Brief – Day 2
Day 2 – 8km (moderate – challenging)
Time on track – approximately 6 hours 30 minutes including stops and breaks (not including the Nature Walk and summit at Mt Buller)
Day 2 will start with packing up camp after breakfast and heading off at 8:00am. Today you will first head downhill along the Howqua Gap Trail to Howqua Gap Hut where you will enjoy a short break before tackling Corn Hill. Howqua Gap Trail is a 4WD track with some steeper sections. Walking downhill is more demanding on your body then when walking up hill, especially when carrying a heavier pack, so it’s very important to take good care.
Howqua Gap Hut was moved around Mt Stirling for loggers to shelter in. Nowadays there are two huts at Howqua Gap. The beautiful original hut and a more comfortable new hut that provides good shelter in inclement weather.
From Howqua Gap you will head up and over Corn Hill to the junction of Corn Hill 4WD Track and Corn Hill Road where you will have a relaxing lunch break. The track over Corn Hill is a lovely walk with some short steeper uphill sections.
After lunch you will tackle another uphill section, which will take you to the village square of Mt Buller resort. From here it’s only a short walk to your accommodation. This time around, you will not need to pitch a tent, but you will be able to settle in a comfortable lodge with a flushing toilet and a shower.
After checking in at the lodge, you will have the opportunity to take a Natures Walk around Mt Buller and to the summit, which sits at 1805m above sea level. I recommend you take on this opportunity. The walk is lovely with amazing mountain views. Reaching the summit is definitely the highlight of the day with 360 degree views of the mountains and across the valley towards Mansfield.
Upon return to your accommodation, you will have just enough time to take a shower and head out to dinner. Now is your time to relax and share your day’s experience with your fellow hikers.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 1730m ASL (1805m ASL if Mt Buller’s summit is reached)
Total ascent: approx. 420m
Total descent: approx. 460m