This is a real seven-day adventure where you’ll carry a large expedition pack and learn to adapt in the outdoors. This winter trek is not for everyone; it’s for the person looking for that pure wilderness and outdoor adventure experience. The rewards, in the end, will be an amazing life achievement and an experience that will leave you will lasting life memories. You will be professionally guided by a team of professionals through this Tasmanian World Heritage Listed area who have undertaken adventure activities in some of the harshest outdoor conditions around the world, so you are in very safe hands. So if you want to get off the beaten track and avoid the crowds on the iconic Overland Track in winter, then this is the trek for you.
10 Days Total
Only a 30% deposit is required to secure your position unless the trek date is within 60 days and then the full payment is required. If the trek date is not guaranteed to depart yet, please do not book flights until we have confirmed the date as guaranteed in the box.
Join us on this exclusive fully supported and professionally guided trek through the iconic Overland Track during the winter season (June – September). The winter season brings out the best of the spectacular Tasmanian Central Highlands, and it’s also quiet, so you’ll get to enjoy the authentic ambience of this amazing world-class national park area which is World Heritage Listed.
Imagine for a moment. You stand at Cradle Mountain. You are part of a team that has shared seven days of adventure in Australia’s premier alpine walk in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area. You have walked, slept and ate in a landscape of ancient rainforests, moorlands, meadows and spectacular valleys carved by glaciers. Your adventure immersed you in experiences of beauty, joy, achievement and friendship. At that moment of reflection and achievement, the emotion of reaching your goal is almost overwhelming… you feel alive! Trekking the Overland Track in winter is not just another trek; it is a journey of self-discovery, and the beauty of the Overland Track and friendships with the people who shared the journey with you will last a lifetime.
The Overland Track in Tasmania is one of Australia’s most beautiful and premier walks. The Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park are a World Heritage Area that has a reputation for its beautiful and unique landscapes and abundant fauna and flora. What makes the 65km journey over the Overland Track a truly memorable and beautiful experience, is trekking it during winter when it is less crowded, and the snow has just started to cover the surrounding peaks, and it becomes a winter wonderland. The winter period is also a little more challenging than the summer months, as each day will test your ability to operate in a more extreme environment. Too often, adventures are so guided and catered that you lose much of the essential experience and knowledge of how to live and survive in the outdoors and its elements. Let us take you on this back-to-basics amazing adventure experience with the Overland Track winter trek.
- Stunning views of the Central Tasmanian Ranges during winter
- Complete one of the most iconic treks in Australia
- Depending on the weather, a potential summit of Mt Ossa, the highest mountain in Tasmania
- Explore the incredible beauty of this World Heritage Listed area
- Stunning view of Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake & Harnett Falls
- Enjoy close encounters with some of the local flora and fauna.
- Learn to become self-sufficient and confident in the wilderness
- A back-to-basics camping and trekking experience.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN LAUNCESTON
Day 1 – Arrive in Launceston, Tasmania
Meals Included: meals at your own cost
Accommodation: hotel – twin share
You will arrive at Launceston Airport in Tasmania and make your way to the hotel in beautiful central Launceston. Rooms won’t be available until around 2:00 PM, so if you arrive early, you can store your luggage at the reception. The Peak Potential Adventures Team will already be at the hotel, so arrive at your convenience, but an earlier arrival in Launceston will mean that we can use some of Friday to sort out your equipment and complete gear checks. Earlier arrival may also mean you will have some free time to look around Launceston. That night we will head out for a team dinner.
DAY 2 - LAUNCESTON
Day 2 – Prepare for the trek in Launceston
Meals Included: meals at your own cost
Accommodation: hotel – twin share
We will use the morning to organise our food requirements for the trek, as well as sort out any last-minute equipment needs. The Peak Potential Adventures Team will take you shopping and help you to purchase food for the trek. We will aim for packs to be less than 20kg, so there may be some gear rearranging required. We will assist you with this task. Any gear that you won’t be taking on the trek can be left at the hotel as we will return to the hotel after the trek. Please leave your remaining gear at the hotel in a locked duffel bag or suitcase. Saturday night will be a free night.
