For this reason, most summits require 3-4 days return. There is a wide variety of four-day options. Obviously using a helicopter will get you onto snow quicker, however there are great walk-in walk-out options. If you are unsure what peak would be best for you, just let your guide know what you are interested in and they can make sure you get trip best for you.book now from $2850 Skills required
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Meet at our Wanaka office where you meet your guide and do a complete gear check. There will be time for getting last minute items if you have to. It is a 3 hour drive to Fox township and our helicopter staging area. After flying into Pioneer Hut and droping our bags we get familiar with cramponing and ice axe techniques as well as glacier travel methods. With views out over the Tasman Sea this is an amazng place to be.
An alpine start gets you out of bed and on the trail just at first light. A practice day on the south shoulder of Mt Haidinger is the perfect warm up to get used to the snow conditions and steep snow pitching. Your guide will show you everything you need to know and you will appreciate having a tight rope above you!
Another early start to take advantage of the hard snow conditions in the morning takes you to the foot of Mt Lendenfeld. Winding through the crevasses to Marcel Col can be exciting and reaching the Col is a highlight with views of the Tasman Glacier on the eastern side of the divide. Five pitches of 50 degree snow or ice takes you to the upper shoulder where the angle backs off, with easier climbing to the summit. Lendenfeld is next in line on the divide after Mount Cook and Mount Tasman and is the perfect place to view these NZ icons. Typically it is 8-10 hours round trip back to the hut following the way you came up. A classic alpine day out.
After a big breakfast and real coffee, we head down the Fox Glacier to Chancellor Hut. It is a beautiful trip (all downhill!) with many crevasse fields and ice falls to navigate. It may be soft snow and fairly easy-going or later in the summer it is mostly ice with many detours to find the way. The hut sits high above the tumbling ice of the Fox Glacier and is a welcome sight after working through the many obstacles of the route. The ice ends just above the hut and you will find walking in grass and wild flowers to be a shock to the system after four days on the glacier. The walk to the valley floor is cut off by the lower glacier so we arrange for a helicopter pick up to take us back to our vehicle on the valley floor.
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