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Grand Traverse of Single Cone & Double Cone

The Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone is a steep committing alpine ridge line suitable for climbers with previous mountaineering & rock climbing experience. 

The Grand Traverse of Single and Double Cone is one of the most classic single day alpine routes in New Zealand climbing. The steep, exposed and sustained ridge line provides excellent rock climbing on with incredible views 2000m down the west face of the Remarkables to Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. The eastern side of the ridge line is almost as spectacular as you climb high above Lake Alta.

The Grand Traverse requires an early and start takes 8-10 hours to complete the traverse. This is a must do if you are visiting Queenstown for climbing.

Other related trips

Single Cone Climb

3 Day Queenstown Mountaineering Course

Remarkables Alpine Rock Climbing

Client review

"If mountaineering or rock climbing is your passion/hobby, Mike Madden and his staff can fulfil your ambition to summit some some of most technical and beautiful mountains that New Zealand has to offer. I've had two expeditions with Mike through QMG, to the single cone summit on the Remarkables and the North West Ridge of Mt. Aspiring. I cannot recommend this organisation enough due to their training, the time they take to train their clients if necessary, the food and equipment provided, as well as the guiding experience needed for a safe and successful expedition. Take a camera, though photos can be taken by the guides. The best organisation in New Zealand that I've climbed with." Will, Australia

Sample Itinerary

Departure: 7.00am 

Trip duration: Approximately 10 hours.

Bad weather policy: If we cannot operate the trip because of bad weather we will refund you or operate the trip on the next good weather day if possible.


Prices are per person and in NZ dollars.


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November - March

Queenstown Mountain Guides take bookings for the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone during the summer season.

Experience Required

Previous mountaineering and rock climbing experience is essential before attempting the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone. For climbers with less experience we recommend gaining experience on a guided climb of Single Cone.

Whats Included

The price of the program includes

  • Guide fees
  • Technical equipment hire
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment
  • Department of Conservation concession fees

The price of the program excludes

  • Lunch & snack food
  • Personal equipment & clothing

More Information

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