Hello! Finally had a chance to get the last images done to wrap up this amazing hike.
Morning at Windy Ridge was beautiful. The sun hitting the mountains and watching the clouds roll over them was a fabulous way to start the day
We packed our gear for the last time – we were aiming to get the ferry at the next hut and finish our journey. We hadn’t booked it though, so it was a bit of pot-luck.
No more crazy uphills for todays walk. We were heading to Narcissus which was a pretty gentle walk down the glaciers path. Lots of wonky paths and small streams to cross but nothing to test us like the rest of the hike.
We had a lot more of these smoother paths under our feet on the last day
Even though it was a short day, we still adhered to our ‘packs down every hour’ rule
All of a sudden we were in open country again
We reached the little suspension bridge and we knew Narcissus Hut wasn’t far away. Felt a bit weird though – like I hadn’t done enough work for it to be over!
It was a hot day and the river looked rather inviting.
Rachel had gone ahead today and the hike was too short for us to catch her! But she had gone and arranged the ferry – almost. She had passage for Jeff and the three packs – but Rachel and I had to pack day packs in case the ferry had a couple of no-shows before we knew if we would be taking the 30 minute ride to the end, or doing the 17km walk!
Plenty of people were taking a well earned dip in the lake while waiting for the ferry
Our ride arrived and happily for us, the people that didn’t confirm earlier still hadn’t showed, so we could all jump on board together
So – back to the car, which was happily where we left it and full of cake, drinks and biscuits!
It was really one of the best things I have done – despite the pain and tiredness at times, the positives far outweighed those discomforts.
There is something beautifully simple about getting up, putting your gear on your back and walking to your next sleeping spot. Eating, sleeping, then doing it all again. No chores to worry about, nothing from your usual life can be done, so you narrow down your focus and enjoy the breathtaking and stunning scenery before you.
Thanks for reading about the adventure – We are very keen to do it again some day!!