Overland Track Winter Trek
During winter the high peaks along the Overland Track, as well as certain sections along the trail, receive a dusting of snow, turning the Cradle Mountain National Park into a winter wonderland. Walking the Overland Track during winter is a very different experience to summer and offers a more serene and tranquil environment. The trail is much quieter, the lakes are frozen and the snow ensures the surrounding landscapes provide unique photographic opportunities. Fit and hardy walkers who are prepared to camp during winter and carry a full pack will truly enjoy this unforgettable winter trek along the graded trail through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Every step will lead to new discoveries and some of Mother Nature's finest alpine creations. This winter itinerary is designed to travel at a pace to allow you to fully appreciate the parks many highlights and side trips you'll undertake along the way. Food drops and modern lightweight equipment will keep your backpacks relatively light while your experienced guides will help bring the track to life and teach first time snowshoers the finer points of this popular style of alpine travel.
|DAY 1||Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park|
|DAY 2||Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere|
|DAY 3||Lake Windermere to Pelion Plains|
|DAY 4||Contingency day|
|DAY 5||Trek to Mount Ossa and Kia Ora|
|DAY 6||Trek to Windy Ridge|
|DAY 7||Trek to Lake St. Clair. Ferry transfer to visitors centre, return to Launceston|
The Overland Track trek was a 40th birthday gift to me and as such I went into it with almost no information of what to expect – which was exactly the way I wanted it.
With no preconceived ideas of what to expect, I took the adventure, the magnificent wilderness and the excellent company as I found it day by day and was never disappointed.
It was breathtakingly beautiful, the guides were professional and friendly and the physical challenge was just what I needed. I came away with great memories, a wealth of extraordinary photos and the inspiration to eat, exercise and generally live better.
I’m aware it was your first foray into running that expedition in winter and I can only encourage you to persist with that idea. I loved it. The snow, the crispness in the air and the greater tranquility of the less crowded environment truly enhanced the experience.
For me now the only choice becomes: To hike again or to move on to one of your mountain bike expeditions.