Walking grade: Hard – for Intermediate and Experienced hikers.
- Recommended for those with previous hiking experience.
- Sections with no visible track, rock climbing and scrambling. Steep descent off Mount Solitary.
- Katoomba train station carpark. We will do some car and people shuffling from this point
- Meeting time: 7.30am
- Finish time: Approximately 4pm
- Finish place: Katoomba train station carpark.
This hike south of Katoomba provides stunning views across the Jamison Valley and back north to the Katoomba escarpment. The hike is memorable for its beautiful sections of temperate rainforest and the amazing pathway which passes below the Ruined Castle, past mining ruins, crosses streams and winds its way through a diverse range of ecosystems. Plenty of rock scrambling/climbing sees us atop the knife edge of Mount Solitary. The spectacular views continue all the way across the top of Mount Solitary, with some of the best views in the Blue Mountains.
We walk approximately 18kms the first day. On the second day we travel 9kms through coachwood forest and rainforest before reaching the top of the Valley, this takes approximately 4-5 hours including a stop for lunch.
Adventure skills you will gain:
- Learn how to pack a hiking pack
- Learn how to properly fit a hiking pack
- Learn how to walk safely in the bush
- Learn some basic navigation techniques
- Knowledge needed to set up a safe campsite
- Maintaining hygiene in the bush
- Using camp stoves and cooking in the bush
- Fire lighting and fire safety
Experiences you will share and take away with you:
- Learn about the unique flora, fauna and geology of the area
- Connect with nature, yourself and others away from the hustle and bustle of life
- Incredible views
- Walk with like minded women and form new friendships
- Swim in a lovely river (if you can brave it we know you can!)
- Camp in a remote campsite with wild kangaroos and wallabies (and maybe wild horses/brumbies)
- Enjoy the warm glow of a campfire and a night sky full of stars
* INSTALMENT PAYMENT AVAILABLE THROUGH TICKETBOOTH
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping bag inner sheet
- Sleeping mat – basic closed cell foam mat
- Tent – one or two person tent
- Water bottles – 2 x 1 litre bottles
- All meals – delicious and nutritious
- Snacks – a good variety
- First aid and excellent safety response network
- Passionate local and experienced female guides
NB - We can provide 60-75ltr hiking backpacks, however we do recommend that if people have their own 60-75 ltr backpack that they bring them.
Hiker to bring:
- Shoes / boots which are comfortable and can get wet and muddy
- One litre water bottle (minimum)
- Waterproof raincoat
- Sunhat and sunscreen
- Warm jumper
- Long pants to walk in
- Long sleeved shirt to walk in
- Change of socks / underwear
- A warm hat - Beanie
- Headtorch (or hand held torch) and spare batteries
- Personal medication required
- A couple of garbage bags (water proofing)
- Very basic toiletries (no soaps)
- Thermal top and bottom
- Lightweight shoes to wear in camp (crocs/tevas)
- Change of long sleeved shirt
- Insect repellant