Cascade Saddle

On our second day at Aspiring Hut in West Matukituki valley, we went up to Cascade Saddle.

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It didn’t take long to get an amazing view of the valley. (The above view faces downstream.)

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The “pylon” is the highest point en route to the saddle, and provides a grand view towards the head of the valley and Mt Aspiring.

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It’s pretty cool to see where we got up to on the previous day, which is about 3/4 down and 1/4 from the right on the photograph above.

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The top of the massive Dart Glacier also comes into view from the pylon. Cascade Saddle is right on the edge of the sharp cliff.

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We descended into Cascade Creek after lunch and continued our way to the saddle.

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It’s pretty cool standing at the saddle, peering over the sharp edge.

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The day grew windier as it passed, and we spotted the clouds drifting into the head of the valley as we descended. Perfect timing for getting going.

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We got back to Aspiring Hut for a quick break, packed up our things, and headed out of the valley. On the way out, I couldn’t resist taking a close up photo of Sharks Tooth. It sort of reminds me of the Paungda Danda Wall on Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.

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If you are interested to see more photographs of the region, I found these amazing images.

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