Explore some of the wildest parts of Tasmania
Join us as we hike to the top of this spectacular peak and enjoy stunning natural beauty, panoramic mountain views, pristine ancient forests and unique Tasmanian wildlife!
3 nights in National Park Huts with camping options
3 Lunches, 3 Dinners, 3 Breakfasts, hot drinks and snacks.
We make delicious fresh food and cater to all dietary requirements
This 4-day Frenchmans Cap Adventure is designed to give you:
- a unique place to explore
- a physical challenge to train and prepare for
- a restful break from technology and the stresses of everyday life
Day 1: Hobart to Lake Vera Hut (5-6 hours hiking)
We’ll pick you up from Hobart or meet the morning flight in, and drive 2 1/2 hours to the start of our trek to begin our adventure. We’ll hike through stunning beech forests and button grass plains up towards Lake Vera Hut. Depending on track conditions and journey times we will either stay at Lake Vera Hut tonight or camp in the National Park.
Day 2: Lake Vera Hut to Lake Tahune Hut (6-8 hours hiking)
On the morning of Day 2, we’ll begin the day walking along the shores of Lake Vera. We will then head up a beautiful steep rainforest shrouded gully glinting with Mica – when you reach the saddle at Barron Pass you will have an incredible view down the massive glacial valley. From Barron Pass we will traverse through open buttongrass plains to Lake Tahune Hut. Depending on weather conditions, we’ll then either hike to Frenchman’s Cap summit that afternoon or for sunrise the next day. The track to the Summit takes just over an hour from the hut, and from there the view includes the West Coast beaches, Lake Burbury and Tasmania’s tallest peak, Mount Ossa. There is some rock scrambling to get up to the summit, so it is not for the fainthearted!
Day 3: Lake Tahune Hut to Lake Vera (6 hours hiking)
On Day 3 we’ll head to the summit if we haven’t already, then hike back through the ancient forest to Lake Vera Hut and enjoy a swim in this beautiful fresh water lake!
Day 4: Lake Tahune Hut to Highway (5-6 hours hiking)
On Day 4 we’ll hike back through the Button Grass plains and exit back to the Highway to return to Hobart. Depending on weather conditions, we should have time to visit Lake St Clair (part of Cradle Mountain National Park) and / or the Wall in the Wilderness on the way back to Hobart. We’ll arrive in Hobart at approximately 4pm.
GUIDES AND SAFETY
WHAT TO BRING
The Southwest of Tasmania experiences some of the wildest weather in Australia! Weather is always unpredictable and its necessary to prepare for all conditions and to have good-quality warm clothing. Jeans and cotton clothing are not suitable for hiking.
- hiking boots>
- backpack (65 litres minimum)
- backpack liner (strong plastic bag)
- 3-4 season sleeping bag
- waterproof raincoat and pants (Gore-tex or similar)
- warm fleece/wool jersey/down jacket x 2 (not cotton)
- hiking shirt (quick dry material)
- hiking pants
- polypro/thermals – top & long-johns
- 2 pairs of hiking socks
- warm hat or balaclava
- sun hat/cap
- sunscreen and sunglasses
- drink bottles (2 x 1 litre)
- spare shoes or sandals
- flashlight/head lamp
- insect repellent
- spare set of clothes
Optional items: Gaiters, binoculars, earplugs, walking poles, camera, swimmers and towel.
We supply: cooking equipment, tents, mattresses, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.
Includes 4-day guided walk with 2 guides, 3 nights accommodation (multi-share hut or twin share camping), all meals as stated above together with healthy snacks, National Park permits, first aid kit, safety equipment and cooking equipment.
Excludes sleeping bags, travel insurance (compulsory) and flights.
Full payment is required 6 weeks before the date of your trek.
20 to 10 days prior to departure – 50% refund of full ticket price minus deposit
Less than 10 days prior to departure – NO REFUND
With any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk. Primal Adventures operates in remote and mountainous areas. Risks in undertaking this activity could include hypothermia due to adverse weather conditions, personal injury, or property damage from hiking over rugged and uneven terrain.