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Trekking group approaching Ball Pass
Hike above worry level
Trekkers approaching Ball Pass
Enjoying the view of Mt. Sefton from Kaitiaki Peak
Summit views
Enjoying the view of Mt. Sefton from Kaitiaki Peak
Clambering along Ball Ridge
Mountaineering terrain
A big step up from the Great Walks
Keas inspecting the equipment on Ball Ridge
Equipment provided
Gear hire is included - no hidden costs
Group of trekkers exploring Ball Glacier crevasses
Professional mountain guides
Exploring crevasses on the Ball Glacier
Hiking along Ball Ridge
Low guide-client ratio
Maximum of 4 participants per guide
A storm clears over Caroline Hut
Caroline Hut : 1820m
Cosy and fully catered private hut
Caroline Hut in fron of Caroline face
Caroline Face
Caroline Hut sits diretly opposite New Zealands highest ice face the 2000m+ Caroline Face

Ball Pass Summit Trek

A spectacular 3 day adventure in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Trek through amazing alpine terrain, surrounded by New Zealand's highest peaks and longest glaciers. Enjoy two nights in the private Caroline Hut, savouring the fabulous views of the 2000m high Caroline Face of Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest ice face. Relax in its wonderful setting on the Ball Ridge, high above the Tasman Glacier, and be awed by the ice avalanches rumbling down Mount Cook. Sunsets in this high alpine environment can be incredible!

Explore the Ball Glacier with your guide on the way to Ball Pass (2121m). This is an excellent introduction to beginner mountaineering and a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with using crampons and ice axe. Climb Kaitiaki Peak (2222m) to enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding Southern Alps, including close up views of the Hillary Ridge and South Face of Aoraki Mount Cook. Look down into the Hooker Valley and across to Mount Sefton and the Copland Pass - there are superb photographic opportunities from this stunning vantage point!

The Ball Pass Summit Trek allows you the opportunity to learn basic mountaineering skills, summit a peak, explore unique alpine landscapes and soak in amazing views.

"Thank you for one of the best adventures I have ever had. It was beautiful and tough at the same time, and I had an absolute ball." - A. Moras, Australia. More client comments.

Alpine Recreation owns Caroline Hut and is the sole operator of the Ball Pass Summit Trek. This trek does NOT cross Ball Pass - please refer instead to the Ball Pass Crossing.




All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide.

Alpine Recreation provides helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice-axes. Outdoor clothing, packs and boots can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary. Please see the equipment list for further details.

Ball Pass Summit Clothing & Equipment list.