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North Pole - All the Way

Each day will be an adventure as we navigate over pressure ridges, search for routes around open leads of water, and set camp on multi-year pans of ice as we live and travel on the polar pack ice.

We all owe it to ourselves to express our true spirit of adventure, now you can achieve it on this amazing journey!

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From Feb 26 to Apr 25, 2018
Departs from Resolute, Canada
From Feb 26 to Apr 25, 2019
Departs from Resolute, Canada
  • Overview

    • Polar travel in the steps of the early explorers
    • Incredible experience in the wildest frontier
    • Complete one of the most extreme journeys on this planet

    The North Pole is the ‘test piece’ of polar expeditions and a serious undertaking. Surrounded by sea ice and in total darkness for half the year, the North Pole is attainable only during a short ‘window’ of time. If too early, darkness and extremely cold temperatures prevail. If too late, the frozen Arctic Ocean melts into drifting pack ice enshrouded by water.

    Expedition members will be required to tow a laden sled and be an active contributor to camp setting and cooking procedures making for a very physical adventure.

    Note: 2019 dates are tentative, to be confirmed September 2018

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to polar journeys and high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and support staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

    Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants polar guide(s)
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • Polar Training
    • Advice on personal clothing & equipment
    • Transfer from Resolute airport to hotel
    • All chartered air transportation from Resolute and return
    • Sleds, Tents & all group camping gear
    • All food while on the ice
    • Regular written and photo internet dispatches for families and friends to watch your progress
    • Access to our satellite phone facilities


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Adventure Consultants polar guide(s)
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • Polar Training
    • Advice on personal clothing & equipment
    • Transfer from Resolute airport to hotel
    • All chartered air transportation from Resolute and return
    • Sleds, Tents & all group camping gear
    • All food while on the ice
    • Regular written and photo internet dispatches for families and friends to watch your progress
    • Access to our satellite phone facilities

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    Wellington, New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account number 1000 594771 0002
    Account Type: EUR
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitters account.

    We can accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card plus a charge of 3% – Visa, Mastercard, Amex.


    A non-refundable deposit of EUR10000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.


    The balance is payable 150 days prior to the commencement of the trip.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    An expedition member may cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    Cancellations outside of 150 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    For cancellations made within 149 - 90 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    For cancellations within 89 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private cancellation insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation insurance and can be obtained through your normal travel agent. We will also provide advice regarding travel and rescue insurance and trip cancellation insurance.

  • Trip Notes

    North Pole All the WayThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' North Pole All the Way Expedition.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    North Pole All the Way Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The team will have a minimum size of 4 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 12 members and 3 guides.

    Our Guides

    The Adventure Consultants team includes experienced Arctic/Antarctic travellers whose knowledge and expertise is imperative in making these expeditions a success. The guides for each trek are confirmed 6 months prior to departure time.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Client Liaison

    Kelly brings a vast knowledge of AC expeditioning to her role as 'Rest of the World' Client Liaison. Having worked for AC since 2004 Kelly oversees those trips outside of New Zealand, Europe or the Himalaya. 


    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    What You Carry

    Each team member will have a high tech sled built specifically for Arctic/Antarctic use. These will be loaded with personal gear as well as a share of the expedition equipment. Each sled is estimated to weigh around 90-100kg at the beginning of the trek and reduce by 40 kg over the duration of each leg as food and fuel is consumed.

    Most Arctic travellers prefer to carry their complete load on the sled rather than carry a backpack.

    Rescue Considerations

    It is sometimes possible for evacuations to take place along the route if necessary. But expedition members need to fully understand that evacuation is not an ‘on demand’ service and weather conditions can preclude flights for days or even weeks at a time. The best way to protect oneself against problems of this nature is to be fully prepared, both physically and mentally for an adventure of this magnitude. Additionally, rescue can be very expensive and we require expedition members to be fully insured against this possibility.

    Clothing & Equipment

    For most of the trek members need only be clad in fleece clothing with windproof shells. Warm expedition mittens and hats will be necessary in addition to a facemask to keep wind and blowing snow at bay. Lightweight down clothing will help members endure the cold starts and be additional warmth (if needed) in the sleeping bag.

    We supply all of the team equipment and you will only need your personal equipment. We supply sleds, tents, stoves, pots, food and fuel, ropes and sled harnesses, GPS and telecommunication equipment.

    You will need to supply all your own clothing, sleeping gear and ski equipment. If you wish we can assist with the purchase of equipment and clothing suitable to the expedition.

    A full equipment list will be sent to you on confirmation of booking.

    Communication & Messages

    We carry the latest in satellite communication equipment on our expeditions, facilitating good contact with the outside world. This also improves safety in that we have instant communications with rescue services in the unlikely event an evacuation is required. It is possible for you to utilize our equipment or you may bring your own but we request you confirm with us to establish power requirements can be met.


    The effective temperature is defined by the strength of the wind. Temperatures will be in the range of – 40 degrees C (and F) to 0 degrees C (32 degrees F). As the team nears the pole and spring sets in, temperatures will rise and the ice will constantly break, making forward progress sometimes agonizingly slow. Ultimately a lot will depend on the season and the general weather patterns. Weather analysis will be provided by experts in Polar meteorology which will assist us in being forewarned of major weather systems.

