Today we will leave very early to avoid the heat and take advantage of the sunrise and the best light of the day. After 500m of easy walking, we reach the start of the climb onto the ridge leading up to Mt Sonder. This will be the steepest part of the climb today. Taking short, regular breaks, we will reach the main ridge and head along with it to the 3km mark lookout, where we will see the magnificent dawn spreading across the landscape below.
From here, the next few kilometres are a gradual climb until we reach a short, sharp descent, where we will stop for snacks and before climbing again towards the summit. The final stretch of the walk is much easier. Here we have brunch and a cuppa to celebrate. The views continue as we make our descent. Once back near the trailhead, we will have a picnic lunch in the river bed and take a well-earned rest in the shade.
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 16 km / 8 hrs / easier option available
Meals: Breakfast in the restaurant, walkers lunch and a two-course a la carte chef-prepared dinner at the lodge restaurant
Accommodation: Glen Helen Lodge in ensuite rooms