Plateau Hut Overnight
Looking for an extraordinary experience? Alpine Guides' Plateau Hut Overnight trip is the perfect 'easy' mountain adventure and a trip to one of New Zealand's most iconic alpine locations.
Stay at a modern NZ alpine hut, and enjoy the thrill of glaciated 'big-mountain' terrain, accompanied by your professional guide.
Then, roped for glacier travel, safely trek to the summit of Glacier Dome (2,452 metres) - a beautiful snow-clad but non-technical peak on the flanks of Aoraki Mount Cook itself!
Stay at one of NZ's most spectacular alpine huts
Trek across a glacier
Use crampons/snowshoes and ice axe to ascend a peak
Spectacular scenic flights to and from your hut
Delicious evening meal and breakfast prepared by your guide
Timing Your Trip
Plateau Hut can be visited year-round. However, November to early-January is peak climbing season for Mount Cook climbs. At that time the hut may be very busy and often noisy during the small hours of the morning, with mountaineers making “alpine starts”. We do not recommend booking in November to early January - unless you want the 'full' alpine experience!
Professional mountain guide - on a private basis
Two 12 minute scenic helicopter flights
Hut and National Park fees
Meals and snacks - (2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast)
All technical gear (see gear list)
0830 Meet your guide and discuss plans
Sort gear and travel to Mt Cook Airport
Fly to Plateau Hut – 2,210 metres (7,250 feet) above sea level
Set up at hut and take lunch
Glacier walk and training
Glacier Dome trek and traverse - 2 to 3 hours
Lunch at hut
Fly back to Mt Cook airport
Return gear and depart
+ 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.
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.
- 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.