Frenchman's Cap Trek

Frenchman's Cap Trek information and booking

  • Duration
    6 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
    Moderate - Challenging
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Schedule Details

  • 6 day trip
  • 5 days trekking with a full pack
  • 5 nights camping
Equipment Required
Tasmanian Expeditions has a specialist gear list available that details what clothing and equipment is required for each of our Tasmanian adventures. The gear list is specific to the type of tour you will be joining us on and it provides a clear description of what is included in the tour cost, what items are available for hire and what you will need to bring with you. Brand recommendations and the individual weight of the gear provided is also included.


  • Spectacular and challenging walking
  • The best views across the entire World Heritage Wilderness
  • endemic sub-alpine flora
  • Extraordinary side trips to high peaks

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The spectacular Frenchman's Cap rises 1443 metres out of the Gordon-Franklin Wild Rivers National Park. The eastern side of the peak is home to Tasmania's oldest rock, an impressive 300m overhanging rock wall face of Precambrian quartzite. This superb trek to Frenchman's Cap is a 46km return journey over varying terrain including open button grass plains and dense rainforests with steep ascents. Amidst this truly wild area you will discover an abundance of wildlife including many endemic bird species. By allowing five days of walking and camping under the summit, the carefully thought out itinerary allows a greater chance of visiting the peak in fine weather. From the summit you will be rewarded with spectacular views throughout the Tasmanian wilderness including Mt. Ossa, the Arthur Range and Macquarie Harbour.

What's included

  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • 5 nights camping
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Transport by private minibus
  • National park fees
  • Tent & inflatable sleeping mat
  • Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipment
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit


Day 1 Launceston to Start of the Frenchmans cap track in the Highlands
A compulsory pre departure briefing will take place in our rooms at Tasmanian Expeditions (info in this doc) and we then travel up to 3 hours by bus from Launceston to the start of the Frenchman's cap path just off the Lyell Hwy. After setting up camp you will have a welcoming meal with your guides and the final trek-specific briefing to finalise pack weight, gear and the next day’s walking itinerary. Driving distance 160km Driving time 3 hours
Day 2 Trek to Lake Vera
After breakfast we pack up camp and start our walking to the first nights campsite to Lake Vera. Today’s walk takes us through the border zone that is the Loddon Plains. The first ascent into the mountains follows Philips Lead. Lake Vera is dominated by the forested peaks of the White Needle and Philips Peak. Walking Distance 14km Walking Time 5-7 hours
Day 3 Trek from Lake Vera to Lake Tahune
From Lake Vera we head toward tonight’s camp at Lake Tahune, nestled below the summit of Frenchman’s Cap. The trek takes us steeply up through Barron Pass where unsurpassed views of Frenchman’s can be enjoyed from a distance. We sidle Sharlands Peak and pass through the Artichoke Valley before descending into camp. Today is a relatively short day, which allows us to rest or even attempt the summit in the afternoon. Spare time is also factored into contingency for the previous days walking Walking Distance 6km Walking Time 3-5 hours
Day 4 Summit Frenchman’s Cap and Explore Surrounding Area
Today we ascend the imposing summit of Frenchman’s Cap. The ascent is approx. 1.7 km in distance and takes roughly 1-2 hours. After taking in the magnificent views we track through the saddle and North Col and sidle past Lion Head to Lake Nancy for an afternoon lunch while enjoying the views north west towards Mt. Mary and the mighty Franklin River. A side trip can be alternatively taken to the Franklin River itself to view the impressive Irenabyss. We return to our camp at Lake Tahune and enjoy another hearty meal high up in the Tasmanian wilderness. Walking Distance 3-6 km Walking Time 4-7 hours
Day 5 Trek to Lodden Camp II
Our final full days walk sees us return through undulating and diverse forests and mountain passes to the base of Phillips Lead and set up camp alongside Philips Creek. Walking Distance 11km Walking Time 4-7 hours
Day 6 Trek to trail head & return transfer to Launceston
The return trek through the Loddon Plains enables us to take in once more from distance the impressionistic mountain landscape just traversed. We clean our gear extensively at the last wash down station and are picked up at the trail head to return to Launceston via the Great Lake. Return to Launceston is at approximately 5pm. Walking Distance 9km Walking Time 3-4 hours