Mt Taranaki Summit climb

Guided ascent of Mt Taranaki/EgmontSummit sunrise - Mount Taranaki Guided Tours

Magnificent and beautiful Taranaki.

We offer guided ascents on a daily basis. Your group will need to book in advance for a day climb or for one of our spectacular early sunrise climbs.

Why come with us?

We know the correct route and have up-to-date and historical knowledge of the area. We tailor our pace to your fitness levels so you'll have a fun, 'Ultimate Mountain Experience'.

Read an account of a guided winter climb by Ryan Holden Editor of Intrepid Adventures magazine.

What time will we start the climb?

Our guided tours leave at 7.30am from New Plymouth. We start the ascent at 8.00am from the Egmont Visitor's Centre, and finish sometime around 5.00pm.

Summit sunrise - Mount Taranaki Guided Tours

How much does it cost?

Price on application. School and group discounts are available.

How long will it take?

From North Egmont Vistors Centre a climb takes approximately 5 hours up and 3 hours down.

Do you have to be fit?

Average fitness is required on the normal route.  Steeper and more challenging routes are available for people with a higher standard of fitness or experienced climbers. If you would like to travel on any snow slopes you'll need an ice axe and crampons. In winter conditions an ice-axe and crampons are supplied by your mountain guide.

What equipment will you need?

Check the Gear List.

A general description of the normal route

We'll leave North Egmont (960m) between 7am and 8am or earlier in summer.

Stage 1: Tahurangi Lodge (1520m) - 1 hour 15 minutes
Stage 2: Lizard Ridge (2200m) via scree slopes - 2 hours
Stage 3: Crater and summit (2518m) via a lava flow, snow and rock - 1 hour
Stage 4: Return down same route
Times will vary due to mountain conditions and party fitness.

Note: There is always snow and ice in the crater and summit area. Care is needed.

Taranaki the Chieftain

Remember, the summit is a culturally sensitive area to local Maori who refer to Taranaki as an ancestor. Iwi ask climbers not to climb on the sacred 'Summit Rock' itself. Please respect their wishes.

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