The Mueller Hut Route, Aoraki/Mout Cook National Park:
The Mueller Hut is reached after 1000 meters straight ascent from the valley floor near White Horse Hill Campsite/Car Park in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. The initial 500 meters ascent is on carved steps, the remainder on rocks and scree and though steep, it is not as steep as the Mount Taranaki summit climb and no scrambling is required to reach the hut. 30 minutes before the Mueller Hut a windy ridge with spectacular views of the nearby Mt Sefton as well as several hanging glaciers is reached and these views are the highlight of this day. The route is well-marked and route finding should not be an issue in fine weather. I did not stay at the Mueller hut, but returned to White Horse Hill Campsite, where, in the meantime, my tent had blown away and the poles were broken…
Highlights: Once the top ridge is reached, the views of Mt Sefton and the surrounding hanging glaciers are glorious.
Difficulty: 4. The ascent is quite steep, though no scrambling sections.
Information, bookings (all accomodation incl. tent spaces must be booked in advance) and maps: DOC (Department of Conservation).