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Adventure Consultants

4.4 | Great
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1992
Headquarters
  • Wanaka, New Zealand
Trips
  • 3

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Adventure Consultants Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

4.4 out of 5
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4.9 Meals:
4.9

Tour Reviews

r

Recommends

worst experience with guide, ever December 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
For my 5-day Mt. Aspiring expedition, I am assigned two guides - JB as main guide and Javier as guide in training. Like me, this is Javier’s first time travelling to New Zealand and first time heading up to Mt Aspiring. In total, Javier had about 1 hour acting as a rope leader, and during this 1 hour, there are three times I think Javier made a wrong / dangerous decision. Would like to give a heads up to all clients going to Aspiring with him this season. Good luck!!!
1. On our third day going up ramp, we all know there is certain avalanche danger due to high freezing level and very deep / soft snow. We actually did get caught by a slush slide when we are close to top of ramp. When leading rope team, Javier however, decides to follow the fall line and go straight up. If there is a slush sliding at that time, it could catch the entire rope team! I think climbers with even little common sense know we should go zig-zag to spread the risk.
2. Still when we are at ramp, there is a small open crevasse on our way up. Javier spent minutes to dig steps on slopes on both side of crevasse and asked me to be very careful to cross it. However, when I was there, three steps left, the crevasse narrows to a line and one normal step could easier across it. Feel Javier doesn’t have much experience dealing with crevasse.
3. On our forth day going back to French right hut. Right after pass, there is a downhill snow slop. In the middle of the slope, there are three crevasse in parallel - middle one coming from left, and the other two coming from right, with quite a bit overlaps. Yes, crevasse is not too narrow, but we are on downhill, a small person like me could cross the middle crevasse with one big step. Feel Javier has some mental issue with crossing crevasse, he instead chose to spend couple minutes navigating narrow snow bridges between those crevasse. Snow are very soft, and he actually fell into snow holes twice when he was on the bridges. Looks really scaring from above.
Other than the above three points, Javier also has some behaviors that might not be dangerous but really annoying:
1. He forgot something EVERY time we went out. Either forget to take crampon or doesn’t have something fixed properly before we left the hut. We have to either go back with him since we are a rope team on glacier, or have to wait couple minutes in freezing cold wind and whiteout condition for this gentleman to get ready. Repeat, EVERY time.
2. When he acted as last person on the rope team, more then half of the time, rope between us are way too loose. I saw at least three times he stood on rope with crampon on. Have to keep coils on hand to adjust rope slackness between us for this `guide`.
3. During some sown hill sections, he could not even catch up with my speed going down. Being pulled couple times.
For JB, I think he really needs to learn how to control his temper and be more considerable to others. On second night, weather forecast is not good for next couple days. Since my main purpose is to do some climbing in Wanaka area (I signed up for SW right but was told not possible when I was in the mountain), I proposed to start walking down on third day and have last day (day 5) doing some multi-pitch rock climb in Wanaka (e.g. Remarkable). As a proposal, I don’t see how it could harm the team. However, JB suddenly gets angry and shouts out
“It’s a shame you think waiting for weather is a waste of time” and
“you like rock climbing? Next time go rock climbing, never do mountaineering again”.
Don’t think it’s proper for a guide to say that.
From day 3, yes, I refused to communicate with JB any more, as I don’t know when I could be shouted again and for what reason. Only two times I had to talk to him.
1. Evening of day 3. We will have a pre-dawn start on day 4 and it was already 8:30pm. I have been on bed for quite a while, but JB and Javier are still chatting loudly in the hut (conversation has nothing to do with this trip). I asked for quiet time. JB refuses and wants me to use ear plug. I believe in all NZ huts, #1 rule is “be quiet when others are sleeping“. Did couple great walks in NZ and spent couple nights in hut. Never met anyone as rude as JB.
2. In French ridge hut, there are only 10 hanging bolts outside of the sleeping area. We have 20+ climbers sleeping in hut that night from at least 5 rope teams. JB took 5 bolts (half of 10) to hang his stuff. I tried to organize them and make space for others, he shouted again and claimed all are his. He himself simply took half of all bolts prepared for all living in the hut.
Do hope JB could be less selfish and more considerable about others, no matter it’s his client and some strangers sharing the same hut.
I have worked with close to 10 group of guides from different background for trekking (EBC, K2BC, Huayhuash etc.) and tech / non-tech climbs. This is my WORST experience, ever.
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L

Recommends

Thank you for an excellent time. November 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Having just finished the Alpine Expedition Course I would like to say thank you for an excellent time. From Em chasing us with emails with updates to the awesome guides Lydia Bradley and Dean Staples, who were not only highly informative but so much fun to be around with us "aussies". As always AC is a highly professional and caring team towards their clients. Also the food is the best!!
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V

Recommends

Very organised, Definately recommend April 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Did Aconcagua with them in 2011. Very organised, guides Leo and Mattias were fun. Definately recommend them

D

Recommends

A five star company August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A five star company operated by Guy Cotter and his incredible team. I can't speak of them highly enough to my climbing mates.

