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Victorian Alps Trek

Park Trek Walking Holidays - 4 days

  • Victorian Alps Trek
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Meals
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
Park Trek Walking Holidays
How to Book

Overview

> Conquer Mount Jaitmathang
> Visit old cattlemen’s huts
> Stroll across the open grasslands and enjoy the views of the plains below

Get amongst Victoria’s highest peaks in the Vic Alps. The Bogong High Plains offers a very special mountain experience. This large, undulating plains area sits up at an altitude amongst the highest peaks in Victoria – Mt Bogong, Mt Feathertop, Mt Nelse, Mt Hotham and Mt Jaitmathang. You can walk on the High Plains at mountain-top-altitude without doing the climb to get there. 

On this 4-day walking tour, we’ll head out from our comfortable lodge in Falls Creek each day to explore the area. The walks are mainly undulating and while we’ll cover quite a few kilometres, the altitude changes are not huge. We’ll visit old cattlemen’s huts, stroll across the open grasslands and follow winding tracks through gum forest. Small streams trickle in the gullies, brumbies roam the hills and you might spot a bird of prey soaring silently above you.

Our biggest day of walking takes us to the summit of Mt Jaitmathang. Our altitude gain to reach the summit is only around 200 metres – easily within the grasp of most walkers. From the top we’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across the deep Kiewa Valley to Mt Feathertop and right across the High Plains.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: 4 km approx. 2 hours walking, easy grade

It is a five-hour drive to Falls Creek so we'll break up the journey – our first stop is Euroa where we have morning tea (provided by Park Trek) and you'll also make your lunch for later in the day.

Near Beechworth we stop for a 30-minute walk to Woolshed Falls, where we can see the pretty cascading falls and discover the history of alluvial gold working in the area.

After we have arrived at Falls Creek, we'll head out for the short uphill hike to Ropers Lookout (5km return) for our first look at the high country. We'll be greeted by superb views down the Kiewa Valley and across Rocky Valley Lake at sunset.

Then it’s time to settle into our Lodge accommodation for pre-dinner nibbles before a delicious two-course meal prepared by your guides.

Meals: lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Viking Lodge

Day 2: 15 kilometres walking, approx 6 hours, moderate grade

If the weather is fine this morning, we'll start with an ascent of Mount Cope (1837m). We head out across the plains, walking between scattered snow gums and tiny wildflowers to the rocky summit of this peak where we'll hopefully have great views right across the Bogong High Plains.

Next up, we drive across to the start of our longer walk for today, a visit to two high country huts. The walk heads up past Holland's Knob and follows snow poles to visit Kelly Hut and Fitzgerald Hut, where we'll stop for some lunch.

We follow the snow poles back then descend through pretty forest on the Australian Alps Walking Trail to join the Langford Aqueduct track. It's a peaceful walk traversing the curves of the mountain to meet our waiting vehicle.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Viking Lodge

Day 3: 12-15 kilometres walking, approx 5—6 hours, moderate grade

Today we climb to the summit of Mt Jaitmathang (1852m), one of the highest peaks in the Victorian Alps. For many it is the trip highlight as the views are superb, looking towards Mount Feathertop, Mount Hotham and into the Kiewa Valley. The walk takes us from Pretty Valley up the Fainter West fire track to Tawonga Huts – a group of cattlemen's huts nestled in a snow plain – before we head on to the foot track that takes us to the summit.

From here the group can choose to split in two, with one guide walking with each group. You can walk back the way we came, via the pretty Tawonga Huts. For a more challenging route you can choose to head off-track along the ridge to another small summit before looping back towards the fire trail and Pretty Valley.

