Hochstetter Dome

A 4-day guided mountaineering trip to one of the 'classic' snow and ice summits of the Mount Cook alpine area. Hochstetter Dome is perfect for climbers with some basic experience, who want the challenge of summiting and traversing a beautiful glaciated peak.

Hochstetter Dome, 2834 Metres

Hochstetter Dome is located at the head of the Tasman Glacier in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. We base our trip from one of 2 convenient mountain huts - Tasman Saddle or Kelman Hut. The ascent is 500 vertical metres of moderate but straight-forward climbing, taking around 6 hours for the return trip. Confident crampon and ice axe skills are essential for a safe summit.

Winter alpinists who are strong skiers/snowboarders have the bonus of a 1,000 vertical metre ski run from Hochstetter Shoulder down on to the lower Tasman Glacier.

See the detailed trip notes for more information.


Experience required:

  • Good level of aerobic fitness
  • Mountain ability similar to completion of our Mountain Experience Course
  • Competent crampon skills, and able to self arrest
  • Technical rope skills not required

Booking Hochstetter Dome

All Hochstetter Dome trips are privately arranged. Please contact us to discuss your preferred date and the number of people in your party.

Hochstetter Dome can be booked year-round. We will provide a guide to suit your travel plans, subject to guide availability.