Why we love winter trekking

Walk through a forest of snow along the Overland Track during winter
Walk through a forest of snow along the Overland Track during winter

If summer is the season of nature and wildlife admirers, then winter is meant for adventure junkies. The remote trails of Tasmania turn into pieces of sublime beauty during the winter season. Passing along frozen lakes and crossing winter grasses and snow-covered trails winter trekking in Tasmania is a truly spectacular experience.

Between June and August, many of Tasmania’s impressive peaks are blanketed in snow, and the all-white landscape creates a picture-perfect Winterland that few people explore.

Trekking during these months can be one of the most exciting – and most challenging – times to trek the Overland Track or the Walls of Jerusalem Experience, with average maximum temperatures of 4.9°C and overnight temperatures as low as -9°C. Don’t rule it out just yet though!

Blue skies over a snow covered Cradle Mountain |  <i>Valda Gillies</i> Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania |  <i>Paul Maddock</i> Cradle Mountain trek, Tasmania |  <i>Paul Maddock</i>

While winter may be the coldest and wettest month, it can also be one of the most rewarding times to trek. You’ll likely have the trail to yourself and the landscape is transformed into a white winter wonderland, which can sometimes see you wading through waist-deep snow.

The physical challenge was just what I needed. I came away with great memories, a wealth of extraordinary photos and the inspiration to eat, exercise and generally live better.  I loved it. The snow, the crispness in the air and the greater tranquility of the less crowded environment truly enhanced the experience. – D. Valente (Victoria, Australia) on the Overland Track Winter Trek

July can bring lovely crisp, clear days that brings the majestic snowy landscapes to life, a beautiful sight that stays with you long after you return home.

Many of the park’s lakes freeze over during winter, creating unique photographic opportunities that few trekkers are able to experience. And with fewer people on the track, the trail is much quieter and the environment more serene and tranquil.

Plus, the chance to snowshoe – a highly popular style of alpine travel – will add to the experience.

As long as you are fit, prepared to camp in winter and have the right equipment, trekking in Tasmania in winter is simply stunning.

I have always wanted to see snow, visit Tasmania and do the Cradle Mountain Hike; so what better holiday than Tasmania in winter. The Tasmanian Expeditions experience was great. The booking was easy and came with a huge amount of information to prepare for the trip. Once we arrived and completed the introduction meeting and preparing for the trip we embarked on an adventure. The guides were amazing and can not talk highly enough of them, well prepared and excellent cooks. The hiking was a mixture of hard and easy days but it was rewarding in the end. If you have time to do the trip I highly recommend Tasmanian Expeditions to lead you on the track. – Mark M. on the Overland Track Winter Trek

Whether you choose a winter adventure along Tasmania's most iconic walking trail in the Cradle Mountain National Park or a series of spectacular day walks exploring the alpine wilderness of the Walls of Jerusalem by foot and via snowshoe, the excitement of trekking in a winter wonderland will definitely bring a physical challenge. But the rewards of appreciating the grandeur alpine setting, with a spread of snow and frozen lakes, is a unique and remarkable experience in itself.

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