WORLD WIDE EXPEDITIONS 2017 Mountaineering seven summits climbing school trekking ski touring polar journeys
Guy Cotter on the summit of Aoraki/Mt Cook. Photo Suze Kelly
Greetings, Welcome to our 2017 brochure. Within these pages, we have taken the opportunity to showcase what we believe to be the most attractive and interesting mountain related adventures available on this planet! Our objective remains as it always has; to operate exceptional adventures. Whether it is for a person experiencing the outdoor world for the first time or recidivist expedition goers returning to the world’s most extreme objectives, we apply the same level of enthusiasm and care to every one of our journeys. We design our trips specifically for people who prefer to invest wisely in their adventures because we appreciate that time is short and when you are going to do it, make sure you do it right! Personally, I think of every expedition or trip as a pilgrimage where I can discover and grow from the journey or experience. A pilgrimage, by nature, isn’t always easy. There will be challenges that must be overcome and sometimes those challenges are caused by our own internal struggles from which we must evolve to succeed. The journey should be planned and executed in the best way possible; in fine style and by employing intelligent tactics with magical highlights along the way. We make every effort to strike a balance between an appropriate level of comfort to engender success, yet at the same time we endeavour to keep it sufficiently simple to maintain a real sense of adventure. The team here at Adventure Consultants plan and operate our adventures with a penchant for ensuring that your journey is a perfectly memorable experience. From the first communication with us through to the farewell at the end of your trip, our team do their very best to provide you with expeditions and adventures that are exceptional in every way.
Please enjoy this brochure on behalf of myself and the Adventure Consultants family.
• European and New Zealand ascents and courses
• Pioneers of guided expeditions to Mount Everest and the Seven Summits • Inspiring range of Himalayan and international expeditions • Customised private expeditions for groups or individuals • Polar journeys • Backcountry skiing adventures
Guy Cotter CEO of Adventure Consultants IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain and Ski Guide
• Superb trekking options, from adventurous to luxury • Small groups, quality first 2
“I would certainly recommend AC… competent, experienced staff, terrific personalities aware of dangers and helpful to all. The best organisation I have dealt with... you get what you pay for.” Dianne, doctor from Australia
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES • A quality experience through every level of our operation • World-class internationally qualified mountain guides • Small groups to lessen impacts and increase personal satisfaction • Proven tactics and a consistently high success rate • Highest standards of training, backup, support and resources • Excellent catering and equipment • Advanced logistics and administration systems • A ‘can do’ attitude with an emphasis on your safety, enjoyment and satisfaction 3
Cover: The exhilaration of being up high on a mountain! Photo Andy Cole Above: The endless view above the clouds, climbing Aoraki/Mt Cook. Photo Andy Cole
contents NEW ZEALAND ASCENTS
DIFFICULT Y RATING To enable you to get a better understanding of what may be encountered on an Adventure Consultants trip, we have developed a grading system that quantifies the technical nature and physical output level of each trip.
Terrain guidelines and technical requirements 1 - Scrambling on low-angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need the ability to move over rough ground. 2 - Short steep sections that will require a rope.
Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip.
3 - Steep terrain that requires moderate level
Aoraki / Mt Cook 12,316ft / 3,754m Mt Aspiring / Tititea 9,950ft / 3,033m Mt Tasman / Horo Koau 11,378ft / 3,498m Mitre Peak 5,520ft / 1,683m Ascents Week Alpine Adventure
NEW ZEALAND COURSES Alpine Expedition Course Alpine Climbing Course Mountaineering Instruction Course Private Instruction Course Mt Aspiring Course and Ascent Seven Summits Training Course Ice Climbing Course Mont Blanc Eiger Matterhorn
15,771ft / 4,807m 13,025ft / 3,970m 14,692ft / 4,478m
Mont Blanc Course and Ascent Monte Rosa Course and Ascents Gran Paradiso Course and Ascent Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course Chamonix Alpine Climbing Course Chamonix Advanced Mountaineering Course Private Instruction Course Cogne Ice Climbing Weekend Chamonix - Cogne Ice Climbing Week
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5 - Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.
pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength, plus light running, swimming and biking.
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4 - Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable
A - A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light
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EUROPEAN ALPS COURSES AND ASCENTS
Himlung and Saribung 23,497ft / 7,162m Ama Dablam 22,402ft / 6,828m Cholatse 21,128ft / 6,440m Three Peaks Nepal Island Peak 20,305ft / 6,189m Mera Peak 21,246ft / 6,476m
Fitness and stamina
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climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques.
of following multi-pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques.
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Alpamayo 19,411ft / 5,917m Artesonraju Extension 19,767ft / 6,025 m Cerro el Plomo 17,795ft / 5,424 m Ojos del Salado 22,615ft / 6,893 m Ecuador Volcanoes High Altitude Expedition Cayambe 18,996ft / 5,790m Cotopaxi 19,000ft / 5,911m Chimborazo 20,703ft / 6,310m 7 Summits Everest 29,035ft / 8,850m Aconcagua 22,840ft / 6,962m Denali / Mt McKinley 20,320ft / 6,194m Denali Prep Course Elbrus 18,510ft / 5,642m Carstensz Pyramid 16,024ft / 4,884m Vinson Massif 16,049ft / 4,892m Kilimanjaro 19,340ft / 5,895m
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8000m PEAKS Lhotse Cho Oyu Shishapangma
27,940ft / 8,516m 26,906ft / 8,201m 26,289ft / 8,013m
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B - Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week, gym/bike/stairs) and include pack-carrying on rough ground once a week. C - A high standard of fitness. Capable of
climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack-carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training.
D - Excellent level of fitness from participants
who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack-carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardiovascular exercise.
NOTE: Please visit our website www.adventureconsultants.com for more detail on this grading system and training programmes.
South Pole - Ski the Last Degree South Pole - All the Way Greenland Crossing North Pole - Ski the Last Degree North Pole - All the Way Polar Training Course
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N E W Z E A L A N D BAC K C O U N T RY S K I I N G Guided Backcountry Ski-Touring Backcountry Skiing Course 3 day Backcountry Ski Tour
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E U R O P E S K I - TO U R I N G Europe Haute Route Ski-Tour Chamonix Ski-Touring Week Grindelwald Ski-Touring Week
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N E PA L T R E K K I N G Mustang Horse Trek Manaslu Trek Khumbu Trek Everest Base Camp Trek Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek Three Passes Trek
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EUROPE TREKKING Tour du Mont Blanc Summer Haute Route Trek
P R I VAT E E X P E D I T I O N S A N D A N TA R C T I C P E N I N S U L A Private Expeditions Antarctic Peninsula Other Services and Policies and Booking Conditions
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“Good guides understand that part of the payoff is the opportunity to help create one of life’s most powerful experiences for someone they’ve just met. I salute the Guides of Adventure Consultants, who do just that every time they lead an expedition.” Dave, financial planner from America
Crossing the Yellow Band on the Lhotse Face. Photo Guy Cotter
OUR GUIDES The friendly and companionable guides who make up the Adventure Consultants team are recognised as some of the most skilled and experienced mountaineers in the world. In addition to each of them having an extensive climbing background, our guides are qualified under the auspices of the highest qualifying body in mountain guiding; the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA / UIAGM). The AC guides have individually taken their professions to the highest of levels, yet relish the opportunity to share the environment they are so passionate about and communicate this in an atmosphere of confidence and enjoyment. If there are any specific traits we encourage in our guiding staff, it is compatibility coupled with effective leadership. We know that good leadership translates into successful and safe experiences in the outdoor environment. Leadership to us means being able to bring a group together for a common goal, with positive coaching and encouragement being highlights of the trip. These are the key aspects that set us apart and that enable us to consistently operate great adventures and expeditions. We are recognised as being amongst the best in the business, an accolade we continue to aspire to that provides our motivation for continual reflection and improvement. Whether you are considering your first foray into the mountain environment, or are returning for an intense expedition at the higher end of the scale, our guides do their very best to ensure you have an amazing time and achieve success! 5
Adventure Consultants guides are members of the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) or the British Mountain Guides Association (BMG), and the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA / UIAGM). We believe that you should always insist on internationally qualified guides as you would insist on the qualifications of any person in whom you invest so much responsibility.
ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS TEAM Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running. AC support team – Suze, Amy, Anthea, Caroline, Aaron, Guy, Jenny, Steve, Emberly, Tiffany. Anita, David, Kelly absent. Photo Anna Allan/Alpine Image Co.
new zealand ascents ADVENTURE CONSULTANTS NEW ZEALAND The Southern Alps of New Zealand are wild and pristine with varied and diverse climbing challenges - sufficient to provide any climber with countless years of worthy objectives. Adventure Consultants is based in the small alpine town of Wanaka, nestled beneath these rugged mountains. We have close access to many different mountain areas that enable us to optimise the climbing opportunities around the weather systems and conditions.
The Linda Glacier on Aoraki/Mt Cook. Photo Ian Brown/Hedgehoghouse
The mountain environment here is often demanding. We are faced with challenging weather conditions, heavily glaciated mountains and steep alpine faces. Yet it is from this setting that great climbers are forged and where our internationally recognised guiding operation has its roots. At Adventure Consultants we relish these mountains and this is reflected in the innovative and passionate way that we operate our personalised climbing and instructional programmes.
Aoraki / Mt Cook
12,316ft / 3,754m
• Technically challenging ascent on ice, snow and rock • Long and varied climb on New Zealand’s highest mountain
Approaching the summit rocks on Aoraki/Mt Cook. Photo Mark Watson/Highluxphoto
The highest peak in New Zealand, Aoraki/Mt Cook is a popular objective and we ascend via the classic Linda Glacier route. The climbing is strenuous and of moderate technical difficulty; the summit is one of the most satisfying and exhilarating in Australasia. Aoraki is truly Himalayan in size, protruding 3,000m from the valley floor. We fly into the new Plateau Hut, and base ourselves here for our summit attempt. The climb takes 16 to 22 hours and to get the best of the conditions we schedule our departure for around midnight. We follow the Linda Glacier which steepens to moderately challenging ice-climbing, followed by a couple of pitches of steeper rock and mixed climbing through the summit rocks. The angle then eases a little as we focus on the summit ice cap for the final push to the highest point in New Zealand! When weather and time permit we may elect to climb over two days, with a bivouac halfway up the route to give ourselves a good start for the following morning and time to soak up the high-alpine ambience. Dates: November to April Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand Price: NZ$6,150
Duration: 6 days Ratio: 1:1 only
Please contact us for ascents of other routes on Aoraki/Mt Cook
Mt Aspiring / Tititea 9,950ft / 3,033m • Most aesthetic mountain in the Southern Alps • Variety of quality routes to climb, from moderate to hard Mt Aspiring was named Tititea (‘glittering peak’) by the New Zealand Maori and is often referred to as the ‘Matterhorn of the South’. This beautiful mountain offers various routes of high quality, from the grand but attainable North West Ridge, to the divine arête of the South West Ridge. We ascend the North West Ridge either via the ‘Ramp’ or alternatively by the full NW Ridge. Climbing the Ramp involves moderate-angled snow climbing that requires the use of two ice tools on the steeper sections. Mt Aspiring reflected in evening light. Photo Andy Cole
The route meets the NW Ridge about halfway up and is technically straightforward climbing for the last 300m to the summit. Great views abound as we look into the deep and glaciated valleys to the west and beyond to the Tasman Sea. The full North West Ridge is a classic route that we generally climb later in the season once it is free of snow. This route follows the long NW Ridge requiring exciting traverses around rock towers with fabulous exposure! The more demanding South West Ridge is a climb to suit those with previous snow and ice experience. The route ascends a gradually steepening arête culminating in several steep ice pitches to the summit. It is one of New Zealand’s premier alpine routes.
