Independent Mountain Guides

Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

Single Cone Guided Climbs

Single Cone (climbing day trip) 2319 metres

Single Cone is the highest peak of the Remarkables Range. The Remarkables Mountain Range is one of two ranges of the Southern Hemishere that runs 'grid' north and south. Its weather system is equal to that of higher alpine ranges that exsist further west. Consequently there are large amounts of precipitation (rain and snow) that fall in the Remarkables. However because these mountains sit well to the east of the western ranges fine weather can occur when the western hills are cloudy, windy and raining. It is this reason alone that attracts the 'climber' or 'alpine enthusiast' to venture to want to stand on top of such a lofty peak. You can be a well seasoned mountaineer or a complete beginner, you will still enjoy any of the climbing routes to the top of Single Cone. In summer it can be rock or in winter snow, Single Cone will offer a challenge to suit your needs.

The day starts with meeting your guide at the IMG departure point at 8am and sorting clothing, footwear, and the issuing of equipment for the style of trip. You then drive up the Remarkables road from Queenstown (40 mins) to a height of 1600 metres.

We have a toilet stop here at the ski area base building before commencing our easy hike or snow shoe to Lake Alta 1800 metres (20 mins). This beautiful lake nestles at the bottom of the three peaks of the Remarkables. Single Cone is one of these three peaks and is our chosen challenge!

The terrain steepens somewhat now through rocky schist outcrops, tussock and scree. There is no trail, just the occasional cairn before finally reaching South Wye Saddle (1950 metres) and a stop for a drink, food bar and photo,(35 mins). From here the ascent is slow and gradual depending on your fitness and seasonal conditions. We stop at 2100 metres before roping up for the final low angle chimney to gain the top of the ridge.This can be tricky with new snow over rock. Your guide will give you your instructions on how this will be done. In winter crampons and ice axe are needed for security, in summer the terrain is a little more friendly. Fixed anchor points make the ascent a safe excursion. A certain head for heights is needed as you 'pop' over the ridge and climb the last few metres. The summit awaits you with fantastic views of the big mountains of New Zealand.

The return journey will commence with down climbing some exposed but easy terrain before engaging the abseil (rappel) . Here you guide will thoroughly brief you on what is required. Soon you will take the rope off and be pleasantly wandering back to Lake Alta through the majestic rock pools, alpine flowers, and easy snow slopes (in winter). If snow conditions or deteriating weather prohibit a safe ascent of Single Cone then snow skills will be taught or a traverse of the easier Wye Dome (2100metres) made. You will be back in Queenstown about 5.30pm.

How? Book online or phone 0274 140 544.

What Time? Trips commence at 8.00 am and finish at 6.00pm. If the weather is inclement on the morning of your day we will delay the start and finish a little later - Bookings are essential 24 hours prior to the start of the trip and can be confirmed by a $NZ 150 deposit.

How Long? 10 hours.

Who will teach me? IMG only uses passionate qualified and current instructors. They are all members of NZOIA or NZMGA, associations of NZ outdoor professionals.

What we provide

  • Transport to the climbing area
  • alpine climbing shoes
  • harness and belay device
  • helmet
  • rope
  • other safety climbing accessories
  • some clothing can be supplied

What to bring

  • your own lunch
  • plenty to drink
  • camera
  • clothing
  • footwear appropriate to the weather conditions on the day
  • very good fitness is required


  • for one person guided trip $695
  • for two, three or four people, $395 per person.

Prices are in $NZD

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