Our Mount Aspiring Discovery guided hiking trip offers people three days and two fantastic nights at our incomparable private Aspiring Camp Site. Situated high over the East Matukituki Valley this campsite has incredible views of Mount Aspiring, Popes Nose and Kitchner Cirque. It is your base to explore this magnificent alpine wonderland. Short (3 days), moderate difficulty, walk-in and out, spectacular remote location..... a popular choice for people wanting a quick wilderness getaway.
The heart of Aspiring National Park. The view from Aspiring Camp
Aspiring Discovery 3-day: "We’ve always enjoyed Wanaka and the surrounding area, so it was the opportunity to do a walk in the area with an experienced guide, and also being able to hire backpacks etc rather than having to carry camping gear with us to NZ. Tim was always very professional, friendly and easy going. He was very patient and when he realised we were going to take longer than expected he adjusted breaks/lunch to fit in with our pace and the time it took us to get to the camp. It was great to have the flexibility of having your own guide and being able to go at your own pace without worrying about slowing down the rest of a group."
The campsite is expedition-style with a large cook tent equipped with table and chairs. Sleeping is in private smaller tents with comfortable sleeping pads. Our professional guide will ensure your safety as we explore this remote and seldom visited area. Hiking times are kept achievable (5-6 hours hiking a day) to allow for relaxing, photography or side trips. All food and overnight gear is supplied - all you carry is a light daypack (20-30 litre pack weighing 5-8kg)
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The Mount Aspiring Discovery Wild Walk is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness. While the track is rough by usual standards, with 5-6 hours hiking it is not a long day. The track is quite steep for the second half of the walk in, so hikers should have enough endurance to maintain a slow but steady pace for at least an hour. This walk is suitable for most children over the age of 10, however some younger kids who have experience have found it to be an excellent outing.
We meet with transport and guide at 8:30 a.m. and travel an hour down the magnificent Matukituki Valley, the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park. After a river crossing, the East Matukituki Track follows the river valley for about three hours before turning and climbing sharply. After two hours of steep uphill you get above tree line and can see the outstanding views of Mt. Aspiring. Our Aspiring Camp is an expedition type setup with a cook tent, table and chairs with private four person tents to sleep in.
560m ascent 5-6hrs 10km
This is your base to explore this magnificent sub-alpine and alpine wonderland. Day trips include the remote Albert Burn Saddle, or the gorgeous Ruth Flat. If you are feeling more adventurous there's also an opportunity to venture above Albert Burn Saddle for a climb of Dragonfly Peak 2105m. Or you are welcome to just relax about your private camp and take in the stunning views of Mt Aspiring and the East Matukituki valley.
First comes a leisurely breakfast of pancakes, berries and whipped cream. We then head downhill, stopping for a swim at the beautiful Hester Penny swimming hole if it is a hot day. There is plenty of river crossing and time to enjoy one of the best examples of Red Beech forest in the area. The van is waiting for the 60 minute ride back to Wanaka. We usually arrive back in Wanaka around 4:30pm.
560m descent 5-6hrs 10km
This video provides practical demonstration of the common equipment and clothing required for hiking in New Zealand
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