“Adventure Consultants has a unique story associated with legendary NZ climbers and it was nice to be a small part of that story.” Richard, pharmacist from New Zealand
Dates: November to April Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days Ratio: 1:1 only
Our special introductory mountaineering instruction programme, the Mount Aspiring Course and Ascent, includes mountaineering instruction followed by an ascent of Mt Aspiring. Details on page 9. Duration: 7 days Price: NZ$6,300
Mount Aspiring from Mt Bevan. Photo Olivier Baron
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Mt Tasman / Horo Koau 11,378ft / 3,498m • Classic ascent of long snow and ice route • New Zealand’s second highest mountain Mt Tasman is considered by many to be the most beautiful peak within the Mt Cook region and the ascent has the technical character to make it truly memorable. The routes are predominantly snow and ice with classic ridges and steep alpine faces. New Zealand’s second highest peak, it is a major ascent and with its proximity to Aoraki/Mt Cook the views are unforgettable! Bivouacs are often required to complete an ascent of this mountain. The usual route is via the North Shoulder, which requires an initial ascent of Mt Lendenfeld, followed by a traverse of Engineer Col, before climbing the steep and exposed North Shoulder, then traversing the airy ridge from here to the summit. A big day out on the mountaineer’s mountain! Dates: November to February Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 6 days Ratio: 1:1 only
Mount Tasman, challenging alpine ascent. Photo Dean Staples
Mitre Peak / Rahotu 5,520ft / 1,683m • Iconic New Zealand peak • Alpine rock climbing and scrambling in Fiordland Some mountains are so beautiful they just have to be climbed and surely New Zealand’s Mitre Peak holds a place near the top of that list! The sharp soaring peak appears like a standing wave over the pristine waters of Milford Sound and we climb a route that follows the skyline ridge that is never hard, but it is exposed, from the deep blue waters of the fiords to the summit itself. Prior to making the ascent of Mitre Peak, we warm up on some of the excellent alpine rock routes in the Darran mountains of Fiordland before we snatch a fine day for the ascent of this stunning mountain. Dates: January to April Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days Ratio: 1:1 only
Mitre Peak from Milford Sound. Photo Mark Watson/Highluxphoto
• Climb peaks at your level all week • Choose a variety of objectives or one main objective The Ascents Week appeals to those who have a hankering to climb peaks with the benefits of a personalised guiding service. Whether you want an easy traverse across the glacial peaks or to work on a steep technical climb, the 1:1 guide ratio provides ultimate flexibility to match your schedule. Traditionally the Ascents Week has provided an opportunity for climbers to focus primarily on their favourite discipline, including New Zealand’s steep ice and/or rock routes or an assortment of the best classic climbing we have to offer. You may choose to bring along a friend and both enjoy the professional services of your guide on the less technical routes, or benefit from the dedicated leadership of your guide for something big and spicy! Dates: Duration: Price:
November to April Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand 7 days (duration can be extended to cater to your preferred timeframe) 1:1 guiding NZ$7,750, 1:2 guiding NZ$4,250 each
Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2
Big smiles on the Ascents Week! Photo Andy Cole
• Ideal first-time mountain experience • Climb your first mountain and learn foundation climbing skills Experience the mountains for the first time on this incredible journey into the alpine wonderland.This exciting trip features travelling on glaciers, staying in mountain huts and climbing your first mountain! The journey begins when we fly by helicopter into one of the mountain huts in the heart of the Southern Alps, where your guide will introduce you to primary mountaineering techniques before exploring some of the nearby wide open and low angled glacial terrain. We then trace a route that takes you to the edge of the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, and experience just a little bit of exposure to climb your first summit, all the while soaking in spectacular views. Overall this is a fantastic opportunity to get a taste for the high hills without an extended time commitment and is suitable for folks with good pack-fitness. Dates: Price:
November to April Duration: 4 days Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand 1:1 guiding NZ$4,100, 1:2 guiding NZ$2,350 each 1:3 guiding NZ$1,950 each, 1:4 guiding NZ$1,650 each
“The overall operation and guides were simply excellent, very professional and dependable. I would recommend AC and their guides to my friends.” Mousumi, sales and marketing executive from Singapore Sunset alpenglow on the Alpine Adventure. Photo Lydia Bradey
new zealand COURSES
Alpine Expedition Course • Expedition-focused course instructed by veteran Himalayan guides • Remote terrain with focus towards climber self-sufficiency This course has been designed to provide you with the skills necessary to prepare yourself for expedition climbing. The AEC is run by some of the world’s leading alpinists and is directed towards fit and motivated people who have their sights set on expedition climbing. It is structured so you develop self-reliance and a mentally robust attitude. Experience is imperative before tackling major ascents and this course is designed to help you navigate your way towards safe and successful climbing practices so you can embark upon more demanding ascents within New Zealand and take those first steps towards your Himalayan objectives.
The AEC, a climbing course with an expedition focus. Photo Dean Staples
Dates: Summer 2016/2017 AEC 1: November 7 - 18 AEC 2: January 16 - 27 AEC 3: February 20 - March 3 Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand Price: NZ$4,250
Summer 2017/2018 AEC 1: November 6 - 17 AEC 2: January 15 - 26 AEC 3: February 19 - March 2 Duration: 12 days Ratio: 1:4
Alpine Climbing Course • New Zealand’s premier alpine climbing course • Extending climbers to higher levels and consolidating techniques This is New Zealand’s premier alpine instruction course. It has been developed by New Zealand’s pre-eminent guides for people with a desire to learn the latest and most relevant alpine climbing techniques.
The ACC establishes solid alpine skills. Photo Mark Sedon
We operate in Aoraki/Mt Cook, Westland and Mt Aspiring National Parks and we will run the course where conditions are best at the time. You will gain experience on a variety of alpine routes, and upon the successful completion of the ACC you will have learnt safe climbing practices and be capable of utilising your skills to attempt ascents of many of the superb peaks within the New Zealand mountains, and further afield. Dates: Summer 2016/2017 Summer 2017/2018 ACC 1: October 24 - November 2 ACC 1: October 23 - November 1 ACC 2: November 20 - 29 ACC 2: November 21 - 30 ACC 3: January 4 - 13 ACC 3: December 11 - 20 ACC 4: February 6 - 15 ACC 4: January 4 - 13 ACC 5: February 5 - 14 ACC 5: March 13 - 22 ACC 6: March 12 - 21 Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand Duration: 10 days Price: NZ$3,750 Ratio: 1:4
Mountaineering Instruction Course A great introduction to climbing and safety techniques on the MIC. Photo Guy Cotter
• Learn contemporary mountaineering skills and glacier travel • Follow on with a guided ascent or Alpine Climbing Course This course is designed to navigate your way towards safe and successful climbing practices for the high and glaciated mountains of New Zealand. We focus on the development of your skills at a pace that suits you and along the way you will consolidate those skills by climbing peaks. You don’t need to have climbed before - all you need is the desire to learn new skills in a truly spectacular environment! If you want to learn what alpine mountaineering is about whilst you learn the skills that will keep you safe and give your mountaineering career a solid foundation, then the MIC is ideal for you. Summer 2017/2018 MIC 1: October 16 - 22 MIC 2: November 13 - 19 MIC 3: December 4 - 10 MIC 4: December 28 - January 3 MIC 5: January 29 - February 2 MIC 6: February 12 - 18 MIC 7: March 5 - 11 MIC 8: March 26 - April 1
Dates: Summer 2016/2017 MIC 1: October 17 - 23 MIC 2: November 14 - 20 MIC 3: December 5 - 11 MIC 4: December 28 - January 3 MIC 5: January 9 - 15 MIC 6: February 13 - 19 MIC 7: March 6 - 12 MIC 8: March 27 - April 2 Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand Price: NZ$2,950
Duration: 7 days Ratio: 1:4
It’s actually all about having a blast! Photo Mark Morrison
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Private Instruction Course • Focus specifically on the skills that you require Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most qualified and experienced climbers and instructors on our Private Instruction Course programme. Private Instruction Courses give you the option to advise us of your preferred itinerary and course content, and we will work with you to design an appropriate and stimulating course format. Whether you aspire to further your skill base through a course in a specific discipline such as ice climbing, or you require individual attention from your guide to develop skills at your own pace, Private Instruction Courses are the best option. These courses are ideal for individuals or groups of two or more, and past course participants have enjoyed dramatic improvements in their climbing standards. Dates: Year round, four season departure Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand Price: No. people 6 days 7 days 8 days 9 days 10 days 1:1 NZ$6,980 NZ$7,750 NZ$8,500 NZ$9,450 NZ$10,150 1:2 NZ$3,850 NZ$4,250 NZ$4,680 NZ$5,230 NZ$5,630 1:3 NZ$3,030 NZ$3,350 NZ$3,700 NZ$4,150 NZ$4,480 1:4 NZ$2,530 NZ$2,850 NZ$3,150 NZ$3,480 NZ$3,780
The PIC fast-tracks your learning. Photo Guy Cotter
Mt Aspiring Course and Ascent • Learn to climb, and climb Mt Aspiring, on the same trip A sure-fire way to get started as a climber. This programme is for strong outdoor enthusiasts who would like to incorporate a personalised instruction course followed by an ascent of New Zealand’s most alluring mountain; Mt Aspiring. The course begins with a focused instruction programme to help you develop the techniques required for ascents of this nature. This is followed by the ascent of the mountain with your guide by one of the superb alpine routes. Dates: November to April Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 7 days Ratio: 1:1 only
A training course and ascent of Aspiring. Photo Guy Cotter
7 Summits Training Course • Instructed by seasoned Himalayan guides Set yourself up with the skills to climb the Seven Summits. This high-quality private instruction course is tailored to suit Seven Summits aspirants. The course can be geared to introduce you to the art of mountaineering and/or fine tune your existing skills to prepare you for the adventures ahead. Some of the skills you will develop include ascending fixed ropes, snow camping, crampon and ice-axe skills, ladder crossing and general mountain movement. The courses are run by our experienced Himalayan guides on one of New Zealand’s high mountain glaciated areas. Dates: Year round, four seasons Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 7 days Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2 Price: 1:1 guiding NZ$7,950 or 1:2 guiding NZ$4,250 each
“If people are serious about safety, hope to experience the optimum for their chosen trip, and want to give themselves the best chance to successfully meet their goals, AC is the only choice.” Dale, director from Australia
Ice Climbing Course
Prepare yourself for the 7 Summits. Photo Guy Cotter
• Expedition camp, right at the ice crags, helicopter flight to base Learn all the skills you need to climb steep ice on our specialised ice climbing course in the best ice climbing area in the country! This high-octane, five day clinic focuses on developing lead climbing skills and you can expect to learn all the current ice climbing techniques by the end of the course with our specialist ice climbing instructors. The skills you learn will fill in all the gaps and enable you to confidently tackle steep ice on big alpine routes. The fun begins with a helicopter flight into our expedition tent camp where you will be based for the duration of the course. Each day you walk only a few minutes to the ice routes - one of the reasons this is recognised as the premier ice climbing course in New Zealand! Dates: Winter 2017 ICC 1: July 3 - 7 ICC 5: July 31 - August 4 ICC 2: July 10 - 14 ICC 6: August 7 - 11 ICC 3: July 17 - 21 ICC 7: August 14 - 18 ICC 4: July 24 - 28 Ratio: 1:4 Departure: ex Queenstown, New Zealand Price: NZ$2,250 Private Guiding option available for shorter or longer itineraries, please enquire.
New Zealand’s best ice climbing course based from a heli-accessed expedition camp. Photo Andrew Peacock/Footloose photography
EUROPEAN ALPS ASCENTS ADVENTURE CONSULTANTS EUROPE
Monika and the Jungfrau enjoy the dawn. Photo Tim Robertson
Many of the most revered climbers on earth cut their teeth in Chamonix, home of our European operations base. The nature of the terrain compels climbers to have high levels of technical prowess, a result of the network of roads and lifts that provide us with convenience of access into the high mountains. This translates into fast access to the mountains for guided ascents and also ensures that when you join one of our European climbing courses, you gain a considerable amount of time in terrain that accelerates your skill development. Our European-based guides are pre-eminent climbers who share a passion for the mountains and a willingness for you to achieve your goals in an atmosphere of camaraderie and support. Of special note, our Alps trips are all-inclusive except for services and activities that are additional to the complete package and evening meals when in Chamonix (or other villages). This is unique and we made it this way so you know what the real costs are!
Mont Blanc 15,771ft / 4,807m • Climb the highest peak in the Alps • Moderate snow-climbing in spectacular, history-steeped terrain • Led by friendly, experienced and qualified guides As the highest summit in the Alps, Mont Blanc is a fine ascent for mountaineers of all levels. Make the climb with one of the superb Adventure Consultants guides to realise a famous summit. There are a variety of routes on Mont Blanc to suit your experience and enthusiasm as well as current conditions. This trip includes an ascent of another high peak in the region to acclimatise prior to attempting Mont Blanc. High on Mont Blanc Gouter route at sunrise. Photo Tim Robertson
Dates: May to October Duration: 5 days / 6 nights Departure: ex Chamonix, France Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2 Price: 1:1 guiding EUR€3,380 or 1:2 guiding EUR€1,990 each
Eiger 13,025ft / 3,970m • A formidable peak in a superb setting • Long but moderate climbing route • A strenuous ascent of a world famous mountain “AC have a sterling reputation and why that is was made apparent before and during my trip. The level of organisation and quality of the guide were both excellent.” Robert, software engineer from UK
The Eiger is an exceptionally dramatic mountain with a colourful history in the Swiss Bernese Alps region. We climb via the Mittellegi Ridge and descend via the South Ridge depending on best conditions. This long and intricate ascent incorporates some of Europe’s finest moderately technical terrain and the exposed nature of the climbing on the ridgeline is truly spectacular. This is definitely a striking and notable peak to climb. Dates: July to September Duration: 6 days / 7 nights Departure: ex Chamonix, France or Lauterbrun, Switzerland Ratio: 1:1 only Price: Mittellegi Ridge EUR€4,910 ex Chamonix, EUR€5,220 ex Lauterbrun
The Mittellegi ridge from the Mittellegi hut. Photo Tim Robertson
Matterhorn 14,692ft / 4,478m • Classic peak with centuries of history • Long but moderate route • Cable car access and high-class mountain huts Perhaps the most magnificent and well-known peak in the Alps, the Matterhorn needs little in the way of introduction. The peak was first climbed in 1865 by Edward Whymper via the famous Hörnli Ridge, the route that we also follow to the summit. The climb is long and involved, most of the time on rock, with some snow sections too. Climbers must be competent on long alpine rock routes to be able to seriously attempt the climb, but for the initiated, achieving the ascent will be the real highlight of a climbing trip in the Alps. Dates: July to September Duration: 6 days / 7 nights Departure: ex Chamonix, France or Zermatt, Switzerland Ratio: 1:1 only Price: EUR€4,600 ex Chamonix, EUR€5,500 ex Zermatt The unmistakable Matterhorn. Photo Olivier Baron
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Mont Blanc Course and Ascent • Learn to climb, and ascend Mont Blanc in the same week • Enjoy the supportive instruction from our friendly IFMGA guides Learn to climb - and complete an ascent of the highest peak in the Alps at the same time! Initial instructional days include snow and ice-craft training, followed by an ascent of another nearby mountain in preparation for the Mont Blanc summit attempt in the final days of the course. The Mont Blanc Course and Ascent is also a good option for experienced climbers who wish to brush up on rudimentary skills, as the instructional days are also programmed to deliver vital acclimatisation during the early stages of the course. Run on a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio, you can come alone or bring a friend to enjoy the exhilaration of a completely new experience and make inroads into the world of mountaineering. Dates: Choose from one of the following dates or elect dates that best suit your own schedule Summer 2017 MBC 1: June 3 - 10 MBC 5: July 29 - August 5 MBC 2: June 17 - 24 MBC 6: August 12 - 19 MBC 3: July 1 - 8 MBC 7: August 26 - September 2 MBC 4: July 15 - 22 MBC 8: September 9 - 16 Duration: 6 days / 7 nights Departure: ex Chamonix, France Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2 Price: 1:1 guiding EUR€3,950 or 1:2 guiding EUR€2,300 each
Returning from an ascent of Mont Blanc. Photo Olivier Baron
“Superb guides who will teach in an environment with reliable weather, a massive variety of routes, and push you fairly hard but also stick within an acceptable margin of safety.”