DAY 3 - BUS RIDE TO LAKE ST CLAIR - TREK TO BERT NICHOLS HUT
Day 3 – Bus ride Launceston to Lake St Clair and trek to Bert Nichols Hut
Trekking/Travel Time: 3-hour bus ride & 3-4 hours trekking
Meals: camp meals
Accommodation: Bert Nichols Hut, or tents if the hut is full
Our Overland Track Winter trek begins with a three-hour private bus ride from Launceston to Lake St Clair where we will catch a ferry at Cynthia Bay which is on Lake St Clair. The ferry will take us to our trek start at Narcissus Hut. The ferry departs at 12.30 PM, and it is a 30-minute ride. You will be rewarded with majestic views of Mt Ida and Mt Olympus as we ferry to Narcissus Hut. From here we will trek to Bert Nichols Hut which is a 9km trek or around 3-4 hours going. We should make Bert Nichols Hut late in the afternoon. Bert Nichols Hut is well equipped to sleep 32 people and also has a drying room and electric heaters in the main dining room. The trekking from Narcissus Hut to Bert Nichols Hut is graded moderate with the first section being long sections of boardwalk that lead to eucalypt forests.
DAY 4 - KIA ORA HUT
Day 4 – Trek Bert Nichols Hut to Kia Ora Hut
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 10km plus side trips
Meals: camp meals
Accommodation: Kia Ora Hut, or tents if the hut is full
Today we trek to Kia Ora Hut which is a beautiful timber hut that is nestled in the majestic Tasmanian countryside. Kia Ora Hut sleeps 24 people and is heated. A couple of hours into our trek, we will come across the side trek to Harnett Falls. It is a one hour round trip to Harnett Falls; they are beautiful and well worth the trek to see them. From there we will return to the track and continue to Kia Ora Hut. Before we arrive at Kia Ora Hut, we will pass Du Cane Hut, an old trappers hut with a lot of history and well worth a look. Kia Ora Hut is around an hour from Du Cane Hut.
DAY 5 - NEW PELION HUT
Day 5 – Trek Kia Ora Hut to New Pelion Hut
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 9km plus side trips if suitable weather conditions
Meals: camp meals
Accommodation: Pelion Hut, or tents if the hut is full
Today is potentially a long day depending on the weather conditions. We will trek to Pelion Hut which is situated on Pelion Plains with a beautiful view across to Mt Oakleigh. On our way, we have the opportunity to potentially summit Mt Ossa, which is Tasmania’s highest mountain if the weather is favourable. If the weather looks ominous, we may summit Mt Doris, which also has sweeping views of Tasmania’s beautiful wilderness landscape. From here, we are not too far from Pelion Hut. Pelion Hut is a large hut that sleeps 60 people and is well equipped and heated.
DAY 6 - REST DAY NEW PELION HUT
Day 6 – Rest Day at New Pelion Hut
Meals Included: camp meals
Accommodation: Pelion Hut, or tents if the hut is full
Today we will have a rest day as new supplies will be walked in by our support team. If we have had any equipment failures along the way, this is also a chance to have new gear walked in. There are some beautiful side treks around Pelion Hut that you can do on this day like climb Mt Oakleigh, or take a short stroll to see Old Pelion Hut. The other option is to rest up and get any gear dry or sorted out. Tonight we will feast and enjoy some delicacies that have been trekked in by our support team. Tonight will be a great chance to replenish your energy as tomorrow will be a long day.
DAY 7 - LAKE WINDERMERE HUT
Day 7 – Trek New Pelion Hut to Lake Windermere Hut
Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
Meals: camp meals
Accommodation: Windermere Hut, or tents if the hut is full
Today is perhaps the longest day of the trek in both time and distance. Today we trek to Windermere Hut which is nestled just off to the side of Lake Windermere. The hut is well equipped and can sleep 24 people and is heated. The trek to Windermere Hut can be challenging at times as we make our way through a section called Frog Flats, which is the lowest part of The Overland Track, and then across open plains and pine moor forests, before arriving at Windermere Hut where we will spend the night. If it’s been raining, the Frog Flats section can get very wet and slippery in places. Today is the day to keep lollies, chocolate and energy bars handy to ensure your energy intake is high as it will be a long and challenging day.
