Incredible walking in the Bogong High Plains awaits on this magnificent 4-day tour.
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 Park Trek’s 4-day Victorian Alps 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.
We’ll visit quite a few High Country huts on this exploration – Wallace Hut, Kelly Hut, Fitzgerald Hut and Tawonga Huts all provided shelter to the cattlemen who grazed their cows in the High Plains over the warmer months.
Inside picturesque Wallace Hut, you can see the original woollybutt roofing shingles that were put in place in 1889 and the large hearthstone that was dragged across the plains from Pretty Valley. You can even see where the early cattlemen burnt their names into the wood at the back of the mantlepiece.
We’ll also visit Cope Hut, built by the Ski Club on Victoria in 1929. Here, you can imagine the skiers of the time, dressed in their fashionable tweed coats and long woollen scarves. Proper ski attire for women was knickerbockers with a skirt over although the more daring amongst them abandoned the skirt for freedom of movement.
Visiting the huts is like a visiting the history of the region – a quiet history that has left this pristine landscape almost untouched. The Bogong High Plains offers the chance to get right amongst the beauty of a high-altitude alpine region without doing the mountain climb to get there. Join us this November for what will be an inspiring experience.
Park Trek’s Victorian Alps 4-day walking tour
Tour dates: Monday 11 to Thursday 14 November – ONLY 3 PLACES LEFT
Inclusions: All transport ex Melbourne, accommodation, most meals and snacks, experienced walking guides.
Group size: A maximum of 10 walkers with two guides
Price: from $1450 twin share