Lakehead Hut to Upper Travers Hut – 19km (1964km total)
Today was a nice and easy day. If such a thing exists when you are hiking through national parks with giant mountain ranges.
The walk to the first hut was nice and easy in the cool of the morning. It was a very gentle elevation gain as the river was followed up to the hut through some grass lands and some forest.
At the hut it was time to eat what was in my pack in an attempt to make it lighter. I didn’t take enough food last stretch and this stretch I have brought too much. 😠 I just can’t win. By this time the midday sun was out and I was happy to just laze around in the hut and wait for it to cool down a bit, which is exactly what I did.
By mid afternoon, I headed out to do the 3 hour stretch to the next hut. Which was better than I expected. There was a 700m elevation gain, but over 6km it was pretty gradual with only a few steep sections. Again, the track followed the river up and about an hour into the afternoons walk there was a really great waterfall.
The huts along this stretch are huge, as doing a circuit in Nelson National park is quite a popular thing to do. However, people had raved about Upper Travers Hut so much I was expecting the Hilton. It is nice, and it is big, but it is not as good as all the hype. It is a full hut tonight, so here is hoping for no snorers and a good night sleep!
Today, I am thankful for easy days in the mountains along rivers and midday naps in huts.