Frenchman’s cap – 5 DAYS | Hard GRADE | $1795.00
Frenchman’s Cap Hike
Your destination, the magnificent white quartzite dome of Frenchman’s Cap rises to an altitude of 1443 metres.
From its summit, close to the centre of Tasmania, it is possible to see Tasmania’s highest peak Mt Ossa, Cradle Mountain and Mount Jerusalem.
Your 5 day journey begins by crossing the Franklin River, over button grass plains then through rainforest to the beautiful Lake Tahune, which is nestled below the Caps 450m South – East face.
On day 3, we have all day to summit the Cap where we will be rewarded with spectacular views.
On day 4, we retrace our steps back to Lake Vera for the night, then on to the Franklin River and our coach journey back to Hobart.
The hike is considerably a lot more arduous than the Overland Track and guests are required to carry a portion of the groups food.
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Day 1: Hobart / Lyell Hwy – Lake Vera – 16.5km 6 Hours
Our bus journey to Artist Hill on the Lyell Highway, the starting point for our trek arrives a little before midday. We cross the Franklin River swing bridge then climb from the river valley to the flanks of Mount Mullens where we get our first glimpses of the magnificent Frenchman’s Cap.
We pass through patches of rainforest and button grass, then a patch of thicker vegetation as we descend to the Loddon River. A new track bypasses the infamous “Sodden Loddens”then we continue through more plains of button grass before we climb through deep lush rainforest to Lake Vera and our first nights camp.
Day 2: Lake Vera to Lake Tahune – 5.7km 4 Hours
We follow the northern shoreline of Lake Vera walking through lush, dense rainforest which shades the beautiful colours of the mosses and lichens. At the lakes western shore the track climbs steeply to Barron Pass, a small saddle between towering rock spires of quartzite.
The Cap’s massive 450m south east face dominates the landscape and is clearly seen in good weather. From Barron Pass the track traverses small hills and over a swamp area of pineapple grass known as Artichoke Valley until Lake Tahune and its hut is reached.
Day 3: Lake Tahune to Frenchman’s Cap Summit – 3km 2 – 4 Hours
Today, weather dependant, we will make a summit bid on the Cap. It is a 2 hour return trip to the summit and the views are truly rewarding.
Day 4: Lake Tahune to Lake Vera – 5.7km 4 Hours
Today we retrace our steps back to Lake Vera but not before an early morning opportunity to summit the Frenchman again, if we didn’t make it on day 3; weather permitting. We walk back through Artichoke Valley and over Barron Pass where we pause for our last close up view of Frenchman’s Cap and any photo opportunities before we descend to Lake Vera and our camp.
Day 5: Lake Vera to Lyell Hwy – 16.5km 6 Hours
The journey back to the Lyell Highway is just as spectacular as the walk in. We encounter the button grass of the Loddon Plains again and cross the swing bridges of the Loddon and Franklin Rivers where we meet our bus back to Hobart.