The Footstool  2,764 m

The glaciated peak of The Footstool towers impressively above Mount Cook Village. Alpine Guides offer a 3-day guided mountaineering package that can get you to the summit.

This mountain is no push-over, requiring competence with crampons and ice axe, glacier travel and route-finding skills. It is a perfect consolidation trip after a mountaineering course. Alternatively, The Footstool is an ideal early-season peak for a one-off climb in the Aoraki Mount Cook area.

Footstool 3-day Package

Sitting right on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps alongside Mount Sefton, Footstool is an imposing sentinel, within easy walking distance of Mount Cook Village. Summit views of the West Coast beaches and across the Mackenzie are incredible.

Vertical gain is almost 1,700 metres. 3 days are allowed for the trip with your guide. This gives a full day of flexibility around snow conditions and changeable weather.

We include an additional standby day free of charge, to assist working around weather.

Main Divide Route

We guide the Main Divide Route, NZ Alpine Grade 2+. This traverses the Taewaewae and Eugenie Glaciers before ascending the Main Divide ridge to the summit.

The return time from the base camp at Sefton Bivouac is around 8 hours, before descending to Mt Cook Village.

Maximum Guide/Participant Ratio is 1:2.


  • High level of fitness

  • Mountaineering experience similar or better than our Alpine Skills Course

  • Experience with glacier travel and basic crevasse rescue

  • Comfortable with exposure

Season - October to January

The Main Divide route is affected by crevassing and bergschrunds in the Eugenie Glacier. The route normally becomes cut-off during January - but conditions every season will vary.

Feel free to contact us about route conditions prior to placing your booking.