Park Trek » Victorian Alps pack horse 5-day hike
Park Trek walking holidays, Australia
Email info@parktrek.com.au | Call us on (03) 5639 2615
Duration: 5 days
Location: Ex Melbourne or Albury
Price: $1790 including GST
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Horses being led in Victoria's high country

This tour is the ‘little brother’ of our 9-day packhorse hike, but similarly spectacular. Enjoy five days in the High Country, including three days of hiking in the Victorian Alps exploring remote and untouched areas walking with just a light day pack. As a hiker, you will require a high level of fitness to complete this walk comfortably.

This is the only tour of its kind where you can hike the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing without a full pack. Our horse friends do all of the heavy lifting.

Park Trek has partnered with Bogong Horseback Adventures to offer this truly unique tour that allows you to walk in style and comfort.

Hike with experienced and knowledgeable Park Trek guides who will follow the tracks of your packhorse team across the High Country into bush camps set up by the Bogong Horse team.

The tour takes you to Heathy Spur, Wallace’s, Pretty Valley, Mount Jim, The Jaitmathangs, and Mount Feathertop, along with some of the oldest Cattlemen’s huts in the High Country.

Our packhorse team carry all sleeping gear, food and clothing through the Alpine environment, allowing you to walk with the comfort of a daypack over this three-day journey.

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.

Man with packhorse - Vic Alps Walking Tour with Pack Horses

2020 dates

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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

5-day pack horse hike itinerary

Day 1 (Arrival day)

We can collect you from either Melbourne or Albury and transfer you to Spring Spur Homestead (approx. 1 hour from Albury or 4.5 to 5 hours from Melbourne).

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 secluded outdoor spaces and framed vistas of the native gardens, horse paddocks and 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 comfortable 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 mustards, 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.

relaxing with a beerDay 2

Heathy Spur to Ryders
Walking approx. 19 km, 7 hours including breaks (moderate)

After an early breakfast transfer to the trail head at Heathy Spur. Walking out across Mount Nelse and onto Wallace Hut via the Heritage Trail, continue on the Alpine Walking Track to Ryders Horse Yards for camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Camping/ swag

We provide excellent quality tents and roll out swags, ex-ped mattresses and sleeping bags (tents may need to be twin share). You will be comfortable for camping in the mountains.

Day 3

Ryders to Diamantina yards
Walking approx. 15 km, 6 hours including breaks (moderate)

Walk out past Mount Jim to pole 333 with option to summit Mount Jaitmathang before descending Westons Spur to camp at Diamantina Horse yards.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Camping/ swag

Day 4

Diamantina yards to Razorback Trail Head
Walking approx. 19 km, 7 hours including breaks (hard)

Alternative route – Diamantina Yards to Mt Loch car park via Dungey Track and Alpine Walking Track                                                                                                                    Walking approx. 15 km (moderate)

The Diamantina Spur ascent is a particularly steep section of rock and gravel to summit the magnificent Mount Feathertop. The final leg along the Razorback is exposed, largely rocky and gently but persistently undulating. All in all a challenging days walk.

Transfer back to Spring Spur Stables.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Spring Spur Accommodation

Day 5

Mid-morning checkout

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Single supplement

There is no single supplement charge for this tour.

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