B

Recommends

Great food and top guides August 2015

5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
I have done 2 trips with AC and both were organised fantastically well. Great food and top guides. Big Kiwi Mike was an absolute legend. Met Guy and Suze in Katmandu on the last trip. Could not recommend them more.
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R

Recommends

love climbing and live for adventure beyond the limits of extreme January 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
If you love climbing and live for adventure beyond the limits of extreme then adventure consultants is where to make your dreams come to life.... Be safe out their. " to climb into the heavens amid the snow- white clouds above the earth's pollution and cities filled with crowds' free at last !! To spread my soul above earth's barren sod, and dream of reaching high enough to touch the hand of god.
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Stride Review

Adventure Consultants began in 1992 after two New Zealanders succeeded in climbing the Seven Summits. Today, Adventure Consultants offer a wide range of guided trips made for outdoor enthusiasts looking to push the boundaries of their physical limits.

What Makes Adventure Consultants Stand Out?

  • Guided mountain tours
  • World-renowned and reputable guides
  • Trips for high-intensity active travel (eg. mountain biking, skiing, trekking)
  • Small groups

Adventure Consultants proudly emphasizes their guided tours up some of the greatest mountains known to man. Their guided tours up Mount Everest have made them reputable amongst the climbing community, but they also offer destinations around the world. If you are interested in high-intensity active travel, you’ll find a tour right for you. While their main focus is on climbing, they also offer mountain biking, skiing, and trekking.

Their mountain guides are internationally qualified, with some of them being world renowned - so you can be sure you’re in good hands.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Adventure Consultants?

Travelers who are...

  • looking to combine a love of travel with their love for adrenaline
  • Familiar with modern climbing techniques
  • Confident performing at high altitudes
  • Able to walk for several hours per day through varied terrain

If you live for the thrill that comes with hanging on the edge of a rock, then you’ll love what the Adventure Consultants tours have to offer.

Adventure Consultants Stride Take

These trips are for people who are willing to train before the tour date, because being in top shape is incredibly important in order to conquer any mountain. Those that choose to go on a climbing tour should also be familiar with modern climbing techniques, and are confident with performing at high altitudes. You’ll be on the move through various terrains for several hours per day. Physical levels do vary from easy to extreme, but be forewarned - easy still means walking for several hours on slightly varied terrain at the very least.

Tours are reasonably priced - while not a budget tour company, the price is understandable for the quality of tour guides, safety, transportation, and food needed to make these trips possible.

Top Destinations

  • Mt. Everest
  • Around the world

Adventure Consultants Stride Take

Although Adventure Consultants’ Mount Everest tours are what they are most known for, they have trips around the world aimed at exploring the largest summits in every continent. Climb the highest peaks of the world, or trek through remote corners of the world. You’ll spend the majority of your time deep in the mountain ranges, taking in incredible landscapes that many rarely get to experience.  

Adventure Consultants Travel Style

Adventure Consultants Stride Take

These trips are heavily focused on mountaineering and active adventure. Depending on your tour, you may have some free time to explore and do some sightseeing. Accomodation options range from adventurous to “luxurious” - though it’s important to note that their version of luxurious means mid-ranged hotels. Some examples of AC accommodation arrangements include camping at the top of a snow-capped mountain, sleeping in a dormitory style bunk bed, or staying in a cozy 4-star lodge. If you are camping, there won’t be any hot showers or electric outlets, so be prepared with wet wipes and portable chargers.

Adventure Consultants Stride Take

These destinations are not easy to endure alone, so a team mindset is also incredibly important. You will work as a team to stay warm, carry communal items, and get involved with the meal preparation. Meals are always nutritious and filling since maintaining energy levels is another top priority. Expect to consume 4,000 to 6,000 calories everyday.

Why Choose a Tour With Adventure Consultants?

If you’re an avid climber or active traveler that’s looking for a group to venture with - then you’ve come to the right place. These destinations aren’t easy for most to get to by themselves, nor without a specialised guide. With Adventure Consultants, you know you’ll be fully prepared for your journey and take the right paths along the way.

When deciding to go on a tour with Adventure Consultants, you should remember that every mountaineering journey comes with risks. Not every accident can be foreseen, which is why it’s important to stick together as a group and have experience in the mountains. Since Adventure Consultants’ 1996 Mount Everest accident, they have examined what went wrong and strengthened management in order to ensure it doesn’t happen again.


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FAQ

What food will be available?

Food is one of the most crucial factors on a Adventure Consultants trip. They serve nutritious and filling food that will sustain you well for the journey, and during the planning stage they will ask you for your feedback in advance in order for them to adjust their menus to your specific requirements or tastes.

