Mount Aspiring Expedition

Alpine Guides 5-day Mt Aspiring guided mountaineering expedition can be attempted by climbers with basic experience, via the North West Ridge (normal route). The classic SW Ridge offers a challenge for the more experienced.

Mount Aspiring (3,033 metres) is 180 kms south west of Aoraki/Mount Cook, in Mount Aspiring National Park. It is the highest peak in the region, rising 2,500 metres from the Matukituki Valley floor. Mt Aspiring is often called the 'Matterhorn' of the Southern Alps.

Climbing Routes and Guide Ratios

For Mount Aspiring Alpine Guides offers 1:1 and 1:2 ratio guided climbing options - and at least 2 route options.

Route 1: The North West Ridge

This is the standard (normal) route. The climb takes 10 to 12 hours return from Colin Todd Hut (1,800 metres). The route includes glacier travel, pitched climbing, and a 1,220 metre vertical ascent.

Experience Required

Experience Required | 1:2 Ratio package, NW Ridge

  • Extensive previous alpine climbing experience
  • Participants must have climbed together
  • Compatible skill level

Route 2: South West Ridge

A bivouac is normally required the night before the climb. The descent route is usually by the NW Ridge to Colin Todd Hut. Total time: approximately 12-14 hours.

Experience required