DAY 8 - WATERFALL VALLEY
Day 8 – Trek Windermere Hut to Waterfall Valley
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 8km plus side trips
Meals: camp meals
Accommodation: Waterfall Valley, or tents if the hut is full
Today we trek to Waterfall Valley Hut which is nestled in Waterfall Valley below the sweeping hills of the Bluff Cirque. We are getting close to Cradle Mountain now. The trek to Waterfall Valley opens out as we pass one of the largest lake systems in the National Park, Lake Will. Depending on the weather, we may decide to side trek to Lake Will which has a beautiful view of Barn Bluff. Waterfall Valley Hut sleeps 24 people and is heated. There is also an older hut which sleeps another 8 people but without heating.
DAY 9 - RONNY CREEK - RETURN LAUNCESTON
Day 9 – Trek Waterfall Valley to Ronny Creek (Cradle Mountain) and bus ride to Launceston
Trekking/Travel Time: 5-6 hours trekking & 2-hour bus ride
Meals Included: camp meals on the track and meals at your own cost at the hotel
Accommodation: hotel – twin share
Today is a long day as we begin our walk to Cradle Mountain. Today we will pass some of the most amazing scenery on the track. We will trek past Cradle Mountain and down Marion’s Lookout which has amazing views of Dove Lake and Crater Lake which are the subject of so many beautiful photos of this region. During winter, it is usually too icy on Cradle Mountain to safely trek to the summit, so it is unlikely that we will side trek to the summit of Cradle Mountain. Once we get to the bottom of Marion’s Lookout, we trek around Crater Lake and then to Ronny Creek where we will be picked up by our bus to return to Launceston. Depending on what time we arrive and how we feel, a team celebration could be in order!
DAY 10 - DEPART LAUNCESTON
Day 10 – Depart Launceston for home
Meals included: meals at your own cost
Today you will book out of your hotel in Launceston and make your own way to Launceston Airport for your return flight home. Some of you may be staying on to participate in other holiday activities in Tasmania.
WHY TREK WITH US
Peak Potential Adventures operates small group adventures both in Australia and overseas and was founded by a group of experienced adventurers who have built a solid and well-regarded reputation. Our experience in the outdoors has been built from the ground up over many years. Adaptability, planning, logistics, transparency and professionalism are our strengths and qualities. Meeting your expectations, servicing your needs, keeping you safe and delivering value for money adventure experience are our priorities. Taking on an adventure can sometimes seem a bit daunting, so one of our most important qualities is that we are approachable and always available to answer any questions or provide advice – with us, you’ll always get a personalised level of service.
- We provide experienced and professional guides with local knowledge and winter trekking experience through the track
- Our Overland Track Winter trek has a maximum number of 8 people or less
- We offer some flexibility with the itinerary options
- We only work with the best operator and supplier in Tasmania
- You’ll get a very high level of service because you are guided and looked after by the business stakeholders
- We are qualified personal trainers and can get you ready for your adventure with an individual training program
- All our guides hold first aid qualifications and can provide wilderness rescue
- All our adventures have formulated operational plans for emergencies or evacuations
- We are fully licensed and accredited in the areas of our adventure operations.
- Local Australian professional guides with extensive outdoor and adventure experience
- Transport to and from The Overland Track by private minibus
- 3x nights twin share accommodation in a very comfortable three-half star hotel in Launceston – two nights before the trek and two nights after the trek (Please contact our team if you would like to pay extra for a single supplement room)
- Lake St Clair ferry ride to Narcissus Hut to start the trek
- Porter walk into Pelion Hut with group food resupply
- Ongoing fitness training, support and advice
- Full equipment advice and personal shopping trips if required
- Emergency remote communications and group first aid kit
- All national park permits.
- Return domestic airfares to Launceston, Tasmania
- Some essential camping equipment per team of two (stove, tent). All equipment can be hired in Launceston. (Allow $50-$70 per person for main camping items. Please also let us know what gear you have so we can work out if it is better for you to hire or purchase).
- Food for the trek (Allow $75-$100 per person)
- Travel insurance (It’s not compulsory to have travel insurance for this trek. Please refer to the FAQ section)
- Personal expenditure
- Additional hotel room charges.
