Expedition Training Course

Alpine Guides Expedition Training Course will prepare you for 7 Summits expedition-style mountaineering in the Himalaya, Andes, Pacific North-West, or anywhere on Earth.

Big mountain training at "low" altitude

Aoraki Mount Cook area offers Himalayan vertical scale, steep glaciers, and fast-changing weather. The benefit of training here is the high-altitude feel, without the dangers of extreme cold and lack of oxygen.

8 Days of high alpine immersion

Our Expedition Course base camp is at a prime location deep in Mt Cook National Park. We fly you in and out, to avoid heavy load carrying, and to maximise training time.

During your 8 days you will focus on camp management, fixed line techniques, and how to travel and climb safety in extreme glaciated mountain terrain.

Instruction topics include:

  • Trip planning and preparation

  • Camp management skills

  • Crampon and ice axe technique

  • Rope skills - including “fixed” rope techniques

  • Decision making/risk analysis at altitude

  • Glacier travel techniques

  • Anchors on snow and rock

Experience required:

  • High level of fitness

  • Trekking/tramping experience