Monte Rosa Course and Ascents
Ashley, British lawyer from Hong Kong
• Climb six pristine summits from alpine huts in the Swiss Alps • Learn skills from your guide or simply enjoy the climbing Begin your mountaineering career in the heart of the Swiss Alps by scaling several peaks in the Monte Rosa region, or simply come here to partake in some enjoyable climbing where you can extend yourself to whatever level of difficulty you enjoy. If this is your first time climbing, you can start with introductory lessons on the easier peaks, then move on to more challenging ascents.
Approaching Liskamm in the Bernese Oberland. Photo Olivier Baron
Experienced climbers can immediately lock into ascents of the series of summits that are all in close proximity to the alpine hut system. Should you want to push your limits, your guide will be happy to help you develop new skills. Dates: Summer 2017 MRCA 1: June 17 - 24 MRCA 2: July 1 - 8 MRCA 3: July 15 - 22
MRCA 4: July 29 - August 5 MRCA 5: August 12 - 19 MRCA 6: August 26 - September 2
Departure: ex Zermatt, Switzerland
Duration: 6 days / 7 nights
Gran Paradiso Course and Ascent • Learn climbing skills suitable for alpine climbing on this course • Follow training with an ascent of Gran Paradiso, highest peak entirely in Italy Learn introductory skills for mountaineering, and then consolidate your skills on a training climb followed by an ascent of Gran Paradiso.
Celebrating the summit of Gran Paradiso. Photo Paolo Pieroni
On day one you will embark on a scenic trek to the alpine hut. Days two and three will focus on introductory skills for mountaineering while doing training climbs on nearby peaks. You will rise early on day four and climb to the summit of Gran Paradiso where you can take in the amazing views across to the Mt Blanc Massif before your return to Chamonix that afternoon. Perfect! Dates: Summer 2017 GPCA 1: June 10 - 15 GPCA 5: August 5 - 10 GPCA 2: June 24 - 29 GPCA 6: August 19 - 24 GPCA 3: July 8 - 13 GPCA 7: September 2 - 7 GPCA 4: July 22 - 27 Departure: ex Chamonix, France Duration: 4 days / 5 nights Ratio: 1:4 Price: EUR€1,030 Gran Paradiso, the highest mountain entirely within Italy. Photo Paolo Pieroni
EUROPEAN ALPS courses
Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course • Learn how to climb properly and safely • Introductory course based from Chamonix From our base in Chamonix you will be introduced to the essential mountaineering skills that will be the foundation for your future climbing endeavours. To be a safe and competent mountaineer it is beneficial to learn the most current techniques from the experts. Your week with us will be spent learning the basic skills of rock climbing, belaying, crampon techniques, how to move safely on glacial terrain, ice-axe self-arrest and how to effect a crevasse rescue. These skills will then be put into practice during ascents of various peaks in the Mont Blanc Massif where you will discover the joy of mountaineering! Dates: Summer 2017 CIMC 1: June 11 - 17 CIMC 2: July 9 - 15 CIMC 3: August 6 - 12 Departure: ex Chamonix, France Price: EUR€1,570
Duration: 5 days / 6 nights Ratio: 1:4
Chamonix Alpine Climbing Course Have fun while discovering climbing in the Alps. Photo Andrew Wexler
• Further your skills to become a better climber • Make a series of ascents on this course based from Chamonix For mountaineers who have a desire to increase their level of independence and skills, this course is designed to deliver instruction and training relevant to the region and transferable to any mountain range on earth. We limit the time where you are merely being taught skills in isolation; instead we combine instruction with ascents of peaks at an ever-increasing tempo throughout the course. You will further develop the skills of rock and ice climbing, belaying, crampon techniques, glacial travel, self-arrest and rescue techniques.
“AC provided a great experience, which I would not hesitate in recommending to friends. Based on my experience, AC’s reputation as a premium guiding company is consistent with the high level of service they provide.” John, lawyer from Australia Really solidifying your skills on the CACC. Photo Suze Kelly
Summer 2017 CACC 1: June 18 - 24 CACC 2: July 16 - 22 CACC 3: August 13 - 19
Departure: ex Chamonix, France Price:
Duration: 5 days / 6 nights Ratio:
Chamonix Advanced Mountaineering Course • Advanced skills course based in Chamonix • Push your standards to a higher level If you really want to take your climbing to the next level then this is the course for you. Instructed on a one-to-two ratio, you have the focused attention of world class mountaineers/guides who are willing to share their climbing techniques and ascent strategies. Successful mountaineering at the top end is as much about judgment as technical prowess. Spend time with the specialists in the mountain environment and you will be able to accelerate your own pathway to bigger and better objectives. Dates: Private departures available from July to September Scheduled departures: Summer 2017 CAMC 1: June 25 - July 1 CAMC 2: July 23 - 29 CAMC 3: August 20 - 26 Departure: ex Chamonix, France Duration: 5 days / 6 nights Price: 1:1 guiding EUR€3,300 or 1:2 guiding EUR€2,060 each
Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2
Add on a 3 day Mont Blanc Ascent to any European Alps summer course Price: 1:1 guiding EUR€2,050 or 1:2 guiding EUR€1,270 each The smile says it all, having fun in the Alps. Photo Olivier Baron
EUROPEAN ALPS courses
Private Instruction Course • You select dates and duration to suit your timeframe • Design course content with us to focus on skills you want to develop • Participate with your friends or by yourself This is one of our most popular course options as it allows you to design your own course content and itinerary. Get together with a small group of friends and we will work with you to design an appropriate and stimulating course format with a specialist guide in that field. Whether you aspire to further your skill base through a course in a specific discipline such as high alpine climbing, or you require individual attention from your guide to develop skills at your own pace, Private Instruction Courses are the best option. These courses are ideal for individuals or groups of two or more and the overwhelming response from past course participants is that they have enjoyed dramatic improvements in their climbing standards, as they can focus specifically on their own needs. Dates: Price:
Year round, four season departure Departure: ex Chamonix, France No. people 5 days / 6 nights 6 days / 7 nights 7 days / 8 nights 1 EUR€3,490 EUR€3,990 EUR€4,600 2 EUR€2,180 EUR€2,460 EUR€2,820 3 EUR€1,830 EUR€2,050 EUR€2,350 4 EUR€1,550 EUR€1,730 EUR€1,980
Focused training on your Private Instruction Course. Photo Paolo Pieroni
Cogne Ice Climbing Weekend • Hotel-based weekend ice climbing • Learn to climb or refresh your ice skills • Turn up tired at work on Monday with a smile on your face Cogne in Aoste, Italy enjoys the luxury of lots of very accessible ice climbing routes. You have the flexibility to adapt the programme to cater to your preferences so first timers can approach the weekend as a learning experience, or if you are already an ice climber, your guide can lead you up some of the classics or help you progress to leading. Enjoy the vibrant evening life in Chamonix on Friday night, climb for 2 days in Cogne then catch a flight home Sunday night after your second big day out climbing. Dates: Winter 2017 CICWE 1: January 13 - 15 CICWE 4: February 3 - 5 CICWE 2: January 20 - 22 CICWE 5: February 10 - 12 CICWE 3: January 27 - 29 Duration: 2 days / 2 nights Departure: ex Chamonix, France Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2 Price: 1:1 guiding EUR€1,480 or 1:2 guiding EUR€860 each Add on day rate: EUR€650 (1:1) or EUR€370 each (1:2) Please note: You can book the CICWE as a 2 day course any time during January/February if weekend dates do not suit.
Climb on amazing ice formations. Photo Suze Kelly
Chamonix-Cogne Ice Climbing Week • The fast-track to improving your steep ice climbing skills • Superb ice-routes in France and Italy for every level • Learn from, and be guided by the professionals We take you to climb some of the best ice in France and Italy where you can elect to climb anything from short one-pitch routes through to multi-pitch adventures. Based from local hotels with short hikes to the start of the routes each day, you have the option to climb the plumb lines in several of the best regions or stick to one region and climb as many routes as possible in your timeframe. We start off in Chamonix then travel through to Italy’s ice mecca, Cogne, for its abundance of ice climbing opportunities. This certainly is the most civilised way to climb some incredible routes. Dates: Duration: Ratio:
Winter 2017 CICW 1: January 8 - 14 CICW 2: January 15 - 21 CICW 3: January 22 - 28 CICW 4: January 29 - February 4 CICW 5: February 5 - 11 CICW 6: February 12 - 18 CICW 7: February 19 - 25 CICW 8: February 26 - March 4 5 days / 6 nights Departure: ex Chamonix, France 1:1 or 1:2 Price: 1:1 guiding EUR€3,580 or 1:2 guiding EUR€2,060 each 13
“Huts in Europe are amazing. Full time cooks, on demand food and proper beds! Would absolutely recommend AC again, professionalism, safety, wide range of options, fantastic logistics and organisation which means little stress for the client.” Lachlan, IT Security Consultant from Australia
Quickly gain confidence on an Ice Climbing Weekend. Photo Guy Cotter
Himlung and Saribung 23,497ft / 7,162m • Climb two Himalayan peaks, Saribung at 6,328m and Himlung at 7,162m! • Travel through the incredible regions of Mustang and Phu • Uncrowded climbing in a remote corner of Nepal
“The overall leadership was excellent and got better when we got to the business end - on the mountain, our guide’s management of the group and the sherpas was nothing short of excellent.”
Himlung is an attractive 7,000m summit situated in Nepal’s Gandaki region near Annapurna. We approach the region by first travelling through Mustang to Lo Monthang, the lost city at the head of the Kali Gandaki valley. A high pass takes us to Saribung which we climb via easy slopes. We then trek on through Phu, an ancient and rarely visited region on our approach to Himlung. Now acclimatised, we ascend Himlung in alpine-style over the next week. The climbing is on predominantly low angle terrain and involves ascending through four camps over snow slopes before embarking on a direct ridge to the summit. Prospective climbers will need a high level of fitness and would benefit from previous exposure to altitude and experience of mountaineering skills. An ascent of these mountains will increase your confidence at altitude and is an exceptional adventure in itself to this remarkable corner of the Himalaya.
David, engineer from Australia
First climb Saribung then climb the 7,000m Himlung. Photo Geoff Green
Dates: September 14 - October 23, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 40 days Price: US$19,500
Ama Dablam 22,402ft / 6,828m • One of the most aesthetic mountains on earth • Exposed and varied climbing at altitude • High guide to climber ratio, small team, qualified guides Ama Dablam’s South West Ridge is one of the most aesthetic climbing routes in the Himalaya. Ama Dablam’s SW ridge on the right. Photo Andrew Peacock/Footloose photography
An exposed rock ridge, dotted with towers and intricate climbing, leads from Camp One to the summit ice fields and top camp site. On the final day of the climb the route follows steep snow and ice slopes, accentuated by outrageous exposure, directly to the summit. Here the Everest Massif rears into view - the panorama, if not the altitude, will take your breath away. This expedition is befitting for technically oriented climbers but is never extreme. You need good mountaineering skills, some altitude experience and an adventurous attitude. It qualifies as a ‘must do’ for any committed alpinist. Dates: October 15 - November 11, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal
Exciting alpine rock on Ama Dablam. Photo Andrew Yasso
Duration: 28 days Price: US$12,500
Cholatse 21,128ft / 6,440m • A technical 6,000m snow/ice ascent • Spectacular exposure on an aesthetic route • Uncrowded Himalayan classic The challenging South West Ridge of Cholatse is a hidden gem of the Himalaya and a solid mountaineering objective for experienced climbers. Nestled between the Khumbu and Gokyo Valleys in the Everest region, Cholatse is a spectacular peak with steep soaring lines on every aspect. Our line up the South West Ridge involves climbing steep snow and ice pitches linking two camps that we place alpine style on our way to the summit. We acclimatise on Lobuche East before crossing the Cho La to our Base Camp beneath the mountain. The route ascends through snow slopes leading to a crux section on rock. Once past the difficulties, the climbing culminates in a steep and superb ridgeline that plateaus onto the summit dome. The expedition is planned to include Sherpa support but relies on the collective efforts of team members in each camp and on the route to contribute to the success of the ascent. Dates: October 21 - November 21, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal
Cholatse delivers a remote Himalayan experience. Photo Steve Moffat
Duration: 32 days Price: US$12,500
Three Peaks Nepal Island Peak 20,305ft / 6,189m Pokalde 19,048ft / 5,806m Lobuche East 20,075ft / 6,119m • Three moderate-altitude summits in one expedition • Learn a lot about high-altitude climbing An ascent of these three peaks provides an ideal progression and gives you an excellent introduction to Himalayan mountaineering. You will climb a host of classic peaks at, or around, 6,000m in a relatively short timeframe as you develop skills and learn about your own performance at altitude. Initially, we trek into the Khumbu to acclimatise and then we tackle Island Peak. This ascent has an element of technical involvement that introduces you to glaciated climbing and fixed rope climbing. We move camp to the base of our next objective, Pokalde, which is straight forward and consolidates your skills. Lobuche East is a little more technical with more fixed rope and slightly more exposure. The high camp is dramatic with exceptional views across the valley towards Ama Dablam, especially at sunset when the peaks turn pink as the sun sets into Tibet.
