Whether you are 1 person or a larger group we can work with you to achieve your goals.
This is a chance to get the exact proportion of instruction and/or summits that you like. Some people just want to climb and let the guide worry about all the technical stuff while other people want to get more instruction. With a private guide you can have it both ways!
If you have significant technical experience then we can arrange a Private Guide for you to tackle some of those ascents not listed in our core programme. Tasman, Douglas, Hicks are available to those with a suitable resume.
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Private Guiding can 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 your guide and do any last-minute equipment and food organizing. Through our correspondence we will have a good idea of your 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 Mnt. Aspiring Nationa Park as well both the east and the west side of Mnt 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.
Instruction or guided - the choice is yours.
Trips can go all year but the best time is November-March for summer trips or June-October for ski touring or ice climbing at our private Black Peak Hut. Remember, alpine ice climbing goes long into the summer here with great snow and ice routes lasting well in January. Alpine rock routes are popular in the late summer.
We can customise a trip for you anywhere on the South Island. From a Darrans rock adventure to a group instruction course, let us organise your next New Zealand adventure. We have high alpine passes with all the food and sleeping bags in place - all you need is a light pack. This set-up is ideal for a wild team bonding adventure or you can go for a 1:1 instruction week followed by a Mt Aspiring guided ascent.
If you would like to tackle routes more technical than our standard peaks, then we can arrange a qualified and experienced private guide for you. Mt Tasman, Douglas or Hicks are available to mountaineers with suitable significant experience.
Contact us so we can help organise the trip of a lifetime.
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
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
We will organise a custom price depending on your trip and budget.
One thing we hear every trip is "the food was great! I never knew it was possible to eat so well on a climbing / skiing / trekking trip". We put a lot of work into supplying you with wholesome meals with a variety of healthy and tasty ingredients and snacks catering to common preferences.
Where possible, we provide fresh vegetables and real coffee. However, there will always be limitations when cooking in an alpine or wilderness environment. Meals like salads are limited or not possible to provide. Some trips/ courses are not recommended for people with very restrictive or complex dietary requirements. If you do have a restrictive eating regime we ask that you disclose this to us at the time of booking and we may ask you to provide us with an advance copy of what you would typically eat on a wilderness trip.
For highly specialised diets requiring special food purchases - we may ask that you attend our offices on the day before your trip is due to commence. If you are joining a scheduled group that doesn't have food requirements, we may ask you to shop & pay for some of your preferred dietary requirements. You will also be required to carry this food and your guide may ask you to assist in the preparation of any separate meals required for you individually.
Under 'equipment' on each individual trip web page, we provide detailed information about the equipment required for the trip. Typically this includes a checklist which you can use to "tick off" your gear, a document giving more detailed explanations as well as some of our best "guide tips" and a video to visually explain some of the terminology.
For our climbing and skiing trips, we have 3 categories of equipment:-
Compulsory items - this is equipment you must have with you. You can either purchase or hire depending on the item.
Trip Dependent - these are items that may be needed but will depend on the venue for the trip and prevailing conditions. Most times this cannot be decided ahead of time. Our best advice is that if you already own the items listed in the trip dependent section & you can fit in your pack then bring them along. Things like your own rock shoes and snow goggles are good things to bring - but disposable eating utensils can easily be obtained in Wanaka.
Optional - these are items which you can choose to bring or leave behind. But we think you should at least bring your camera!! Your trip will to some of the most breath-taking locations on the planet!!
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about the suitability of equipment to avoid purchasing or carrying unnecessary equipment.