Head out to the back country with one of our experienced guides.
Our most popular product takes you on an ascent up into the Lake Alta cirque surrounded by inspiring peaks. There you can walk on a frozen lake, explore snow caves and have a great picnic lunch. The views from here are stunning.
This takes about 6 hours return to Queenstown and can be tailored to the fitness of your group. If you want to head for the peaks we suggest you opt for a private departure. There is a gradual climb to get into the lake so a good level of fitness is a requirement. Minimum child age 8 years.
Have fun expanding snow caves and carving your own 'snow chair' to relax in while you enjoy a refreshing hot drink and delicious lunch.
The trip itself is normally about 4km walk and we climb about 200m so a moderate level of fitness is required. However with most of the day to enjoy the mountains in we take our time with frequent stops to rest on our way up. Once by the lake we have several activities, including lunch, to occupy us. Fitter groups can go higher and view a different perspective on the many mountain ranges surrounding us.
DEPARTURES: 9.00am (between June and October - Snow dependent) with staggered departures by 30 minutes on busy days.
PICK UP: We pick up from and drop you back to your Queenstown accommodation.
All transport to and from your Queenstown accommodation
We include key items of clothing including waterproof Snowboots, overpants, jacket and gloves to ensure you are suitably dressed for your experience. (See What you NEED)
Snowshoes - these go over your own shoes so please wear sensible outdoor footwear, closed-toe trail shoes or hiking boots (preferably waterproof) and warm socks - check out the snowshoes that we use MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoes
Poles - adjustable length
Lunch is provided on all our full day trips - including tea/coffee, cookies
Friendly, knowledgeable and cheerful local guides
Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history, geology and SNOW
What you will need to bring:
At the least we suggest you bring with you the following in a small backpack (which can be shared and we can supply):
Warm hat, Small water bottle, Sunglasses and Camera (carried at owner's risk). If you have them always bring your own gloves and outer wear.
Dress in warm layered clothing, with polypropylene or wool next to the skin. NO Cotton or Denim.
If you are using our snowboots remember to bring a thick warm pair of socks or two thinner pair
Reasonable fitness will ensure an enjoyable walk. Remember to bring your camera and a smile!