For this reason, most summits require 3-4 days return. There is a wide variety of four and five day trip options. Obviously using a helicopter will get you onto snow quicker and required for many of our 3000m peaks.
There are however great walk-in and out options that provide a full NZ mountain experience. Approaches that take you on a variety of terrain from lowland meadows, through beech forest and up to the alpine tops, glaciers and snowfields of Mount Aspiring National Park. On these self-sufficient expeditions camping and mountaineering equipment and supplies need to be carried.
If you are unsure which objective would be best for you and time of year, get in contact and we can suggest some options. It is possible to combine any of these summits with time spent on skills development a warm up peak or a combination of peaks on a longer trip. Check out our Private Guiding.book now from $2850 Skills required
James, Australia, Mt Dixon
New Zealand's 3000m peaks offer a variety of ascents based out of high alpine huts or camps. 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 Westland and Aoraki/Mt Cook National Parks. With a wide variety of venues to choose from we aim for an objective that will take advantage of where the weather and conditions are best.
The helicopter will deliver you close to the hut so there is no need to carry a heavy pack. Walking through deep snow requires strong thighs and good cardiovascular ability. The summit day usually lasts 8-10 hours so endurance and the ability to keep going when you are tired will definitely be tested. Descending the track required strong thighs, be sure to get a few days walking down steep hills to get your legs in shape for going down as well as up!book now from $2850
Mount Lendenfeld is a typical 4-day ascent.
Lendenfeld is an excellent place to try out cramponing and using an ice axe for the first time and this is a great place to learn about glacier travel. The glacier is easy angled and rises slowly until reaching 40-50 degrees towards the top. Ascents will require some front pointing on the final pitches. The guide will deal with placing protection required.
Our offices are at 58 McDougall St, Wanaka, a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of town. Here's a google map of our office location.
Unless otherwise instructed, for summer trips your guide will meet you at 8.30am on the morning of Day 1 of your trip. For winter trips we usually meet at 5pm the evening before the trip starts. We will confirm this meeting at the time of booking.
If you require pick up from your accommodation, please let us know.
At this meeting your clothing and equipment is checked and the final details of your trip are discussed. There will be time for last-minute purchases if required.
Aspiring Guides is based in the small & scenically beautiful town of Wanaka. Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka, on the South Island of New Zealand, Wanaka is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park - a World Heritage Area.
Wanaka is a 1 hour drive from Queenstown (which has an international airport for flights from Australia), 5 hours from Christchurch (with an international airport) and 3 hours from Dunedin. Wanaka has ample accommodation to suit all budget types and a wide range of outdoor sports stores necessary to equip you for a mountaineering, skiing or hiking trip with us.
We are located at 58 McDougall St, Wanaka, a short 10-15 minute walk from the centre of town.i