possible trip and have many years experience in judging the conditions.
Travel in bad weather is an art in itself. By using Aspiring Guides you give yourself the best chance of success dealing with whatever the weather may throw at you. We also offer a bonus one day weather contingency on ascents and winter trips that require helicopter access. This means your trip could start a day late if you choose to use this option.
If the weather remains adverse and prevents the trip from operating as originally planned, you have the opportunity to carry out sub-alpine adventure and skill development activities. The Guide fee applies and any trip costs not utilised will be refunded.
It is important that you have read and understood our booking terms and conditions. Once a trip begins there are no refunds.
Generally, the price includes your qualified and friendly guide, all meals and snacks, park fees, hut fees, communications with Aspiring Guides Operations base and 15% Goods and Services Tax. Most technical equipment is included but transport costs like vehicle, jetboat, helicopter and/or air plane costs are not always included and vary with individual trips. See each individual trip description to see what is included or excluded from the price.