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Walls of Jerusalem Expedition 2017

Walls of Jerusalem Expedition 2017

Trip Highlights

  • That this magnificent alpine area is only accessible by foot.
  • The spectacular campsite locations including two nights spent at a remote base camp.
  • The abundant wildlife, spectacular wildflowers, stands of thousand year old pencil pines and sparkling lakes as far as the eye can see
  • The opportunity to summit numerous peaks & the views gained as a reward for our effort

Trip Summary

Experience spectacular mountains, pristine wilderness and unique flora and fauna on this stunning walk. During this six day full-pack bushwalking expedition, we visit Tasmania’s only true alpine National Park, the Walls of Jerusalem. The first three days are spent exploring the remoter parts of the national park. Alpine herb fields and highland lake country abound as we visit Lake Adelaide, Lake Meston and Junction Lake to name a few. In the southern confines of the National Park we will have the opportunity to summit Mt Ragoona and Cathedral Mountain. These peaks both provide impressive views out to the southern wilderness of the famous Overland Track and the headwaters of the mighty Mersey River and the Never Never region. Reaching our base camp we spend two days exploring the surrounding peaks and valleys of the central northern Walls region. We may summit King Davids Peak (1499 m),Tasmania’s 10th highest peak, as well as trekking up Mt Jerusalem, The Temple and Solomon's Throne. This is a trekking expedition which is worth getting excited over! #TravelGiveGrow

Itinerary

After all the months of planning and preparation it is time to depart on this exciting and challenging bush walking expedition through some of Tasmania's remotest and spectacular scenery. Your flight schedule from Mackay to Launceston is yet to be confirmed by Virgin Australia. Upon arrival in Launceston you will be met by your friendly and expert guides and driven to the Tasmanian Expeditions base where a thorough and important briefing will take place. Some refreshments will be served and you will learn about the logistics and plans in place for the coming weeks trek through the wild! Once complete we will depart to a scenic campground in Launceston where we spend our first night in Tasmania. We suggest an early night so as you have the energy to hit the trails tomorrow with a full tank of gas!

Meals:  D

Today you will be collected from your accommodation in Launceston at approximately 8am and transferred to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park entry point. Carrying our full backpacks into this magnificent highland area will provide us with a challenge but we will be provided with plenty of encouragement from our guides as well as snacks & numerous rest stops. Our trek will take us up onto the central plateau conservation area through forests and buttongrass plains, past Lake Bill and on until we reach our stunning grassy campsite on the northern shores of beautiful Lake Myrtle. Settling in for the evening we enjoy a hearty meal whilst gazing upon the majestic view of Mt Rogoona's sheer cliffs rising high above the lake. Walking Distance 7 km Walking Time 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After a warm breakfast we strike camp and continue on around the base of Mt Rogoona through alpine vegetation and past the shores of Lake Meston. Time and weather will depend on whether we choose to attempt a summit of this superbly situated peak. Continuing on past the headwaters of the Mersey River we wander through extensive buttongrass plains until we reach our second campsite at Junction Lake. Walking Distance: 7 km + side trips Walking Time : 4 - 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning we have the opportunity to visit the enchanting Clarke Falls only a short distance west of our campsite. Returning to Junction Lake we collect our packs and retrace our steps learning more about the glaciated landscape and the endemic species of flora & fauna until we reach the center point of Lake Meston. A great place for lunch and to take in the breathtaking scenery we can recharge our strength before walking the final couple of kilometers for the day to our campsite at the northern end of the extensive lake. Walking Distance : 7 km Walking time : Up 5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After packing up camp we leave the lake behind as we follow a gently undulating path with a few minor creek crossings until we reach the shores of picturesque Lake Adelaide. Ringed with ancient Pencil Pines the area offers true wilderness and sense of solitude.We continue following the lake shore until we come to the intersection of the Lake Junction and the Walls of Jerusalem tracks. Here we start to enter the heart of the National Park, passing glacial tarns and alpine herb fields with the peaks of the central Walls coming into view.We reach our private campsite at Wild Dog Creek. Walking distance : 14 km Walking Time : 7-8 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a bush walkers dream exploring the main Walls area. With only a day pack on we hike up to Damascus Gate and then descend to the awe inspiring Dixon's Kingdom. A truly ancient forest of immense pencil pines which give us a glimpse into Tasmania's Gondwanan heritage. Leaving this magical spot behind we pass Jaffa Gate before ascending Mt Jerusalem (1459m) which will reward us with extensive views of the area with its countless lakes and tarns. We then return to our camp at Wild Dog Creek to enjoy a well earned meal prepared by your guides Walking Distance : 8 -12 km Walking time : 6 - 8 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we bid farewell to this truly outstanding part of Tasmania's World Heritage Area and begin our walk off the plateau. We descend through tall eucalyptus forests before stopping for a rest at the old Trappers Hut. A relatively short distance further downhill to where we meet up with our Tasmanian Expeditions transfer driver at the Walls car park. We return to Launceston via Mole Creek, where we enjoy a refreshing lunch. Arrival in Launceston is at approximately 5pm. Your final nights camp will have shower facilities. Walking Distance 6 km Walking Time 2-3 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after your final breakfast the guides will inspect the hire gear to ensure all are clean and in working order. At the suitable time your guides will then drive you to the airport to meet your return flight home to Mackay. All services conclude upon arrival in Mackay yet the memories lessons and friendships made will last a lifetime. Congratulations on completing a stunning trekking expedition through rugged alpine country. An achievement you should be proud of!

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • Return flights from Mackay to Launceston in Virgin Australia including all taxes and luggage
  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • 7 nights camping
  • All meals. 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners
  • Transport by private minibus
  • National Park fees
  • Tents, backpack and gaiters
  • Sleeping bag, inner sheet & inflatable sleeping mat
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit
  • Pre Departure Information kit to help plan and prepare
  • Global Learning Travel Shirt

What's Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Australia
Starting Point:Mackay
Activities:Trekking with a Full Pack
Grade:Moderate to Challenging  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4001