Brief – 1 Day

See Day 2 for more details. Return to Remote Ritchie’s Hut details.

On the day of the tour – briefing session at 9:30am at Merrijig High Country Hotel.

Day 1 – approximately 6.1km (easy)
Time on track – approximately 3 hours including breaks

Meet at the Merrijig High Country Hotel at 9:30am sharp for a briefing session.
Departure from the hotel will be at 11:30am.

Travel approximately 1 hour to the start of the track. Most of the drive is on an unsealed road with a very short section on a 4WD track crossing a small creek.
While on the road, you can enjoy your lunch of freshly made sandwiches.

You will be hiking along a narrow track that winds along the Howqua River all the way to Ritchie’s Hut. The track is on a steep bank up high above the river providing stunning views of the river below and the surrounding peaks, before entering a beautiful forest and descending down to the river.
Ritchie’s Hut roof will come into view through the trees and soon after, a single creek crossing will pop you up by one of the more beautiful huts of the Victorian High Country.

Set up camp and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the hut and it’s surrounds. Take a dip in the Howqua River, read a book or just simply BREATHE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY AND EXHALE THE EXPERIENCE.  

Elevation at highest point: approx. 660m ASL
Total ascent: approx. 170m
Total descent: approx. 100m

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