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FitzGerald Pass Crossing

offered by supplier M06144 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 - 5 day(s)
Group Size: 2 people
Destination: New Zealand  
Category: Hiking and walking outfitters
Season: November - December
Min Price: 1850 New Zealand Dollar (NZD) per group
Max Price: 3070 New Zealand Dollar (NZD) per group

The route involves climbing a rock buttress and a steep and crevassed glacier. There is a 20 m wide section of danger from ice avalanches. FitzGerald Pass is a Main Divide crossing and traverses steep snow slopes. Hence, fine weather, safe snow conditions and good timing play a pivotal role for a successful journey.

Participants need to be very fit in order to accomplish the crossing from Aoraki Mount Cook to Douglas Rock Hut in a single day (approx 12 hours). Previous mountaineering experience and good cramponing and ice axe skills are essential. We strongly recommend that participants do a guided Ball Pass crossing or Introductory Climbing Course with Alpine Recreation first in order to learn the necessary mountaineering skills and to allow guides to assess participants' suitability.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: 4:00 pm gear check at the Alpine Recreation office, 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo.

Day 2: Early morning start, 4:00 am. Drive to Aoraki Mount Cook. Starting from Aoraki Mount Cook Village, 780 m, you walk up the Hooker Valley to the Hooker Lake. Here you leave the formed track and you climb over easy terrain until a rock buttress needs to be negotiated.

The guide will belay you up the 150 m of exposed but technically easy rock until you reach snow slopes that lead to the north-eastern part of the Stewart Glacier. You climb steep snow and ice slopes and around crevasses until you reach a shoulder where the view opens up to the south face of Aoraki Mount Cook. A steep snow traverse leads to the final slope that takes you to FitzGerald Pass, 2109 m. 7-8 hours from the road end.

From FitzGerald Pass it is a long descent of about 4 hours to reach Douglas Rock Hut, through old avalanche debris, and it places the track is hard to find. The guide will leave you here and return to Mt Cook Village.

Day 3: You continue on your own for the rest of the Copland Track. Douglas Rock Hut - Welcome Flats Hut takes 3 hours. Soaking in the hot pools is bliss after your exertions of the previous days.

Days 4: Welcome Flats Hut to road end is 5 - 6 hours.

- 2 participants per guide
- Individual bookings welcome. If you end up being the only person on a trip you will have the option of changing to another date or a full refund, or paying a 1:1 surcharge.
- Price per person in NZ$ (valid until 30 April, 2016)

Price: 2 pax (3½ days) - NZ$1400.

Price Includes:
- Guide for 3 days
- Food for 3 days
- Transport from Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook
- All climbing equipment including crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness
- National parks' concession fees, 15% GST.

Price Excludes:
- Meals and accommodation before/after tour
- Hut fees and bus transport at the end of the trip.

About This Supplier
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Location: New Zealand
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2005
Client Request Served: 4

Our trekking, climbing and ski touring company was founded in 1981 by Directors Anne and Gottlieb Braun-Elwert. In 1991 and 1994, M06144 was a finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards. After 30 years of operation M06144 continues to stay at the forefront of mountain guiding in New Zealand. We are privileged to...

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