Mount Aspiring National Park: Gillespie Pass Trek

Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

Queenstown Airport

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Wanaka: Mount Aspiring National Park: Gillespie Pass Trek

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Lets enjoy summer season in the South Island of New Zealand!  Mount Aspiring National Park is a wonderous place to visit. The beauty of trekking in New Zealand is reaching the alpine line without the effects of high altitude, like the treks in Europe and the US.  

Come experience the beauty of the Makarora Valley and trek to the heights of the Gillespie Pass to get awesome and amazing views of the Mount Aspiring National Park!

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                                                                          HIGHLIGHTS:

2 Nights stay around Lake Wanaka (twin share: 1 Night Pre-Trek, 1 night Post trek)

3 days and nights of trekking in the Makarora valley region

Crossing mountains on the Gillespie pass with amazing views of the region.

End the trip with the Jet Boat thrill ride transport up the Wilken River.  

You will GET WET on this trek.  There are various river crossings that add to the excitement of this trek!


Mount Aspiring National Park: Gillespie Pass Trek starting at Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand


The Gillespie Pass Expedition i
s targeted to take place over 4 days, 3 nights within Mount Aspiring National Park, South Island, New Zealand. The park is renowned for its amazing diversity - mountains, alpine lakes, river valleys, waterfalls, glaciers, beech and podocarp rain forests.  Above the tree line, subalpine gardens of tussock mark the mountainside in green lushness. The mountains are unspoilt and truly a sign of the beauty of the wilderness.



Mount Aspiring National Park: Gillespie Pass Trek starting at Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand


Day 1 - 
The adventure begins with arriving in Queenstown as our guides and leaders will be there to meet you for transport to the mountain town of Wanaka.* In Wanaka you will have the chance to relax and stretch and breathe the mountain air before starting the trek on the next day.

Day 2 - The next day start with a scenic drive up to Makarora valley and the Wilken river.  Here we start the hike at the Makarora River where you will be mesmerized by the lushness of the depth of blue in the color of the water.  From here we will trek thru the beech forest thru the grassland to our first stop for the evening, Young hut.  (Trekking time 7 hours – Distance 20 km)


Mount Aspiring National Park: Gillespie Pass Trek starting at Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

Day 3 - Will be the exciting day of crossing over the Gillespie pass and the scenic views of Mount Awful.  Impressive mountain views on the main divide will be the stopping point for our lunch to take in all the scenery.  From the top of the pass it is a pleasant 2 to 3 hours walk up to our next sleeping spot, Siberia Hut.  (Trekking time 8 hours – Distance 12 km)


Mount Aspiring National Park: Gillespie Pass Trek starting at Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand


Day 4 -
We will leave our backpacks behind to do a day trip to Crucible lake. A small Glacier lake that has ice floating on the surface almost year round. If you can brave the cold, this is the spot to do a once in a lifetime plunge into a Glacier lake. We will then return to Siberia hut and grab our packs and make our way out to Kerin Forks hut for a nice campsite by Wilken river.  (Trekking time 8 hours – Distance 21 km) 



Mount Aspiring National Park: Gillespie Pass Trek starting at Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand


Day 5 -
  After a hearty breakfast we will have the excting end to the trek with a pickup from a Jet boat to give us a thrill Jet coaster ride on the Wilken river, before bringing back to the the beginning of the trail, at the Makarora Café.   We will then pack up and start the drive back into Wanaka. Here we will check into the local Wanaka inn** and have our chance to clean up and enjoy that nice hot shower.  There will be free time on this day to take the afternoon and explore Wanaka and grab the local souvenirs, and explore a bit of Lake Wanaka.   We will all come together at the end of the day to have a meal and chance to view some of the amazing photos taken over the past four days.



Mount Aspiring National Park: Gillespie Pass Trek starting at Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

Day 6 – An early check-out and drop off* back at Queenstown Airport or in Queenstown.  For those wishing to extend their stay in Wanaka or in New Zealand, we will have to say a warm farewell at this points as our guides will be making there way up to the Himalayas after this trek.




Mount Aspiring National Park: Gillespie Pass Trek starting at Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand


Mount Aspiring National Park: Gillespie Pass Trek starting at Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand



 

Schedule Outline

Day 1: Arrival – Monday April 2nd, Queenstown Airport Pickup* Stay – Wanaka, NZ 1 night, Twin Share.  

Day 2: Tuesday April 3rd – Trek Start:  Blue pools, to Young Hut – Stay @ Young Hut

Day 3: Wednesday April 4th  Climb and summit of Gillespie Pass – Stay @ Siberia Hut

Day 4 Thursday April 5th  -  Day hike, Visit Crucible Lake, trek to Kerin Forks – Stay @ Kerin Forks hut

Day 5: Friday April 6th -  Jetboat Pickup from Kerin Forks, Jet Boat Tour, drop off at Makarora Info Center.   Return to Wanaka.  Free time to explore Wanaka. 1 Night stay in Wanaka (Twin Share) (After drop-off in Wanaka, it is individual arrangement for meals)

Day 6: Saturday April 7th – 7:30am Departure to Queenstown Airport* (Arrival 9:30am) For those wishing to stay in Wanaka or depart at a later time it is their responsibility to make their own arrangements.

NOTES:  You need to be physically fit for this trek. You are expected to carry all your own personal gear including sleeping bag as well as a portion of the community food / supplies. Trekking time each day will average 6 to 8 hours and backpack will be 8 to 10 kg. Depending on your personal items. 

We can help you with a training plan to prepare you for the trek.

There will be river crossings. You will get your fee wet.

*Only one pickup/drop off time can be accommodated at Queenstown airport. We can assist in booking a shuttle if you cannot make the departure time, the cost will be paid by the individual.

**Twin Share Accomodation





Trip Date:

2nd April 2018  

Meeting point:

Queenstown Airport, NZ  3:30pm pickup time

Cost (4 pax)

  $1380.00  

Cost (6 pax)

  $1115.00 

Cost (8 pax)

    $975.00 

                         

Recommended Flights:

 Outbound

British Airways + Air New Zealand

20:05SIN  13h 20 1 stop  SYD14:25 (+1)ZQN (Queenstown)

 Return

Qantas + British Airways

12:15ZQN(Queenstown) 12h 50 1 stop SYD  21:05SIN

                                                                                                  

Inclusions

Exclusions

·       Expedition briefing, planning and logistics, Gudiing Services

·       2 nights stay  @ Wanaka (1 pre trip / 1 post trip)

·       Pickup /Drop off time in Queenstown*

·       All meals and snacks on hiking days

·       Permits, hut fees,

·       Jet Boat Transport

·       Transport To / From trailhead to Wanaka

 

·       All Airline flights (no flights covered)

·       Personal gear (Sleeping Bags, Backpack, etc...)

·       Personal Medication

·       Visa fees

·       Meals not on the trek. Meals in Wanaka on              arrival day and all meals after returning to                Wanaka at the end of the trek. 

 

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