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Aoraki-Mount Cook. Start from Lake Tekapo.
Phone: 03 680 6736
Freephone: 0800 006 096
Mobile (and SMS): 021 171 0201
Address: 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo
Contact Person: Anne Braun-Elwert
8am gear check at our office, 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo.
The guide takes us by minivan to Mount Cook (about 1 hour). We transfer to a 4WD vehicle and drive as far as possible up the old Ball Hut Road, parallel to the Tasman Glacier. From Ball Shelter, we climb 850m up the Ball Ridge to Caroline Hut at 1820m/6000ft, perched right opposite the awe-inspiring Caroline Face of Mount Cook. The panorama includes Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, all the mountains adjoining the Tasman Glacier, and Lake Pukaki.
Learn basic mountaineering techniques, using crampons and ice-axe. Climb Kaitiaki Peak (2222m/7290ft) south of Ball Pass and take in the dramatic views of the South Ridge of Aoraki. Back at Caroline Hut take time to watch the sun set on Mt Tasman and the ice avalanches thunder down the Caroline Face. (6 hours return.)
We return to Mount Cook Village via the Tasman Valley, this time with the 29km long Tasman Glacier stretching out in front of us to the north. Our descent route allows good views out over the ever-expanding terminal lake of the Tasman Glacier. (4-5 hours hiking.) Return travel to Lake Tekapo.
This is a great introduction to New Zealand`s most impressive mountains, but does not require you to have mountaineering experience.
Alpine Recreation - Ball Pass Trek
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