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Terrain Difficulty: High
Fitness Grade: Medium-High – You should be able to walk at least 8-10 hours with a large pack of up to 16kg. This is a trek and requires no prior trekking experience. A moderate to high level of fitness is required though as most days will involve trekking carrying a large pack. The route is non-technical but will undulate significantly both up and down along the track.
With any adventure, preparation is vital for success. Peak Potential Adventures provides an ongoing training and equipment support program during the lead up to the trek. Regular contact and support will be provided through the Peak Potential Facebook page, as well as by email, phone and personally as required. We strongly suggest that you find a local training and trek partner to undertake this trek with you. This will go a long way in providing vital ongoing motivation for training and support, not just leading up to the trek, but also during it.
Sticking to a fitness program in the months prior to trekking the Overland Track is a vital part of preparation. It is true that attempting to become as fit as possible may not ultimately help, it will be the training that is done with your endurance and large pack build-up that will make the most difference. Training on both up and down hills will be the best training for completing the Overland Track successfully.
Other than building up your endurance, activities such as jogging, cycling, swimming and boxing all increase the heart rate and improve your cardiovascular (CV) fitness. The best option is to attempt to include activities that you enjoy, which will improve the chances of actually continuing with a fitness program. Performing the same exercise every time is not recommended, as sooner or later the body becomes accustomed to the training and is thus no longer challenged by it. Effective methods of training include cross-training and interval training. Cross-training involves performing at least two different forms of exercise in one session; whilst interval training includes varying your effort level substantially every couple of minutes during a single session. Both of these techniques keep the heart challenged on an ongoing basis, ensuring that your CV fitness is constantly on the increase.
The closer it gets to the trek, the longer cardio sessions should last. Ideally, a month before the trek is due to commence, you should be training for around 45 minutes at least three times a week. Closer to the commencement of the trek, it is advisable to include activities such as steep hill climbing with your large pack with a moderate weight up to 15kg and long hikes to build up your endurance. Any training that is similar to the Overland Track and carrying a large pack will be beneficial, even a short hike every second weekend. Purchasing a large pack in advance and taking it on ‘practice runs’ will help to prepare your body for the conditions it will experience during the trek. If you cannot get out into the mountains regularly, find a gym that has a summit climber in their equipment line-up. These machines work the climbing muscles that will be used during the trek. Also, as previously mentioned, try and do the trek with a partner. A trek partner is not only a great source of motivation leading up to the trek, but you will be great support for each other during the trip – making the whole experience more enjoyable. Purchase a weighted vest that allows for a build-up in weight will also help in the early days of preparing to carry weight over distance.
The Peak Potential Adventures Team will be available leading up to the trek to provide training advice and ensure you are physically prepared. They will also provide valuable advice on your mental preparation and what to expect when completing the Overland Track during the winter season.
After you have booked, the Peak Potential Adventures Team will discuss with you personally your requirements and your budget.
The extra luggage that you will not be taking on The Overland Track can be left in a locked storage room at the hotel in Launceston for no extra charge. We would also suggest taking a bag that you can lock with a combination lock for additional security. Please try to avoid taking any valuables that you will have to leave behind at the hotel. The Peak Potential Adventures team will discuss with you personally your equipment requirements to determine your budget and potential future use to decide whether to hire some equipment in Launceston or purchase it prior to the trek. We will also provide you with the current equipment hire list in Launceston. We would anticipate that team members would need to hire a two-person tent and a stove per team of two, as most people may not have this equipment. Our team is very familiar with most of the outdoor equipment brands, and their performance suitability for a winter trek like this in Tasmania.
Points to Remember
- This trek is fully self-sufficient, so what we take in, we will have to carry (need to think lightweight and minimalist)
- There will be a basic food resupply at Pelion Hut at the halfway point
- The approximate pack weight should be no more than 20kgs
- Pack size should be circa 75 litres and have a comfortable harness for carrying loads (make sure it has a rain cover and a detachable daypack is an advantage for side trips)
- A two-person tent will need to be shared carried between two team members
- A portable stove and gas will need to be shared carried between two team members
- Store electronics in sealed waterproof zip-locked bags
- Wrap clothing in plastic bags or waterproof stuff sacks (large outdoor garbage bags works well as a pack liner)
- With it being winter, we will need to carry some extra clothing for additional warmth
- Depending on current weather conditions and forecasts, we may need to hire and carry snowshoes.
