Your destination, the magnificent white quartzite dome of Frenchman’s Cap rises to an altitude of 1443 metres.
From its summit, close to the centre of Tasmania, it is possible to see Tasmania’s highest peak Mt Ossa, Cradle Mountain and Mount Jerusalem.
Your 5 day journey begins by crossing the Franklin River, over button grass plains then through rainforest to the beautiful Lake Tahune, which is nestled below the Caps 450m South – East face.
On day 3, we have all day to summit the Cap where we will be rewarded with spectacular views.
On day 4, we retrace our steps back to Lake Vera for the night, then on to the Franklin River and our coach journey back to Hobart.
The hike is considerably a lot more arduous than the Overland Track and guests are required to carry a portion of the groups food.
This tour begins and ends in Hobart. Guests will be collected @ 0800am from their accommodation provider on day 1. Please be ready outside your Hotel at this time.
Typically we arrive back in Hobart @ 5pm. We recommend that you do not book flights home on this evening as delays are possible.
Our bus journey to Artist Hill on the Lyell Highway, the starting point for our trek arrives a little before midday. We cross the Franklin River swing bridge then climb from the river valley to the flanks of Mount Mullens where we get our first glimpses of the magnificent Frenchman’s Cap.
We pass through patches of rainforest and button grass, then a patch of thicker vegetation as we descend to the Loddon River. A new track bypasses the infamous “Sodden Loddens”then we continue through more plains of button grass before we climb through deep lush rainforest to Lake Vera and our first nights camp.
We follow the northern shoreline of Lake Vera walking through lush, dense rainforest which shades the beautiful colours of the mosses and lichens. At the lakes western shore the track climbs steeply to Barron Pass, a small saddle between towering rock spires of quartzite.
The Cap’s massive 450m south east face dominates the landscape and is clearly seen in good weather. From Barron Pass the track traverses small hills and over a swamp area of pineapple grass known as Artichoke Valley until Lake Tahune and its hut is reached.
Today, weather dependant, we will make a summit bid on the Cap. It is a 2 hour return trip to the summit and the views are truly rewarding.
Today we retrace our steps back to Lake Vera but not before an early morning opportunity to summit the Frenchman again, if we didn’t make it on day 3; weather permitting. We walk back through Artichoke Valley and over Barron Pass where we pause for our last close up view of Frenchman’s Cap and any photo opportunities before we descend to Lake Vera and our camp.
The journey back to the Lyell Highway is just as spectacular as the walk in. We encounter the button grass of the Loddon Plains again and cross the swing bridges of the Loddon and Franklin Rivers where we meet our bus back to Hobart.
Expect the weight of your pack to be up to 18kg. Guests are required to carry 3 – 4kg of the groups food.
Yes! A gear check will be conducted at your Hotel. We will arrange this to take place on the afternoon/evening of your arrival.
Yes, we can cater for most diets including, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Coeliac. Other diets, for example: Keto may attract a surcharge. Please contact us after booking about your dietary needs.
No, we do not hire out gear for this tour. We do provide the tents, cooking equipment, emergency equipment, bowls, cups and cutlery.
The only side trip is to the summit of Frenchman’s Cap. We do this on the 3rd day of the tour.
If your Hotel cannot store your luggage for you, we can. We will bring your luggage back to your Hotel in Hobart.
Single tents are available only if there is an odd number of guests in the group. You may request a single tent but this may not be guaranteed or we may be limited to space on the platforms.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Guests canceling their tour up to 8 to weeks prior, a full refund less the tour deposit [$400] will be refunded. If guests cancel a tour less that 8 weeks up until the pre-booked departure date, no refund will be given.
If guests wish to transfer their booking to another date this can be done up to 8 weeks prior only.
Should a participant/guest need to leave a tour once it has commenced, due to a medical emergency or any other reason, no refund, partial or in full, will be given.
Should we have to cancel a tour due to lack of numbers, guests will be given 30days notice. If we can’t offer you an alternative tour that would suit you, we will refund your payment in full.
We reserves the right to vary, cancel or postpone a tour due to unsafe conditions such as severe weather, floods, bush fires or sudden track closures. We reserve the right to cancel a tour, in whole or in part if it is necessary to do so due to a force majeure event.
COVID 19 Booking Conditions & Guarantee
In addition to our standard booking conditions above, it is understandable that there may be some hesitancy for guests looking at booking a hike in these uncertain times. Below is our booking guarantee if COVID 19 impacts on your ability to participate in the tour.
If COVID 19 has restricted your ability to travel because of border closures; if you are diagnosed with COVID 19; or if you have been instructed to quarantine or self isolate:
You will be allocated a booking credit voucher for any monies paid. That Credit Voucher may be used on a new booking for only the same walk for up to 24 months. Credit Vouchers are not redeemable for cash and evidence maybe requested if you have been impacted. You can only postpone your tour 24 days out up until the date of travel.
It is possible that we may have to cancel a tour due to conditions beyond our control (minimum numbers have not been met, severe weather, bushfires, Government park closures) etc.
We strongly recommends that suitable travel insurance be purchased by the traveller to cover any financial loss, due to your own cancellation, or if we has to cancel a tour.
We reserve the right to cancel a booking without notice, and if we can’t offer you an alternative tour that would suit you, we will refund your payment in full.
We will not be responsible for your travel expenses or losses arising from a cancellation. We also strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance be taken out against loss of baggage or any medical expenses.
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