It's then back to the lodge for a hearty and delicious two-course meal prepared by your guides.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Viking Lodge

Day 4: 3 kilometres walking, approx 1 hour, easy grade

We leave the lodge this morning and take a short drive towards Cope Hut. Our walk this morning is on very pretty trails visiting iconic high country huts. After exploring Cope Hut, built by the Ski Club of Victoria in 1929, we follow Wallace's Heritage Trail past the Rover Chalet and on to Wallace's Hut. Built in 1889 by the three Wallace brothers, this is the oldest hut still standing in the high country – and one of the most picturesque. From here we walk on to meet our vehicle for the drive back to Melbourne.

We will stop en route for a lunch break and an afternoon tea break (lunch and afternoon tea at own expense).

We aim to have you back in Melbourne around 5.30pm. If you are travelling from interstate to join the trip please do not book a return flight before 7pm.

Meals: breakfast

What's Included

Included:

√ Transport
Transport which includes collecting from Melbourne and returning back is included. We use a comfortable 12-seater mini-coach with a trailer attached for luggage. Plus, we use the coach to drop off and pick up during the course of the day.

√ Guides
Our Park Trek guides will drive, cook and care for you. You will enjoy guided walks each day with experienced and mature guides.

√ Meals
This trek includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, all freshly prepared using local produce where possible. The meals consist of two-course dinners, lunches, continental breakfasts, fresh fruit, trail mix, tea/coffee, and other non-alcoholic beverages.

√ Accommodation
During this 4-day trek, you will spend 3 nights in a lodge-style accommodation in Falls Creek Village. Accommodation will be on a twin shared basis. Single supplement available at an extra cost.

√ Park tickets
All national park entry fees are covered.

Excluded:

× Flights
The total amount excludes flights to and from Australia.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Australia.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.

Accommodation

Accommodation

The accommodation during this 4-day trek in the Victorian Alps is at the Viking Lodge in beautiful Falls Creek. There are no daily housekeeping services during our stay. The Viking Lodge has an excellent upstairs lounge area where you’ll enjoy breakfast and dinner. You’ll also make your lunches here. The views in the evening as the sunsets on Mount Bogong and Spion Kopje can be utterly stunning. All of the rooms have ensuites and there is a separate TV room if you want to sneak off and catch up with what is happening elsewhere.

Single Supplement for the 3 nights accommodation: USD 172,- /EUR 155,- per person

Meals

Meals
The food we serve is healthy, hearty and home style. Our menus are designed to showcase the fabulous regional produce. Fresh local cheese, yoghurt, fruit, vegetables, fish and meats are used, supporting local farmers and minimising our food miles. We don’t offer five-star dining, but our guides take pride in ensuring that all meals are delicious and plentiful, prepared with top-quality fresh seasonal ingredients. 

Breakfast: is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads. Coffee and tea are always available at your base accommodation. 

Lunch: can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. Some days might include something different like roasted chicken. 

Dinner: is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides. The menu changes to suit available fresh produce but could include a classic roast lamb, salmon fillet or Thai chicken. Dessert may include things like maple baked apples, pears in red wine or seasonal fruit salad. 

Snacks: Guests can prepare their own trail mix each morning from our self-serve trail mix selection. There will be fresh fruit for the trail and biscuits or fruit cake for tea breaks. 

Pre-dinner antipasto: Each evening we prepare a selection of antipasto delights, dips, cheese and crackers before dinner. 

Dietary requirements: We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can prepare meals to meet individual needs. 

Alcohol: Our tours do not include alcoholic beverages, however guests are most welcome to bring wine/beer along with them. If you are bringing bottled wine, please pack this well in your main bag to avoid breakages. There may also be an opportunity to visit a local bottle shop while on the tour.

FAQ

Best Season
Australia is such a huge country, that the best season to visit it depends on where you are going, and even so, it can get tricky. Victoria, in southern Australia, has quite a varied climate for being a small region. The best time to visit Victoria is during late spring, summer, and early autumn. October to April are great months to go trekking and watch wildlife. December to February, in Summer, are great if you are planning on doing a trek by the coast.