Three Peaks on one exciting journey! Photo Steve Moffat
This lodge-and-camping-based trip allows you to enjoy the Nepalese culture while providing very achievable climbs for anyone in good shape with a desire for high adventure. Dates: November 10 - December 5, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 26 days Price: US$7,100
Island Peak 20,305ft / 6,189m • Ideal first Himalayan climb • Spectacular views of the Himalayan giants; Everest, Lhotse, Makalu • Visit Everest Base Camp, cross the Kongma La, and climb Kala Patar
Climb three moderate Himalayan peaks on one expedition. Photo Ket Halzledine
This expedition is a superb entry into Himalayan climbing. Island Peak is mostly non-technical with some basic snow climbing skills required to achieve the ascent. These skills will be taught or revisited during the early stages of the climb. During the trip you will get to experience altitude firsthand while getting to appreciate the inner workings of an expedition to a peak in the Himalaya! The trip initiates in Kathmandu where we enjoy the diversity of this ancient city before embarking on a flight into the alpine village of Lukla, the entranceway to the Everest region. We approach the mountain following the wide trails of the Khumbu Valley, famous for its fascinating villages and hospitable inhabitants. An excellent first expedition objective, this ascent will satisfy your desire to experience Himalayan climbing. Dates: Trip 1: April 26 - May 19, 2017 Trip 2: October 15 - November 7, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 24 days Price:
Mera Peak 21,246ft / 6,476m • Ideal first Himalayan climb • Challenge yourself at altitude • Nepal’s highest trekking peak
Happy to be reaching the top of Island Peak. Photo Mark Morrison
Mera Peak is one of the most alluring trekking peaks in Nepal as it involves a culturally stimulating journey through remote picturesque villages and forests - followed by a gentle climb to the summit. It is perhaps best known because it is Nepal’s highest trekking peak. The climb of Mera comes at the end of a week-long trekking and acclimatisation programme designed to give you the best possible chance of an enjoyable yet successful journey. The trip initiates in Kathmandu where we make preparations and enjoy the diversity of this ancient city before embarking on a flight into the town of Lukla in the Khumbu Valley, the entrance way to the Everest region. Dates: Trip 1: April 23 - May 16, 2017 Duration: 24 days Trip 2: September 24 - October 17, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal Price: US$5,800 15
Mera Peak summit celebration! Photo Tim Robertson
Alpamayo 19,411ft / 5,917m • Climb one of the world’s most beautiful mountain faces • Immerse yourself in the local culture and people • Moderate-altitude mountaineering on technical ground This mountain is often referred to as the most beautiful mountain in the world with its classic fluted snow slopes descending like fingers from the summit. We ascend via Alpamayo’s Ferarri Route, or the Italian Route, depending on conditions. The ascent involves moderately steep snow and ice climbing to 70 degrees and expedition members will require a background on this type of terrain prior to joining the trip. We acclimatise on an ascent of 5,686m Vallunaraju before moving to Alpamayo for the ultimate ascent. A technical climbing day takes us to a high camp from where we embark on the steep ice-face to the summit. We stay in local hotels for initial acclimatisation days, later moving to comfortable Base Camps that are well-catered. Apart from high mountain camp moves, the load-carrying is provided by porters and donkeys. This is a great high-altitude technical adventure! Dates: July 3 - 21, 2017 Departure: ex Lima, Peru SW face of Alpamayo in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. Photo Andrew Wexler
Duration: 19 days Price: US$6,350
Artesonraju Extension 19,767ft / 6,025m Artesonraju is possibly the perfect depiction of a mountain, with fine aesthetic lines that make the mountain look startlingly similar to the Paramount Pictures logo. We operate our trip to Artesonraju as a six day add-on to Alpamayo that commences while you are still well acclimatised from climbing Alpamayo. The climbing route is similar in technical difficulty to Alpamayo and enables you to continue to enjoy the splendour of the Peruvian Andes with the additional climbing highlight that this climb delivers. Dates: July 22 - 27, 2017 Duration: 6 days Add on price: 1 person US$7,550, 2 people US$4,450 each 3 people US$3,450 each, 4 people US$2,750 each
Artesonraju add-on to Alpamayo doubles the pleasure! Photo Andrew Wexler
Departure: ex Lima, Peru
Cerro el Plomo 17,795 ft / 5,424 m • A short climb to moderate altitude in South America • Pre-acclimatise for Aconcagua A brilliant climb for a foray to five and a half thousand metres or as an acclimatisation trip prior to climbing Aconcagua, Cerro el Plomo is a relatively short yet fun excursion in the Chilean Andes. The climbing is straightforward although ice axe and crampons will be required and you will pass by an ancient Inca burial site at 4,500m on the way to the summit. Dates: Trip 1: November 20 - 29, 2017 Trip 2: December 21 - 30, 2017 Trip 3: January 20 - 29, 2018 Departure: ex Santiago, Chile Duration: 10 days Price: 1 person US$3,800 or 2 people or more US$2,900 each
Ojos del Salado 22,615 ft / 6,893m A great day out on Cerro el Plomo. Photo Jan Arnold
“AC was great, mostly for pre-trip communication, knowledge of the guides and the total experience.”
• Second highest peak in South America • Highest active volcano in the world Straddling the borders of Chile and Argentina, Ojos del Salado is Chile’s highest mountain and Argentina’s second highest, after Aconcagua. ‘Ojo’ can boast that it is the highest active volcano in the world and the second highest mountain in the western hemisphere. It is an (almost) non-technical peak skirting the edge of the Atacama Desert and is therefore dry and barren. Highlights of this trip include Laguna Santa Rosa, where we delight in watching the Andean Flamingos which nest on the lagoon year round, and the turquoise waters of Laguna Verde with its hot springs which ease tired legs during our rest day there.
Dates: March 5 - 19, 2017 Departure: ex Copiapó, Chile Climb Ojos del Salado, highest active volcano. Photo Matias Prieto
Duration: 15 days Price: US$4,990
Ecuador Volcanoes High-Altitude Expedition Cayambe 18,996ft / 5,790m Antisana 18,891ft / 5,758m Chimborazo 20,703ft / 6,310m • Climb three mountains including Ecuador’s highest peak • A cultural and ecological discovery • Experience high-altitude mountaineering on non-technical routes
Cayambe. Photo Mark Sedon
Ecuador is a country of exquisite scenery, friendly people and outstanding mountains. Those of you who are relatively new to mountaineering, or experiencing altitude for the first time, will thoroughly enjoy this programme. Our qualified guides introduce you to international-standard climbing techniques through our glacier school, and you climb three splendid volcanic peaks including Ecuador’s highest, Mt Chimborazo. We begin by climbing the trekking peaks Pasochoa and Pichincha near Quito. These completed, we ascend Cayambe where we practice our climbing skills before moving onto Antisana. Chimborazo is the third summit that we climb on both névé and hard glacial ice. When travelling between our mountain destinations we stay in restored haciendas, some dating back to the early 1800s, which are now world-class resort hotels. On rest days we can visit the majestic and wild ecological zone of the ‘cloud forest’ and revel in the region’s amazing biological diversity. Dates: Duration:
2017 Trip 1: January 6 - 21 Trip 2: January 20 - February 4 Trip 3: February 10 - 25 Trip 4: March 3 - 18 Trip 5: May 5 - 20 Trip 6: May 19 - June 3 Trip 7: June 2 - 17 Trip 8: June 16 - July 1 Trip 9: June 30 - July 15 Trip 10: July 21 - August 5 16 days Departure: ex Quito, Ecuador
Price: US$3,660 Chimborazo. Photo Mark Sedon
“We were return customers, having been with AC to Nepal and to NZ. Very happy with the personalised and friendly service, the quality of the climbing trips and the huge range of climbs and expeditions offered. Help with logistics prior to and after the trip is appreciated.” Graham, metallurgist from Australia
Time to rappel back down after the summit. Photo Mark Watson/Highluxphoto
7 summits Climbing the Seven Summits is one of life’s major achievements! The Seven Summits defines the highest mountain on each Photo Andrew Peacock/Footloose photography
of Earth’s seven continents. This collection of peaks embodies a significant but achievable objective for the motivated expedition enthusiast. Adventure Consultants have a long association with climbing the Seven Summits. Company pioneers Rob Hall and Gary Ball completed all Seven in seven months back in 1990 and we’ve been at the forefront of Seven Summits expeditions ever since.
19,340ft / 5,895m, Africa
You too can climb the Seven Summits with us. Whether you decide to take seven months or seven years achieving this project, we can put programmes together to suit your timeframe. We’ve enabled people who are completely new to climbing to achieve all of the Seven Summits within as little as eighteen months and experienced climbers within one year! We offer a focused instruction programme to get you started, then you tackle the peaks from the easiest of the and experience as you go. To finally stand on the summit of Everest is a life changing
18,510ft / 5,642m, Russia, Europe
highlight in itself, to do so at the completion of the Seven
Photo Mike Roberts
Seven, through to the most difficult, developing your skills
Summits programme is phenomenal!
NOTE: We run specialised Seven Summits Training Courses to prepare you with the required skills for the Seven Summits programme. See page 9 for details.
W e r e c o mm e n d y o u c l i m b t h e S e v e n S u mm i t s i n t h i s o r d e r t o a c h i e v e g r a d u a l ly i n c r e a s i n g d i ff i c u lt y t h r o u g h t h e p r o g r a mm e : 22,840ft / 6,962m, Argentina, South America
Vinson Massif Celebrating Kilimanjaro’s summit. Photo Dean Staples
Photo Suze Kelly
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16,067ft / 4,897m, Antarctica
Photo Steve Moffat
Kilimanjaro • elbrus • aconcagua vinson massif • carstensz pyramid denali / mt mckinley • mount everest
Ecstatic moments on the summit of Mt Everest. Photo Thomas Stromstedt
â€œWhen I decided four years ago to complete the Seven Summits, I wanted to try a different guide company for all of my climbs until I found one that I was comfortable with, had the experience on all the summits and met all my expectations. After using three other companies, I am now in the process of planning my third climb with Adventure Consultants.â€? Stephen, financial advisor from Canada
16,024ft / 4,884m, W. Papua, Australasia 19
Photo Mike Roberts
DENALI / MT MCKINLEY
20,320ft / 6,194m, Alaska, North America Photo Colin Monteath/Hedgehog House
29,035ft / 8,850m, Nepal, Asia Photo Guy Cotter
Everest 29,035ft / 8,850m • Climb with the pioneers of Everest expedition guiding • Guiding Everest since 1992 with 23 previous Everest expeditions • 1:1 Sherpa to climber ratio on summit day in addition to 1:4 ratio of western guides • Light packs - most of your equipment is carried for you on the mountain • Proven oxygen systems and high flow rates • Quality support and backup, including advanced communication and weather forecasting systems, medical backup and famously well appointed Base Camp facilities • Dedicated Base Camp doctor • No other operator allocates so much in the way of resources and personnel to help you achieve success Mt Everest is still the ultimate mountaineering adventure. To stand at the pinnacle of the earth is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. As pioneers of guided ascents on Everest, Adventure Consultants is recognised as the premier guiding service with a superb reputation for enabling members of our expeditions to achieve summit aspirations.
The Western Cwm from Camp 1. Photo Suze Kelly
The Adventure Consultants methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt Everest has seen us achieve the highest success rates and our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to the big decisions. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operator, resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and chance of success.
“Maximisation of chance to get to the top would be the main reason I would recommend Adventure Consultants. Small group numbers, the max oxygen option and flexibility. Detailed dispatches were greatly appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and never once felt fear or apprehension. Looking forward to climbing with AC again.”
We are constantly developing and evolving our operational systems to ensure you participate in the best expedition available. We figure our expedition members do not deserve anything less! In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the group summits on the best weather day; sometimes there is only one summit day! Large teams offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days.
Paul, 40 year old from Australia
Our guides are seasoned professionals who are trained and assessed through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enables them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition. The guide’s contribution is predominantly around making decisions to keep you safe and healthy and to avoid mishap. This is based on years of first-hand experience on the mountain and is in contrast to startup operators looking to learn the ropes at your expense or locally-led groups which are wanting of preventative strategies and back-up contingency in case of mishap. For two decades we have been at the forefront of providing the most current communications systems for our expeditions. These deliver comprehensive weather forecasts which enable us to plan our ascent around favourable weather. Additional meteorological interpretation provided by veteran Everest guides through our head office in New Zealand helps manage the decision making process. The Base Camp communications centre allows you to keep in touch with your family and business throughout the expedition by utilising our solar powered laptops and satellite internet connections. This facility provides the opportunity to supply sponsors and family members with current news and photos. Moving past Camp 3. Photo Guy Cotter
We are the pioneers that made Everest accessible to climbers since 1992. Prior to that time it was only accessible to national teams or stand-alone expeditions.
