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Mount Bogong - Mount Feathertop

and a winter traverse of the Bogong High Plains.

 

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Location: Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia
Activity: Domestic Expeditions,
Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty Rating: Grade 4 - Very Difficult
Comfort Level: Think of the glory
Season: Sep,

Overview

We wanted to do something epic this winter - but our wives said no. So we need you to come with us so we can call it 'work'!

We'll be climbing Victoria's two highest peaks and connecting them together with a traverse of the Bogong High Plains. Sounds simple right? Wrong! Both of these Peaks are separated from the high plains by a deep valley and a freezing river. The whole trip will take us 5 very long days, include 3 significant ascents, 2 river crossings and classically unpredictable alpine weather.

This expedition is for experienced trekkers with high levels of fitness and resilience. You should be looking to push yourself both physically and mentally and more motivated by challenge than comfort. You will be required to carry approximately 18-20kgs for this expedition as unlike our other trips, it is unsupported. You'll be joining as part of an expedition team - so you'll need to carry your share of the food and equipment.

Think you're up for it but not sure? Get in touch for a chat!  

Highlights:

  • 5-day, 4-night expedition
  • Connect Victoria's two highest peaks 
  • Transfers, tents and food provided
  • Experienced guides
  • The ultimate winter epic

Day 1: Meet in Harrietville then group transfer to accommodation in Mount Beauty.
Day 2: Transfer to Mountain Creek Campground/Carpark, ascend the Staircase Spur to Summit Mount Bogong. Traverse Bogong to camp at Cleave Col Hut.
Day 3: Join the AAWT and head south towards the Big River. Cross the Big River and ascend to the Bogong High Plains - Camp at Roper Hut.
Day 4: Roper Hut across the plains to Cope Hut.
Day 5: Cope Hut to Blair Hut via Westons Spur.
Day 6: Climb Mt Feathertop via Diamantina Spur. Descend Bungalow Spur to Harrietville. Accommodation at Snowline Hotel.
Day 7: Breakfast in Harrietville, debrief and departure.

Itinerary

Day 1
Meet in Harrietville for welcome drinks and briefing. Once the group is assembled, the group transfers to accommodation in Mount Beauty.
Day 2
12.2 km - ⬆1430m - ⬇240m
An early start. Transfer to Mountain Creek Campground/Carpark. Walk along Mountain Creek Road for 2km to the Staircase Spur, ascend the Spur to Summit Mount Bogong. Traverse Mount Bogong eastwards over Hell Gap to camp at Cleave Col Hut.
Day 3
9.1 km - ⬆811m - ⬇878m
Join the AAWT and head south towards the Big River. This river crossing could be one of our biggest challenges for the expedition. Cross the Big River and ascend to the Bogong High Plains - Camp at Roper Hut.
Day 4
17 km - ⬆222m - ⬇250m
From Ropers Hut we'll join the Big River Fire Trail and cross the high plains to Cope Hut via Watchbed Creek and the Longford West Aquaduct. If we're making good time there will be an opportunity for a short side trip to Wallace Hut - the oldest cattleman hut in the high country.
Day 5
13 km - ⬆167m - ⬇688m
From Cope Hut we'll continue traversing the high plains to Westons Spur. Stopping for lunch to enjoy the stunning views at Westons Hut, we'll then continue down below the snowline for tonight's camp at Blair Hut.
Day 6
17.2 km - ⬆782m - ⬇1361m
Today is the biggest day of the trip. We start very early, cross the creek and follow the road to the beginning of Diamantina Spur. We ascend the spur, it will have a number of challenging sections depending on the conditions then continue up until it connects with the Razorback trail. Turning right on the Razorback leads us towards Mt Feathertop. If we started early enough, or have any energy left, there is an optional ascent of Feathertop summit for an additional 3km return and 165 vertical meters - this will be the steepest and most technical part of the trip. If not, we can ascend Little Feathertop and enjoy the spectacular view before lunch at Federation Hut and the approximately 3-hour descent of Bungalow Spur to Harrietville for a hot shower, great feed and a comfy warm bed!
Accommodation at Snowline Hotel.
Day 7
We can enjoy a comfortable sleep in on our last day before heading out for breakfast in Harrietville, debrief over coffee and depart for home.

Cost

This expedition costs $1,350* twin share, ex Harrietville.

*Minimum number of bookings required, see ts & c's for full details

How are we able to do this one so cheap? This trip is so awesome that our guides are volunteering to go! It's all about getting a great team together to undertake great things and we wanted to make it as accessible as possible - you're welcome!

Inclusions

  • 2 guides for the duration of the expedition
  • Group safety equipment such as first aid kit and satellite phone
  • All catering while on the expedition
  • Breakfast day 2 until lunch day 6
  • Group equipment including stoves - BYO personal cutlery and crockery
  • Use of 2-3 person tents - depending on the current COVID-19 situation single tents may be required
  • Hire of Snowshoes and trekking poles
  • Twin-share ‘ 3-star’ accommodation for the first and last night
  • Transfers required to complete the one-way journey

Exclusions

  • Personal clothing and equipment (including pack, sleeping bag and mattress)
  • Any meals, drinks and other purchases in towns
  • Personal medical and evacuation/ambulance insurance

We have a range of equipment available for hire if there is anything you don't have! Including backpacks, sleeping bags and rain gear. Please get in contact with us to discuss!

Extras

Note the below items can be added at the time of booking.

Dates

Departures
Epic Alpine Crossing: Wed, 23rd Sep 2020 Tue, 29th Sep 2020 $1350.00 Book Now
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Location: Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia
Activity:. Domestic Expeditions
Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty Rating: Grade 4 - Very Difficult
Comfort Level: Think of the glory
Season: Sep,

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