"MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK" Mount Aspiring National Park by kiwi
Mount Aspiring National Park Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 59 photos
Mt Aspiring is the snowy peak to the right. We weren't doing an ascent of the mountain, but were heading up the valleys to be near the base camp area. The river branches and we have the East and West Matukituki valleys.
Mt Aspiring National Park is a part of the region called West Coast. This feels wierd as Matukituki is on the Eastern side of the mountain range, and we tend to think of the West Coast as being West of the mountains. However, that is not the case.
The NP has approx 100 glaciers remaining from the almost complete coverage 20000 years ago. I trekked up to view two of these glaciers, and some of our group went higher and closer. I tend to know my limitations and don't extend too much. But the view I had was equally as impressive and awe-inspiring.
We returned to the Mt Aspiring National Park, this time with a Tramping Club, to spend 4 nights and 5 days exploring. What a wonderful place this is. We had mixed weather but generally it was great. Thankfully it didn't get too cold, and was milder than usual at this time of year. River crossings are a regular part of life down here, however the river can change and be calm one minute and raging the next. A high degree of respect is necessary for the river, mountains and weather down here.
We stayed up the East Matukituki Valley ...under the mountains, for Easter, 2006.
- Pros:The remote mountains, the sky and the rivers.
- Cons:Can be dangerous if the weather changes quickly.
- In a nutshell:BIG Country, Gorgeous mountains, Amazing scenery.
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