Glacier Experience Course. Photo by Jamie Robertson

Glacier Experience Course

The Glacier Experience Course is Alpine Guides' Easter holiday training program. The 5 day mountaineering trip provides an in-depth introduction to glacier travel, route-finding, and crevasse rescue techniques - finishing with a peak.

An Introduction to Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue

The Glacier Experience Course provides an intense introduction (or refresher) for climbers venturing into serious glaciated alpine terrain.

You need a good level of fitness, and some experience with rope management - either through rock climbing, abseiling, caving, or canyoning - as some of the rope systems are complex. Participants should also have basic crampon and ice axe skills.

Glacier training and a peak to finish

The course is based from a hut at the head of the Tasman Glacier. New Zealand's longest glacier is the prefect training venue for practicing your skills, and bagging a peak to finish.

Although "climbing" is not the focus of the course, we won't turn down the opportunity to get up a peak or have a crack at ice climbing on the icefall seracs. The course will finish with a climb of Hochstetter Dome (2,827 metres).

The course cost includes flights in and out of the mountains.

The Glacier Experience Course is ideal for:

  • Climbers requiring a refresher in modern glacier technique
  • Alpinists who need training for glaciated terrain
  • General mountaineering and alpine travel, anywhere in the world
Crevasse Rescue Training

Instruction topics include:

  • Glacier travel and modern rope systems
  • Crevasse rescue systems, including self rescue
  • Route finding and safe travel
  • Emergency shelters
  • Mountain navigation, weather and forecasting
crevasse rescue training

Experience required:

  • Good level of fitness
  • Basic rope skills (e.g. rock climbing, caving, abseiling)
  • Previous basic crampon/ice axe experience

AGL Skill Check



Season: Summer

Trip Type: Summer Course

Length: 5 days

Max Guide/Participant Ratio: 1:4

  • Maximum of 8 participants
  • Minimum of 2 participants


Price NZ$2,550 per person

Cost Includes:

Summer 2015 Course Schedule

Cours Date Spaces
GTC1 April 03-07 Limited


  • Open - free to book.
  • Limited - Please check before booking (may fill quickly).
  • One only/2 only = one or 2 spaces remain. Phone us to secure your place.
  • Closed - course no longer available.