The best part is yet to come! The Summit ridge and Hillary step from South Summit. Photo Dean Staples
mount everest The comfortable Base Camp environment and the quality of food provided by AC is legendary. Our cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetising meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigours of the ascent. For those with specific needs - we can cater to special dietary requirements. In line with our objective to ensure you receive the best possible level of care while you are on the expedition, we provide a dedicated Base Camp doctor who is there specifically to ensure the wellbeing of the team members. We have had it confirmed time and again that this consistently makes a crucial contribution to the success rate and well-being of our team members. You can customise your expedition by adding further service options to complement your ascent such as extra oxygen, private expeditions, Everest Traverse from south to north, training schedules and much more. There is no doubt that an attempt of Mt Everest is a committing and serious undertaking. It takes a huge amount of dedication and determination to be successful. We work with you to help develop a suitable training programme and a schedule of preparatory ascents to give you the best chance of achieving that lofty goal. If you are serious about being successful on an ascent of the world’s highest mountain - and you want an environment that gives you the best chance of attaining that goal in a relaxed team atmosphere or private expedition – then Adventure Consultants is the perfect choice. Dates: April 1 - June 2, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 8 - 9 weeks Price: US$65,000 Lhotse add on to Everest price US$19,750 Descending the Lhotse face with Everest behind. Photo Steve Moffat
Additional services Adventure Consultants offer a range of additional service options to complement our comprehensive array of expedition inclusions. These service options enable you to customise your expedition to your own specifications and can greatly increase your comfort and summit chances. Please contact us for current pricing and to discuss your specific needs. PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS: A private expedition with dedicated guides and Sherpas allows for flexibility and freedom to operate according to your own specific schedule and acclimatisation programme. EVEREST TRAVERSE: This unique opportunity allows for climbers who have reached the summit to traverse down the North side into Tibet - potentially creating a unique ‘point of difference’ for sponsors. MAX OX: Experience tells us that a high degree of Sherpa support, coupled with maximum oxygen flow rates, greatly increases the rate of success for our team members. With this option you receive up to double the standard flow rate on climbing days, allowing you to completely focus on summiting. The results speak for themselves. LHOTSE AND EVEREST COMBINED: Two of the world’s highest peaks in 2 days! Climb Lhotse after a rest day on South Col! Above Camp 3. Photo Dean Staples
“Would absolutely recommend AC and would simply say to other climbers if they want the best possible experience go with Adventure Consultants. I can honestly say I think about the whole Everest experience every day of my life and reminisce what an incredible trip it was and how lucky I was to share it with such wonderful people. As Guy says, keep doing it AC style.” Dominika, 50 year old from Switzerland
Spectacular sunset on Changtse, Everest and Nuptse from Kala Patar. Photo Mark Morrison
Aconcagua 22,840ft / 6,962m • Most scenic route on the mountain, away from the ‘trade route’ • Ideal preparation for Himalayan high-altitude climbing • Realistic proven timeframe for the ascent and acclimatisation through better leadership and logistics
Aconcagua is the highest peak outside of the Himalaya and highest in South America. It is located in Western Argentina in the heart of the Central Andes. While it is a very physical climb, it is one of the more achievable Seven Summits. An ascent of this eminent Andean Peak is a perfect choice for those wishing to experience high-altitude expedition mountaineering and is often undertaken as a preparation climb for the big mountains in the Himalaya. The lessons gained about how you perform and the skills taught by the guides will establish robust guidelines for any future aspirations you have at high altitude.
High on Aconcagua. Photo Ezequiel Casares
Adventure Consultants offers high-quality expeditions to Aconcagua and we achieve a superior success rate due to our logistical approach and our understanding of acclimatisation techniques for climbing at high altitude. We have factored in the ideal number of days for the trip to encourage adequate acclimatisation and a realistic timeframe to achieve summit success. Our guides are seasoned veterans who are focused on encouraging you to achieve the maximum satisfaction and learning from this ascent. We climb Aconcagua via the 360 traverse route as it is less visited and features the best camp sites. By traversing Aconcagua you will also get to see both sides of the mountain and complete a circular journey. Dates: Trip 1: November 29 - December 20, 2017 Duration: 22 days Trip 2: January 3 - 24, 2018 Departure: ex Mendoza, Argentina Price: US$5,300 (plus permit fee)
ACONCAGUA COURSE AND ASCENT Our longer 28 day Course and Ascent programme on Aconcagua allows a gradual and thorough introduction to high altitude climbing techniques from your guides by climbing 5,440m Cerro Vallecitos first. This results in team members being more acclimatised before moving on to attempt Aconcagua itself. Dates: Trip 3: January 29 - February 25, 2017, 2018 Departure: ex Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 28 days Price: US$6,450
Denali/Mt McKinley 20,320ft / 6,194m Gauchos below Aconcagua. Photo Suze Kelly
“Facilities, meals and services were better than expected, the food particularly was excellent. Our guide was exemplary. Adventure Consultants provide a no fuss no worry service from the first enquiry to the expedition follow up.” Ginny, doctor from Australia
• North America’s highest peak and one of the Seven Summits • Veteran Denali guides • Excellent high-altitude training in a spectacular environment Mt McKinley, known as Denali (‘The High One’) by Alaska’s native Athabascan people, is situated in the Alaska Range at latitude 63° North - 390miles/628km from the Arctic Circle. The highest mountain on the North American continent, it is one of the much sought after Seven Summits. The expedition follows the West Buttress Route which is technically straightforward but also considered a true ‘expedition’ ascent and a demanding climb. Adventure Consultants operates this expedition in conjunction with our North American partners, the American Alpine Institute and Mountain Trip, who are approved Denali National Park concessionaires with extensive guiding experience on Denali. We fly from Talkeetna to Base Camp on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier at 7,000ft/2,134m. From there we commence the climb of the West Buttress moving through increasingly higher camps until we are in a position to ascend to the summit. An ascent of Denali is a physically challenging, yet incredibly rewarding experience. Dates: 2017 - Standard Departures Trip 1: May 6 - 26 Trip 2: May 13 - June 3 Trip 3: May 20 - June 10 Trip 4: May 27 - June 17 Trip 5: June 3 - 24 Trip 6: June 10 - July 1 Duration: 21 days standard, 25 days highly supported Departure: ex Talkeetna, Alaska, USA Price: Standard US$8,500 Highly Supported US$8,775 (NPS permit fee additional)
2017 - Highly Supported Departures Trip 1: May 8 - June 1 Trip 2: May 12 - June 5 Trip 3: May 14 - June 7 Trip 4: May 18 - June 11 Trip 5: May 21 - June 14 Trip 6: May 25 - June 18 Trip 7: May 28 - June 21 Trip 8: June 1 - 25 Trip 9: June 4 - 28 Trip 10: June 8 - July 2 Trip 11: June 14 - July 8 Highly Supported Trip 12: June 16 - July 10 Departure: ex Trip 13: June 18 - July 12 Anchorage, Alaska, USA
DENALI PREP COURSE Learn all the skills of snow and ice climbing used in modern alpine mountaineering and get a great introduction to expedition climbing, while ascending several beautiful peaks in the heart of the Alaska Range. Eric high on Denali’s West Buttress. Photo Colin Monteath/Hedgehog House
Dates: April to June Departure: ex Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Duration: 10 days Ratio: 1:3 Price: US$4,200 22
Elbrus 18,510ft / 5,642m • Get a taste of high-mountain adventure on one of the Seven Summits • Discover the wonders of St Petersburg and Moscow • Experience moderate-altitude mountaineering on non-technical ground Elbrus is a giant dormant volcano that separates Europe from Asia. It has become one of the coveted Seven Summits as it is the highest peak in Europe. We begin the expedition in St Petersburg where we visit the art galleries, museums and architecture of this magical city. A travel day delivers us to the Elbrus region where we hike the local hills to aid our acclimatisation. Being relatively high, Elbrus certainly demands respect and we approach this by climbing to higher elevations each day during our acclimatisation phase whilst sleeping at lower elevations at night. A cable car takes us up to our accommodation at the base of the climb, at the new modern Leaprus hut, where you can learn basic snow and ice techniques from the guides prior to the ascent. The summit day entails climbing long snow slopes with views over the wooded valleys to the surrounding peaks. As with any foray to high altitude, it is imperative that expedition members are fit and in good health. Elbrus is an appropriate objective as your first or second of the Seven Summits. After climbing Elbrus, we travel to Moscow, an iconic European city steeped in history.
14 Day Programme
The Church of Spilled Blood in St Petersburg. Photo Andrew Wexler
Our classic Elbrus expedition taking in St Petersburg and Moscow. Dates:
Trip 1: July 10 - 23, 2017
Duration: 14 days
Departure: start St Petersburg, Russia; finish in Moscow, Russia
12 Day Programme This shortened Elbrus trip is suited to those who do not have the time for the longer 14 day trip. Begins and ends in Moscow. Dates:
Trip 2: July 24 - August 4, 2017
Departure: start Moscow, Russia; finish in Moscow, Russia
Duration: 12 days Price:
Sunrise up high on Elbrus. Photo Dean Staples
Carstensz Pyramid 16,024ft / 4,884m • Equatorial mountaineering adventure • Exhilarating rock climbing • A remote and exotic Seven Summits peak Possibly the most exotic mountaineering location on earth, Carstensz Pyramid in Western Papua is a large limestone escarpment jutting out of the rainforest. Coveted as the highest peak in Australasia, Carstensz is one of the most remote of the Seven Summits. The mountain was first climbed in the 1960s on an expedition led by Heinrich Harrer of Eiger North Wall fame, yet has received few ascents due to factors such as intricate permit requirements and local unrest. We have been operating expeditions to Carstensz Pyramid since 1990, climbing the North Face in a long day from Base Camp. The ascent involves a combination of scrambling and climbing using fixed ropes on rock and we recommend climbers have recent rock climbing and fixed rope training prior to the trip.
Enjoying climbing the limestone on Carstensz. Photo Mike Roberts
Our approach to the mountain is by helicopter straight to Base Camp and then the trek out takes us through wild jungles where local tribes live much as they have for thousands of years. This contributes immensely to the intrigue of this unique journey. Where else on earth do we get to cohabitate with tribal members who are still using a spear or bow and arrows to hunt? Whilst travel in this region is often problematic, the rewards of the adventure into this wild corner of the globe are substantial. Unlike any other peak you climb, this expedition will enable you to redefine adventure. Dates: Departure: Price:
Fly In / Fly Out Departures Trip 1: January 14 - 24, 2017 Trip 2: March 4 - 14, 2017 ex Bali, Indonesia US$29,900
Fly In / Walk Out Departures Trip 3: August 5 - 19, 2017 Trip 4: October 28 - November 11, 2017 Duration: 11 / 15 days
On the summit of Carstensz Pyramid. Photo Mike Roberts
Vinson Massif 16,049ft / 4,892m • Climb with the pioneers of Vinson guided ascents • The most pristine and remote of the Seven Summits • Experience the unbelievable vastness of the Antarctic interior • South Pole - Last Degree and first ascent options available
Joyful celebration on Antarctica’s highest point. Photo Lydia Bradey
Antarctica’s highest mountain, Vinson Massif, lies within the Ellsworth Mountains, 700 nautical miles from the South Pole. Adventure Consultants pioneered guided ascents of Vinson Massif in 1990 and has been operating successful trips to the mountain ever since. Because of our longstanding background of mountaineering in the Antarctic we have a well-established ascent methodology and a flawless ascent record. An attempt on Vinson Massif requires involved logistics due to the extreme nature of the weather and conditions in Antarctica. We begin the adventure in Punta Arenas at the southern point of Chile. Here we board a polar-capable aircraft and fly to a blue-ice runway and tent camp at Union Glacier on the Antarctic continent. As weather allows, we move by Twin Otter aircraft to the Base Camp on Vinson Massif and begin the ascent, which is usually completed over five or six days. The climbing on the mountain is not technically difficult but the venue is incredibly remote and conditions often extreme. Good pack-fitness is essential as all members must share the load-carrying of the expedition supplies and equipment. As with all our expeditions we adhere to a strict environmental code and these efforts are rigidly reinforced in Antarctica. Expedition members often comment on how this ascent fulfils the desire to experience the breathtaking majesty of the interior of the Antarctic. Dates: Trip 1: Trip 2: Trip 3: Trip 4: Duration: 16 days
November 23 - December 8, 2017 December 4 - 19, 2017 December 26, 2017 - January 10, 2018 January 6 - 21, 2018 Departure: ex Punta Arenas, Chile
Ski the Last Degree Option You can combine the ascent of Vinson Massif with the Ski the Last Degree to South Pole option. There is also a stand-alone option for Ski the Last Degree, see page 26. Vinson Base Camp with the summit just visible. Photo Dean Staples
Dates: December 4 - 30, 2017 (Combines Vinson Trip 2 and SLD Trip 1) Duration: 27 days Departure: ex Punta Arenas, Chile Price: US$84,500
Kilimanjaro 19,340ft / 5,895m • Travel, climb and safari. All in only two weeks! “Facilities were great. For the climb everything was perfect and we were so appreciative for the portable toilet!!! The food was soooo good! All our guides were wonderful, they must be the best! We would absolutely recommend Adventure Consultants to other climbers, it was obvious that safety on climb was the top priority, and that everything was geared towards a successful summiting.” Bird Family, engineers from Canada
Camp in style on Kilimanjaro. Photo Andrew Peacock/Footloose photography
