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Lake Tali Kahn attempt - 1st July
Posted June 22nd, 2012 - 2:03 am by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Guys im going to attempt to get into Lake Tali Kahn along the Wellignton river track on the 1st of July.

There are a few options. But they all involve an extremely early start.
1- We camp up there near the start of the track on Saturday night (30th June) and trek out at the crack of dawn (lets say 6am).
2- Crash at my place and set out very early (~4.30-5am)

The track has not been reassessed since floods 2 weeks ago so may be hard to find and/or river may be hard to cross... There are river crossings so you will get wet and cold.

Backup plan:
We buy blowup mattresses or boats and float down river?
(obviously cannot buy these on sunday, due to early start).

Needless to say, you will need warm clothes, water proof clothes, lunch & snacks, towel, torch, maybe a spare pair of shoes and all the other hiking essentials.

This will be a big day and we may need to retreat without actually reaching the lake.

"Tali Karng is the only natural lake in the Victorian Alps.[1] It is the only deep lake in Victoria, and is 14 ha in area. Unlike alpine lakes in the Snowy Mountains, it was not created by glaciers; rather than being made 10,000 years ago, it was formed by a landslide 1500 years ago, this falling from the Sentinel, which is 700 m above the valley. The landslide dammed the Wellington River with the area of the landslide now known as the Valley of Destruction....

Access to the lake is the 15 km walk up the Wellington River. This involves 15 river crossings, and can be quite dangerous, particularly under high river conditions. The final passage through the Valley of destruction can be particularly challenging, given the small boulders which must be traversed." ~ Wikipedia

Please let me know if interested.


Posted June 22nd, 2012 - 2:46 am from Melbourne, Australia
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Posted June 22nd, 2012 - 3:55 am by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)

That is the one.

It 'was' doable in one day, but big mission. If flood debry covers track markers or river level too high could take longer. I plan on buying/borrowing a topographic map during the week. Also taking flash lights/head lamps and neon sticks if gets dark early or delayed. And I am okay with turning around without reaching the lake if we cant make it.

Option 3 - partway hike (or fully hike) in on Saturday and camp, leave gear at camping area, walk into lake Sunday and then grab gear on way out. (requires more food, tent(s) and sleeping gear).

Posted June 22nd, 2012 - 4:15 am from Melbourne, Australia
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Posted June 22nd, 2012 - 3:50 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Ditto! I would love to hear how this all turns out. If you ever do anything less epic Jacob I will put my hand up. Good luck x 2

Posted June 22nd, 2012 - 10:10 am by from Bonn, Germany (Permalink)
Hi Jacob,
that sounds like an great challenge. Unfortunately I am occupied that weekend.
Here a link with some information and there is an nice little map on the bottom of the page to download.
Count me in if it starts on a different weekend.
I would recommend to give the ranger a call before hand if the river is crossable at all. I guess that it would be impossible this weekend for example. There would be the alternative route coming from millers hut if conditions stay like they are.

And I love your idea of floating out. I am having my eyes on one of this for a while.

Let me know how you go.

Posted June 22nd, 2012 - 11:51 am by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)

Ive got a new light weight one man tent so I would be tempted to head in again and try it out. Will give the one day hike in an attempt on the first.

Ive talked with parks vic and their not too sure on the condition of the track and the river because they havent checked it out in the last 2 weeks (since flooding).

Theres likely to be snow on the road reaching Millers Hut and the track from McFarlan's saddle, which im hoping to avoid.

I will let you know how it goes.

Posted June 22nd, 2012 - 12:06 pm by from Bonn, Germany (Permalink)
Hi Jacop,
Yes there could be snow have a look at his pictures from late years 4WD trip I did onto Mt Wellington ;-)
As I was saying if you move the hike for what reason ever to a later date I am in for a try. And definitely the 2 day option is the way to go fore. I would have all the gear needed.
Cheers Christian

Posted June 23rd, 2012 - 2:47 am by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Ha ha, good pic.

Dont think my Rav 4 could handle that much action. Let alone trying to find the track along the plains in the snow.

I was tempted to head up and see if it was doable this weekend, but will just give it a crack and see how things go next weekend.

Posted June 28th, 2012 - 8:47 am by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Looks like their is only going to be a couple of us, we are planning on heading up Sat arvo and making it into one of the camp areas on route in to knock a few km's of the Sunday hike. Let me know ASAP is anyone else is keen.

Posted July 2nd, 2012 - 12:20 pm by from Bonn, Germany (Permalink)
Hi Mate how did you go?
I am keen to hear a report and see some pictures.

Cheers Christian

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 1:02 am by from Narre Warren East, Australia (Permalink)
Went well.

Got started on Saturday arvo. Hiked in for 2 hours and set up camp. Then had a big day on Sunday hiking rest of the way into the lake and out again (with a couple of breaks took 9hours).

River was upto waste deep in parts and running pretty swiftly. Walk up the valley of destruction was pretty tiring. There was a bit of flood damage from a couple of weeks ago, but all in all track was okay.

Got to the lake and it was flooded, the track in from the valley of destruction was under water, so lucky we hadnt planned on camping in there and meant there wasnt too much to see or do.

My camera is out of action at the moment, so only got away with the few pictures that my girlfriend took.

Was good fun :-)

Posted July 4th, 2012 - 12:22 pm by from Bonn, Germany (Permalink)
Well done, sounds like a great adventure.
Cheers Christian