Frenchman’s cap – 5 DAYS | Hard GRADE | $1895.00

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.

How To Book

To make a booking, click on the book now button opposite, select your departure date from the calendar, fill out your details and submit.

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Deposits are $400 per guest.


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Departure Dates

Monday 21st Nov 2022 – Friday 25th Nov 2022

Our Itinerary

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID 19 – How we’ll keep you safe

  • In our Vehicles – Free face-masks and hand sanitiser are available for all guests. Temperature checks will be conducted as guests enter the bus and the Check in App must be scanned. Masks will be carried on the tour and used if required.
  • Group Sizes – Our maximum group size is 10 and on average the group size is 8. These small group sizes carry less inherent risk of COVID 19
  • Social Distancing – Our groups camps are well away from the general public campsites and we follow the recommended 1.5m distancing rule whist in camp and on the walk.
  • Vaccinations – Currently most of the Leaders / Guides in our employ are fully vaccinated, or have had at least 1 jab.
  • Sharing Tents – Our hikes are based on twin share. Should there be a high percentage of couples or family members that can share a twin tent on any given tour, we will supply a single person tent to the remaining independent travellers. Campsite sizes and single person tent availability may impact this offer.
  • Self Isolating – We are able to receive COVID 19 updates / alerts via our satellite phones and local networks. If a guest on a tour has originated or visited a LGA of concern, and is required to isolate, we can accommodate that guest at a safe distance away from our camp. This guest will walk independently from the main group for the remainder of the tour, accompanied by a guide.
  • Evacuation – Should a guest develop COVID 19 symptoms on tour, that guest will be evacuated via the nearest evacuation route by a guide, and then taken to the nearest hospital or testing clinic.

What time and where do you pick up customers on day 1?

This tour begins and ends in Hobart. Guests will be collected @ 0800am from their accommodation provider on day 1. Please be ready outside your Hotel at this time.

What is the average weight of our packs? Do we carry any food?

Expect the weight of your pack to be up to 18kg. Guests are required to carry 3 – 4kg of the groups food.

Is there a gear check before the trip?

Yes! A gear check will be conducted at your Hotel. We will arrange this to take place on the afternoon/evening of your arrival.

Can you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, we can cater for most diets including, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Coeliac. Other diets, for example: Keto may attract a surcharge. Please contact us about your dietary needs.

Does Tasmanian Hikes hire out any gear for this trip?

No, we do not hire out gear for this tour. We do provide the tents, cooking equipment, emergency equipment, bowls, cups and cutlery.

What side trips do we do?

The only side trip is to the summit of Frenchman’s Cap. We do this on the 3rd day of the tour.

Where do I store my excess luggage?

If your Hotel cannot store your luggage for you, we can. We will bring your luggage back to your Hotel in Hobart.

What is included in the tour price?

Included in the tour price is: 2 x Mountain Guides, transfers to the start and from the finish of the tour back to your Hotel in Hobart, all food, emergency communication equipment and 1st aid kits, group gear [tents, pots and pans, cutlery, bowls, stove fuel and stoves], and National Park fees.

Is there phone reception on the track?

No, apart from the summit of Frenchman’s Cap.

What time do we get back to Hobart?

Typically we arrive back in Hobart @ 5pm. We recommend that you do not book flights home on this evening as delays are possible.

Are there single person tents available?

Single tents are available only if there is an odd number of guests in the group. You may request a single tent but this may not be guaranteed or we may be limited to space on the platforms.