Thick Ice

Hike ⋅ Glacier ⋅ Pack Camp

5 Nights

$2,970pp (based on 4 pax)

If you’re ready for an unforgettable high alpine off-track hiking adventure, then this mission in the UNESCO World Heritage Area will be tough to beat. 

ITINERARY

Day One:

Arrive at The Great Glenorchy Alpine Base Camp and get settled in. You’ll meet your guide who will brief you in and check your gear. We have a licensed wood-fired restaurant ‘Base Camp Food Over Fire’, sauna, cosy mountaineer’s huts — everything you might need for a good night’s sleep ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.


Day Two:

Up nice and early, breakfast, final gear check then off to the start point with your guide. You will experience some adventurous off-track terrain and you may be required to channel your inner monkey. Your guide will also be happy to help you with an introduction to the skills required for off-track mountain movement. Your first pack camp will be in the alpine zone.


Day Three:

Explore Park Pass glacier and then hike to your second pack camp by the tarns just below Lake Nerine.


Day Four:

Lake Nerine, up and over Nereus Peak, down through North Col with your third pack camp in the upper valley of the North Branch of the Routeburn. There is a small amount of scrambling and no rope work, but your guide will carry a rope just in case.


Day Five:

You will meet your track transfer at the Routeburn carpark and back to the team at The Great Glenorchy Alpine Base Camp. Expect a bit of a welcome — they all know how epic your tramp was. Showers, sauna, debrief with your guide, go through the photos, chill, bar,  Base Camp Food Over Fire and I would expect a great night’s sleep in your now quite familiar mountaineer’s hut.


Day Six:

Breakfast and take your time checking out in the morning, transfers to Queenstown Airport are available if required.

INCLUDES

⋅ All accommodation at Base Camp
⋅ Dinners at Base Camp Food Over Fire
⋅ All food in the field
⋅ 4X4 track transfers
⋅ All technical equipment hire

FITNESS

You will need to be in good shape. We recommend at least 6 weeks of regular walks carrying a 10-15kg backpack. If your hiking boots are new, breaking them in during this training period is recommended to save discomfort in the field.

RISKS

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.

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