Day One is a challenging 850m climb up to the superbly located Caroline Hut, on the Ball Ridge, directly opposite the mighty Caroline Face of Aoraki Mount Cook and overlooking the Tasman Glacier. Spend two nights here and experience the crack and thunder of ice avalanches tumbling down the Caroline Face, New Zealand’s highest ice face.
On Day Two you’ll summit Kaitiaki Peak (2222m) and climb up onto Ball Pass (2121m) to look deep down into the Hooker Valley on the other side and across to Mt Sefton and the Copland Pass.
On Day Three, you will return to Mt Cook Village via the Tasman Valley, possibly stopping for a swim in Blue Lake. The views of Aoraki Mount Cook and surrounding mountains, the highest in New Zealand, are breathtaking.