Brewster Glacier Trek
The Brewster Glacier Trek is an expedition exploring the accessible Brewster Glacier in Mount Aspiring National Park. The journey through the elevation zones shows the diversity of the region including glaciers, sub-alpine scrub, and beech forest. Suitable for all levels of previous experience camping at glacial lakes and exploring the ice formations and rock sculpting of the glacier terminal face.
Brewster Glacier Trek Itinerary
It is an hour and a half drive to Haast Pass, along the shores of Lake Hawea and Wānaka to the start of the trek. After crossing the Haast River, the track climbs up steeply through the beech forest before the route opens up onto the scrub and tussock alpine tops for the last hour to Brewster Hut.
It is possible to stay at Brewster Hut or continue to camp beside the terminal lakes of the glacier itself.
The next day is spent exploring the glacier, learning to use crampons and ice axes to explore crevasses, and moulins (water holes in the glacier), and maybe trying some ice climbing.
On the last day it is possible to ascend Mount Armstrong for views of the Southern Alps from Tititiea / Mount Aspiring to Aroaki / Mount Cook and the Brewster Glacier before descending back to the highway and returning to Wānaka.
Trip Difficulty and Fitness Requirements
It is a steep, 1000m climb, to Brewster Hut, and good fitness is required.
No previous crampon or ice axe experience is required. Some previous and recent off-track trekking experience is useful.
Pricing and Details
|Duration: 4 days|
|Get in touch to arrange private dates from December to March|
|$1690 / $2390 / $4350 per person for 3 / 2 / 1 people.|
Price includes GST, guide fees, mountain food and accommodation, transport from Wānaka, and technical equipment.
|Maximum ratio: 1:3|
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