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Razorback Winter Trek

Background

Does a three-day trekking trip over The Razorback between Mount Feathertop and Mount Hotham sound incredible to you? This expedition is a challenging one and a great step up for hikers who are wanting to challenge themselves in winter conditions. Being on a guided trek, with experienced guides, is the perfect chance to dip your toe into this style of adventurous trekking.

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”– Ernest Hemingway

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?

Trekkers with some experience who are looking for a bit more adventure then you would find on your everyday trek. This means that you are comfortable trekking through all elements and are adaptable to changing weather conditions. Even more importantly, you love nature and the outdoors no matter what they present, even if conditions are not perfect. Furthermore, you will need to carry a pack of approximately 10-13kg for the 2 days of the trek.

WHO IS THIS TRIP NOT FOR?

If you have no trekking experience, if you need to guarantee warmth and comfort at the end of a long day, or if you don’t have an above-average level of fitness, this trip might not be for you.

Highlights

  • Hike one of Australia's most beautiful ridgelines

  • Stay overnight above the snow line

  • Undertake an adventure knowing you are looked after by our guide team

  • Doing something truly unique and going where few venture during winter

Overview

The Razorback is a stunning ridgeline running north-south between Mount Feathertop and Mount Hotham. It is one of Victoia's most scenic walks, revelling in 360-degree views the entire way along its 11km length. During the warmer months, the Razorback is a great training walk for those training for longer treks overseas as you can complete it in a day. In winter though, the Razorback becomes a whole different experience. Alpine areas require a range of skills and experience to be safely navigated during the winter months, we believe that anyone should have the pleasure of experiencing a place like this, which is why we use our experience to enable you to get out there safely!

To get the most out of our trip, we'll meet in Harrietville at your leisure on the first day, we will be briefed and have our gear checked, before settling in for a night in the Iconic Snow line Hotel. After breakfast on Day 2, we'll be transferred up to Mount Hotham and the start of the Razorback trail. We'll hike the 11kms across one of Australia's most scenic ridgelines before camping in a sheltered nook, just below Feathertop's summit. With an early start Sunday we will walk up to the summit of Little Feathertop to see the sunrise bath the snow-covered mountains in all their glory (weather dependant). Then a short hike down Bungalow Spur back to Harrietville for lunch before departing. 

Our Razorback winter program is designed for those with a little experience in the outdoors and looking for the additional challenge of winter conditions. You will be required to carry your own personal equipment, plus half of the tent you'll be staying in (1.2kgs). Total weight will be approximately 10-13kgs. Hiking poles are strongly recommended! We will carry all the food and cooking equipment, plus group safety gear. Your efforts will be well rewarded with some of the most spectacular vistas the Victoria high country has to offer in the winter.

Itinerary

Friday: Meet in Harrietville at your leisure. Enjoy a pub dinner if you arrive early enough, brief, gear check and a night in the hotel.
Saturday: Transfers to Trailhead after breakfast, hike 11km along the Razorback, camp at Federation Hut.
Sunday: From Federation Hut, we climb to the summit, then head down Bungalow Spur. Transfer back to Snowline Hotel.

Routes

Day 1 Friday: We'll meet in Harrietville ideally by 7pm for a team dinner, but you're free to arrive at any time. Enjoy a team dinner at the pub and a briefing for tomorrow's hike.

Day 2 Saturday: After breakfast, we'll be driven up to Diamantina Hut to start our hike along the Razorback. We'll hike for approximately 11kms over the undulating ridge, stopping for lunch along the way and taking the time to enjoy the incredible views. We'll arrive at Federation Hut mid-afternoon and establish camp.

Day 3 Sunday: From Federation Hut, pre-dawn (weather dependent), we'll climb to Feathertop's summit to watch the sunrise. We'll then descend back to camp for breakfast, rest, then head down Bungalow Spur. We'll take a lot of snacks so we can get all the way down to Harrietville for lunch, and depart to head home by around 2pm.

This expedition costs $890* twin share, ex Harrietville

Note: For this trek to run we need a minimum number of 4 guests to join.

We have a range of equipment available for hire if there is anything you don't have! Including backpacks, sleeping bags and rain gear. Please get in contact with us to discuss!

Inclusions

  • One night's accommodation twin share in Harrietville
  • Transport to and from the trail
  • Use of snowshoes and poles
  • Fully guided weekend
  • Hassle-free supported camp
  • All camp equipment, ie tents, cooking equipment etc
  • All meals and snacks from Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast; 1x lunch, 1 x dinner, 2 x breakfast and snacks.
  • All permit and camping fees

Exclusions

  • Personal clothing, backpack, mattress, sleeping bag
  • Dinner in Harrietville on Day 1
  • Transport to and from Harrietville

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