Fiordland's Darran Mountains are known as New Zealand's Patagonia and have some of New Zealand's most spectacular alpine scenery. The Fiordland Mountains Experience is for people looking for a remote & challenging experience that can only be offered by a professional mountain guide.
The high point of this trip is a steep climb to the summit of Barrier Knob, a remote Fiordland peak.
The trip starts with a walk up through the Gertrude valley. Here the valleys are filled with spectacular alpine vegetation and steep glacially carved granite walls tower overhead. The track steepens and we pass waterfalls, alpine tarns, and lakes. Often we will see the Kea, the worlds only alpine parrot.
From Gertrude Saddle there are incredible views of Milford Sound. The route above here is unmarked and is used by experienced climbers for access into the Darran mountains and there is a rich climbing history in this area. Above here we will make camp at a spectacular campsite.
The next morning we will make an attempt on Barrier Knob. This is a steep climb requiring the expert guidance of your professional mountain guide. From here there are views of Mt Tutuko and the central Darran mountains, Milford Sound, and Lake Adelaide.
This trip is also customisable for individuals and groups looking for more of a challenge. We can combine alpine hiking with climbing. We can teach mountaineering skills and climb and traverse some of the spectacular nearby peaks. A traverse of Mac Pherson and Talbot is one of our favourite one day alpine day climbs in New Zealand.