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The South Face of Aoraki/Mt. Cook on the Ball Pass Crossing
Take on a new challenge
Loose, rocky terrain on the descent from Ball Pass
Trekkers descending to the Hooker Valley
Professional mountain guides
Maximum of 4 participants per guide
The South Face of Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Ball Pass
Big mountain terrain
Aoraki/Mt. Cook and the western side of Ball Pass
Mt. Sefton as seen from the Ball Pass route
Spectacular mountain views
Taking a break in front of Mt. Sefton
Trekkers descending the Hooker Valley after crossing Ball Pass
Equipment provided
Gear hire is included - no hidden costs
A storm clears over Caroline Hut
Caroline Hut : 1820m
Cosy and fully catered private hut
Caroline Hut in fron of Caroline face
Caroline Face
Caroline Hut sits diretly opposite New Zealands highest ice face the 2000m+ Caroline Face

Ball Pass Crossing

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A mountaineering adventure traversing the Mount Cook Range

Trek across high mountain passes surrounded by New Zealand's highest peaks and longest glacier! Enjoy two nights in the private Caroline Hut, savouring the fabulous views of the 2000m high Caroline Face of Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest ice face. Relax in its wonderful setting on the Ball Ridge, high above the Tasman Glacier, and be awed by the ice avalanches rumbling down Mount Cook.

Climb Kaitiaki Peak (2222m) to enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding Southern Alps, including close up views of the Hillary Ridge and South Face of Aoraki Mount Cook. Explore the Ball Glacier with your guide on the way to crossing Ball Pass (2121m) before the long and steep descent into the Hooker Valley.

The Ball Pass Crossing combines an opportunity to learn basic mountaineering skills and summit a peak with the hard, physically demanding challenge of a high alpine crossing.

"I've done a lot of trips around NZ in my travels over years and I would rate this as the best trip. It was superb, not just due to the tramp and scenery themselves. I think the organization was excellent. I was also very impressed with the easy access to any equipment/outdoor supplies to borrow for the trip."- S. de Boer, Auckland. More client comments

The Ball Pass Crossing is much more physically demanding than the Ball Pass Summit Trek, please read carefully to ensure this is the option you want.




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 helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice-axes. Outdoor clothing, packs and boots can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary. Please see the equipment list for further details.

Ball Pass Crossing Clothing & Equipment list.