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 Frenchman’s 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.
Day 1 : Depart Launceston, walk to Philips Lead | 12kms
Day 2 : Philips Lead to Lake Tahune | 11kms
Day 3 : Summit Frenchman’s Cap, camp Lake Tahune | 4kms
Day 4 : Lake Tahune to Lake Vera | 7kms
Day 5 : Lake Vera to Launceston | 16kms
2 professional wilderness guide.
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.
Our 5 day Frenchman’s 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.
Note: This itinerary is subject to change with any change in community regulations as well as governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.
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, the average pack weight should be 15kg.
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. This trek will commence with a full gear check by your guides, to ensure the right mix of gear for your adventure.
I really enjoyed the trip. I knew this trip would be challenging given I have been to Lake Tahune before. I got rained out last time I tried to get to the top of Frenchman,s cap, so to actually get to the top was a real achievement, especially on such a nice day. The food was some of the best I have ever had when hiking. The guides (Ben & Sean) did a fantastic job of keeping us fed and providing support & encouragement for everyone. There certainly was some physical achievements and highlights for everyone on the trip. I thought everyone coped quite well and some had to dig deep to get through some of the days. I will certainly try to get another trip with Trek Tours, probably the 9 day Larapinta trek next year, but getting the time off is the main challenge. Many thanks for providing a well organised trip and I hope to do more with you in the future as there are many more parts of central & northern Australia I have yet to see.
- Mike Mahar on Frenchman's Cap (March 2016)
I commend Brad & Ben, I thought they did a super job & really took care of my allergy food intake. Please pass on my regards. The trip met all my expectations - good trekking, good company, good guides - thank u & your company.
- Kerry on Frenchman's Cap (February 2016)