This past weekend had perfect weather forecasted, so Sara and some friends and I took a weekend trip to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park to hike to Mueller Hut. Mueller Hut is a backcountry hut built by the Department of Conversation for people to use, this particular hut sits up on the Sealy Range at 1800m overlooking the glacier covered Main Divide of the Southern Alps. What an amazing trip. It's not a long hike, but it's straight up, climbing 1200m or 3700ft over a few miles. With the views and all the snow that had fallen in the past few weeks combined with the calm sunny warm weather, made the trip unforgettable.
We left Christchurch at 6am and drove down to Mount Cook arriving at 10am. bought our hut tickets and starting hiking up the 1080 steps to Sealy Tarns view point. From there, the trail becomes a poled route for the rest of the steep climb to the ridge top at which point the upper Mueller Valley is visible. Amazing views. before you know it, the red Mueller Hut view welcomes you. It's like a mountain lodge set in the most extreme scenery.
Starry night over Mueller Hut
on the summit of Mt Ollivier
It's amazing that you can do a trip like this over a normal two-day weekend!