Private Guiding | Short Trips 1-4 days

 

Alpine Guides can arrange short mountaineering and ski touring/mountaineering trips for people with limited time. The Mount Cook and wider Mackenzie region offers any number of fantastic objectives.

All short guiding trips are tailored to meet your requirements. We will discuss possible objectives based on mountain conditions, and what you hope to achieve.

Experience Required

For many short trips no previous mountaineering experience is needed. If you do not have a specific objective we can recommend a trip based on your experience, fitness, weather, mountain conditions, and time available.

A very high level of fitness and ability to carry a pack for a long day is required.

Prices and Inclusions to 30 April 2017

Prices are per-person, in New Zealand Dollars

For example, the price for 2 people on a 2 day trip is NZ$900 each.

The price includes:

  • Guiding fees and national park fees
  • All meals (including snacks and energy bars) 
  • Hut fees/ local accommodation, as required 
  • Bivouac/camping gear, as required
  • Free use of a range of technical equipment 

Booking for Private Guiding

Because short trips run the risk of being adversely affected by poor weather we do not offer advance bookings. Trips must be confirmed and paid for inside 7 days of the start date.

How to book:
  • Contact us to discuss your objectives, please provide details on time available, and experience
  • We will pencil in a booking but will not commit or confirm
  • Contact us again inside of 7 days to check the weather, and then we will confirm your booking
  • Confirmation of a booking is also dependent on guide availability

Reporting Details

Unless otherwise arranged, your trip will start at 08:30 at Alpine Guides base in Mount Cook Village, and finish at approx. 17:00 on the last day of your program.

Trip Structure | Private Guiding

The Private Guiding program will start in Mount Cook Village. Once you meet your guide and refine objectives, equipment and gear will be organised.

For trips that require a bivouac Alpine Guides will supply a tent or bivvy bag, as well as all bivvy equipment (stoves, utensils, etc.). Bringing your own drinking mug is recommended.

Flexibility to move

If weather conditions do not allow us to tackle your trip of choice we will devise another suitable trip that will fit your time available and experience.

Aircraft Access

Some ski touring and climbing objectives can be greatly enhanced by aircraft access - reducing heavy load carrying, and quickly accessing your objectives. Aircraft use could save you a day or more from your trip duration - for example, climbing Nuns Veil, accessing Barron Saddle Hut, or ski touring at Twin Streams.

All aircraft costs are in addition to guiding fees. We will advise on likely costs based on your specific trip, and the number of people involved.

Equipment and Clothing | Private Guiding

Please let us know what gear you need to rent - including any equipment supplied free of charge.

Choosing your clothing | Seasonal Variation

Our gear lists cater for all eventualities. Sometimes you may not require everything on the equipment list. Weather and conditions when your trip starts will help determine what is needed.

Temperatures, weather, and snow conditions will vary. The program is designed to work around these changes. 

Read more about seasonality, weather, and snow conditions here.

Make a Booking

Book online here using a credit card or by bank deposit. Please ensure you have confirmed guide availability with us.

Dom on the Nuns Veil.


Sample Trip Options organised by length

A list of some potential trips follows, organised by length. If you have a different trip in mind please contact us to discuss your plans 

We will provide more details on specific trips via email.

Summer Trips | mid-October to April

Mount Wakefield (2,058 metres), via Guides Route
  • NZ Alpine Grade: 1+
  • Length: 1 long day - approx 8-10 hours
  • Total Ascent: approx. 1,300 metres
  • Season: October - April
  • Prerequisites - scrambling experience, very high level of fitness, rock climbing experience preferred
  • Maximum ratio: 1 guide to 2 participants
  • View Guides Route on Google Maps
Mueller Hut - the "hard" way
  • NZ Alpine Grade: 1+
  • Length: 1 long day - approx 8-10 hours
  • Total Ascent: approx 1,300 metres
  • Season: October - April
  • Prerequisites - scrambling experience, very high level of fitness
  • Maximum ratio: 1 guide to 3 participants

Recommended - this trip can be offered as a 2 day venture, with an overnight stay at Mueller Hut on the descent.

Sefton Bivouac
  • NZ Alpine Grade: 1-
  • Length: 1 long day - approx 8 to 10 hours
  • Total Ascent: approx 1,000 metres
  • Season: October - April
  • Prerequisites - scrambling experience, high level of fitness
  • Maximum ratio: 1 guide to 3 participants
The Footstool, 2,764 metres
  • Main Divide Route, NZ Alpine Grade: 2+
  • Length: 2 days
  • Total Ascent: approx 1,700 metres
  • Season: October- late January, or July-October for ski mountaineering
  • Prerequisites - previous mountaineering with crampon and ice axe, very high level of fitness
  • Maximum ratio: 1 guide to 2 participants
Mount Edgar Thompson, 2,379 metres
  • East Ridge Route, NZ Alpine Grade: 2
  • Length: 2 days
  • Total Ascent: approx 1,600 metres
  • Season: November - April
  • Prerequisites - previous mountaineering with crampon and ice axe, very high level of fitness
  • Maximum ratio: 1 guide to 2 participants

Mt Edgar Thompson is also available as a 1 day trip using helicopter access to Jamieson Saddle.

The Nuns Veil, 2,749 metres
  • Gorilla Stream Route, NZ Alpine Grade: 1+
  • Length: 3 days
  • Total Ascent: approx 2,100 metres
  • Season: November- April
  • Maximum ratio: 1 guide to 2 participants

A 2 day option is possible using helicopter access and/or egress.

Mount Sealy, 2,627 metres
  • South West Face Route, NZ Alpine Grade: 1+
  • Length Required: 3 days
  • Total Ascent: approx 1,900 metres
  • Season: November - April
  • Prerequisites - previous mountaineering with crampon and ice axe, very high level of fitness
  • Maximum ratio: 1 guide to 2 participants

Winter Trips - July to early October

Details on winter trips are coming soon (updated October 2015).