Independent Mountain Guides

Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

Mt Larkin Guided Mountaineering Trips

Queenstown Guided Mountaineering trips for climbing Mount Larkin

Learn alpine skills with this fantastic alpine climbing adventure. At 2365 metres / 7450 feet Mt Larkin is suitable for climbers who would like to achieve a very easy peak to climb, hike or scramble up. This is a four season Queenstown mountaineering trip, available in summer, winter, spring and autumn.

Select your access to begin your climb via a spectacular helicopter in option or a drive and hike in option. Two full days are allocated for the Mt. Larkin climb.

 Helicopter in option

Day 1 You will meet and greet you guide at midday at Small Planet Sports (15-17 Shotover St, Queenstown) who will fit you out with the necessary equipment being a harness and helmet for summer trips or a harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe and or snowshoes for winter trips.

Independent Mountain Guides operate their own snow safety plan in winter conditions. We are travelling in some avalanche terrain and therefore we issue clients with an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel. When the snow is absent this equipment is not necessary. At around 1pm we then drive to the heliport of choice,

You will receive a full helicopter safety briefing and then it’s all aboard, "ladies and gentlemen" start your engines please! Good fitness is required and be able to carry a reasonable weight pack.

Helicopter Access

A magnificent scenic flight of 15 mins over some lofty peaks and very green beech forest you will be delivered right to 1850 metres where your spacious tent will be sent up by your qualified and experienced alpine guide.(see safety notes below).

A short walk close to home to get comfortable with the region before dinner and final equipment fittings, then its dinner time and into your snug tent for the evening. Dinner is by gas lantern in your "canvas" dwelling before bed and an early start the next day. In summer of course we have a long twilight and it is nice to sit outside, watch the alpine glow mature and enjoy the peacefulness and stillness of your alpine setting.


Day 2 First light is when your day commences after a hearty breakfast and final gear, clothing and food check for the day we start with a nice slow walking pace over rocky shale or in snow(crampons or snowshoes) and ascend a short rounded spur of steepish snow or shingle scree ( a rope may be necessary here) this takes you to the top of the ridge and a stupendous view.

Some easy but exposed terrain follows where a rope is required. Shortly though you are on the summit and a incredible panorama of peaks, valleys, lakes and bush awaits you. Alas all good things must come to an end, the return trip doesn't take long before you are back at the tent and a well-deserved cup of tea!

It is then pack up time and a lovely jaunt down ridges and spurs before joining the old track carved into the hill side over 50 years ago. This area is resplendent of times gone by (scheelite mining) and remnants of this you will discover on the way down.

After 3-4 hours of travel a visit to the huts used in that era breaks up the journey and even a short nap can be had on one of the lovely bunks. The car park is only another couple hours away before the drive back to your accommodation. You may even fancy a quick beer or coffee at "GY" (Glenorchy) before the drive home (45 mins).

Guides

Your guide is a current member of either the NZMGA (NZ's own professional mountain guiding association) or NZOIA (NZ's own professional alpine instruction association) or overseas equivilents. They know the area well and are great and knowledgeable companions on a journey of this nature.

Safety

Independent Mountain Guides is committed to the new Adventure Tourism Guidelines, we are concessioned by DOC (Department of Conservation) and have a current and independently audited safety plan. We have all been examined by assessors and our peers and regularly undergo (CPD) continued professional development programmes administered by our various associations.

What we Provide

  • Helicoptor Access flights
  • mountaineering equipment including climbing harness, helmet, ropes
  • hut fees, 
  • All overnight food and breakfast and lunches, 
  • Stoves/fuel, 
  • Doc Fees
  • climbing footwear on request ($20 / day)
  • photographic essay of your trip on request (NZ$95 for the CD/person)
  • Assistance with some clothing items is available.

In Winter

  • crampons, ice axe and/or snow shoes
  • avalanche transciever, probe and shovel

What to Bring?

  • You will be required to carry a pack approx 10 kg. in weight.
  • your own suitable 4 season boots - if you have them
  • Good physical walking condition. 
  • alpine clothing that will suit your weather period
  • your favourite snack food for two days activity
  • thermos or drink bottle/ water bladder
  • your camera.

Trip Costs

  • 2 persons NZ$1350 per person
  • 3 persons NZ$1050 per person
  • 4 persons NZ$850 per person

Booking Details

  • Bookings are essential and will only be accepted with a $500 deposit to confirm your trip and dates
  • Trips go on demand with a few days notice necessary to arrange your guide
  • Flying costs can change with fuel price fluctuations and scenic flight sharing.)

 Hike in option

This is a full two day excursion (very good tramping/hiking/bushwalking fitness required) in an amazing historical and high alpine location

Day 1 You will meet (Small Planet Sports 17 Shotover St) and greet your guide at 8.30am for gear check, weather assessment and final briefing on the trip. We then drive towards Glenorchy (45mins) and just short of Glenorchy we parkup at 420 metres beneath the brooding bulk of Mount Larkins!

We then commence our hike in on a wide track heading towards Heather Jock Hut (1320 metres) for the evening. Here we either tent camp or use this historical abode as our bedroom for the night.

A nutritious meal is cooked on our fuel stoves which will ensure a nice sleep out in the mountains. There is the option to camp higher and therefore make the second day a little shorter and therefore easier in distance. Camping spots and water availability dictate this option.

Day 2 This day commences at just before sunup with a nice breakfast of your favourite choice...(bacon and eggs/ coffee anyone?). Today will be a long exciting day and a bit of a fitness tester. There is 1000 vertical metres to hike an climb to the summit of Mt Larkins.

The terrain is very straightforward however and the rope required now and again.Snow conditions or lack of will dictate snowshoes / crampons / ice axe or steep scrambling. It is about 5-6 hours to the summit and 4-5 hours return. There is plenty of time for snacks and photos.

The views are expansive as you get higher and you will get close views of the giant peaks of the south, Mt Earnslaw and Mt Tutoku. On this adventure you will receive personal alpine skills tuition.

What we Provide

  • Transport to base
  • mountaineering equipment including climbing harness, helmet, ropes
  • hut fees
  • All overnight food and breakfast and lunches
  • Stoves/fuel
  • Doc Fees
  • climbing footwear on request ($20 / day)
  • photographic essay of your trip on request (NZ$95 for the CD/person)
  • Assistance with some clothing items is available.

In Winter

  • crampons, ice axe and/or snow shoes
  • avalanche transciever, probe and shovel

What to Bring?

  • You will be required to carry a pack approx 10 kg. in weight. 
  • your own suitable 4 season boots if you have them
  • Good physical walking condition. 
  • alpine clothing that will suit your weather period
  • your favourite snack food for two days activity
  • thermos or drink bottle/ water bladder
  • your camera.

Trip Costs

  • 1 person NZ$1,595
  • 2 persons NZ$895 per person
  • 3 persons NZ$695 per person
  • 4 persons NZ$595 per person

Booking Details

  • Bookings are essential and will only be accepted with a $500 deposit to confirm your trip and dates
  • Trips go on demand with a few days notice necessary to arrange your guide
  • Flying costs can change with fuel price fluctuations and scenic flight sharing.)

Book early to avoid disappointment for this fabulous climbing adventure!

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