Mt. Aspiring

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Experience the mountains for the first time on this incredible journey into the alpine wonderland with an ascent of the technically easy, Mt French, (2,356m/7,300ft). This exciting trip features a helicopter ride into the Aspiring National Park, walking up a wide open and low angled glacier,camping in tents and climbing an easy snow ridge, with just a little bit of exposure, to the top of the mountain.

The Bonar Glacier is on the side of Mt Aspiring, a majestic peak from which the National Park takes its name.  This “trek” involves basic snow skills as you will be traversing a high glacier and spending most of the first 3 days above the snow line.  You do not need previous snow experience before doing this trek, though fitness and the ability to learn quickly and move confidently on your feet is a major advantage.

Alpine Adventure Itinerary
Day 1: Meet your guide in Wanaka, check gear, drive to Raspberry Flat (53km, 1 hour) and fly into
the mountains to our Bevan Col camp in the afternoon. Introduce ice axe and crampons.

Day 2: Walk on the Bonar Glacier, introduce mountain craft skills.
Day 3: Summit day, start early (4-5am) and climb up the Bonar Glacier. Leave our packs at the
Quarterdeck pass, then traverse a snow ridge to the summit of Mt French. Descend to French Ridge
Hut for the night.
Day 4: Descend the French Ridge to the West Matukituki Valley and walk out through the forests
and valley to the trail head at Raspberry Flat (6-7 hrs) and head back to Wanaka.

Duration: 4 days

Price:  $1,700.00 USD per person

Transportation:  Starts from Wanaka and includes transport from Wanaka and a helicopter access flight into the mountains.

The Alpine Adventure Trek

Experience the mountains for the first time on this incredible journey into the alpine wonderland with an ascent of the technically easy, Mt French, (2,356m/7,300ft). This exciting trip features a helicopter ride into the Aspiring National Park, walking up a wide open and low angled glacier,camping in tents and climbing an easy snow ridge, with just a little bit of exposure, to the top of the mountain.

The Bonar Glacier is on the side of Mt Aspiring, a majestic peak from which the National Park takes its name.  This “trek” involves basic snow skills as you will be traversing a high glacier and spending most of the first 3 days above the snow line.  You do not need previous snow experience before doing this trek, though fitness and the ability to learn quickly and move confidently on your feet is a major advantage.

Alpine Adventure Itinerary
Day 1: Meet your guide in Wanaka, check gear, drive to Raspberry Flat (53km, 1 hour) and fly into
the mountains to our Bevan Col camp in the afternoon. Introduce ice axe and crampons.

Day 2: Walk on the Bonar Glacier, introduce mountain craft skills.
Day 3: Summit day, start early (4-5am) and climb up the Bonar Glacier. Leave our packs at the
Quarterdeck pass, then traverse a snow ridge to the summit of Mt French. Descend to French Ridge
Hut for the night.
Day 4: Descend the French Ridge to the West Matukituki Valley and walk out through the forests
and valley to the trail head at Raspberry Flat (6-7 hrs) and head back to Wanaka.

Duration: 4 days

Price:  $1,700.00 USD per person

Transportation:  Starts from Wanaka and includes transport from Wanaka and a helicopter access flight into the mountains.

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October 23, 2014