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Mt Aspiring NW ridge via the ramp

NZ grade 2+ mountaineering route, early season option

Hiking Difficult

3 km
1.1 km
34 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.9 km
Mt Aspiring NW ridge via the ramp Map

This is a popular hiking route which is generally considered to be difficult. It's remote, it features extreme exposure and is typically done between November and December. From a low point of 1.8 km to the maximum altitude of 2.9 km, the route covers 3 km, 1114 vertical metres of ascent and 34 vertical metres of descent.


Classic steep and moderate snow climb to the summit of Mt. Aspiring, 3030m above the tasman sea. Descend via the same route or via the kangaroo.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between November and December


  • Alpine
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike