Guidebook

The Summit of New Zealand : Climb Aoraki/Mount Cook

The 2 classic routes to the highest mountain in the "Land of the Long White Cloud" and 2 acclimatisation peaks to get you prepared!

Description

Mount Cook holds a special place in the hearts of New Zealanders - it is believed to have been first sighted by Maori settlers in the 14th Century, and then "re-discovered" by members of Abel Tasman's crew after his first Pacific voyage.

Maori legend states that Aoraki was a boy who was sailing around Mother Earth with his 3 brothers when their canoe ran aground and tilted. The brothers climbed to the top of their canoe but a southerly wind froze them in place, creating the South Island of New Zealand from their canoe and the Southern Alps from the brothers themselves.

In more recent times Aoraki/Mount Cook has become the focal point of New Zealand alpine climbing. Its first confirmed ascent was in 1894 and even today it remains a serious challenge due to its technical difficulty, objective hazards and the sheer length of the routes up it. Even by its "normal" route - the Linda Glacier - it is a major undertaking and a coveted prize for alpinists of all levels.

This guidebook contains the Linda Glacier route, 2 acclimatisation peaks from the Plateau Hut (which is the starting point for the Linda Glacier route and is accessed by helicopter from Mount Cook village) and perhaps the most sought after alpine route in New Zealand - the truly epic Aoraki/Mount Cook Grand Traverse.

Aoraki/Mt Cook Grand Traverse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aoraki/Mt Cook Grand Traverse

Mount Cook
24.3 km
3,396 m
The most sought after alpine route in New Zealand?
Severe
Private
Aoraki/Mt Cook - The Linda Glacier Route
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aoraki/Mt Cook - The Linda Glacier Route

Mount Cook
10.2 km
1,606 m
The classic route up Aoraki
Difficult
Private
Glacier Dome
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Glacier Dome

Mount Cook
2.7 km
242 m
A popular training route
Easy
Private
Mt Dixon South East Ridge
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mt Dixon South East Ridge

Mount Cook
5.1 km
771 m
Exposed ridgelines and outstanding views
Moderate
Private