Aoraki Mount Cook National Park offers New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine scenery. With all but one of its peaks over 3000m, it is New Zealand’s climbing mecca. Most peaks are accessible only to experienced mountaineers. However, alpine hiking or trekking is possible close to Mount Cook on the guided Ball Pass Trek, in the company of experienced mountain guides. Ball Pass is a challenging 3 day alpine crossing of the Mount Cook Range from the Tasman to the Hooker Valley. The hiking route follows the Ball Ridge, high above the Tasman Glacier, and opposite the mighty Caroline Face of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest ice face. Guided hikers spend two nights at the private Caroline Hut at 1830m/6000ft, using the middle day to climb an easy peak and explore the Ball Glacier. The views of Aoraki Mount Cook and surrounding mountains, the highest in New Zealand are breathtaking. You will encounter rich alpine flora and unique bird life.

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Day 1

Awe-inspiring views of Aoraki

It is a huge privilege to pass through this area and take in the awe-inspiring views that Aoraki and the surrounding mountains offer. You need to have previous hiking, backpacking, tramping or bushwalking experience. This trek is more demanding than other guided hikes in New Zealand, such as the Milford or Routeburn Track.

Day 2

Get close to the mighty Aoraki Mt Cook

Hike up high in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and enjoy breathtaking views of nearly all of our 3000m peaks. Experience the challenge of an adventurous alpine trek, crossing snow fields, a small glacier and untracked, rugged terrain.

Day 3

Learn new skills and gain experience from your mountain guide

Enjoy the comfort of two nights at the private Caroline Hut at 1830m/6000ft, with guaranteed bunk space in a spectacular location. Relax in the good company of like-minded adventurers and hear an exciting tale or two from your guide.