Climb Mt Aspiring: Classic NZ Ascents

New Zealand mountaineering is world famous. Mount Aspiring is one of the peaks that makes guided and private alpine climbing in New Zealand so special.


Mount Aspiring is a classic horned peak which dominates its namesake, Aspiring National Park.  It's striking profile and position as the highest peak outside of Mt Cook National Park make Mt Aspiring a much sought after summit.

While many of the world's summits can be climbed as very steep “walk ups”, climbers are often surprised to find Mt Aspiring to be made of sterner stuff.  The 12-14 hrs return from Colin Todd Hut, typical for it’s summit day, pushes most climbers to their limit.  Climbers can expected extended periods on front points and delicate rock moves with huge exposure.

Mount Aspiring is a poor choice to do independently as a first peak due to its challenging nature. However as a guided peak it is a good choice as a first big climb if people are very fit and not afraid of heights.  The guide can look after the technical aspects of the climbing as long as the client can move slowly and carefully on steep ground.

Most ascents begin with a helicopter flight into Bevan Col. If a walk-in option is chosen, it takes most people two days to reach Colin Todd Hut where the climb begins.  There are many different routes but the most accessible are variations on the North West Ridge. 

Aspiring Guides has more experience guiding Mt Aspiring than any other company.  Feel free to contact them if you have any questions.