• Africa’s highest peak and one of the Seven Summits • Veteran Kilimanjaro guides • Top-notch accommodation and services, we pride ourselves on it! The highest point in Africa, Kilimanjaro, is perhaps one of the best known mountains of the world. It is the easiest of the Seven Summits and definitely the most romantic! Kilimanjaro is like an island, standing tall and sentinel surrounded by the hot, dry plains of Tanzania. It is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. We climb via the picturesque Machame Route which allows spectacular views of the peak and the surrounding countryside. We ascend through the tree line into a wild volcanic moorland landscape with the high summit dome overhead. Each night is spent in tents that are set up by our local staff, enjoying wholesome meals served in our dining tent. We depart the top camp for the summit soon after midnight to allow us time to reach the peak before the afternoon clouds roll in. The route follows rocky trails to the crater rim where we are rewarded with views of the remnant glaciers. It’s not too far from here to the summit itself where you can relish the views from the highest point in Africa! This expedition features a smorgasbord of African culture and scenery, providing a fabulous excuse to visit this wild continent. Any visit to Africa must include a Safari and our four day Safari tour takes in some of the world’s most unique game reserves such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks, with serene lodges and tented-camps to match. Our Kilimanjaro expedition is undoubtedly the best way to get a good look at Africa, from its highest point! Dates: Duration: Price:
Trip 1: January 8 - 20, 2017 Trip 5: July 9 - 21, 2017 Trip 2: January 22 - February 3, 2017 Trip 6: August 20 - September 1, 2017 Trip 3: February 12 - 24, 2017 Trip 7: September 10 -22, 2017 Trip 4: June 25 - July 7, 2017 13 days (9 without optional safari) Departure: ex Arusha, Tanzania US$6,990 per person or US$4,740 climb only
Adventure Consultants specialise in ‘Luxury Services’ treks to Kilimanjaro for individuals or groups wanting the highest degree of comfort available on the mountain. Services include 4 or 5 star hotel, heated mess tents, walk-in sleeping tents with beds, showers, additional portable toilets, bottled mineral water, exceptional food, luxury safaris, ‘Everest’ guides and more. Be wowed by the wonders of Africa after your Kilimanjaro climb. Photo Dean Staples
Lhotse 27,940ft / 8,516m • Climb the world’s fourth highest mountain • Or, combine an ascent of Everest with Lhotse The fourth highest mountain in the world, Lhotse is an exhilarating climb that follows the Everest climbing route as far as Camp Four. A narrow gully splits the upper North West Face making for an exciting and interesting finale to the climb. The expedition benefits from the infrastructure we have for our Everest expedition and is therefore well resourced and supported. From Base Camp we ascend the famous Khumbu icefall and enter the Western Cwm that we follow to Camp Two, surrounded by the towering flanks of Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest’s South West Face. The route steepens as we climb the icy Lhotse Face to Camp Three then on through the Yellow Band to Camp Four at the base of the summit gully. 2,000ft / 600m of climbing up the icy gully follows, sometimes with rocky sections that keep you on your toes, making this a challenging ascent. You have the option of joining the expedition specifically to climb Lhotse, or as a combo climb, making the ascent directly after your Everest summit from South Col. Dates: April 8 - June 2, 2017 Duration: 8 weeks Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal Price: Complete Lhotse expedition US$41,500, Lhotse add-on to Everest US$19,750
Lhotse at the head of the Western Cwm. Photo Guy Cotter
Cho Oyu 26,906ft / 8,201m • Climb with the most experienced expedition operator on the mountain • Experience high-altitude climbing on the world’s sixth highest peak and prepare yourself for Everest • Visit the vibrant cities of Kathmandu and Lhasa Cho Oyu is the world’s sixth highest mountain and considered to be the easiest of the fourteen 8,000m peaks. Many of our expedition members use the experience gained here as a ‘stepping stone’ to Everest - or climb it as their ‘once only’ 8,000m goal. Our itinerary has been tailored to include a visit to the city of Lhasa, the heart of Tibetan culture. Here we explore the Potala Palace and other cultural sites while acclimatising for the journey ahead. We then travel overland to the base of the mountain followed by a short walk to Base Camp. The climbing route links features devoid of undue hazard with only a few short technical sections, yet the ascent path is direct, allowing climbers to gain altitude without covering a lot of distance. As with all ascents at high altitude, the climbing is strenuous and requires a high standard of fitness, but as a peak to experience the thin air at 8,000m for the first time, Cho Oyu is ideal. Cho Oyu from Base Camp. Photo Dean Staples
Dates: August 29 - October 11, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, via Lhasa, Tibet Price:
Duration: 6 weeks US$29,950
Shishapangma 26,289ft / 8,013m • Ideal first time 8,000m peak • Best 8,000er to climb in spring season • Short duration trip to 8,000m peak Standing entirely in Tibet, Shishapangma is the world’s 14th highest peak and is an ideal peak as a first 8,000er. We operate this expedition in the spring season as it is the safest 8,000m peak to climb in this season as many of the Nepal peaks are beset by heavy snowfalls at this time.
Summit jubilation on Cho Oyu. Photo Mike Heydon
The very short approach to the Base Camp and gentle nature of the ascent make for a satisfying climb within a reasonable timeframe. Whether you are planning on making this your only 8,000m peak or the first of many, your world class guides will ensure you gain valuable experience and insight to relish in the ascent. Dates: April 13 - May 24, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 weeks Price: US$29,950
Shishapangma on the high Tibetan Plateau. Photo Fei Yang/Getty Images
polar journeys “I have had this dream since I was 13, and it is only with your help that I have been able to achieve it. Adventure Consultants is a company, a business, but it is something that also goes well beyond that and I thank you immensely for helping me with my dream.” Carol, IT specialist from Australia
South Pole - Ski the Last Degree • Travel by ski to the South Pole • Discover Antarctica’s vast interior • A short but fully encompassing adventure to the bottom of the world! One of the ultimate adventures on earth has to be Antarctica’s Last Degree expedition. This incredible journey involves skiing the final ten days of the trek to the South Pole. You will fly over the vast white interior of the continent to reach the starting point at 89º South. We use sleds to haul our provisions for the journey, stopping each night to establish camp. Each day we face the big white expanse of the polar plateau working our way inexorably towards our ultimate destination; the southernmost point on earth. Our arrival into the South Pole itself is often an emotion-generating moment, signifying the transition from the austere beauty of the great white south to the imminent comforts of civilisation and homeward travel about to commence. Join us on this exceptional journey. Dates: Trip 1: December 15 - 30, 2017 Duration: 16 days Trip 2: December 31 2017 - January 15, 2018 Departure: ex Punta Arenas, Chile Price: US$63,000
Sled hauling across the vast white. Photo Guy Cotter
South Pole - All The Way • One of the world’s ultimate adventures • Achieve a truly unique and committing objective • Incredible vistas to the end of the world Of the ample adventures to dream of in this world, there are very few which appeal to the spirit more than an opportunity to travel unencumbered in the Antarctic continent. This incredible journey to the southernmost point on earth involves a long and strenuous 702mile/1130km trek over 60 days. This is anything but an expedition for the lighthearted as it entails vigorous activity for a very extended period. Once established at the edge of the Antarctic continent, we travel totally non-mechanised, with all team members hauling sledges and becoming fully immersed in the challenge. Rejoice the arrival at South Pole! Photo Leifur Svavarsson
This expedition is open to all outdoors people with experience in cold conditions and a background in climbing or backcountry skiing coupled with an ability to be a valuable team member. An expedition of unspoiled beauty and isolation not often found in today’s world; this is a highlight trip for those with a healthy work ethic and a genuine sense of adventure! Dates: November 10, 2017 - January 10, 2018 Departure: ex Punta Arenas, Chile
Duration: 62 days Price: US$72,500
Greenland Crossing Drying Gloves in Greenland. Photo Graham Charles/Adventure Philosophy
• Traverse the world’s largest island • Experience the true wilderness of Greenland • Develop endurance and skills for longer polar odysseys To ski unsupported across Greenland is an adventure of the highest degree. First completed by the celebrated Arctic adventurer Fritjof Nansen in 1888, this expedition is still a major achievement, albeit with the luxury of modern equipment and transport to the start of the journey. We traverse this 335mile/539km trek over 30 days and build the entire trip into a 36 day expedition. We include the latest communications equipment in our kit and have reliable aircraft support as backup. The nature of this expedition demands strong team cohesion and commitment. It is a spectacular and rewarding journey and is also ideal training for Antarctic and Arctic travel. If you have a good level of fitness and are a team player then we welcome you to apply for a place on the expedition team. Dates: April 11 - May 16, 2017 Departure: ex Reykjavik, Iceland
Head and face protection on the Greenland crossing. Photo Leifur Svavarsson
Duration: 36 days Price: EUR€19,000
North Pole - Ski the Last Degree • Travel over the sea ice to the top of the world • Immerse yourself in extreme wilderness • Learn polar travel skills Whilst most of us do not have the time to complete the entire North Pole adventure, we can still participate in a high intensity but relatively short duration journey by skiing the Last Degree to the North Pole. We fly by light aircraft from Longyearbyen in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to land on the ice at 89º North and the start of the trek. Initially, we partake in a training programme to introduce all the skills you will need to prepare you for the journey ahead. A two day rest follows that allows you to attend to last minute details before getting started on the expedition itself. The challenge of the journey comes from the ever-changing sea ice that moves constantly, making for challenging navigation and physical travel days. The daily journey takes seven to ten hours with the expectation that we will arrive at the North Pole on around day ten of this two week expedition. We celebrate appropriately on reaching the North Pole and the very top of our precious world. We arrange a pick-up that will soon see us reunited with a hot shower and the joys of civilisation.
Crossing pressure ridges on the way to the North Pole. Photo Leifur Svavarsson
Challenges aside, an expedition to the top of the world is an amazing experience. It is difficult to describe the visual richness of the soft arctic light, the variety and detail in snow crystals and the ever-changing colours of the ice that are features of polar travel. It really has to be experienced first-hand to be believed. Standard Highly Supported Dates: Trip 1: March 28 - April 15, 2017 Trip 1: April 1 - 15, 2017 Trip 2: April 7 - 25, 2017 Trip 2: April 11 - 25, 2017 Duration: 19 days (incl 5 days training) 15 days (including training) Departure: ex Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway Ratio: 1:4 1:2 Price: EUR€37,000 EUR€49,800
North Pole - All The Way
A journey to the North Pole is one of life’s great achievements. Photo Leifur Svavarsson
• Polar travel in the steps of the early explorers • Incredible experience in the wildest frontier • Complete one of the most extreme journeys on this planet The North Pole is the ‘test piece’ of polar expeditions and a serious undertaking. Surrounded by sea ice and in total darkness for half the year, the North Pole is attainable only during a short ‘window’ of time. If too early, darkness and extremely cold temperatures prevail. If too late, the frozen Arctic Ocean melts into drifting pack ice enshrouded by water. The expedition will travel and live on the polar pack ice. Each day will be an adventure as we navigate over pressure ridges, search for routes around open leads of water, and set camp on multi-year pans of ice. Expedition members will be required to tow a laden sled and be an active contributor to camp setting and cooking procedures making for a very physical adventure. We all owe it to ourselves to express our true spirit of adventure, now you can achieve it on this amazing journey! Dates: February 26 - April 25, 2017 Duration: 59 days Departure: start Resolute, Canada; finish Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway Price: on application
Polar Training Course
Marching through the endless day. Photo Graham Charles/Adventure Philosophy
We have established the Polar Training Course to expose you to the skills and techniques required to operate safely in the Polar Environment. Whether you are doing the Greenland icecap, South Pole or North Pole, this course will provide the content on which to develop your polar career. Your guide will take you into glacial terrain where you will operate as though you are in the polar regions, pulling sleds and establishing camps. Crevasse safety and navigation will be covered as well as rescue techniques. The course also includes some classroom training on the technical aspects of polar travel and you will be actively involved in the planning and preparation for your food and equipment. Dates: July 24 - 28, 2017 Ratio: 1:4 Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days Price:
Polar training on New Zealand glaciers. Photo Andy Cole
new zealand backcountry skiing
Guided Backcountry Ski-Touring • Travel into New Zealand’s best mountain terrain with a ski guide • Ski giant glaciers and alpine peaks Ski the best lines in New Zealand’s high alpine terrain with our guided backcountry ski/snowboard option. Come by yourself or get a group together, for as many days as you want, to explore some of the best pockets of the backcountry skiing in the Southern Alps. Allow your guide to show you their ‘stash’ of the best skiing and touring on our largest glaciers around our highest mountain regions. We fly by helicopter into the mountains where we base ourselves from alpine huts with unlimited skiing right out the door! Dates: Price:
Guided ski touring in the magnificent Southern Alps. Photo Adrian Camm
July to October Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand No. people 6 days 7 days 8 days 9 days 1:1 NZ$6,350 NZ$7,100 NZ$7,700 NZ$8,500 1:2 NZ$3,700 NZ$4,050 NZ$4,500 NZ$4,900 1:3 NZ$3,000 NZ$3,350 NZ$3,700 NZ$4,100 1:4 NZ$2,500 NZ$2,900 NZ$3,050 NZ$3,380
10 days NZ$9,200 NZ$5,350 NZ$4,450 NZ$3,650
Backcountry Skiing Course • Big mountain course for you to learn to be self-sufficient for touring • Learn how to stay safe when on big mountain slopes and glaciated terrain • Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry Avalanche qualification included This course is designed to provide you with up-to-date techniques and safety skills for travelling in New Zealand’s high mountains. It is directed toward fit and motivated people who have a background in resort-based skiing/snowboarding and wish to extend their skills into touring the glaciated backcountry. Specifically geared to teach you skills for safe glacier travel and how to approach ‘big mountain’ skiing, you will become well versed in reading glacier terrain and how to navigate your way safely through it. We helicopter into a high alpine hut in our national parks where you will get to ski some of our highest and biggest glaciers while on the course. This course is big on learning and big on experience while skiing big terrain!
