The local area around Mount Cook Village offers a number spectacular and challenging summits all within easy walking distance. Local Heroes is a 5 to 6 day guiding package thats allows for several mountain objectives.
The package gives enough time to climb 2 or more of these peaks. It is a great great way to get a taste of the potential of the Aoraki Mount Cook area.
A range of technical difficulties provide challenges for beginner, through to intermediate level mountaineers.
Peaks Can Include:
Mount Wakefield, 2,058 metres
Mount Edgar Thompson, 2,379 metres
The Nuns Veil, 2,749 metres
Mount Sealy, 2,627 metres
The Footstool, 2,764 metres
Local Heroes Highlights
No need to travel for hours by car or air
No technical climbing experience required – summits can be selected depending on your experience
Good for those with limited time
Flexible objectives means we can work around changeable weather
Price is kept down by staying local, and using a walk in/walk out approach
Vertical ascents are long - so a high level of fitness is required
Guiding and National Park fees
All meals (including snacks and energy bars)
Hut fees/ local accommodation, as required
Bivouac/camping gear, as and if required
Free use of a range range of technical equipment
Does Not include
Aircraft access or egress. If required (by agreement) for certain objectives this is an additional cost.
How to Book
Contact us to check guide availability. We require a deposit of NZ$1,000 and completed booking form for each person.
No previous mountaineering experience is required. We will select climbs based on your experience, snow and weather conditions, and time available.
Nuns Veil and The Footstool do require previous alpine climbing experience. For less experienced climbers these peaks can only be attempted after a successful training climb on another peak - and subject to your guide’s judgment of your capabilities.
Most of the climbs involve a lot of vertical gain (at least 1,200 metres!). A high level of fitness and ability to carry a pack for a long day is required.
Any technical instruction required is given in the mountains, or between climbs, back in Mount Cook Village.
Local Heroes Details
+ Trip Structure
The Local Heroes program will start in Mount Cook Village. Once you meet your guide and discuss objectives, equipment and rental gear will be organised.
You must be prepared to head out to your first climbing venue that same day, if conditions allow. Most climbs listed involve a 5 or 10 minute drive to the start of the route.
For climbs requiring 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
The Local Heroes format gives flexibility to choose a number of peaks and routes close to Mount Cook Village - there are numerou others than the main ones listed.
If weather conditions do not allow climbing in the local area we can relocate to other nearby venues, before returning to Mount Cook Village. For example:
- Twin Streams (Mount Dark, 2,496 metres & Mount Brown 2,168 metres) - 15 minutes drive
- The South Temple or Hopkins Valleys (1.5 hours drive) - offering a number of great alternative climbs.
+ Why a 5-day minimum?
The Southern Alps has a temperate, maritime alpine climate characterised by fast-moving fronts.
A 5-day minimum is a compromise approach, allowing for changing weather and giving enough time to attempt one or more of the local peaks. It also lets you move to another venue, if conditions absolutely do not allow for climbing around the local area.
+ Footwear for Local Heroes
Local Heroes requires fully-shanked alpine boots. If you do not own appropriate boots we have these available to rent.
We have a range of crampons, which fit practically all boots. Rock shoes will be provided if required, but bring your own if you own a pair.
+ Why choose Alpine Guides?
Because Alpine Guides is based in Mount Cook National Park, you will not be driven for hours to and from your starting point. We are right amongst the action.
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park offers:
- Some of NZ's highest peaks (some over 3,000 metres) from NZ Alpine Grade 1 through 3 and beyond.
- Snow and ice, mixed, and alpine rock peaks to test your mettle.
- Ice climbing on the glacial seracs in summer.
- More settled weather than the neighbouring West Coast
+ Equipment and Clothing
Please let us know what gear you need to rent - including any equipment supplied free of charge.
Our gear lists cater for all eventualities. Sometimes you may not require everything on the equipment list your guide will help you sort though your kit at the start of your trip. Weather and mountain conditions when your trip starts will help determine what is needed.
Temperatures, weather, and snow conditions will vary. The gear list is designed to work around these possibilities.