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Mount Aspiring as seen from Mount Bevan
Mount Aspiring : 3027m
The "Matterhorn of the South"
Alpine tarn at Bevan Col
Stunning views
Enjoying the view from Bevan Col
Descending French Ridge
Difficult weather
Descending French Ridge in cloud
View over the Matukituki Valley from French Ridge
Alpine contrasts
A quick transition from snow to alpine meadows
Kea and Colin Todd Hut in front of Bevan Col
Colin Todd Hut
Keas are regular visitors

Mount Aspiring Trek

A stunning New Zealand alpine experience!

Experience the wonderful contrast from grassy valleys and alpine meadows to jagged and ice covered peaks and vast glacial plateaus! Take in the stunning views of Mount Aspiring - the only 3000m peak outside of Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. Combine glacier trekking and some introductory level mountaineering for a great alpine adventure.



This 4-day trip has been developed for trekkers who have already done the Ball Pass Crossing and seek something of a similar level of difficulty, or slightly harder. The trip begins with an enjoyable walk up the Matukituki Valley to Aspiring Hut. Trekkers complete a loop up French Ridge, cross the Bonar Glacier and descend back down to the Matukituki Valley via Bevan Col. The route allows an up close experience of Mount Aspiring - the "Matterhorn of the South" - the only 3000m peak outside of Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park). A climb of Mount French may be possible, if weather and snow conditions permit.

Our Introductory Mountaineering Course or the Ball Pass Crossing are recommended as ideal preparation for this trip.

Scheduled dates


Mount Aspiring Trek dates are scheduled on a case by case basis - please contact us with the dates you would like. We recommend that you settle guiding dates well in advance as guide availability during peak season is limited. Please allow extra time in case you are held up in the mountains due to weather.



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 packs, helmets, harnesses, crampons, ice-axes and any outdoor clothing, you may require at no extra cost. Please see the equipment list below for further details.

Mount Aspiring Trek Clothing & Equipment list