  • Itinerary

    1 Meet in Resolute Bay, Canada. Transfer from airport to hotel. Evening orientation and welcome reception. Gear check and team briefing.
    2-5 Team training outside Resolute Bay.
    6 Charter flight to Eureka weather station and then on to Ward Hunt Island.
    7 Depart Ward Hunt Island onto the pack ice. Begin skiing towards North Pole.
    8-57 Ski across the dynamic pack ice of the Arctic Ocean towards the North Pole.
    58 Upon reaching the North Pole you'll have time to celebrate this monumental achievement!. Helicopter from North Pole to Borneo Ice Station.
    59 Fly via charter air to Longyearbyen, Norway.
    60 Breakfast at Longyearbyen Lodge. Depart for flights home.

    Our North Pole expedition starts in Resolute, Northern Canada with a training trip to build the team as well as test clothing and equipment. From Resolute we fly north by Twin Otter to Ward Hunt Island, a small island just off northern Ellesmere Island. From Ward Hunt to the Geographic North Pole is 416 nautical miles (770 km) of arctic pack ice. Once the North Pole is reached we fly back to Longyearbyen, Norway and the expedition concludes here.

    This ice is always shifting; leads crack open and pressure ridges build into massive walls of ice chunks. To add to the challenge of it all is the extreme cold temperatures, often as cold as -40 ºC.

    On this expedition we are stepping into the ski tracks left by the legendary arctic explorers! It will be the same landscapes, the same wind that will push you forward or on the contrary, will hamper your movement northwards. The same ice hummocks will block your way and you will have to negotiate them. Drifting ice fields will not respect the hard work or the tremendous effort required to move forward, but challenges aside, with a lot of hard work, and after almost 60 days, you’ll reach the top of the planet.

    We share tents and the chores of cooking. The coldest part of the day will be in the breakdown of the camp as we pack sleds and begin the daily trek. Each day we will move for 8-10 hours with regular rests for food and fluid intake. Once we reach our camping destination for the day we set up the tents and build snow walls to protect the tents from wind.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance


    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.

    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.

    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.


    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverages to its clients.

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    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Contact Us

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our North Pole Expedition. Please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

      A few outfitters ‘claim’ to have the same level of experience and prestige with that of Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you a first choice for your expeditioners travelling to the North Pole?
      Adventure Consultants have been expeditioning in the polar regions for over two decades. We employ experienced and professional guides, use the latest in communications and weather forecasting technology and nutritious and tasty food to ensure you have the best experience on our trips.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and washing (clothes) will be available on the expedition?
      Showers are available at the Longyearbyen hotel prior to and after the expedition, however, there are no showers or laundry facilities available during the crossing. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for the impromptu wash in between available showers.

      Would you let us know what food will be available?
      Food is one of the most crucial factors for a successful polar expedition. We serve nutritious and filling food that will sustain you well for the journey.

      What is the food like?
      Typical meals include warm muesli for breakfast, crackers with cheese, salami or dried fish for lunch and freeze-dried meals for dinner. These meals are supplemented with plenty of snacks including chocolate, cookies, dried fruit, nuts and plenty of hot drinks. As food and equipment has to be hauled in sleds by each team member, weight as well as calorific and nutritional value of food supplies is critical. At the start of our North Pole All The Way Expedition, each member will consume about 4000kcal of food each day, and by the end of the expedition this will have increased to 6000kcal! 

      What are the hotels like?
      Through our local agents, we book centrally located comfortable mid-range hotels. Once on your expedition program, you will be staying in tents and sharing with one other. Our standard trips are based on shared rooms, usually twin share.

      Will I be sharing a tent or room with other expeditioners? Is a single supplement available?
      Hotel rooms are based on a twin-share basis, but if you would like your own room, please do enquire with our office for pricing. Single tents are not generally available during the expedition due to the heavy load carrying requirements.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts?
      Please arrange to arrive on Day 1 of the itinerary to allow sufficient time for your equipment check and briefing prior to the flight to the icecap.

      When should I book my ticket?
      For the majority of our expeditions, we generally ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights then ensure you can make changes to your tickets and it is a good idea to purchase trip cancellation insurance, in the event that you need to cancel.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      We highly recommend purchasing an open, fully changeable air ticket, as trips can be extended by a week or more. Given the remote nature of where we are, the weather must fall within certain parameters to be able to fly and you can be assured the reasons for flight delays are for safety. In today’s world there are few places where the environment still affects our plans and the Arctic is one of them!

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      For our Ski The Last Degree Expedition, we fly into Svalbard Airport (LYR) in Norway and for our North Pole All The Way Expedition we fly into Resolute Bay in Canada (most flights routes are through either Ottawa or Iqaluit). Where possible, there will be an Adventure Consultants representative waiting to meet you and transfer from the airport to the hotel.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      We can assist you with booking extra hotel room nights if you arrive early. However, on this trip YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ARRIVE LATE - if you are delayed or your bags get lost, you will not be able to come on the expedition!

