Mount Cook also known as Aoraki is the highest mountain in New Zealand located in Mount Cook National Park. Mount Cook is a part of Southern Alps in South Island. The height of the Mountain is 3,724 meters (12,218 ft). Mount Cook is a popular tourist destination. Mountain climbers consider it to be a great challenge and adventure.
Mont Cook is included in the heritage site of UNESCO. Mount Cook can be divided into three peaks and two glaciers. The peaks include Low Peak, Middle Peak and High Peak. The two glaciers are Tasman Glacier to the east and the Hooker Glacier to the west. The Mount Cook National Park on the whole has 72 glaciers and 140 peaks.
The climate of Mount Cook and its surroundings is an important factor that shapes the climbing conditions for mountaineers. Mount Cook due to its elevation receives substantial orographic precipitation throughout the year. You will find breezy and moisture-laden westerly winds blowing all year-round. The rain is caused due to the rainclouds formed from the Tasman Sea. In order to plan a visit you must first check the weather of the place.
The total annual precipitation received by Mount Cook and its surroundings is about 4,484 mm (176.5 inches). All the climbers start their journey from the Mount Cook Village which is the base camp for them. The Mount Cook Village is a tourist centre as well. The village is about 7 km from the end of the Tasman Glacier and 12 km south of Aoraki / Mount Cook’s summit.
The Mount Cook was first conquered in 1894 by Tom Fyfe, George Graham and Jack Clarke. The first woman to ascend Mount Cook was Freda Du Faur. The climbers have to cross snow and glaciers. If you are someone who loves adventure and have perfection in ice climbing this is the just the right place for you.
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