Read on for a day by day itinerary, then check out our Titiroa gallery and BOOK ON.
For the best chance of reaching the summit without cloud impeding our views, this trip runs in high summer only (December, January, February, March) when clear skies and warm conditions are common.
This is a wilderness camping trip so we must be prepared. The afternoon before your adventure starts you attend a pre-trip briefing, with hot drinks provided, at 5pm at the Wapiti Bakery, The Lane, in central Te Anau (next to the backcountry supplies shop called Fiordland Frontier).
At this briefing, we get to know you, give you a full outline of what to expect on the expedition and answer your questions. We give you a final opportunity to purchase anything you still need in personal tramping gear from Fiordland Frontier next door, or rent it from us. You also choose your tramping food from our selection (included in your trip price) and complete a short medical and client information form form.
It is essential to attend this briefing so we know you are fully prepared for your adventure.
You spend the night in Te Anau (accommodation not included in your trip price; go to www.teanau.net.nz for a good choice of reasonably-priced accommodation options).
Your adventure into Fiordland starts bright and early at 8am, with a pick up from your Te Anau accommodation before your beautiful drive in our vehicle to the nearby village of Manapouri. (if you are staying in Manapouri we can pick you up at Pearl Harbour, just to the right of the Real Journeys building.)
From Manapouri harbour we take a chartered boat ride across stunning Manapouri Lake to Hope Arm, a beautiful beach enabling us to access back country tracks used by few. We spend the morning hiking up and over a saddle through beautiful forest to access the remote Garnock Burn valley, a wide and remote valley full of beautiful tussock grass far away from civilisation and main walking trails, and where our back country track ends. From here on, we have to navigate without the help of any trails.
Our first off track adventure from the Garnock Burn valley is to cross the Garnock Burn itself and head into the forest for an off-track bushbash up a northern flank of the bottom slopes of Mount Titiroa. The going is steep and hard, but we take it slowly, and the rewards are worth it.
Eventually we burst out above the bush line to our first incredible panoramic Fiordland views and make camp in a beautiful clearing. Expect a camp fire under the stars (unless there is a fire ban) and a hearty hot dinner to set you up for the next day's adventure, happy in the knowledge that we've already climbed a significant part of the mountain. Our tents and sleeping mats are lightweight and modern and we guarantee you a warm and dry night's sleep in the most glorious location.
Depending on time of arrival, after dinner your guide may take you on an evening deer stalk in nearby bush to give you a taste of what it is like to hunt these elusive, tasty animals (but don't worry, we leave the guns at home).
On day two, we leave the tents and other gear at our base camp ready for our return, but remember to carry our cameras for some jaw-dropping photo opportunities as we summit Mount Titiroa. The views are amazing, and the terrain is too. The white granite boulders and glittering sands that coat the summit approach are simply extraordinary. Climbing a mountain while also feeling like you are on a beach is a very odd sensation, and not one you're likely to get more than once in a lifetime.
We take our time and enjoy the day, eating our lunch at the top and posing for summit shots, before leisurely returning to our base camp at the tree line for our victory dinner.
On day three we pack up camp and tackle the descent through the forest back to the Garnock Burn. But our adventure isn't over yet. Instead of returning to Hope Arm, our expedition takes us east down the Garnock Burn and into the Back Valley, a magical forested place.
From the Back Valley we access a little-used track network to walk out to the mighty Waiau River where our water taxi awaits to carry us back to Manapouri and our ride home to Te Anau by 5pm.
But that's not all. Everyone who walks for three days dreams about what they'll have for dinner when they are back in civilisation. We won't disappoint you. Dinner's on us - a wild venison pie supper and celebratory beer (vegetarian and non-alcoholic options available).
Limited availability - so book ahead!
Our trips are limited in this area to three times a month due to the sensitive nature of the foliage where we walk. Our group sizes are small (no more than five clients) for safety and environmental reasons. Due to its remote location and alpine sections, this trip runs in summer only (December, January, February, March and April). For all these reasons, you need to book ahead.
Weather note: Like all our wilderness trips, the route of this trip is subject to change depending on weather and environmental considerations. In some weather conditions, it may be appropriate for us to choose a different route in Fiordland to give you the best possible experience.