Do I need to carry all my gear with me on the walk?
You are only required to carry a day back pack with you on the walking trails. This should contain your lunch/snacks, plenty of water (bottled or in a water bladder), sunscreen/sunhat, light waterproof jacket, and a hat/beanie is a good idea if the weather is likely to be changeable.

Are Hiking Boots compulsory?
Although not compulsory, comfortable hiking boots are strongly encouraged on the hikes. Often the ground underfoot is rocky and uneven, and hiking boots make the walking a little easier. If you are going to purchase new boots specifically for the hike, we suggest you wear them in well before the walk begins.

Tipping
Tipping in Australia is not customary. Workers in tourism generally make a sufficient income and do not depend on gratuities left by tourists. However, it always depends on the situation: If you feel that the service was exceptional it's good etiquette to leave a tip.

Packing List

Packing List

Please bring your gear in a soft bag rather than hard suitcase to help guides pack the trailer. 

DAY PACK—recommend approx. 20 liters, with a load-bearing harness. 
As a walker, you will need to have your own day pack and water bladder and suitable hiking shoes/boots. Here is a suggested list of what walkers will need to be wearing and to have in their day pack: 

• rain jacket 
• a fleece jacket 
• wide-brimmed hat for sunny days 
• beanie or woolen hat for cold days 
• water bottle or drinking bladder, min 2 liter 
• high factor sunscreen 
• lip balm 
• blister pads and / or tape for rubbing and/or blisters 
• antiseptic hand gel 
• sunglasses 
• walking poles (optional) 
• gaiters (optional) 
• camera 
• binoculars 
• spare batteries for all devices/charger 

MAIN BAG 
Your main bag stays at Viking Lodge for the duration of the trip. You only carry your light day pack while walking.

• 2 pairs long and/or short pants. Preferably loose-fitting, lightweight and quick drying 
• 2 x Long-sleeved shirts 
• 4 x T-shirts 
• fleece jacket/woolen sweater – something warm 
• rain jacket/ spray jacket 
• walking socks 
• if rain is expected, then having a set of thermal under garments can keep you warm in the face of blustery conditions 
• a woolen or fleece hat for cooler weather 
• lightweight, quick-drying towel 
• waterproof, reusable bag for worn clothing 
• comfortable shoes and clothing for evenings and activities 
• underwear 
• toiletries— shampoo/conditioner, body wash, deodorant, sanitary products, insect repellent, toothpaste etc

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

Park Trek Walking Holidays

Park Trek Walking Holidays

Park Trek was founded in 2000 by Alan Fenner. As an ex Outward Bound Field Instructor and avid bushwalker, Alan brought together his love of the great outdoors and his enthusiasm for creating a social, safe and fun bush walking experience for others to enjoy.

Paul and Ingrid Huitema, took over the business in late 2014. They also share a love of travel and the great outdoors. Over the past 15 years, Park Trek has delivered hundreds of tours and gained a solid reputation for providing guests with spectacular scenery, thoughtfully planned itineraries, plenty of time to absorb and enjoy the natural world and a great social environment for like-minded travellers.

All tours are fully accommodated and hosted by professional and experienced guides. Most meals are included and walking distances are suitable for most healthy adults. Our guided walking tours have a maximum of 10 to 12 guests, depending on the tour destination. We have two Park Trek guides on tour who cook, care and guide you through some of the country’s most spectacular hiking trails. Our focus is on walking and exploring the natural environment first and foremost. We are an authentic walking tour company and the hiking component of our tours is the focus. Evening meals are mostly prepared by our talented guides, breakfast is a continental spread, lunch, fruit and snacks are layed out each day for you to help yourself. We don’t offer chef prepared meals and fine wines, but our meals are very important and we offer fresh, wholesome and healthy meals while you are on tour with us. In general, the first and last day of your tour will include half a day travelling from and back to the closest major city/ captial and half a day of walking.

How to Book

How does it work?
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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all the necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. If you cancel your trip within 45 days before the trek, then the amount is non-refundable. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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