The Travers Sabine is a challenging 4-7 day journey through some of the most spectacular scenery that the Nelson Lakes National Park has to offer. Ancient beech forests cloak even older glacial valleys. Large scree slopes surround you in the upper basins of the valleys, and as you gradually climb to the high point of the walk at almost 1800 metres, the Travers Saddle offers you breathtaking views east into the Travers Valley and west into the Sabine Valley.
This hike is designed for guests who have a good level of fitness, and have experienced multi day walks before. More challenging than the Great Walks of the region, such as the Heaphy Track and Queen Charlotte Track, the Travers Sabine traverses rough ground and includes 'poled' sections over rocky terrain, rather than well-formed tracks.
While the walk can be done as a challenging freedom hike, a guided option with local operators Southern Wilderness offers a unique opportunity to experience the northernmost part of the Southern Alps in relative comfort. With guides leading the way and carrying the bulk of the food and equipment, you can relax with a relatively light pack, gourmet meals organised and cooked for you, and entertaining interpretation provided to bring your surroundings to life:
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