- Large backpack around 75 litres (pack is better to be too large than too small and make sure it has a rain cover)
- Lockable collapsible duffel bag to leave at the hotel (90-100 litres is good as it provides some extra room)
- Plastic outdoor garbage bags, or waterproof stuff sacks
- Combination lock.
Note: The most convenient system for expedition travel is to take a 90-100 litre collapsible duffel bag and pack your 75 plus litre backpack into the duffel bag. The duffel bag also will protect your backpack when travelling on flights and in transit. You can then use the lockable collapsible duffel to leave your gear in at the hotel for when you return. You can leave clean clothes and excess toiletries at the hotel so that you have clean clothes for your return to Launceston and home. Mountain Designs sells good soft collapsible duffels in various sizes that would fit your large walking pack inside.
Note: You want your inner layer to be wicking material – not cotton. The next layer should be insulating and warm like fleece, and the top layer should be waterproof but breathable like Gortex or Event. You can get away with cheaper non-breathable wet weather gear, but it is not ideal for long days as it sweats and you can become wet from the inside. We also suggest an insulated down jacket/vest with a hood that you can put on during breaks, or at night, as it will get cold during these times. We will most likely be staying in the huts which are heated on most nights, but we have to be prepared to sleep in tents if we are caught in bad weather, or the huts are full. It is a quiet time of year, so we would anticipate we would sleep in the huts on most evenings.
- Long trekking trousers with belt (one good pair should be enough and zip-off legs can be handy)
- Pair of short/long-legged compression shorts/pants (any brand of compressions shorts/pants are good)
- Long-sleeved wicking trekking shirt (one good long sleeve top should be enough)
- Thermal long underwear and top (merino wool or polypropylene are best)
- Fleece jacket (medium weight)
- Fleece trousers (nice to get into around the hut to let your trekking pants dry off or air out)
- Down jacket/vest with a hood or synthetic equivalent (for temperatures below freezing plus wind chill)
- Waterproof jacket and trousers (make sure the jacket fits over your down jacket/vest and breathable is better. Also, make sure your waterproof pants can be put on without taking off your boots)
- Gloves or mittens (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered together)
- Woollen beanie or balaclava and neck warmer (buffs are good as neck warmers)
- Sun hat.
Note: Please make sure to break in your boots extremely well before the trek!
- Trekking boots for hiking during the day (they must be warm, waterproof, and with ankle support – not too light and not too heavy. Leather or a composite boot is perfect. Have a look at Salomon boots like the X Ultra 4 GTX)
- Comfortable sandals for lounging in the evening to let your feet breathe (Crocs are good, or rubber thongs)
- Gaiters (long gaiters that reach to just under your knees)
- Wool socks for colder conditions (2x good pairs should be enough just in case one pair gets wet)
- Sock liners to wick away moisture. (2x pairs as these act as a change of socks and they can be washed if required).
- Sleeping bag (Rated -10 degrees Celsius (down jacket or vest makes a great pillow)
- Inflatable sleeping mat (¾ is good to consider to save on size and weight).
- 2x 1litre water bottles, or Camelback 2-3 litres (Neglane largemouth water bottles work well. Also To prevent water from freezing in your Camelback hose, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often)
- Micro towel
- Small vacuum flask
- Lightweight cup
- Lightweight cooking pan, plate, knife, fork and spoon. (eBay is excellent to purchase some cheap trekking equipment)
- Sunglasses (preferably polarised)
- Trekking poles (not necessary, but some people prefer them)
- Headlamp and a small torch
- Small portable camera
- Bring enough batteries for your headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
- Playing cards or a book for the evenings
- Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
- Toilet tissue (biodegradable)
- Baby wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste. (small travel items are good)
- Small bottles of hand sanitisers (sanitisers bottles with a small carabineer are great to hang off your pants or pack)
- Small talcum powder (great for drying out your feet at night)
Note: Some of the above items can be purchased in Launceston before the trek when doing our food shopping.
