Remote Ritchie’s Hut

a little gem hidden deep in the mountains of the Victorian High Country


Remote Ritchie’s Hut – 2 Days

See Day 1 and Day 2 for more details.

Difficulty: Grade 2 (easy – along the upper trial), grade 3 (moderate – on the lower trail, which includes river crossings) 
We only take the lower trail if the river is low and all participants capabilities are suitable for this track.
Total distance: approximately 12km

Bookings close 7 days prior to tour start date. If you wish to make a booking within 7 days of the tour start date, contract us via our Contact Us page to confirm availability.

Overnight backpack only option available.

Nestled amongst the mountains, on the banks of the Howqua River where Fourteen Mile Creek flows in, is Ritchie’s Hut. It was built by Robert, the son of Geoffrey Ritchie, with the aid of Fred Fry in late 1947 as a fishing hut. Geoffrey Ritchie and Antoinette Ritchie first moved to “Delatite” near Mansfield in 1902 and bought “Wonnangatta Station” in 1914. 

Enjoy two days of guided hiking along the Howqua River in the beautiful Victorian High Country where the smell of earth and eucalyptus is so strong, it takes over your senses. Breathe the clean fresh air and tune in to hear the numerous birds that call the Victorian High Country their home.

Tour includes

  • Two days of guided hiking with an experienced guide
  • Transfers between Merrijig and the hiking track
  • All hiking and camping equipment – tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, pillow, sit mat, walking poles, gaiters, backpack, cooking stove including fuel, pots, bowls, cups and utensils, head torch, sleeping bag liner
  • One night accommodation in a two man tent (twin share)
  • Meals – the following meals are included: 1 breakfast, 3 snacks, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and dessert, tea/coffee and sugar, powdered milk is also available (some meals are dehydrated or freeze dried, sandwiches will be provided for lunch on day 1)
    You are welcome to bring additional food/snacks of your choice

Tour does not include

  • Accommodation prior to and post tour dates
  • Meals, snacks and beverages other than what is included in the tour
  • Transport to and from Merrijig other than transfers as per tour inclusions
  • Personal items and clothing, refer to General Info/Equipment
  • Travel/medical insurance, ambulance cover

Scroll to the bottom of the page for 2024/2025 season tour dates

$638.00 per person including GST

Maximum group of 6 participants

For information regarding water needs and availability on this hiking tour, refer to General Info/Water Requirements.

Toilets are available at the following locations.

  • Start and finish of the hike at Eight Mile Flat
  • Ritchie’s Hut – overnight campsite

A briefing session will take place on the day the tour starting at 9:30am sharp at Merrijig High Country Hotel. It is very important that all tour participants attend the briefing session. This is where we will get to know each other, distribute equipment, discuss the tour and answer any questions.
Please don’t be late for the briefing session. Your late arrival will impact on the tour and other participants and we might have to proceed without you. 

Tour Date Tour Name Price Per Person Status
17 May - 18 May 2025 Remote Ritchie’s Hut – 2 Days (Book Here) $638.00 6 Places AvailableBook Now