Heli ⋅ Hike ⋅ Pack Camp ⋅ Skills
$3,250pp (based on 4 pax)
For a parent and child to commemorate that all important coming of age with an intrepid high alpine expedition complete with a summit attempt. The adventure will inform confidence building and a valuable sense of independence.
AVAILABLE DATES 2023
Arrive at Queenstown Airport where you will be met by your expert guide and transferred to The Great Glenorchy Alpine Base Camp in one of our Land Rover Defenders for check-in, expedition briefings and dinner in our popular licensed wood fired restaurant ‘Base Camp Food Over Fire’ ahead of a night in one of our cosy mountaineer’s huts.
Up early, breakfast, gear check and your provisions will be added to your packs. You will be transferred to the nearby heli port with your mountain guide. From here you will be flown into the alpine zone where your off track mountain expedition will begin. There will be a meaningful focus on skills development along the way. Navigation, route planning, correct use of technical equipment among many other key skills – all designed to inform confidence building and a new kind of parent child bond. You will be pack camping tonight.
Break camp, breakfast and a summit attempt. Your guide will have a good expert handle on an appropriate summit and the route that will best suit your troupe. You will all be involved in the planning. An extremely momentous day. You will pack camp again tonight.
Break camp, breakfast and the kids will plan and lead your hike descending from the high alpine zone, through the Beech Forest and mossy forests to a river system where you will be met by one of our Land Rover Defender 4x4s and transferred back to Base Camp. Sauna, showers, freshen up and debrief with your guide ahead of a pretty special dinner at Base Camp Food Over Fire. Tonight you will all sleep well in your mountaineer’s hut.
Breakfast and check out. You will be transferred to Queenstown Airport to meet your return flight. Pre arrival you will receive gear and pack lists and there will be at least one face to face Google Meet call with the head of our alpine operations. All technical equipment will be provided.
In the weeks ahead of your trip, we recommend taking regular walks with your pack. If your hiking boots are new, breaking them in during this period is recommended to save discomfort in the field.
Of course there are risks associated with spending time in wild nature, especially off-track where we primarily operate.
Without trails, you will often find yourself on uneven ground, and will be carrying your own equipment which increases the liklihood of slips, trips and falls. Accidents such as this are much less likely to happen with sufficient preparations, for example, building fitness ahead of your trip, and ensuring the gear you bring is suited to the terrain. — If you need help packing, you can find our packlist here.
There are also regional risks associated with hiking in and around our National Parks. Risks like landslides, avalanches and rockfalls. For more information on risks such as these, you can visit the Mountain Safety Council resource page here.
Your safety is our priority and if you have any questions or concerns about the risks involved, ‘book a call’ to speak with our Glenorchy-based head of mountain operations, a qualified career expert in mountain safety who will welcome all queries.