“The trip met and exceeded expectations. I chose AC because of wonderful past experience and your level of experience in differing tours/expeditions. Thanks for a fantastic experience!” Belinda, Australian air traffic controller living in New Zealand
Learn how to safely enjoy unlimited untracked snow. Photo James Hamilton
Dates: Winter / Spring 2017 BSC 1: July 31 - August 4 BSC 5: September 4 - 8 BSC 2: August 7 - 11 BSC 6: September 11 - 17 (7 day course) BSC 3: August 21 - 25 BSC 7: Sept 18 - 24 (7 day course) BSC 4: August 28 - September 1 Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand Ratio: 1:4 Duration: 5 or 7 days Price: NZ$2,250 for 5 day course or NZ$2,750 for 7 day course
3 Day Backcountry Ski Tour • Learn backcountry ski and snowboard touring techniques • Enjoy the endless terrain right off the back of the ski resort These 3 day backcountry touring trips are designed to give you a taste of winter ski touring in the outstanding backcountry around Queenstown and Wanaka’s Pisa Range. We tour into a backcountry hut, situated in a remote alpine basin, which becomes our base for the adventures ahead! Initially your guides will introduce you to all the skills you need to get started in ski mountaineering so you become familiar with the equipment and techniques for getting around efficiently. On day one you travel into the backcountry developing knowledge about safe travel techniques and how to become self-sufficient in the mountain environment. Once established in the hut at the end of the first day you will be able to enjoy touring around the surrounding peaks and bowls with vast amounts of untracked snow. The hut provides a cosy atmosphere to enjoy the evening meals and reflect on each days skiing before a well-earned sleep in a comfortable bunk bed. At the end of the three days ‘out back’ we tour out to civilisation - enriched from the new experiences! Dates: Winter 2017 BBS 1: July 21 - 23 BBS 2: July 28 - 30 BBS 3: August 4 - 6 BBS 4: August 11 - 13 Departure: ex Wanaka, New Zealand Duration: 3 days Ratio: 1:4 Price: NZ$1,125 Private courses and Private Guided Ski Touring available - enquire for information
Experience ski touring close to Wanaka and Queenstown. Photo Adrian Camm
Europe Haute Route Ski-Tour • World’s most classic ski-tour • Travel from hut to hut in the high Alps The Haute Route (High Route) is a world class ski-tour through the heart of the Western Alps that begins in Verbier taking us over five days to finish in Zermatt. The journey connects long alpine ski runs over glaciated terrain with descents from high peaks and cols. We stay each night in Swiss high-mountain huts that are fully catered, leaving us to travel with very light packs so we can relish in the ascents and descents along the route. Generally, the distances are not too great, about six hours hut to hut each day. This ski-touring trip is suitable for the confident off-piste skier with a reasonable level of fitness. For those who have not yet ventured far from the ski resort, this is a fantastic way to gain experience as you travel with the supervision of your guides, allowing you to learn with confidence while taking in the grandeur of your surroundings. Dates: Spring 2017 Routes: Verbier to Zermatt - ‘The Highlight Tour’ Trip 1: March 19 - 25 Duration: 7 days Trip 2: April 9 - 15 Departure: ex Verbier, Switzerland Trip 3: April 23 - 29 Ratio: 1:4 Price: EUR€2,150 Route variations and private departures available, please enquire for more information.
Chamonix Ski-Touring Week
Passing the Matterhorn on the Haute Route. Photo Paolo Pieroni
• Hotel based ski touring in Chamonix • Get the best skiing in the region by combining lifts and touring the extensive backcountry terrain The best skiing around Chamonix is found off-piste across the huge area of terrain in the region. Our guides are tuned in to where you can find primo snow utilising a combination of lift access and short tours each day throughout your week. There are numerous glaciers to explore and often it is only a short tour that is needed to get you into the untracked snow that makes touring so satisfying! You can use this week as a way to develop your ski-touring skills with the help of your guide or you may already be a seasoned ski mountaineer who has a specific penchant for certain terrain. Each night you will return to your hotel in Chamonix to enable you to enjoy the local entertainment, vibrant restaurants and bars of this exciting alpine wonderland that is the undeniable centre of the European alpine world. You decide with your guide on a programme that suits you, that can include as little or as much skiing as you want on the type of terrain that you prefer. This really is the ultimate holiday!
Access pristine skiing on daily ski tours from Chamonix. Photo Paolo Pieroni
Dates: January to April, on demand Departure: ex Chamonix, France Duration: 5 days / 6 nights Price: 1 person EUR€3,300 or 2 people EUR€1,990 each or 4 people EUR€1,570 each
Grindelwald Ski-Touring Week • Sublime skiing in some of the world’s most iconic mountains • Stay in a Grindelwald hotel then head out each day to ski-tour the surrounding terrain Switzerland sports some of the world’s best winter terrain with an almost endless amount of amazing skiing and infrastructure to support it. You are based for the week in a comfortable chalet located in the centre of the renowned ski-town of Grindelwald, which is nestled below the mighty Eiger. Enjoy the pleasure of waking up each morning with the prospect of skiing numerous runs beneath the spectacular mountains that surround the village – or enjoy that special feeling of blasting powder through perfectly spaced trees. Your guide will take pleasure in introducing you to their favourite locations enabling you to fully appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the area. You will be able to collaborate with them on what terrain and regions you would like to ski each day to maximise your enjoyment. We utilise a combination of vernacular trains, ski lifts and ski touring to optimise our skiing time and each night you return to Grindelwald. You may even discover why people here feel like yodelling! Dates: Duration: Price:
January to April, on demand 5 days / 6 nights 1 person EUR€5,990 3 people EUR€3,030 each
Departure: ex Grindelwald, Switzerland 2 people EUR€3,690 each 4 people EUR€2,650 each 29
Explore the secrets of the Swiss Alps in day tours from Grindelwald. Photo Tim Robertson
Himalayan trekking ADVENTURE CONSULTANTS TREKKING We operate trekking journeys to exceptional destinations with a focus on quality logistics, professional staff and good food to ensure that your trekking journey is a life-enhancing experience! We have small groups to minimise our impacts and retain flexibility so you can immerse yourself within the cultures and environments that you visit.
Mustang Horse Trek • Trek to the unspoiled Forbidden Kingdom Nestled strategically at the head of the Kali Gandaki valley, Mustang once held significance as gatekeeper of trade between India and Tibet, thereby making Mustang an attractive principality for warlords and kings. Buddhism was introduced by Padmasambhava himself en route to Tibet leaving a legacy of working monasteries that are still very active. Immerse yourself in Mustang by horseback. Photo Guy Cotter
Our steeds are sure-footed and suitable for first timers, although you may elect to trek instead of ride. We fly into Jomsom beneath the 8000m massifs of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and from here we begin to explore the Forbidden Kingdom. When we arrive into a village each night we have time to explore for a while prior to a scrumptious meal provided by our Sherpa staff. We overnight in our tent camp and local houses and visit monasteries and forts. Our ultimate destination on the journey is Lo Monthang, a town encompassed by tall fortified walls that once served as protection from marauders and the hub of Mustang. Overall, Mustang provides a sensory cornucopia of historical and visual intrigue giving a truly exceptional experience. Dates: September 4 - 22, 2017 Duration: Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal
19 days Price:
Manaslu Trek • Cross a 14,600ft/4,460m pass and trek through agricultural regions, past beautiful peaks, friendly locals and active monasteries
A spectacular trek around Manalsu through ancient townships. Photo Guy Cotter
This beautiful trek ascends through different temperate and cultural zones from rice fields farmed by Hindus in the initial stages to green river valleys and forests and then, in the higher Sherpa regions, potato fields and yak pastures. The trail sidles the Budhi Gandaki river to its source in the shadow of Mt Manaslu, finally crossing over the high Larke pass surrounded by the giant mountains of the Manaslu Himal. We meet the locals who live a traditional lifestyle as we pass through the many interesting villages, stopping to camp in green pastures. A highlight of the trip is a visit to the Manaslu Base Camp. This is a physical trek with a long day crossing the Larke Pass. It is suitable for adventurous people looking to enjoy beautiful mountains accentuated with an insight to the local people and their culture. Dates:
Trip 1: April 10 - 27, 2017 Trip 2: September 11 - 28, 2017
Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal
18 days US$4,100
Khumbu Trek • Visit many different parts of the beautiful Khumbu Valley • Trek all the way to Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Patar We initiate the journey with an exciting insight into the traditions and religions in Kathmandu. Step back a few hundred years with visits to the bustling and exciting monasteries including the famed Monkey Temple. A short flight takes us into the Khumbu Valley and gateway to Mt Everest. We trek through fields passing by ancient villages and forests, eventually moving into the high mountain regions. We stop for two nights in Namche Bazaar, hub of the Sherpa homeland and bustling with activity. We continue with the trek up the valley towards Mt Everest climbing to Kala Patar (18,221ft/ 5,554m), the most famous viewpoint for seeing Everest from close quarters. Our guides and Sherpa friends will offer you an insight into the Sherpa homeland and their way of life. The trek includes an optional traverse of the moderately severe Kongma La pass which has unsurpassed views of the peaks in the Everest region.
A superb trek through the world’s most spectacular mountain range. Photo Andrew Peacock/Footloose photography
Dates: Trip 1: April 26 - May 19, 2017 Trip 2: October 15 - November 7, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal 30
Duration: 24 days Price:
Everest Base Camp Trek • Trek with expedition climbing team to Everest Base Camp • Discover the majestic Khumbu valley; stay in Sherpa homes and lodges • Climb Kala Patar with dramatic views of Everest The trek to Everest Base Camp is among the most dramatic and picturesque in the Himalaya. The scenery is varied and spectacular, the lodgings and tracks are of a very high standard, and the interaction with the local Sherpa people is truly memorable. This trek is unique in that we have the privilege of staying at Base Camp in tandem with our Everest climbing expedition. Our days spent at Base Camp give us an appreciation of the inner workings of expedition life. Dates: Trip 1: March 30 - April 17, 2017 Trip 2: April 1 - 19, 2017 Trip 3: April 20 - May 8, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 19 days Price:
Spectacular camping sites en route to Everest Base Camp. Photo Guy Cotter
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek • Highly resourced trek using superior hotels and alpine ‘safari’ camps • Trek to Everest Base Camp then fly out by helicopter The Everest region is stunningly beautiful and a trek to Everest Base Camp is well worth the effort at least once in this lifetime! The journey starts with your arrival into Kathmandu where we show you our pick of the highlights of this ancient and fascinating city. You have options to stay in first class hotels for your initial nights here then we fly by B3 helicopter into the Khumbu valley to begin the trek that has the world’s most dramatic skylines! Throughout this journey we utilise superior lodging in the lower villages and at higher elevations you will stay in luxurious tent camps that are supported by our attentive catering staff with fine meals of fresh local and imported foods. Our knowledgeable and personable expedition guide will show you the hidden secrets of the Everest region and lead the local crew to make this a truly memorable experience of a lifetime. While the trek to Everest Base Camp is a physical undertaking that takes some effort, this option enables you to experience this fantastic journey in comparative luxury. Dates: Trip 1: April 13 - 29, 2017 Duration: 17 days Trip 2: April 21 - May 7, 2017 Trip 3: September 26 - October 12, 2017 Departure: ex Kathmandu, Nepal Price: US$10,900 Choose your own dates US$16,900 each for two people only, or four people at US$10,900 each.
High-spec camping facilities on the Luxury Trek. Photo Mike Roberts
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone and felt my whole life aspect has changed because of going to Base Camp and experiencing the Nepali people, the region, the mountains and learning about acclimitisation.” Theresa, counsellor from New Zealand Luxury lodges and electric blankets on the Luxury Trek. Photo Guy Cotter
Three Passes Trek Kongma La 18,159ft / 5,535m • Cho La Renjo La 17,782ft / 5,420m
17,782ft / 5,420m
• Incredible Himalayan trekking adventure This trek takes us through three different valley systems linked by high passes in Nepal’s Khumbu region on the doorstep to Mount Everest. First we explore the monasteries and culture in Kathmandu then fly into Lukla in the Khumbu Valley to begin the trek. We are accommodated each night in good lodges with hearty meals to sustain the daily journey. We stay two nights in Namche Bazaar, the emphatic centre of the Sherpa culture. We cross the lofty Kongma La (pass) then trek to Everest Base Camp for close-up views of the world’s highest mountain. We subsequently cross the Cho La into the beautiful Gokyo Valley with deep blue lakes and mountainous backdrops. Our final pass crossing takes us over the Renjo La and into the upper reaches of the Bhote Koshi Valley where yak herders inhabit small stone huts in this rarely visited valley. The trail then takes us back through Namche and on to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu. This magical trek enables you to see much more in the way of breathtaking mountain vistas than is usual on a trek in this region. This journey is complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries to offer you an insight into the quiet but culturally vibrant Sherpa lifestyle. Dates: Departure:
Trip 1: April 28 - May 23, 2017 Trip 2: September 16 - October 11, 2017 Trip 3: November 10 - December 5, 2017 ex Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 26 days
US$4,700 Tread a path over Three Passes below the world’s highest peaks. Photo Guy Cotter
Tour du Mont Blanc • Trek around the spectacular Mont Blanc passing through France, Italy and Switzerland • Relax each night in beautiful alpine lodges and quaint villages Enjoy this brilliant hiking adventure where you ‘pass-hop’ between seven valleys over seven days as you circumnavigate Mont Blanc. Each night on this tour you will stay in delightful alpine chalets and hotels in villages that are well appointed and run by local families serving fine food and wines of the region. Over the duration of the tour you traverse three countries, France, Italy and Switzerland. At each overnight stop you can absorb the local atmosphere before heading off to the next destination. Each trekking day is around five hours and you will carry only a light trekking pack. This delightful trek will enable you to soak in the spectacular views and atmosphere of the European Alps whilst crossing mountain-passes with descents through pristine meadows of alpine wild flowers and ancient forests. Bring your mates along to enjoy this active trek with a spectacular views and comfortable accommodation then this trek is highly recommended. Dates: Wonderful moments in the wild flowers around Mont Blanc. Photo Olivier Baron
Trip 1: June 20 - 28 Trip 2: July 4 - 12 Trip 3: July 18 -26 Trip 4: August 8 - 16 Trip 5: August 22 - 30 Trip 6: September 5 - 13
Duration: 7 days / 8 nights Departure: ex Chamonix, France Price: EUR€1,610 each
Summer Haute Route Trek • Travel the high route through the highest peaks in the Alps • A demanding trek with light packs from Chamonix to Zermatt The summer Haute Route, or `high route’, is a spectacular and demanding trek through the French and Swiss Alps, from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland. You will stay in high mountain refuges and hotels each night as you follow the route that traverses below the summits of ten of the highest peaks in the Alps.
