The alpine tramping routes in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park are not for the inexperienced. The weather conditions can be severe and groups attempting the trips must be properly equipped and well prepared.

Slab avalanche, Mount Cook National Park.
Slab avalanche, Mount Cook National Park

Your group should have a capable leader and everyone must carry:

  • a sleeping bag
  • sufficient high energy food (with some extra for emergencies)
  • a waterproof raincoat and over trousers
  • gloves
  • hat
  • several layers of warm (wool or fleece) clothing
  • sun cream and sunglasses, summer or winter
  • boots and specialised equipment (ice axe and crampons are a minimum).

You group will also need:

  • a first aid kit,
  • portable stove, fuel,
  • cooking utensils
  • map and compass (along with someone who knows how to use them). 

Visit the Kiwi way – never miss an opportunity to use a loo and be prepared with a back-up toilet option 

Useful phone numbers

  • Visitor Centre: +64 3 435 1186
  • Weather: +64 3 435 1171
  • Hermitage: +64 3 435 1809
  • Alpine Guides: +64 3 435 1834
  • Hostelling International Mount Cook: +64 3 435 1820
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