Mount Sebastopol (1,468 m) is the closest peak to Mt Cook Village. This is a fun first ascent, mixing hiking with scrambling and utterly spectacular views. Total height gain is 750 metres (approx. 2,475 ft)!
You meet your guide at 08:30 at Alpine Guides base. The climb follows a maintained track to Red Tarns for approx. 300 vertical metres and then by an unmarked route to the breathtaking summit.
Higher on the ascent you must be confident on uneven ground. The scrambling section requires the use of hands and some 'exposure' near the summit. The guide may use a rope for some sections.
The summit gives uninterrupted views down the length of the Tasman Valley to Lake Pukaki, and across to the glaciated peaks at the head of the Tasman Glacier. Kea are common visitors up here.
In cooler months there can be snow on the upper route and your guide will provide crampons.
The descent is by the same route, with a possible scree-run for those keen for some adventure. The trip takes on average 5-6 hours.
Experience and Fitness
Previous trekking experience is essential. Our hikes involve leaving marked and formed trails, uphill and downhill travel, stepped and natural surfaces.
- Departures: All Year by arrangement. Please talk to us about your preferred date.
- Included: Professional guide services, packed lunch, Safety Equipment.
- Meet at: Alpine Guides base, Mount Cook.
- Gear provided:
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- Maximum guide ratio: Up to '4' people per guide
- Age restriction: Minimum of '12' years old
- Prices: One Person $545
2 People $300 per person
3 People $220 per person
4 People $195 per person