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Ball Pass

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Great mountain trek to challenge yourself and enjoy the fantastic scenery around Mt Cook

We did the Balls Pass Crossing as a 2 day trek due to impending bad weather. We walked in glorious... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
987carita
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Cairns, Australia
This was an amazing experience!

This two-day to trek to Caroline Hut was very challenging as I had no mountain trekking experience... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2018
Susan C
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Mar 8, 2018
“Great mountain trek to challenge yourself and enjoy the fantastic scenery around Mt Cook”
Jan 26, 2018
“This was an amazing experience!”
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A rugged and challenging route crossing Mount Cook Range between the Hooker and Tasman Glaciers.
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

We did the Balls Pass Crossing as a 2 day trek due to impending bad weather. We walked in glorious sunshine wading at times knee deep in fresh snow. Tough but highly enjoyable two days. Taking your time and enjoying the wonderful nature is definitely...More

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AlpineRecreation, Owner at Ball Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you, Carita, for taking the time to help others understand what the Ball Pass Crossing is like. Yes, normally a 3-day trek, we allowed flexibility in this case to ensure you were able to cross the pass, beating the bad weather on the third...More

Reviewed 27 January 2018

This two-day to trek to Caroline Hut was very challenging as I had no mountain trekking experience prior to this. It was very intense, however, it was so worth it! Our guide expertly guided us up and down the mountain expertly with a calm and...More

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AlpineRecreation, Owner at Ball Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you, Susan, for taking the time to write this review. The Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park truly is a spectacular place and this two-day Mt Cook Trek up the Ball Ridge to Caroline Hut gives a taste of what it feels like to be in...More

Reviewed 31 March 2016

My husband and I did the Ball Pass Crossing with Alpine Adventures as a three-day, two-night trip. The views are spectacular but be aware that there is no track and so the going is extremely rough. There is also over 1000m of ascent and descent,...More

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AlpineRecreation, Owner at Ball Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thank you for taking the trouble to write this helpful review. Yes, the Ball Pass Crossing of the Mt Cook Range certainly is a challenge and you need to be of above average fitness and have plenty of trekking experience to do it. For those...More

Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

If you get all wobbly on the second step of a ladder think twice. That being said if you can just focus on the next step and not the 1000m sheer drop off the sides during your trip over the pass you will be met...More

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AlpineRecreation, Owner at Ball Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Yes, the Ball Pass Crossing is not for the faint-hearted or the unfit. Good on you for completing this challenge! The Ball Pass Summit Trek is the same as the Crossing for the first two days, but the last day is much easier. You still...More

Reviewed 25 February 2013

Tramped, clambered and climbed on the Ball Pass Summit trek, expertly guided by Elke from Alpine Recreation in Lake Tekapo. It was an outstanding adventure holiday - challenging at times - especially when the winds got up to ~100kph!! Spent 2 nights in the relative...More

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AlpineRecreation, Owner at Ball Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

We are pleased you enjoyed your experience of the Ball Pass Summit Trek and managed to climb Kaitiaki Peak, despite strong winds. Our guides always enjoy teaching a few snow skills along the way.

Reviewed 14 April 2004

Trekked Ball Pass at the foot of Mount Cook with Alpine Recreation based in Lake Tekapo. I highly recommend the trip and Alpine Recreation. The trip took three days two nights spent in the Caroline Hut facing the magnificent Caroline face of Mount Cook. The...More

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AlpineRecreation, Owner at Ball Pass, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Yes, the Ball Pass Crossing certainly is an adventure and we are pleased you were up for the challenge. It always feels a privilege to visit this special place in the topuni area of Aoraki/Mt Cook, a place sacred to Maori, in front of their...More

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