Is there a recommended list of clothing we should bring?

Yes, you will be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once your trip registration form and deposit is received. 

Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?

Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared and you must bring everything on the list. There are very limited options in the destinations if additional equipment needs to be purchased.

I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?

Yes, they are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice, and even to remote destinations such as Antarctica. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost-effective.

How do I know this is the right trip for me?

They offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition. To help you navigate the choices available, trips on their website are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark.


From Adventure Consultants

Adventure Consultants is a world-renowned mountain guiding company with a legacy of climbing expeditions to the world's highest peaks, and wilderness treks to the more remote corners of the globe.

We at Adventure Consultants are a dedicated team of guiding professionals with a focus towards excellent logistical preparation and, above all, a passion for the environment in which we work. Our expeditions and treks are operated by companionable world class mountain guides, who offer you adventures that are completed in style; with quality, service and safety, at the forefront.

Our philosophy of only operating with small groups provides a more personalised service. This minimises environmental impact and continues to have a proven advantage in our success rates, superior to any other expedition operator.

We offer 72 Expeditions, Treks, Backcountry Skiing Adventures and wilderness journeys to the Himalaya, Antarctica, South America, Greenland, Alaska and the Seven Summits, in addition to a world class guiding service, and climbing schools in New Zealand and Europe.

Whether you are taking your first steps into the realm of the outdoors, or are a seasoned adventurer, we believe you will find the quality of the experience offered on an Adventure Consultants expedition second to none.

What We Can Offer You:

We are a dedicated team of world-class guides who are extremely capable, amicable and very experienced in our field. We are IFMGA qualified and specialists in high altitude guiding. We are recognised as the benchmark by which other operators compare themselves.

Our expeditions are supported by professional administration and organisation and restricted to small groups to ensure each expedition runs smoothly.

We are amongst the few guiding organisations that have a proven and established guiding strategy, and commit to a high standard of medical back up, training and expedition resources - including up to date communications and weather forecasting technology, and excellent food catering to ensure strength and nourishment throughout the expedition.

Our familiarity with the places we visit, and our established contacts there, ensure a wonderful cultural experience within countries that have a fascinating history and delightful inhabitants. Our Himalayan and South America climbing expeditions provide an insight to the ancient peoples of these worlds, in addition to an unparalleled mountaineering adventure. Our knowledge of the Antarctic region will unveil the unique aspects of this geographical world of its own.

At the time of enquiry you will receive a comprehensive information pack specific to each trip. This will include expedition notes detailing the itinerary and route description, equipment requirements, training and preparation advice, visa and health requirements and an expedition application form. From this point on our personable and informed administration staff will work with you through the planning stages until you meet your Guide and are welcomed to the expedition.

We have guided many climbers in their pursuit of the ‘Seven Summits’ and can offer an expedition package and strategy if you have your sights set on this challenging goal.

What We Require From You:

Our recommendation to aspiring high altitude climbers is to gradually climb higher and higher peaks to develop experience and confidence before attempting the world's highest peaks. Performance at high altitude is related to a person's physiology and how they adapt to thin air as much as it is to their prior mountaineering experience. The reality is that performance coupled with experience provides the main criteria for actually summitting.

Climbing members will require stamina and familiarity with modern climbing techniques. They will be required to carry only their personal clothing and equipment on the route unless specified otherwise in the specific expedition notes. The guiding team will establish the campsites and establish the route, fixing ropes where necessary.

A high degree of health and fitness is a necessary requisite for prospective expedition members.

Distinguishing Features:

--A quality experience through every level of our organisation

--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.

Our Specialties:

--Pioneers of guided expeditions to Mount Everest and the Seven Summits

--Inspiring range of Himalayan and international expeditions

--European and New Zealand ascents and courses

--Customised private expeditions for groups and individuals

--Polar journeys

--Backcountry skiing adventures

--Superb trekking options, from adventurous to luxury

--Small groups, quality first

Associations:

International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations, Adventure Travel Trade Association, New Zealand Mountain Guides Association, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand

Awards:

Trips & Specials


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18 days
Group Tour
Camping
Physical :
From: $ 4,100

Highlights

  • Cross a 14,600ft/4460m pass
  • Trek through agricultural regions and past beautiful peaks
  • Meet friendly locals and visit active monasteries
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13 days
Private Guided
Basic - 2 star
Physical :
From:  Check price

Highlights

  • Mountain bike the high Himalaya
  • Visit Bhutan’s ancient monasteries
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6 days
Group Tour
Camping
Physical :
From: $ 3,666

Highlights

  • Long and varied climb on New Zealand’s highest mountain
  • Technically challenging ascent on ice, snow and rock
  • One of the most satisfying and exhilarating climbs in Australasia
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