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Avalanche Peak is a peak in the Arthur's Pass National Park in New Zealand. It is subject to avalanches in the winter, hence its name.
It is the most popular day walking peak from Arthur's Pass, as it is easily accessible from the village and offers views of several mountain ranges in the park on a clear day. It is also a popular place for kea.
There is an annual mountain run, the Avalanche Peak Challenge which crosses the peak.
Avalanche Peak has sheer drops of around at the peak of the mountain and therefore is not recommended in icy or windy weather.
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Avalanche Peak Route Reviews
Challenging and rewarding walk up in Arthurs Pass. Many other friendly walkers were there and gave advice. Best to go in clear weather more »
This is an amazing but hard walk to one of the peaks near Arthur's Pass Village. For most of the walk you are rewarded with stunning and dramatic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Do ensure.... more »
Quite a tough climb with an elevation gain of about 1100m, Gradient is pretty steep. Good views. Good Photo opportunities. Can be done in half a day by those who are moderately fit. Took it easy and spent 1 hour at the summit admiring the Keas.
Important: be well informed about the weather conditions (visitor center will help out). Follow their advises. Even if the sky is blue, weather may change quickly and heavy winds have the potential to make it dangerous. Better start earliest possible. From my point of view doable for intermediates, even though it s a hard workout. Took me about 5 hrs, avg duration longer. Take care on your way down. Guess that s when most injuries happen. You might see keas, but keep distance. The views are breathtaking. Take you time on the top, as it s certainly a unique experience. I wish I was there at the moment !
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