Park Trek » Victorian Alps pack horse 9-day hike
Park Trek walking holidays, Australia
Email info@parktrek.com.au | Call us on (03) 5639 2615
Duration: 9 Days
Location: Ex Melbourne or Albury
Price: $2990 (including GST)
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Park Trek has partnered with Bogong Horseback Adventures to bring you a truly unique tour where you can tick off four out of five of Victoria’s highest mountains, on this one-of-a-kind hiking adventure.

Visit Mount Feathertop, Mount Fainter, Mount Nelse and Mount Bogong, along with some of the oldest Cattlemen’s huts in the High Country.

Hiking with pack stock combines the beauty of packhorses and their ability to carry comfortable camping equipment food and wine through the Alpine environment, allowing hikers to walk with the comfort of a daypack over a multi-day journey.

As a hiker, you walk into camps that are fully prepared on arrival.

This unique tour is catered with food using some of the region’s best local produce. As an added extra, a cold beer and local wine is provided on arrival into camp each afternoon.

2019 Dates

Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 February 2019 – FULLY BOOKED

Monday 18 to Tuesday 26 March 2019 – ONLY 5 PLACES LEFT

Monday 8 to Tuesday 16 April 2019 – FULLY BOOKED

Friday November 29 to Saturday December 7 – ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT

 

Inclusions

  • Experienced, knowledgeable guides from Bogong Horseback Adventures
  • Pack horses
  • Two Park Trek walking guides
  • Spring Spur accommodation before and after the expedition
  • All group camping equipment
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • Beer and table wine with evening meal while camping (alcohol own expense at Spring Spur on first and last night)
  • National Park fees
  • First aid and emergency communications plus a hospital animal
  • Amazing hiking in the Victorian Alps

Itinerary

View the trip route map here

Day 1 (Arrival day)

We can collect you from Melbourne or Albury and transfer you to Spring Spur Homestead.

Stretch the legs around the gardens and property at Spring Spur.

Pre-walk information and meet the crew.

Meals: Dinner

Overnight: Spring Spur Accommodation

Guest rooms are situated on Bogong Horseback Adventure’s Spring Spur property, with beautiful views of Mount Feathertop and the Kiewa Valley. Guests rooms are designed to give you a sense of privacy with your own sitting area outside each room, surrounded by native gardens and vistas of the surrounding mountains.

Enjoy a bottle of wine or cup of tea privately on your verandah or come up to the shared lounge and socialise with the group. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and a luxury bed.

About the food

The homestead kitchen features homegrown and locally sourced produce with a menu that has an Italian, Mediterranean Australian Asian fusion – homestead influence. Freshly baked breads, pizza, pastas, risottos, Spanish tapas, fresh salads, with homemade mustard’s, relishes, preserves, baked cakes and pastries, all prepared in the Spring Spur Kitchen.

Meals prepared at the Spring Spur kitchen are transported miraculously into the pack horse load and prepared on the campfire in remote area camps.

Day 2 – moderate 13 – 19 km (descending terrain)

Early breakfast

Transfer to trail head, at the Razor Back and walk out to the junction of Diamantina Spur with optional summit of Mount Feathertop (6km round trip).

Descend into the west Kiewa river valley for a camp at Diamantina Horse yards.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Camping

We provide excellent quality tents and swags, Ex-ped mattresses and sleeping bags. Guests will be comfortable for camping in the mountains.

Day 3 – moderate to hard 12kms (ascending terrain)

Climb up to the High Plains Cobungra Gap, Dibbins hut and Dibbins Spur to Tawonga Hut.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Camping

Day 4 – easy to moderate 7 to 13 km (relatively flat terrain)

Morning hike to summit of Mt Jaitmaithang on the Fainter Range – Option for a rest morning by the creek if preferred. Short afternoon hike to Ryders Yards.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 Overnight: Camping

Day 5 –  moderate to hard 18 km (relatively flat terrain)

Walk to Kelly’s Hut via the Bogong High Plains, Pretty Valley Cope Hut, Wallace’s Hut, Fitzgeralds and camp at Kelly’s Hut.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 Overnight: Camping

Day 6  – easy 10 km (descending terrain)

Half day walk down the historic track 107 to Glen Wills for an afternoon rest on the banks of BIG River.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 Overnight: Camping

Day 7 –  moderate to hard 20 km (ascending terrain)

(4WD transfers available for a shorter walk reduced to approx. 13 km)

We ascend Mount Bogong via the Long Spur, a full day of hiking the ridge up to our camp below the tree line near Cleve Cole Hut.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Camping

Day 8 – moderate 14 km (descending terrain)

Traverse the magnificent Mt Bogong before descending the legendary Eskdale Spur to the head of Mountain Creek returning back to Spring Spur Stables.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Spring Spur Accommodation

Day 9

Mid-morning checkout.

Meals: Breakfast

We can return you back to Melbourne CBD at our same pickup location outside the National Gallery of Victoria by approx. 3 pm or drop you at Albury Rail station or Airport. If returning to Albury please arrange departure times after 10 am.

There is no single supplement charge for this tour.

 

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