Frenchman's Cap small group walking tours, 6 days

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  • Franklin River Tasmania Australia Franklin River Tasmania Australia
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  • Camp at Lake Meston Camp at Lake Meston
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From: AUD1795

6 day expedition
(NZD2050 - USD1650 - CAD1938 - EUR1290 - GBP1090)


  • Spectacular and challenging walking
  • Unsurpassed views of the entire World Heritage Wilderness
  • Endemic sub-alpine flora
  • Extraordinary side trips to high peaks
  • Discover the history and hard work behind this epic track
  • Summit the iconic quartzite peak of Frenchmans Cap


Grading:Moderate to Challenging

2 professional wilderness guides5 nights camping5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, snacks and hot drinks
Transport by private minibusNational Park feesTent and inflatable sleeping mat
Group camping equipment including all cooking and eating equipmentEmergency communications and group first aid kit

Frenchman's Cap, Tasmania
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Frenchmans Cap Tasmania
Franklin River Tasmania Australia
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Camp at Lake Meston
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The spectacular Frenchmans Cap rises 1443 metres out of the Gordon Franklin Wild Rivers National Park, dwarfing everything and everyone lucky enough to be in its presence. The south-east face of the peak is home to Tasmania's oldest rock, a 300 metre high cliff of gleaming white Precambrian quartzite. From the summit the views are simply unbeatable – taking in a vast expanse of Tasmanian wilderness including the Arthur Range, Mt Ossa and Macquarie Harbour.
This superb trek to Frenchmans Cap is a 46km return journey over varying terrain including open button grass plains and dense rain forests with steep ascents. Amidst this truly wild area you will discover an abundance of wildlife including many endemic bird species. By allowing five days of walking and camping under the summit, the carefully thought out itinerary allows a greater chance of visiting the peak in fine weather.



Itinerary


Day 1:Transfer from Launceston, trek to Lake Vera
Our adventure begins early when we pick you up from your Launceston accommodation at approximately 6:30am and travel 3 hours south-west to the start of the Frenchmans Cap Track. This scenic drive is the perfect opportunity for your guides to introduce the region to you as you watch the landscape change from the historic buildings of Launceston to the rugged wilderness of the Tasmanian Highlands.
Reaching the trail head, we enjoy our packed lunch before we wave goodbye to the bus and start walking! We cross the Franklin River then climb gently through the tea tree forests of Mt Mullens. If the weather is clear we will be given our first stunning views of Frenchmans and the surrounding peaks. Tonight we camp by the picturesque Lake Vera, where your guides will whip up a hearty evening meal and brief you on the next exciting day.
Walking distance: 16 km | Walking time: 6-7 hours

Day 2:Lake Vera to Lake Tahune
From Lake Vera we head toward tonight’s camp at Lake Tahune, nestled below the summit of Frenchmans Cap. The track takes us steeply up through Barron Pass where unsurpassed views of Frenchmans can be enjoyed from a distance. The sight of the epic, quartzite peak rising up and out of the surrounding dense wilderness is breathtaking and gives even the most experienced bushwalker an invigorating jolt of excitement. We sidle Sharlands Peak and pass through the Artichoke Valley before descending into camp. Today is a relatively short day which allows us to rest at our wonderful camp, or have a refreshing swim in Lake Tahune. If the weather is unbeatable we may even attempt to summit Frenchmans Cap in the afternoon. Spare time is also factored into contingency for the previous day's walking.
Walking Distance: 6km | Walking Time: 3-5 hours

Day 3:Summit Frenchmans Cap and explore surrounding area
Today we ascend the imposing summit of Frenchmans Cap. The climb is challenging and immensely rewarding; an absolute highlight of Tasmanian bushwalking. The ascent is approximately 1.7 km in distance and takes roughly 1-2 hours. The views from the top are incomparable, taking in a vast expanse of the wild and rugged south-west. After time to completely absorb the scenery, we track through the saddle and North Col and sidle past Lion Head to Lake Nancy. Here we have a well deserved lunch while enjoying the views north-west towards Mt. Mary and the mighty Franklin River.
A side trip can be alternatively taken to the magnificent Franklin River itself to view the deep and peaceful chasm of the Irenabyss. In the afternoon we return to our comfortable camp at Lake Tahune and enjoy another hearty meal high up in the Tasmanian wilderness.
Walking Distance: 3-6 km | Walking Time: 4-7 hours

Day 4:Trek to the Franklin River and Irenabyss
After another delicious breakfast at our remote Lake Tahune campsite, we have the day ahead to explore. If the weather did not allow us to summit Frenchmans yesterday, then today is our chance! If we are lucky enough to have already climbed the magnificent peak, then there are a multitude of other exciting tracks to explore in the area, including a visit down into the valley of the famous Franklin River. We spend the day out walking and carrying just day packs, enjoying a picnic lunch on the trail and plenty of opportunities to take photographs and appreciate the fascinating endemic flora and fauna of the area. We have the afternoon to swim and relax by Lake Tahune.
Walking Distance: 3-6 km | Walking Time: 4-7 hours

Day 5:Lake Tahune to Lake Vera
Our final full day of walking sees us return on rough track through diverse forests and mountain passes to the stunning camp at Lake Vera. Our packs are feeling lighter today and we have a spring in our step that only a Tasmanian bushwalker truly understands; There's nothing like six days in the wilderness to clear your head and energise your soul! It is well worth returning to Lake Vera, a magical campsite nestled below the dominating forested heights of the White Needle and Philips Peak. Tonight your guides will prepare our last evening meal in the wilderness, and we enjoy our final night out under the stars.
Walking Distance: 6 km | Walking Time: 3-5 hours

Day 6:Trek to trail head, transfer to Launceston
After breakfast we pack up camp and return across the Loddon Plains to the trail head. This morning's walk enables us to take in the epic mountainous landscape we have explored over the last six days, and reflect upon all we have achieved. We clean our bushwalking gear at the wash down station – to prevent the spread of plant diseases – then board our awaiting bus. We drive back to Launceston via the scenic Central Highlands and Great Lake, and will drop you at your Launceston accommodation by approximately 5pm. After a hot shower and donning fresh clothes, you may like to meet up with your fellow bushwalking companions at one of Launceston's great eateries for a celebratory dinner.
Walking distance 16 km | Walking time 6-7 hours