Wanaka mountaineering course: Learn Alpinism in New Zealand

Want to learn Alpinism in New Zealand? Join this 7 day Wanaka mountaineering course to intensively learn the skills you need to climb mountains.


This is an intensive 7-day mountaineering course with comprehensive instruction in all facets of mountaineering and alpine climbing. Starting with the basics of ice axe and crampon techniques and glacier travel, moving onto more complex alpine climbing techniques; emphasis is placed on students learning to become self-sufficient in the alpine environment.

A wide range of technical terrain will be covered, climbing instruction takes place in heavily glaciated areas and student’s individual needs will be assessed and catered for. Whether you are looking to push your comfort zone or need friendly support, our guides are expert at getting you to achieve to the best of your ability.

Where better to learn Alpinism in New Zealand than on this Wanaka Mountaineering course. It will teach you all the major skills you need to know to climb mountains.

Price Includes

  • meals and energy snacks
  • alpine hut / tent accommodation
  • technical equipment - see equipment section below for details
  • 150-page Aspiring Guides Technical Manual
  • radio network or satellite phone comms
  • national park & landing fees
  • 15% goods and services tax
  • guide fees

Price Excludes

  1. flights in and out of the mountains

What to expect

New Zealand is world-famous for its challenging mountaineering. Wanaka is the ideal location for mountaineering training, with a range of local instruction venues such as Wanaka rock climbing crags and the Remarkables near Queenstown.

Wanaka has access to both the western glaciers of Westland National Park and the eastern Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, and with Aspiring National Park on our doorstep so we can run our courses where weather and conditions are optimal.

The Wanaka mountaineering course syllabus:

* Mountain hazards identification and avoidance including avalanche awareness
* Mountain weather
* Ropework, including belay, abseiling and rescue
* Protection and anchors on snow, rock and ice
* Glacier travel techniques and crevasse rescue
* Multipitch climbing and rescue
* Snow, ice and mixed climbing
* Alpine rock climbing
* Mountain shelter and camp management
* Equipment and clothing selection
* Route selection & navigation
* Trip planning including assessment of weather and conditions, human factors and terrain

At the end of the course you will be a competent member of a mountaineering team, being able to contribute to decision making on mountaineering expeditions, attempt summits via routes graded 1 to 2 (NZ grade) or undertake guided ascents of more technical objectives.

If your goal is to climb Aoraki-Mt Cook one day, then you'll want to learn Alpinism in New Zealand and this Wanaka mountaineering course is a great place to start... check out the Progression Chart developed by our chief guide Tim Steward.

Comprehensive course notes are supplied which will assist in your trip planning and equipment selection. We supply advice on where to stay on your visit and our friendly office staff are ready to help with any questions you might have.


Wanaka mountaineering course: Learn Alpinism in New Zealand: From €3,150 to €3,150 for 7 days

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