Crossing high passes on the summer Haute Route. Photo Paolo Pieroni
Trekking across Europe’s great glaciers. Photo Olivier Baron
The route ascends high mountain passes including the Serpentine Col and climb of Pigne d’Arolla at 12,454ft / 3,796m that is one of the most stunning vantage points in all of the European Alps. The spectacular views will be just reward for the effort of the climb. You will descend icy glaciers and traverse green alpine valleys with flower-covered meadows with occasional picturesque villages to pass through. In no time you will become absorbed into a world of glaciers and towering, snow-capped peaks interspersed with the vibrant culture of French and Swiss mountain villages. Finally you will arrive into the beautiful alpine town of Zermatt with the imposing and famous Matterhorn towering above. You will relish participating in this physical yet spectacular trek forever. Dates: July to September, for private departures Duration: 7 days / 8 nights Departure: Start Chamonix, France; finish Zermatt, Switzerland Price: EUR€2,410 each for minimum 4 people, enquire for pricing for other group sizes
Wide open spaces on the Tour du Mont Blanc trek. Photo Paolo Pieroni
“I felt like AC really wanted me to succeed and have fun along the way. All of the logisitics were obviously well thought out by a team that has been through the process over and over for years. So many little things were taken care of for us that would have been difficult to manage on our own or with a less experienced organisation at the helm.” Darren, lighting designer from USA
Caption. Photo Guy Cotter
private expeditions & antarctic peninsula
Private Expeditions • Tailored trips to meet your requirements • You select the objective - we arrange the rest • Select from one of our existing trips - or something entirely new • Give your friends, family, or staff a personalised experience of a lifetime It has been our pleasure to assist discerning adventurers in the fulfilment of their climbing goals through our Private Customised Expeditions programme. With this facility we are able to ‘custom build’ expeditions to meet your specific requirements. In recent years we have operated private expeditions to many amazing locations including; all of the Seven Summits, Mt Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, G2, Antarctic Peninsula, Vinson Massif, South Pole, Mongolia, Mts Kilimanjaro and Kenya, Mustang, Three Peaks Nepal, Alpamayo, Ecuador Volcanoes and Greenland. Private Expeditions are ideal for teams who are training for major ascents, groups of friends who want to climb together, corporate groups who use the mountains to challenge themselves, and for individuals or families who wish to climb on dates that best suit their own timeframes. Private expeditions also cater to specific requirements such as film projects or national team training programmes, polar journeys or ascents. For some, a Private Expedition can enable a higher degree of solitude and privacy on an expedition, while others request an enhanced level of logistical support. Perhaps you may request a specific guide, or you may merely prefer dates that suit you better than our scheduled expedition departures.
Private expeditions to the highest mountains or most remote regions. Photo Guy Cotter
Whether you are interested in relaxing travel to exotic locations, or something more extreme like a sailing voyage to climb on the Antarctic Peninsula, completion of all the Seven Summits, or a private trip to the summit of K2 or Mt Everest, we are here to help you meet your objectives.
Antarctic Peninsula Yacht Based Expeditions • The last frontier, true adventure, vast wilderness, abundant wildlife • Climb and ski from comfortable sailboat accommodation
Bespoke group and family adventures are our specialty. Photo Guy Cotter
The vast and remote Antarctic environment is rich in amazing wildlife and untouched mountain landscapes. We access the pristine mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula on a specialist Antarctic yacht in a small group of up to seven members. Due to the size of the vessel we have exclusive access to remote anchorages that are off-limits to larger ships, allowing us an unlimited degree of flexibility. Each day we head to shore to climb and ski or merely observe the wildlife. A multitude of peaks exist in the region, many of which are unclimbed and all of which have new route potential from the easy to the extreme! In stable weather multi-day trips are possible into more remote areas. You can choose to climb mountains, ski from high coastal peaks and/or tour around the region with your guide. Every day you mingle with the wildlife at close quarters from the boat and on land. Whales, seals and penguins are abundant and we are all drawn to spend many hours observing and photographing these incredible creatures. This journey is available to adventurers of all levels who have a desire to immerse themselves in the real wilderness on this yacht-based expedition. Become one of the adventurous few who get to experience the abundant wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Yacht accessed skiing and climbing on the Antarctic Peninsula. Photo Phil Wickens
Dates: November to March Duration: 30 days Departure: ex Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina Price: US$25,500 each (approximate cost based on a group of 6) Make ascents of peaks from the yacht on Antarctic Peninsula. Photo Phil Wickens
“I often say to friends, that if you have a challenging or remote destination in mind, AC will take you there. AC opens doors to experiences and places that would otherwise be closed.” Graham, metallurgist from Australia
Wildlife looks on as a group of climbers pass by. Photo Andrew Peacock/Footloose photography
other services and policies Environment As people who live very close to the natural world we are genuinely proactive in minimising our impacts by educating our staff and guests in appropriate techniques to preserve the environment. With our roots in the New Zealand outdoors we have always been conscious of the need to ‘leave only footprints’ and we apply this philosophy to every venture we embark upon. Be it a weekend in the hills or a major expedition, we are particular about leaving the area cleaner than we found it. Adventure Consultants was the first expedition company to operate clean-up expeditions to Mt Everest and we were removing abandoned oxygen bottles from Mt Everest before well-funded ‘clean-up expeditions’ became fashionable. Our efforts are ongoing with ‘treading lightly’ on our expeditions and in our operation overall and we continually strive to improve our waste minimisation and recycling to achieve best practice both at home and abroad. In addition to our pre-existing high standards, we practice ‘Leave No Trace’™ principles as a Registered Guide/Outfitter with ‘Leave No Trace’™ to minimise our environmental footprint.
Social responsibility It cannot be refuted that our travels have an indelible impact on people whose lands we visit. Yet much can be gained from the sharing of values and ideas if we are respectful in our interactions, especially if we abstain from the western tendency of imposing our own values onto our hosts.
Getting ready to rappel. Photo Olivier Baron
The majority of adventure operators will increase profits and reduce your trip costs by having large groups - yet Adventure Consultants journeys are conducted in small groups to encourage a more personalised and less intrusive approach. The well-being of our staff is important to us, especially those in impoverished regions where porters are often exploited by agencies wanting to offer you a lower price point. We believe in, and support, porter protection initiatives that are an integral component of our standard doctrine towards local staffing. Adventure Consultants is a Visionary Society Member of the dZi Foundation. We care about the well-being of the local people and their communities in the regions we visit and we know you do too. A portion of your trip fee is donated to support the efforts of the dZi Foundation whose ‘Revitalise a Village’ programmes provide help and localised empowerment initiatives to communities throughout the mountain regions in Nepal and India. Adventure Consultants operate the Sherpa Future Fund to look after the well-being of Nepalese Sherpa families who have suffered a loss and are also supporters of The Juniper Fund, supporting Nepali workers in the high mountains of Nepal.
Locations, safety, photography and filming We provide specialist expertise in mountain filming, photography, safety and location management to mountain ranges worldwide. Having an intricate understanding of both the physical and political environments allows us to assist you in producing cost-effective and spectacular pictorial.
Hiking in to Brewster Hut, New Zealand. Photo Andy Cole
Our portfolio for leading and overseeing Safety, Locations and Talent includes Columbia Pictures with ‘The Vertical Limit’, Warren Miller, PBS with ‘Anyplace Wild’ and ‘Wild Productions’, Nova, BC Productions, ‘Road Rules’, BBC, Eco-Challenge, Paddy Pallin, Gap-Athleta, Louis Vuitton, Beyond The Edge 2013 - the feature film story of the first ascent of Mt Everest by Hillary and Tenzing in 1953 and Hollywood feature film ‘Everest’, in 2015.
Film and photo library Adventure Consultants supports an extensive photo (35mm and digital) and video footage (HD, DV and DV CAM) library for publication. The theme is ‘mountains’ and includes spectacular climbing footage from many of the world’s highest peaks including exceptional footage from the summit of Everest.
Website and dispatches We have a fortnightly e-newsletter with easy sign up on www.adventureconsultants.com and photo albums for each trip as well as virtual tours, maps, trip notes with itineraries, equipment lists, FAQs and lots of interesting articles and advice about climbing, trekking and skiing. A very popular aspect of our trips is that most expeditions have dedicated dispatch web pages that your friends and family can follow while you are on the expedition. The page is updated most days direct from the trip by the expedition leader, with pictures and updates on the team’s progress. Adventure Consultants was one of the first expedition companies to provide this service as standard on our expeditions and treks. We also have a large following on social media where insider news from the world of mountaineering is posted regularly.
Adventure project management Suze Kelly in the summit gully on Lhotse. Photo Guy Cotter
Adventure Consultants has decades of experience in ‘remote area development’ within the adventure industry. Our services include project management, logistics support, consultation and coordination, safety auditing and safety plan construction. 34
booking conditions Expedition booking details You can book online at our website or request an application form to join an expedition or trek. Once the deposit is paid you are assigned a personal expedition Client Liaison who will guide you through the whole planning process right up until the trip start date. They send you confirmation of your booking, an expedition agreement, medical questionnaire, equipment list, insurance and training advice and comprehensive expedition reference notes to help you prepare for the expedition as well as answer any and all questions you may have. Check the trip notes for each expedition, course or trek on our website for inclusions/exclusions and cancellation conditions.
General Expedition Cancellation and Refund Policy • • •
Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of trip deposit. For cancellations made within 89-60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee. For cancellations within 59 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.
New Zealand ascents and courses booking details Equipment
We supply all group equipment including ropes, tents and cooking gear - you need only turn up with your personal equipment. An equipment list will be sent to you appropriate to your choice of peak or instruction course. We have an extensive array of good quality rental equipment available for New Zealand trips to supplement your own gear. Participants on the MIC, ACC and Alpine Adventure receive climbing hardware as part of the course fee. With a focus towards the best available products, Adventure Consultants can also offer a range of climbing equipment and clothing for purchase at discounted rates.
“This was a life changing experience for me. Not only did I not know I could do some of these things, actually, I did not know such things existed. Crampons and carabiners are now part of my vocab and I am the proud owner of my own ice axe.” Shelley, Telethon Adventures from Perth Australia
Guide fees, hut fees, all meals and snack foods whilst on the trip, group equipment such as ropes, tents and stoves, ground transport ex Wanaka, course manual (A Climbers Guide to New Zealand Mountaineering Techniques 2010, published by Adventure Consultants), Department of Conservation concession fees (37125-GUI), 15% New Zealand Goods and Services Tax and aircraft access as below. Technical climbing equipment is included on the MIC, ACC and Alpine Adventure. Refer to website for details.
Approaching high camp on Vinson Massif, Antarctica. Photo Dean Staples
The nature of the New Zealand mountains dictates that we utilise helicopters or ski-planes when entering the backcountry. This saves days of heavy load-carrying and allows us to concentrate on the climbing objective whilst making the best use of fine weather days. Aircraft access costs are included in all trip options except the 3 day Backcountry Ski Tour which is ski in / ski out access. For some trips we have also included the egress flight out from the mountains where this adds value to the itinerary – check inclusions / exclusions for the trip on the website. For the rest of the trips, egress flights out of the mountains are not included and should they be required, these would incur additional cost if utilised.
Once you have paid your 25% deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date. • Cancellations outside of 60 days incur a NZ$250.00 cancellation fee. • For cancellations made within 60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee. • For cancellations made within 30 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 75% of the full fee. • For cancellations within 15 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.
European ascents and courses booking details Prices include Guide fees, accommodation (huts and hotels for # nights indicated), meals (except whilst in base towns as hotels are booked on a B&B basis), lifts, ground transport from your trip start base. Refer to website for details. Programme course changes due to weather or conditions will incur additional costs.
Special moments in the mountains. Photo Andy Cole
Cancellation Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date. • Cancellations outside of 60 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit. • Inside 60 days of the departure date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee. • Inside 30 days of the departure date we reserve the right to retain 75% of the full fee. • Inside 15 days of the departure date forfeits 100% of the full fee.
• We strongly recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance via your normal travel agent. • All trips operate subject to minimum numbers. • All prices and dates are subject to change without notice. • Prices are listed in NZD$, USD$ and EUR€ where indicated
Expedition Alliance Adventure Consultants works closely with international partner American Alpine Institute in the USA on selected trips as indicated. Brochure printed on stock from responsibly managed renewable sources using soy based printing inks.
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Now that’s a view! Looking at Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam. Photo Guy Cotter
Head Office New Zealand 20 Brownston Street, PO Box 739 Wanaka 9343, New Zealand Tel: +64 3 443 8711 Fax: +64 3 443 8733 firstname.lastname@example.org
www.adventureconsultants.com US residents, call our New Zealand Office TOLL FREE on 1-866-757-8722 Office hours: 9am to 5pm New Zealand Time (UTC/GMT +12 hours), Monday through Friday. Climbers assemble on Everest’s South Summit. Photo Dean Staples
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Published on Dec 18, 2014
Our 2017 Adventure Consultants brochure highlights the array of treks, ascents, expeditions and courses that we have specifically crafted to...