Note: One of the expedition leaders will be carrying a medium first aid kit for the group that will contain all of this medical equipment, but we would highly recommend that you carry a small personal first aid kit that contains these basic items.
- Ibuprofen or Panadol
- Throat lozenges. (Betadine lozenges seem to work very well)
- Small band-aides
- Large band-aids or Elastoplast (for blisters)
- Sunscreen (SPF 50+) & lip balm (small sunscreen with a carabineer is handy to hang off your pants or pack)
- Small antiseptic cream
- Diarrhea medication (Gastro Stop is good).
Food and Snacks
Note: Your guides will go with the team shopping, and we will organise our food requirements for the trek during our two-day initial stay in Launceston. We will use this time to perform equipment checks and to pick up any last-minute equipment that you may need. This time will also be used to become familiar with the stoves and tents. The way we think about food preparation will be based on a daily ration pack system that will be packed in separate zip lock bags. Food needs to be light, but it also needs to be nutritional containing, proteins, carbohydrates, sugars and warm liquids. We will advise you what foods are best, and then you can build your ration packs around your taste for the trek.
Please feel to contact the Peak Potential Adventures team to discuss any equipment that you may be looking at purchasing to ensure that it will be suitable on the trek. To make it easier, please email through a link to the item so we can assess the technical aspects of the item. The three main pieces of equipment that we put most emphasis on to ensure a comfortable trek are, warm down jacket/vest with hood, boots and a comfortable load carrying backpack.
SAFETY AND REGULATIONS
Safety and Regulation Requirements
All Peak Potential Adventures leaders who guide on the Overland Track are first aid qualified
Our team uses both short and long-range communication equipment that includes, UHF radios, EPIRBs and satellite devices like Garmin Reach, or satellite phone for more remote adventures
Peak Potential Adventures is approved as an authorised operator by the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service to lead commercial treks into Tasmanian national parks and undergo ongoing compliance requirements to hold this authority
Peak Potential Adventures holds public liability insurance of $10 million through Active Underwriting Specialists.
Please ensure that you read our booking terms and conditions below.
If there’s a question that we haven’t covered for you, we are just an email or phone call away.
How often do you run the trek?
At this stage, we will only be operating two Overland Track winter treks a year which will be during the early and late winter season. Conditions will still be cold in Tasmania with snow around the higher elevations, but these dates give us more chance of avoiding the potentially heavier snow falls. This will also allow us to ensure proper training and preparation is undertaken to ensure you are ready for the trek and have been doing the proper training to carry a larger hiking pack. We pride ourselves on delivering on our service because it is a big investment for you, so we want you to enjoy the experience. And for us, it's all about quality, not quantity.
What if the fixed dates don't work, can you organise a group custom trek?
Yes, if the dates that we have organised don't work, we can organise a custom date that would suit, but the group would have to be 6 trekkers or more and could be for both the winter and normal season. Our normal season Overland Track trek will be launching as well very soon.
What is the best time of year to trek the Overland Track?
It is our belief that the early and late winter season is the most beautiful season to be trekking. We always say, theirs no bad weather, just poor preparation and clothing, so with the right gear, you should manage the conditions well. Winter also allows us to avoid the crowds and trek south to north which we feel is the nicest way to trek. We won't go into detail here, but please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss doing the Overland Track winter trek and to see if it is right for you.
How hard is the actual trek?
With the right preparation and guides, the trek is very achievable. The trek has a rest day built in a Pelion hut which is around the halfway mark, and we also have a food supply walked in at this stop. The real success of this trek is having the right gear and training and ensuring that you have not overloaded your pack so that you are carrying more weight than you require. We are very experienced in this sort of trekking, so we will work with you on your gear preparation and fitness training to make sure you are fully ready for the conditions. For this length of the trek and the supplies and equipment provided to be self-sufficient, you should not be carrying more than around 20kg. We also spend time developing a team culture prior to the trek, so that we all help each other along the way.
What's the climate like?
We would expect some snow during our nominated trekking dates, but the temperatures and the depth of snow will vary. You would expect minus degree mornings and nights, but again it will vary a fair both up and down. As we also say, there's no bad weather, just poor preparation and clothing.
