5 DAYS | 50 KM
Group size: maximum 8 guestsDeparture Dates
Frenchmans Cap is a truly iconic Tasmanian mountain sentinel – one of the world’s great wilderness treks.
Located at an impressive 1,446 metres above sea level, Frenchman’s Cap towers over some of the most breathtaking mountain country in Tasmania. The landscape dominating Cap was first sighted from the Tasmanian west coast and was a landmark recorded with the establishment of the penal settlement on Sarah Island, in Macquarie Harbour (1822-1837). Sculptured through the Pleistocene glaciation age, the features of the mountain and its surrounds are spectacular and offer a challenging trekking adventure. The famous wild Franklin River snakes its way around Frenchmans and forms part of this rewarding wilderness journey in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Five days enables us to complete this trek with good opportunities to summit this amazing peak and complete exploratory walks in the area.
There is a pre-trip briefing and a full gear check the afternoon before Day 1
This is held at the Aspire Adventure Equipment store at 136 York Street, Launceston
Day 1 : Depart Launceston, walk to Philips Lead | 12kms
Day 2 : Philips Lead to Lake Tahune | 11kms
Day 3 : Summit Frenchmans Cap, camp Lake Tahune | 4kms
Day 4 : Lake Tahune to Lake Vera | 7kms
Day 5 : Lake Vera to Launceston | 16kms
2 professional wilderness guides.
4 nights camping.
4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners.
All delicious snacks on the trail.
Return transport from Launceston.
National Park fees.
Twin share tent and sleeping mat.
Group camping equipment including all cooking and eating equipment.
Emergency communications and group first aid kit.
Maximum 8 people.
NOTES TO CONSIDER
Our 5 day Frenchmans Cap is a demanding walk, we advise you to do as much training as you can before your tour. The more you train for the walk the easier you will handle the terrain and the more you will enjoy this wonderful part of the world. It’s also important to come along with an open mind ready for an awesome experience whatever the weather, whoever the group. It is very important that you bring the right gear for the conditions. The Tasmanian weather can be unpredictable, storms can arise very quickly and heavy rain and even snow can fall at any time of the year. Quality backpacks, sleeping bags, rain jackets, and over pants are also available for hire. If you are at all concerned about your ability to complete this walk, please contact us for more information/advice.
FRENCHMANS CAP TRAIL NOTES
The terrain experienced on this trek is a mix of hardened, maintained trackwork and classic Tasmanian high country bushwalking trails. Minimal Impact Trekking Techniques are used in sensitive areas and certain route options are determined by local conditions and hazards. This trek involves sections of steep, densely forested and challenging terrain.
Note: This itinerary is subject to change with any change in community regulations as well as governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.
WHAT YOU CARRY
The things you need to carry are: all your personal equipment in a full trekking backpack that is 70-90 litres in capacity. This includes sleeping bag, inflatable sleeping mat, and a proportion of the shared tent, a proportion of the group’s food and all personal items as specified in our gear list. Depending on the quality and quantity of personal gear and toiletries, your pack may weigh up to 20kg.
A comprehensive gear list is available at the end of the itinerary detailing what equipment is included in the tour cost, what items are available for hire and what you will need to bring with you.
A pre-trip briefing and a full gear check with your guides the afternoon before your Frenchmans Cap trek departs will ensure you have the right mix of gear for your adventure. Please make your way to the Aspire Adventure Equipment, 136 York Street, Launceston at 3PM the day before your trip, bringing your pack and what you intend to bring on your trek.