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Mt. Sefton as seen from Mt. Cook Village
Mount Sefton : 3151m
Wilderness climbing at its best!
La Perouse and Aoraki sunrise
Stunning views
Enjoying the sunrise over Mt. La Perouse and Aoraki / Mt. Cook
La Perouse and Aoraki Mount Cook
UIAGM / NZMGA mountain guides
La Perouse and Aoraki / Mt. Cook provide a great back-drop
Mt. Cook as seen from the summit of Mt. Sefton
A sea-to-summit experience
Enjoying the views from the summit of Mt. Sefton
Gaining height above the Copland Valley
A true wilderness climb
The terrain changes from dense bush to alpine scrub, then glaciers
Climbers on Mount Sefton
Technical alpine terrain
Climbers ascend the final steep pitches above the Douglas Nevé
Bivouac above Scott's Creek, overlooking the Copland Valley
Scenic bivouac
Camp high above Scott's Creek
Welcome Pass and the Tekano Glacier
Challenging alpine terrain
The route crosses the Tekano Glacier to Welcome Pass
Mt. Sefton as seen from the Copland Valley
Douglas Nevé & Scott's Creek route
Mount Sefton and the Sierra Range as seen from the Copland Valley

Mount Sefton

Takiroa/Mount Sefton Guided Ascent

Mount Sefton is a stunning peak which towers high over Mount Cook Village and according to Maori legend is the guardian of Aoraki (Mount Cook). The isolated 3151m peak is one of New Zealand's premier wilderness climbs, and an excellent opportunity to climb an iconic 3000m peak entirely from sea level to summit!

Guide Availability


The peak climbing season for Mount Sefton ascents is mid November through to mid February, but it is sometimes possible to climb the mountain outside of these dates, depending on conditions. 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.

Mountain Conditions & Weather

Conditions change significantly during the season. In late summer the Douglas Nevé can pose problems with crevasses. The northern facing slopes of the Tekano Glacier are avalanche prone in warm temperatures/lack of freeze. In winter the route is not recommended due to a high avalanche risk. Best time is from mid November through to mid February.



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.

Alpine Ascents Clothing & Equipment list.