What is the typical day like on the track?
You will be woken up usually by the movement around the huts or campsite at around 7:00 AM. If we had to pitch tents, then the morning routine will be somewhat different than if we stay in the huts. We would generally aim to be on the track by around 9:00 AM. The days differ in distance, so we will make a judgment call each day as to departure time as the weather will also play a part for the day. How the team is feeling will also play a part, but 9:00 AM will be the lastest as it is nice to get to the next hut and there are some worthwhile side treks along the way on some days. You will in most cases have lunch along the way to the next hut and we will take regular stops to rest and take in the scenery and get some photos.
Can I stay on after the trek?
Yes, you can extend your stay to explore more of Tasmania. These arrangements would need to be made by you and would be at your own cost. We are happy to discuss post-trek ideas with you.
What is the accommodation like in Launceston?
The accommodation in Launceston is a comfortable and clean mid-range three-star hotel and will be on a twin share accommodation basis, but we can adjust the accommodation according to your budget (i.e. budget up to five-star). If you would like to book your own room, please let us know when you book, but there will be additional costs. If the group size is an odd number, there will be no additional cost if you end up in your own room.
What is the accommodation and food like on the track?
The huts on the track vary in size and facilities. Over the years, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service have been upgrading many of the huts to be able to sleep more and provide better facilities. The team will carry tents though, just in case a hut is full when we arrive. Even though a hut is full, we will still be able to use the hut during our stay to prepare meals and relax as required. All of the huts have heating, so if we manage to get spots which we will in the much larger huts, we will have this luxury. Only one tent per team of two needs to be carried. If the team numbers are odd, we will work around that with using a one-person bivy tent.
The food during the trek will be pre-prepared ration packs. The ration packs are designed to provide enough nutrition and have been designed by some of Australia leading outdoor nutrition companies such as Campers Pantry and On Track Meals and have been constructed to be light and compact. They will be a mixture of dehydrated meals and real food meals as well as trail and energy snacks. We will organise a food drop a Pelion Hut which will be limited to 30kg, so this will also assist in reducing your overall pack weight. Most of the food will need to be cooked on a portable stove, but obviously, foods like chocolate bars, muesli bars and lollies can just be carried throughout the day to snack on during rest breaks. You will only need to carry one stove per team of two, but if the team numbers are odd, the odd person will team up with the guides for the meal preparations.
Why use Peak Potential Adventures?
Our guides and the way we run our treks are second to none. You will only get very experienced guides on our treks that you can trust. We pride ourselves on ensuring that everyone has a positive, rewarding and safe experience. We leave nothing to chance in our preparation and are always thinking about our client's safety and enjoyment during the trek.
The buddy system
For a wilderness trek like this, we aim to set up a team of two buddy system. This will allow equipment to be shared to reduce weight and to also assist each other in both the night and morning routines. We will help with establishing an efficient buddy routine during the trek. As trek buddies, you will also look after each other and share the workload as required.
How many people could be on this trek?
This trek is limited to a maximum of 8 people on a 1 guide per 4 clients ratio.
What is the minimum age?
Because of insurance and liability reasons, the minimum age for this trek is 18.
How fit do I need to be and can I get fit?
The Overland Track winter trek can be completed by anyone who is relatively fit and those who are willing to get fit. A significant advantage in undertaking this challenge with Peak Potential Adventures is that our team are also qualified, personal trainers. We have had significant experience in multi-day pack hiking and fitness preparation so we will provide you with ongoing personalised advice and support on your training and fitness requirements to ensure you are ready. Also, trekking through the Overland Track in winter is not all about fitness, it's as much a mental challenge and just having the right equipment for the conditions. We will prepare you for the conditions, make sure you have the right equipment and provide you with the necessary ongoing fitness and training advice to ensure that you are ready for this style of trekking.
We recommend joining one of our local weekend Six Foot Track treks or free Saturday morning monthly walks to measure your current fitness and endurance levels.
What equipment will I require?
The equipment list is on the website under additional information. Once you have reviewed the list, we will then discuss with you your equipment requirements and budget. Some last-minute equipment can be purchased in Launceston if required.
Can I trek safely if I have allergies or a medical condition?
