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GPT 'Stage One'

The original and most iconic stage of the Grampians Peaks Trail. 
 
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Central Grampians
Multi-day hiking
3 days, 2 nights
Tented hiker camp
Easy to moderate
Comfortable camping
 
Overview

The Central Grampians is the most iconic stage of the Grampians Peaks Trail. We'll journey over rugged and dramatic landscapes to visit some of the most recognised features in the national park. Venus Baths, the Grand Canyon and of course the Pinnacle - and that's just the first day!

The current 'stage one' of the Grampians Peaks Trail is a 3-day, 2-night loop starting and ending in Halls Gap. It explores the Wonderland range before undertaking a skyline traverse of Mt Rosea and then navigates around Lake Bellfield back into Halls Gap. 

 

Each night we'll camp in our supported hiker camps, rest, enjoy a freshly cooked trail meal and sleep under a blanket of stars. No matter your level of hiking experience, our passionate local team will guide and support you through this journey to explore their backyard.

 
 

Program Details

Itinerary Overview


Day 1 Begin journey from Halls Gap, hike over the Wonderland Range via Venus Baths, Grand Canyon and the Pinnacle. Camp in supported hiker camp. (L, D) Day 2 Climb and traverse Mt Rosea and descend into the Valley to camp. (B, L, D) Day 3 Hike around Lake Bellfield to return to Halls Gap, lunch at brewery before departure. (B)




Route Description


Day 1 11 km - ⬆695m - ⬇250m
Our team will assemble in the morning, conduct a briefing and gear check then be transported to the start of the trail in Halls Gap. Our walk will begin through the stunning native botanical gardens and continue along the path to Venus Baths. From here we begin climbing up through the Wonderland Range, looking back we'll see stunning views of the dramatic Elephants Hide. We'll walk through the Grand Canyon, past the Cool Chamber and up Silent Street to the well-known Pinnacle. Traversing the tops of the Wonderland range will take us towards the Sundial and then descend steadily to one of our established hiker camps at either Bugiga or Stoney Creek. The evening is ours to relax, tell stories, enjoy a great freshly cooked camp dinner and watch the stars until bedtime.

Day 2
8.5 km - ⬆320m - ⬇715m
Waking to a stunning view of the Grampians, we'll be greeted with fresh coffee and a healthy breakfast, before we pack our gear and continue our journey. Day 2 takes us up and over Mt Rosea. We'll walk up and along her exposed ridgeline with views in all directions from the top of one of the tallest rock climbing walls in the central Grampians. We'll then descend to the south and explore the valley floor before reaching our campsite for the night.

Day 3
11.4 km - ⬆215m - ⬇270m
An early start today we'll head off and navigate our way back to Halls Gap around the to the east of Lake Bellfield. Today's walk is a mixture of walking trails and access roads that circumnavigate Lake Bellfield, the eastern side of the lake sees little traffic and frequently offers close encounters with native wildlife drinking and feeding on the lake's muddy banks. We'll finish our journey with a late lunch and a refreshing celebratory drink at Halls Gap's very own microbrewery, Paper Scissors Rock.




Who is this program for?


Who is this program for?
Our 'Journey' programs are designed for those who love to hike and explore (no matter your level of experience) and prefer the idea of a continuous journey - multiple days, start to finish without leaving the trail. While we provide as much support and comfort as we can, we'll be camping in lightweight hiking tents, sleeping on your inflatable hiking mattress and staying in campsites equipped with composting tank toilets (but not showers!). We take care of all the group equipment (tents, cooking equipment etc) so you should be capable of carrying your personal belongings, approximately 10-12 kgs.


If you like creature comforts like a hot shower at the end of each day and walking pack free - check out our Grampians Luxe programs!




Inclusions


  • Qualified and experienced local guides.
  • 2 nights camping in supported hiker camps.
  • Fresh and healthy camp cooked meals.
  • All meals as outlined in itinerary overview
  • Any required transfers.
  • Group safety equipment such as first aid kit and satellite phone.




Exclusions


  • Personal clothing and equipment (including backpack, sleeping bag and mattress).
  • Personal medical and evacuation/ambulance insurance.
  • Lunch at Paper Scissors Rock on day 3.
  • Accommodation before and after the hike.




Equipment List


This is a list of personal clothing and equipment that you will be required to bring for this program. If there is anything you don't have we can assist with either hire equipment or a discount code for our online store. Please enquire! Footwear

  • Light hiking shoes or boots
  • 2-3 pairs of hiking socks
  • 1 Pair of light shoes/sandals/slippers or hut booties for night time (optional)
Clothing
  • 1-2 x shirts for trekking
  • 1 x shorts or pants for trekking
  • Thermal top and bottom for night time (season dependant)
  • Mid to heavy warm layer - fleece or merino jumper/jacket or light synthetic fill layer
  • Waterproof and windproof rain jacket (must be fully waterproof and breathable minimum 20,000mm ie not ski jacket)
  • 2-3 pairs of underwear
Head and hands
  • Sun hat
  • Warm beanie - season dependent
  • Neck gaiter for warmth or sun
  • Sun glasses
  • Light gloves - if traveling in winter or early spring
Sleeping gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Inflatable hiking mattress
Health and hygiene
  • Personal toiletries
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Small facecloth or wet-wipes (optional)
  • Feminine hygiene (if required)
  • Small hand sanitiser - mandatory
  • Small personal first aid kit containing:
    • Sun screen (recomend UPF 50+) or zinc
    • Lip Balm
    • Personal Medications
    • Pain killers (whatever works for you)
    • Anti-inflammatories
    • Throat lozenges
Trekking gear
  • Hiking pack - 45-60L in capacity
  • 2 x water storage containers - either 2 x water bottle or 1 bottle and 1 bladder.
  • Hiking poles - recomended
  • Pack cover for your backpack - or ensure all valuables such as phone and camera are waterproofed
  • Camera! (optional)
  • 1 x awesome attitude (this cannot be hired, must be brought from home)





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