How to plan your trek

A group of trekkers make their way through the Walls of Jerusalem | Ingrid Schnell
A group of trekkers make their way through the Walls of Jerusalem | Ingrid Schnell

There are so many different adventures to be had in Tasmania, if you have the time and the fitness you can go almost anywhere. The process you go through to plan your trek or adventure can be overwhelming, so here are five ways to zero in on your next destination. 

1. What is the adventure?

Name: 

Firstly, do you have any iconc treks, top destinations or bucket-list trips you want to tick off? Does the allure of the rugged and wild South Coast call to you, or the bragging-rights of the iconic Cradle Mountain National Park? Have you got some peaks you want to bag, such as Frenchman's Cap or Mount Anne? Or are you looking for trips that visit some of the smaller islands, such as BrunyFlinders or Maria Island?

Activity: 

Are you a trekking enthusiast, or a cyclist? Can’t make your mind up? There are a number of trips that are multi activity, which means any day can see you spending the morning walking along the coastline, the afternoon in a kayak, and the next day cycling down the coast. With trekkingcyclingrafting, and multi activity trips available, there are adventures to suit most active travellers. 

Grading: 

Consider how much experience you have when researching your next trip. Is this your first trekking holiday? It might be a good idea to start with a lower graded walk that is shorter in duration and less difficult. If you’re an experienced trekker, plan for your next challenge by choosing a trek that is longer, involves summiting mountains, or even self guided adventures which allow you to be completely self sufficient and are ideal for confident and independent travellers. Check out our grading guide here, or find out what kind of trekker you are here. 

Location: 

Tasmania has a number of incredible landscapes, from ancient rainforests and alpine woodlands, to remote beaches, rugged coastlines and an immaculate river system that is as pristine as it is unexplored. Consider what type of scenery you want to immerse yourself in, taking into consideration that some locations can be more remote than others, which means wilderness camping with the bare essentials rather than small town lodges and accommodation. 

Geology: 

Tasmania is a treasure trove of beautiful, inspiring and astonishing natural sights. From the lush temperate rainforests of the Tarkine to the alpine ridges, spectacular wetlands and coastal heaths (and everything else in between), Tasmania’s ancient, glacially carved valleys and landscape can be completely captivating, with a number spectacular natural wonders to see and explore.

Guided or Self Guided: 

Just as there are a number of different walks to choose from, there are also a number of different ways to walk! Whether you want the convenience, security and knowledge that a guided trek provides, or the independence, flexibility and freedom of a self guided trip, there are a number of benefits to both guided and self guided tours. Find out whether guided or self guided is for you.

2. Dates of your trip

Proposed dates: 

Many of our departures have set departures which you need to book onto, spread throughout April to September. Depending on the trip, these can run daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Private Departures:

Did you know we also have the ability to cater for private groups? Our private departures can be for groups with a minimum of eight people, so for travellers wanting to organise a trip with a flexible itinerary or dates, contact our groups manager.

3. Who are you travelling with?

Group of friends: 

What better way to explore nature than with your nearest and dearest. If your social circle is keen on escaping the daily grind and creating memories of a lifetime, perhaps an active holiday is in order. Our clients that book with friends do it for a number of reasons; to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, or to simply spend time in nature with each other. With free-flowing conversations, genuine friendships and encouragement, it’s hard to have a bad time!

Family: 

Going on active family adventures can be one of the most fulfilling holidays you have. On family departures such as the Cradle Mountain Short Escape, kids as young as eight can enjoy the fun and interactive natural playground. Hiking as a family allows children to learn about nature, their environment and wildlife more than they would ever learn in a class or on a television show.

Solo: 

If you don’t have any friends to travel with, no matter; you can make friends on the trip! Active adventures with other people can create lifelong friendships. While trekking, you are able to spend time bonding with members of the group, motivating and encouraging each other to keep going and persevere when times get tough. Sharing the good memories and experiences that come with trekking can also help overcome differences, encourage an acceptance of different kinds of people and increase your ability to adjust and get along with others. Being out in nature also means that technology and social media is inaccessible, stimulating one-on-one conversations. You may very well find that the people you trek with become life-long friends after spending a week in the wilderness!

4. Training Schedule

The more time you put into trek training in the months leading up to your trip, the more you will enjoy your experience and safely complete your wilderness trek. Trek training is more than just walking; it’s preparing the body for the increased intensity of undulation, terrain, pack weight, kilometres walked and overall endurance. Use our trek training guide to prepare your body and mind for your next adventure. 

5. Trek Logistics

Booking your trip: 

There are three ways you can book your next Tasmanian Expeditions Holiday; by phone, online or in person. We recommend locking in your adventure sooner rather than later. All of our trips have a maximum capacity which cannot be exceeded, and for peak months such as December and January, many of our trips book out quickly. Ensure you don’t miss out on your preferred departure date by speaking to one of our Adventure Travel Consultants.

Accommodation pre and post tour: 

While we aim to make as many of our trips as inclusive as possible, once your trip is locked in, we recommend you organise your flights and pre and post tour accommodation once your trip is confirmed to avoid maximum rates. It’s also important to remember that travel insurance is always a worthwhile investment to protect yourself in case of sickness, injury or accident.

Goals of your group: 

One of the important factors to consider when planning your active adventure is WHY you are going on it. Is it to spend time in nature? Bond with your friends and family? Make new friends? Challenge yourself physically? Or simply just to escape the daily grind. Whatever the case, there’s nothing more satisfying and refreshing than spending time in the wilderness with nothing but your back pack. From quiet moments of self reflection, invigorating sights and challenging yourself in nature, trekking provides a number of benefits; both physical and mental. Check out our top 8 benefits of trekking here.

Plan your packing list: 

Once you nut out the dates of your trip, it’s time to research the weather conditions typical to that region and time of the year. Ensure that the gear you get is tried and tested before you embark on your multi day trip. Shoes are of particular importance – experienced trekkers are quick to attest that there is nothing worse than embarking on a trek only to find your shoes are too small, too big, or generally uncomfortable.

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