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Explore the Tasman Glacier
Serious mountain terrain
Explore New Zealand's largest glaciers
Group of trekkers on the upper Tasman Glacier
Professional mountain guides
Trekking across the upper Tasman Glacier
Admiring the view of Aoraki/Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps
Equipment provided
Gear hire is included - no hidden costs
Looking across the upper Tasman Glacier towards Aoraki Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps
Low guide-client ratio
Maximum of 4 participants per guide
Evening storm clouds over Mt. D'Archiac
Stunning views
Sunset over Mt. D'Archiac from Kelman Hut
Tasman Saddle Hut and the Tasman Glacier
Tasman Saddle Hut
Perched high above the Tasman Glacier

Mount Cook Glaciers Trek

The ultimate glacier experience!

Experience the vast upper nevés of two of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park's major glaciers, the Tasman and the Murchison Glaciers. Combine glacier trekking and some introductory level mountaineering for a great alpine adventure. Surrounded by the Southern Alps, with many peaks over 3000m, this is a truly awesome place to be!



This 4-day trip has been developed for trekkers who have already done the Ball Pass Crossing and seek something of a similar level of difficulty, or slightly harder. The trip begins with a flight up to Tasman Saddle Hut. Trekkers explore the upper reaches of the Tasman Glacier. A climb of Hochstetter Dome may be possible, depending on client experience and abilities and snow and ice conditions. On the third day descend the Murchison Headwall and explore the Murchison Glacier before flying out again.

Our Introductory Mountaineering Course or the Ball Pass Crossing are recommended as ideal preparation for this trip.

Scheduled dates


Mount Cook Glaciers Trek dates are scheduled on a case by case basis - please contact us with the dates you would like. We recommend that you settle guiding dates well in advance as guide availability during peak season is limited. Please allow extra time in case you are held up in the mountains due to weather.



All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide. Alpine Recreation provides packs, helmets, harnesses, crampons, ice-axes and any outdoor clothing, pyou may require at no extra cost. Please see the equipment list below for further details.

Mount Cook Glaciers Trek Clothing & Equipment list