Lochnagar/Shotover Saddle/Matukituki Valley
Track • 2 days. Medium/hard. One way.
An alpine crossing of a saddle between 2 major river valleys. Usually done as part of a circuit of saddle crossings.
Track • 1 – 2 days. Hard. One way.
10 hour trip from Dart Hut to Lochnagar via Snowy Saddle
- Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
- Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
- Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
- Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
- Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.