The Walls Challenge for Beyond Blue

Challenge Highlights

  • Join the Club Taree team in support of the Beyond Blue
  • Spectacular base camp location central to a diverse range of day walking opportunities
  • Tasmania's last remaining stands of ancient pencil pine forests
  • Summit numerous mountain peaks including Mt Jerusalem, The Temple and Solomons Throne
  • Abundant wildlife and stunning endemic wildflowers
  • Fascinating highland heritage and historic mountain huts
  • Delicious evening meals cooked by your wilderness guides

Overview

Discover a mountain landscape only accessible by foot on this exclusive walk in the magnificent Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania's only true alpine National Park.

On this trip we use a comfortable base camp near the main peaks, allowing for delightful day walks with light packs into the heart of this spectacular mountain region. On the first day we make the short, steep hike up to the base camp with full packs, then set up our tents on raised timber platforms nestled amongst the wilderness. You'll have the chance to climb King David's Peak and Mt Jerusalem, from where views stretch across much of Tasmania, or venture to remote outer regions such as Golden Gate or Zion Vale. Each evening we return to camp, situated near a stunning cluster of alpine tarns known as Solomons Jewels, where your guides will prepare gourmet camp meals served with a view.

Utilising the base camp, this trip is an ideal introduction to remote wilderness walking in one of Tasmania's most pristine alpine environments.

Challenge Grade

This adventure involves trekking for up to 6 or 7 hours a day at a steady pace. You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health. You carry a full pack (approx 14-18kg) on the first and last day. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions. Walks can be steep in sections, and some ascents may involve sections of scrambling.

Suggested preparation: 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise, three to four times a week (this can be cycling, jogging or walking) interspersed with relatively demanding bushwalks carrying a full pack weight (up to 18kgs). You should walk regularly with a weighted day pack (5–7kg) for several hours for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. The best preparation for your trek is multi day bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents and in variable weather conditions.

Itinerary

This morning you will be collected from your hotel in Launceston at approx 8am and transferred to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park (travel time approx. 2 hours). Carrying our full backpacks into this magnificent highland area will provide us with a challenge but we will be given plenty of encouragement from our guides as well as snacks and numerous rest stops along the way. Once the plateau has been reached, the walking is flat and spectacular as we pass by numerous tarns and lakes en route to our base camp for the next 3 nights. On arrival we set up camp, relax and enjoy the amazing surrounds of the rugged mountain of King Davids Peak (1499m). Walking Distance 7km | Walking Time 4 hours

Meals:  L,D

Today we head out from our camp (carrying just our day packs) passing Lake Salome and the Pool of Bethesda before reaching the imposing dolerite Gate of Damascus. From the 'Gate' we walk through a rare stand of ancient pencil pines, coming to lush grasslands known as Dixons Kingdom. The cultural heritage hut here was built in the early 1930s by Reg Dixon, a trapper of the time. After a short break enjoying our lush green surrounds, we head off to climb Mt Jerusalem. On a clear day the views from Mt Jerusalem stretch across the central highlands where you will see why the area is referred to as the 'Land of a Thousand Lakes'. Our return route to base camp either takes us through the Gate of the Chain or the Golden Gate. Either way spectacular sub-alpine scenery awaits. Walking Distance 8-12km | Walking Time 6-8 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is another bushwalker's dream. After breakfast at our scenic camp, we continue to explore this alpine paradise carrying just day packs. We can climb Solomons Throne from where we have an excellent view of the area we walked on the previous day. From here we head south and enjoy yet more of the lakes, tarns forests and open grass lands that make this such a superb and pristine walking location. For those that are keen there are more opportunities to climb the surrounding peaks such as The Temple and King Davids Peak. Our last night is spent enjoying the views of the peaks featured along the famous Overland Track from our comfortable camp. Walking Distance 8-12km | Walking Time 6-8 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we bid farewell to this truly outstanding part of Tasmania's World Heritage Area and begin our walk off the plateau. We meander past the sparkling tarns of Solomons Jewels, descend steeply through tall eucalyptus forests filled with melodious bird call, and stop for a rest at the old Trappers Hut. The final section of gentle downhill track gives us time to reflect on the last four days of outstanding bushwalking. Just before lunch we meet up with our transfer bus and driver, shrug off our trusty backpacks and drive to Deloraine for a celebratory pub meal together. Congratulations on completing one of Tasmania's most magnificent and unforgettable wilderness walks! We drop you at your Launceston accommodation by approximately 5pm. Walking Distance: 7km | Walking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • 3 nights camping at a remote base camp
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, snacks and hot drinks
  • Transport by private minibus
  • National Park fees
  • Tent, backpack, gaiters
  • Sleeping bag, inner sheet & inflatable sleeping mat
  • Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipment
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Launceston before and after the trip
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

What You Carry

  • For day 1 and 4 of this trip you will need to carry all equipment to the base camp in a full trekking backpack that is 75-90litres in capacity. Depending on the quantity of personal gear and toiletries the average pack weight will be between 14-18kg. You will carry the following items:
  • - Sleeping bag & inflatable mat
  • - Portion of the shared tent
  • - Portion of the group food
  • - All personal items that you have decide to bring along
  • - All wet weather gear supplied by Tasmanian Expeditions
  • For day 2 and 3 of this trip you will just carry a day pack containing the day's necessities.

Videos

Hiking Tasmania's Walls of Jerusalem Circuit: Traveller video

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
Duration:4 Days
Activities:Trekking with a day pack and full pack
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:TBD
Travel Cost:USD$1450
Minimum charity donation/fundraising:USD$1450