It all depends on the allergy or the medical condition, but we would strongly suggest that you speak to your doctor first before making a booking. The trek is challenging mainly because you are carrying a large pack, so a moderate to high level of fitness is required to get the most out of the experience.
If it is a food allergy, that will be no problem because that can be catered for because we will do all the food shopping in Launceston prior to the trek, so you will have input and we will be able to avoid foods that may cause you problems. If you have allergies to bees or other insects etc. please ensure that you let us know of the severity and if you will be carrying an EpiPen to treat an allergy.
How much is the trek?
The trek cost excluding flights is $1,995.00
Because the meals are camp cooked meals at the overnight stops and generally on the move throughout the day, we will go shopping as a team, and we will assist you with purchasing suitable wilderness meals for the week. We will provide the best advice around high energy meals as well as tasty meal combinations that will reduce the overall weight that you'll need to carry. We would allow $70-$100 for the purchase of meals for the week as an additional cost.
If you decide to book as a single supplement in the hotel prior to and after the trek, there will be an additional charge. Please let us know if you'd like to book as a single supplement and we will let you know the cost.
How much could I expect to pay for flights?
Flights can range for an economy flight to Launceston. Flights are obviously cheaper during the trekking offseason and colder months. Flights costs will also vary depending on your flight departure time and the location that you are flying from. Webjet has a great website for doing some flight comparisons.
Can I pay a deposit and pay the rest before departure?
Yes, we only require a 30% deposit to secure your position on the trek if the trek is more than 60 days out with the full balance payable 60 days before departure. If the trek is departing within 60 days, full payment will be required when you book.
Is there a credit and debit card payment surcharge?
Yes, if you book using the credit or debit card Stripe payment gateway, there will be a 1.6% surcharge. You can avoid this 1.6% surcharge by electing to do a bank transfer in the payment option.
What happens if I need to cancel?
Please read our booking terms and conditions for specific policy details.
Do I need travel insurance to trek to the Overland Track in winter?
No, it is a requirement to take out travel insurance for this trek because it's a domestic location, but we would strongly recommend it because of the financial outlay. You never know what might happen after you book or during your adventure.
Travel insurance will insure you against:
- Trip cancellation
- Trip interruption
- Missed connection
- Travel delay
- Loss of baggage
- Medical emergencies
- Medical evacuation
Cover-More has a travel insurance policy that will insure Australian travellers for domestic holidays. You can read more about the Cover-More travel insurance policy here. We are not recommending this Cover-More policy, it's just general advice, so you will need to do your own research and refer to the product disclosure document to see if it's suitable for your needs.
Will I get access to photos & media content?
Yes, any photos that are taken by the Peak Potential Adventures team during the Overland Track winter trek will be shared with you via our corporate Google Drive.
With this link, you will be able to view and download and save any of the photos.
Only a 30% deposit is required to secure your position unless the trek date is within 60 days and then the full payment is required.
What Our Guests Say
I still cannot believe I did The Overland Track through The Tasmanian Central Highlands in winter.
When my friend Michael invited me to take on The Overland Track Winter Trek, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. With much trepidation, I packed my backpack and sleeping bag (both borrowed) as I didn’t own such things and off I went to Launceston for two days of preparation with the Peak Potential Adventures team.
After their careful analysis of the contents of my backpack (I can’t believe they made me take out my coffee machine and makeup bag), my pack weighed in at 15 kilos and armed with everything I needed for 6 days in the wilderness – rehydrated mince sachets; baby wipes; sunscreen; 2 minutes noodles and about 3 kilos of chocolate. I was ready to go.
There is no way I could have done this without the incredible support of Darren Wise and Shane Pophfer. Shane for his incredible kindness; patience; sincerity and calm soulful demeanour (and his incredibly funny and entertaining stories) and Darren for his professionalism and unconditional focus and commitment on the comfort, safety and wellness of each member of the team. Micky, Conrad, Matthew and Chris were all amazing team members whose sense of humour, kindness and protection of me helped to get me through. It was a tough challenge but I am so glad I did it. These fond memories will stay with me forever.
Thank you Shane and Darren. You amazed me every day and I cannot wait for the next adventure we can do together.