DIFFICULTY


Duration

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1 : 4

season

Apri-October

Price

From NZ$330
per person

 

Mueller Hut Day and Overnight

Mueller is one of the more accessible alpine huts in NZ. Above it stands Mount Ollivier (1,933 metres) - known as the first peak Sir Edmund Hillary climbed. This is an unforgettable location, flanked by the glacier-draped peaks of the Main Divide.
Alpine Guides offers both a guided single-day hike for fit people, or an overnight trek, for those who like to savour their time in the mountains.
The rocky peak of Mt Ollivier (1,933 metres) looks down over Mueller Hut and Mount Cook Village. Mt Ollivier is known as the first mountain Sir Edmund Hillary climbed. Its summit is reached is an achievable hike/scramble (or crampon-assisted mission) about 40 minutes from Mueller Hut.

Experience and Fitness

  • Hiking/tramping fitness with regular sustained hikes with a backpack

  • Able carrying a pack of 10-12 kg for up to 4 to 6 hours - without stopping

  • Some sections of the route have moderate exposure. Your guide will carry a rope if assistance is required.

  • Crampons and ice axe (sometimes snowshoes) will be carried. Your guide will give instruction on proper use of equipment. See the equipment list for more details.


Mueller Hut Day Hike

A trek to Mueller Hut is an unforgettable experience, surrounded by majestic, glacier clad peaks. The trip is available all year, for fit hikers. There is over 1,000 vertical metres of ascent, over a 8-10 hour day. You need to be fit.

Winter conditions (May - October) can bring avalanche risk. You guide may elect a different itinerary if conditions are not safe

Highlights

  • Stunning mountain views

  • Vist an iconic Kiwi alpine hut

  • Great introduction to alpine tramping/mountaineering

  • Picnic lunch at 1800 metres

  • Private trip, 100% tailored to your needs

  • Experienced guide with extensive knowledge of the local area

Inclusions

  • Cost of private certified guide

  • Picnic lunch and snacks

  • Free use of any technical gear required (check our gear list)

Clothing and Equipment List

  Download the Mueller Hut Day List

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Mueller Hut Overnight

The overnight option allows time for a comfortable, unhurried ascent to the hut, and the opportunity to appreciate the spectacular sunrise and sunset light show that only Aoraki can arrange.

The 1,000-metre ascent to the hut takes around 6 hours, with time for breaks and photographs. The peak of Mount Ollivier is a 40 minute climb from the hut - a great opportunity for aspiring climbers. 

Guiding Season

We guide through Autumn to Spring (April-October), when the hut is quieter. At that time the route requires technical equipment and sound mountain knowledge to make a safe ascent.

Highlights

  • Stunning mountain views from an iconic Kiwi alpine hut

  • Professional guide with extensive knowledge of the local area

  • Private trip, 100% tailored to your needs

Inclusions

  • Cost of private certified guide for 2 days

  • Hut and National Park fees

  • Lunch from day 1 to lunch day 2, plus snacks

  • Free use of any technical gear required (check our gear list)

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+ Booking Terms and Conditions

All participants on Alpine Guides Alpine Trekking programs must be as honest and transparent as possible about outdoor experience and fitness prior to booking.

Information provided for each Alpine Guides trip provides a minimum level of experience/ability required. If the participant(s) fails to meet minimum experience/fitness requirements alternate objectives will be arranged.

In a group situation, if a participant’s lack of fitness/ability severely affects the running of the trip, Alpine Guides reserves the right to modify the trip/itinerary. Arrangements may be made to evacuate the participant(s) at their own cost. The guide is the final arbiter of this decision.


Confirmation on Payment

Bookings will be confirmed on receipt of full payment of the trip cost and a completed booking form.


Trip Dates

Bookings for Alpine Trekking programs must be made for specific dates. The period of time booked is the period that must be paid for, regardless of weather and/or other circumstances that may alter the itinerary. For example, if your booking is for 4th to 6th January inclusive, the guide fee applicable is for 3 days.


Modification of Intineraries

Alpine Guides reserves the right to modify itineraries, accommodation or transportation if necessary, due to circumstances beyond our control or safety reasons, including weather, snow conditions, or client ability/fitness. Where possible these modifications will allow for a trip of a similar length, difficulty and objectives.

Cancellations Alpine Guides strongly recommends travel insurance, to cover against unavoidable late cancellation and potential loss of payment/deposits. We accept no responsibility for illness or personal accidents, or evacuation costs if necessary. Accident Compensation in NZ may cover some accidents, but not illness.

For cancellations received prior to commencement of your Alpine Trekking trip, the following conditions apply:

A. Cancellation received 14 days or less prior to commencement: no refund will be made. B. Cancellation received within 15 - 31 days prior to commencement: a full refund of fees paid, less a cancellation fee of 50% of the fee per person. C. Cancellation received 32 or more days prior to commencement: a full refund of fees paid, less a cancellation fee of 25% of the fee per person. D. There is no charge for reducing guest numbers where rates are based on a fixed rate per-person.


Refunds

  • No refunds are due for trips voluntarily reduced in length, except in exceptional circumstances. If weather and/or conditions require the trip itinerary to be modified no refund is due. Some trip costs may be returned if they have not been incurred.
  • No refunds are due for leaving the trip for medical or fitness reasons. We recommend travel insurance to cover this contingency.
  • There is no refund due for customers who do not show.

Severe Weather If a trip is severely affected by weather, a credit may be allowed on a future trip, at Alpine Guides discretion. No refund will be made.


Prices Prices are subject to change.


Age restriction Minimum of '12' years old


Requests for Specific Guides Whilst we try to honour requests for specific guides, we provide no guarantee that specific guide will be able to run your trip, if through injury, pressure of bookings, or other circumstances beyond our control they are not available. An alternative guide will be provided and we will advise in advance of the trip starting. It is not possible to cancel a trip if your guide of choice is unavailable.