Summit : 3724m (12,218 ft.) Latest height measurement
Rising virtually from sea level, Mount Cook is BIG by the standards of any mountain in the world. It is heavily glaciated and there are no easy routes to the summit. Standing out on its summit motivates climbers the world over.
Aoraki/Mount Cook is a serious mountain and not to be underestimated due to its comparatively low altitude. It is regarded as more difficult than Liberty ridge on Mt Rainier and is comparable in length and difficulty to Aguille Verte in Chamonix, France and Mt Huntington in Alaska. Routes on Mt Cook have an element of objective hazard that is impossible to eliminate. We prefer to only guide Mt Cook when conditions are optimal. We end our Mt Cook season when conditions on the glaciers make progress slow and expose climbers to a higher level of risk.
On the Linda Glacier Route the vast majority of climbers choose to fly out, however the walk out is very rewarding particularly early season when the snow cover is good. Later in the season the route is subject to rockfall and not recommended.
Click here for images from a summit in December 2016.