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit. We do also have a dedicated equipment coordinator that is happy to provide advice and answers to any questions you may have.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared and you must bring everything on the list, as there are very limited options if additional equipment needs to be purchased in Longyearbyen or Resolute Bay.

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. In particular for camping on the ice, you will need a sleeping bag warm enough for you in conditions that can be as cold as -35°C (-31°F) We highly recommend buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear some clothes in if it is especially cold.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many guides will be assigned to our group?
      Our Standard Expeditions usually have four members and one guide. The Highly Supported Expedition has one guide to two members.

      Can I contact other expeditioners or guides on this expedition?
      Sure! Before the expedition, contact our office and we can pass on your details to the other expeditioners. Due to our privacy policy, we leave it up to individual team members as to whether they want to get in touch.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our expeditioners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels ranging from those seeking skill development to those seeking assistance with the world's most remote regions, or purely adventure.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice, and even to remote destinations such as the North Pole. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost effective.

    • Health & Fitness

      What are the skills/prior experience required for this expedition?
      Prior experience in winter travel, glacier crossings and cross-country skiing is important for a successful crossing as well as the ability to work well within a team environment. The nature of this expedition demands strong team cohesion and commitment. An essential ingredient for participants is physical fortitude for working hard in a cold weather environment hence each member must be strong and healthy. Contact us regarding recommended training programmes for this expedition including our Polar Training Course.

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for the expedition?
      You should train on a regular basis for at least 3 months prior to your expedition start (up to 6 months for our All The Way expedition). It is recommended that you focus on cardiovascular training as the cardiovascular system is constantly stressed whilst on the move. Running and hiking combined with strength, core stability and flexibility training are the best types of exercise to incorporate into your programme. It is important to ensure long duration aerobic exercise, gradually increasing your endurance to maintain 8 hours of vigorous activity a day for up to the length of your expedition. Core strength is important to make sled hauling easier, as well as shoveling snow when the necessity for building protective walls for the tents arises.

      How much weight do we carry on the expedition?
      All baggage is transported in sleds made of plastic. For Ski The Last Degree, at the beginning of the expedition each member should expect to be hauling approximately 45kg (100lbs). This is the total weight of both the personal and the communal gear (i.e. clothes, sleeping bag, food, fuel, stoves, tents etc.). Towards the end of the expedition the weight will reduce to approximately 30kg (66lbs) as food is eaten and fuel burnt.

      For our All The Way Expedition, we will likely pre-place two or three resupply caches which will reduce the total weight of food that needs to be carried at each stage. At the beginning of each stage each member should expect to be hauling approximately 90kg (190lbs). This is the total weight of both the personal and the communal gear (i.e. clothes, sleeping bag, food, fuel, stoves, tents etc.). Towards the end of the stage the weight will reduce to about 60kg (132lbs) as food is eaten and fuel burnt.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      What type of communication is available on the expedition?
      Your expedition guide will have an Iridium satellite phone and you are welcome to use this at US$4 per minute. As we rely on solar power and cannot guarantee that the phone will be available 24hrs a day. Cold severely affects the system and delays can occur for re-warming. If you anticipate that you may need to make frequent or long calls then please make arrangements before the expedition through our office.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      Your guide will send daily internet dispatches, and the Adventure Consultants NZ office receives updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available throughout the trek? What voltage requirements?
      We take a small solar charging system on the expedition. This is used to charge the satellite phone as a priority, but may be used for other gadgets if sufficient power is available. Ensure your gadgets are able to be charged by USB or 12V car charger. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras; they tend to run out when power is not available. Use cameras with replaceable batteries and we recommend lithium batteries. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost - please enquire with our office.

    • Weather Forecasts

      What weather report service do you use and how often do you receive a weather reports?
      During the expedition, your guide will receive weather updates from our local team in Longyearbyen as well as updates from the Adventure Consultants office.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      In addition to evacuation & medical insurance we recommend to all our expedition members to buy trip cancellation insurance on sign up for your expedition. It is also highly recommend purchasing a Comprehensive Travel Insurance policy to provide cover for trip interruption, baggage loss, damage or theft, delayed flights or other such incidents that may occur during your trip. Contact us for expedition insurance advice.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Absolutely! Evacuation from the North Pole can cost up to $300,000 and you need to be insured accordingly, as well as having coverage for repatriation and travel medical expenses.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      You will be sent information specific to your expedition as part of your welcome package and requirements differ depending on where you are travelling and your home location, so be sure to discuss cover with your Client Liaison before purchasing a policy.

      What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all expeditions. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (e.g. minimum numbers are not reached) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept the trip deposit payment on credit card, and we add a 3% fee to accept the balance payment by credit card for your expedition. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details - your card is not charged at the time as we process this here in our office and not via an online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country, should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are; internationally qualified western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client:guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on a trip is to call our office or complete our online booking form. Return this with the trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information is on our trip notes downloaded from the specific trip page) or by using our secure credit card page. Phone our New Zealand head office on +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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