Keep Up To Date
April, 2018 - Although our summer trips are (slowly) winding down (we still have another month of scheduled courses and ascents), there is still lots to keep us busy in the office planning the winter season and even further ahead to our busiest months of November and December. Whilst reviewing all our equipment lists and advice I was reminded how diverse the range of trips, objectives and locations that Aspiring Guides offers.
There has been a lot of talk in NZ and Wanaka this summer about the growing tourist numbers and their combined impact on local infrastructure. This does filter through to us but whether climbing, skiing or trekking, we will always be at the more challenging and adventurous end of the market. The mountains aren't really there for quick adrenaline fixes, they are more of a slow burn, experiences to savor.
Whether you are keen to gain more experience understanding the avalanche phenomenon for your own adventures, develop the skills for more challenging summer mountaineering ascents, or just enjoy some uncrowded backcountry powder turns, it’s going to be a busy winter!
TIM STEWARD - CHIEF GUIDE
Mountaineering & Hiking in NZ!
Learn to climb in New Zealand. Join one of our 7 day Mountaineering Skills Courses. Gain the experience to climb Mt Aspiring or Mt Cook (NZ's highest). Extend your skills with our Advanced Mountaineering Course, or our 8 day Aspiring Expeditio Course where you learn to climb Mt Aspiring independently.
Guided hiking in the New Zealand backcountry. If you want to get away from the crowds on the well known NZ Great Walks and challenge yourself in the remote wilderness areas of the Mt Aspiring National Park - then our Wild Walks trekking program is for you! Whether you want a family camping adventure, venture above the tree-line to experience NZ's vast glaciated regions or push your limits on NZ's hardest guided trek - our 8 day Gillespie Rabbit Pass Traverse - Aspiring Guides & our Wild Walks team are the guides to choose for your adventure!
Backcountry Ski Touring & Snowboarding
Located in New Zealand's premier skiing & snowboarding region near Treble Cone & Cardrona ski resorts, Aspiring Guides offers true backcountry ski touring & snowboarding. Rent our private huts on the Pisa Range or experience multi-day expedition glacier ski touring on New Zealand's highest glaciers. Take an Avalanche Awareness Course or an Advanced Ski Touring & Mountaineering Course. Learn the smart way to ski tour & snowboard in the NZ backcountry with our team of expert ski guides.
Learn to ice climb. Whether you're already a rock climber wanting to try your hand at this new medium or you've never climbed before, our 4 day ice-climbing course based from our private hut at Black Peak, Wanaka NZ is a perfect place to learn & hone your ice-climbing skills. This remote ice-field is not readily accessible by the public - so there's no competing for routes and you can maximise your time climbing on the ice with a helicopter flight in and out of the mountains and return each night to our snug private mountain hut.
More about Aspiring Guides
For over 20 years Aspiring Guides has been providing guided ascents of New Zealand's highest mountains and iconic peaks such as Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring and Mt Tasman as well as offering comprehensive mountaineering instruction, climbing courses and multi-day wilderness hiking adventures in the spectacular NZ Southern Alps. In winter join Aspiring Guides for breathtaking backcountry skiing & snowboard touring on New Zealand's vast glaciated terrain or from our private hut network. Learn backcountry skiing, avalanche awareness & ice-climbing skills by joining one of comprehensive winter ski touring or ice-climbing courses run from private mountain huts located near our base in Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand.
Climb Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring
& New Zealand's highest mountains
Guided ascents with Aspiring Guides offer you an endless variety of technically challenging alpine routes on NZ's highest mountains. We have ascents to challenge climbers of all abilities. Book a trip to climb just one peak or a week long adventure to test your mountaineering skills on a range of 3000+m peaks.
Mountaineering Instruction Courses
NZ is a world famous location to learn to climb mountains. Aspiring Guides offers a vast range of group or private instruction alpine courses from introductory to advanced : mountaineering instruction, multi-pitch rock climbing and ice climbing.
In summer, join Aspiring Guides for remote multi-day trekking in the World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Experience New Zealand's hardest guided hiking trips, the 8 day Gillespie-Rabbit Pass Traverse and Glacier Hiking on our highest glaciated regions, or an introductory wilderness walking and camping holiday suitable for the whole family. Aspiring Guides takes care of all the logistics so you can concentrate on the walk and enjoying the breathtaking scenery. In winter we provide multi-day tours hiking with snowshoes. Small groups, light backpacks, engaging & knowledgeable trekking guides are our specialty.
Why choose Aspiring Guides?
Our focus is New Zealand Mountain Guiding. While we have some specialist international climbing & trekking trips from time to time - the mountains of the NZ Southern Alps are our playground!
Our guiding team are not only highly skilled professionally qualified mountain guides with experience in New Zealand and worldwide - they are fun people to be in the mountains with. They are also supported by our office staff who provide the attention to detail and logistic support to ensure the best possible experience for our clients.
Safety is a priority for all our trips. Aspiring Guides was the first NZ Mountain Guiding Company to receive the externally audited Outdoors Mark certification & we are registered with the NZ Government as an Adventure Activity Operator. Our high guiding team are all qualified through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association - an affiliate of the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA), the professional body governing mountain guiding worldwide.
Best Location. With our base in Wanaka, 1 hours drive from the Queenstown International Airport we are at the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park for remote wilderness trekking. In winter, Wanaka is widely regarded as New Zealand's best winter ski & snowboarding destination. For mountaineering we are not locked into just one climbing region. We have the Westland, Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Remarkables & Fiordland National Parks all easily accessible by ground transport from our Wanaka base. When weather or mountain conditions are unfavourable, our clients benefit from the vast range of climbing region options we have available to us.