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.
Please also check our Facebook and Instagram feeds because we also announce new trek dates there as well.
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 vary depending on what items were purchased during the pre-trek shopping. We will assist you in purchasing the best tasting nutritional foods to get you through the week. We also make sure the food is light because it will need to be carried. 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 trek 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 to my payment?
When you book an adventure with us, your funds go into an adventure holding bank account until such time the adventure is definitely guaranteed to depart. If an adventure does not go ahead for some reason like bad weather, or not enough participants, we will refund you in full. Please also read our full booking terms and conditions.
Booking Terms and Conditions
What happens if I need to cancel?
If you cannot participate in the trek for which you have paid, you will receive a 24-month credit to join one of the next Overland Track winter treks.
Please read our booking terms and conditions for specific policy details.
Booking Terms and Conditions
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
QBE has a travel insurance policy that will insure Australian travellers for domestic holidays. You can read more about the QBE travel insurance policy here. We are not recommending this QBE 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 trek will be shared with you via Dropbox. This is a free file/folder sharing service up to 2GB which is usually enough space for any photos that we have taken during the trek. If the photo folder is more than 2GB, we will reduce the quality of the photos. The quality will still be more than enough to share on social media etc.
If you don't already have a Dropbox account, please click here to go through to their signup page. We would recommend using the same email address to signup that you used on the trek booking form because we will generally use that email address when we share the photo folder. Once you have shared access to the photo folder, you will be able to download any photos in that folder. We will usually delete the folder after a month after the trek to free up our available file storage.